Friday nights are for meal planning

I’m trying to find ways to create this delicious pizza from Biggio’s in Houston.

Figuring out new recipes is what everyone does on a Friday night, right?

No?

Okay, maybe it’s just me then, but this is exactly what I’m doing tonight because I finally got fed up with our eating pattern. Or lack thereof.

My husband and I have been doing this delicate balance of trying to adhere to both of our eating styles. He’s a diehard carnivore and I’m a diehard vegetarian. You would think we would simply be able to make a vegetarian recipe and add the meat.

Theoretically it makes sense but is hard to put into practice when only one of us eats meat. After three days of eating a leftover pork loin on his own, my husband has about had it.

And then you have to add in our different tastes in various foods. For example, we both like pasta but completely different types. He likes regular, white pasta. I like gluten free and wheat pasta. So, when I make a pasta dish I cook two different pastas.

Two pastas for two people. A bit ridiculous, don’t you think?

What ends up happening is we do grab and go dinners that fit our tastes but aren’t necessarily the healthiest choices. I finally got tired of that insanity and decided to spend my Friday night doing…you guessed it…looking for recipes.

My plan is to try three different ones each week. I found five ingredient vegetarian recipes that we can add meat to for my husband’s portion. They all revolve around fresh vegetables and very few processed foods. I have even taken a couple of the processed options and inserted fresh.

This week we will be trying black bean quesadillas (adding hamburger for my husband), green pizza (adding chicken), and spaghetti genovese (adding pork loin). I found all three recipes at eatingwell.com. All three had a rating of at least four stars out of five, so I figure we are on the right track.

If you’re looking for some new options to try that seem pretty simple, give Eating Well a try and let me know what you think. (And no, I don’t get any kickback from mentioning the website. I just wanted to share.)

1 thought on “Friday nights are for meal planning

  1. Hi Christine
    That pizza looks fabulous! It also looks like my crust. I make different pizzas with meat of course but not pepperoni. Always use full-fat capicola. I also do 2 different types of veggie pizzas. One is with eggplant – pre-cooked. I put a white cheese sauce on the crust, put the cooked eggplant on top and then put a small dollop of tomato sauce on each eggplant, then Cheese. The other veggie is with okra. I make a ratatouille with it and then put the cheese on the dough. The okra ratatouille goes on the cheese and when cooked the cheese seeps through the ratatouille. Fabulous. Even carnivores love it. Sounds like a great Friday night.

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