What are your thoughts on meal planning in your house? With two little ones, the last place I want to take them is to the supermarket, as it usually ends in me saying, "Why did I come here?" I can't tell you how many times I went into the market with a list of items I needed, only to walk out with one or two of the items, and a bunch of other things, most of which the girls decided to pull from shelves and open, while I was looking for something in particular. They may think shopping for groceries is fun, but I could think of a million other things I could be doing instead that need to get done in a day.
Being a stay at home mom, I am with the girls 24/7. When my husband comes home from work, I am finishing up dinner to put on the table -- usually something for him and I and another meal for the girls (gotta love picky eaters). In the past, I attempted to wait until he arrived home to run to the market or do it on the weekends, but it always seems like the nights are thrown off as the girls get excited to see what I bought, or we want to do something as a family and not come home early just to go to the market on the weekend. But, how you get your grocery shopping and meal planning done when you are always on the go or with little ones in tow?
Simple...meal subscription services, where you choose from a selection of meals, and the ingredients are sent to your doorstep. Because I love to cook, I love that I have to prepare the meals, and they are not simply re-heat and serve. But, what really turned me onto this convenient service is that I am able to create new dishes that I would otherwise not consider when planning my weekly meal plan. I was just telling a girlfriend the other day how I feel like that Julia Child's movie in which Amy Adams created a new recipe each day for an entire year. Since I started using meal subscription services, I have not made a dish twice. While I have marked recipes as ones I would make again, and even shared recipes with friends and family who either joined us for dinner or saw a photo of a dish I posted online, I have been enjoying the ability to choose from a fresh new menu option each week, when using these different services.
If you have never tried one of the above mentioned meal subscription services, I thought I would share four dishes I prepared using the recipe cards and ingredients sent to me this week. Remember, each of these dishes I had to make myself by prepping the ingredients (dicing, chopping, mincing, etc.) and then cook up. When choosing dishes, you are able to choose recipes based on your cooking skills -- novice, intermediate or expert. And, most recipes take 30-40 minutes from prep time to putting on the table, which as a busy mom on the go, I love.
I have to warn you, please make sure you aren't looking at these photos on an empty stomach, as you may get hungry and need to make a midnight run for food or see what you have available in the fridge or freezer. :-)
Cheesy arepas with mushrooms and a tomato avocado salad
Hungarian stew with Yukon potatoes and carrots
Roasted poblano childless topped with an egg and avocado
Pear, walnut and Gorgonzola spinach salad and sirloin steak with melted compound butter made with orange zest, parsley and shallots
You can follow along as I continue to post photos of the meals I create over at www.instagram.com/rmccoy1234.
These dishes were super easy to cook up, and my husband and I loved them. We even got our youngest to sample a few of them, and found she is a fan of avocado, spinach, potatoes and pears, thanks to her willingness to experiment with new foods. If only we could get Savannah to try new things beyond mac and cheese, cold cuts and soup.
And, when it comes to choosing my meals and placing my orders each week, I find myself reaching for my new HP Pavilion x360, which offers a cool 360° flip-and-fold design, allowing you to use it in 4 modes -- Laptop, Tablet, Tent, and Stand. I am not usually one who takes to change easily, especially when it comes to a computer, but, I found myself loving the new HP Pavilion x360 and finding ways to use the different modes.
When blogging, I have the HP x360 set up in Laptop mode on my office desk or at the dining room table.
Tablet mode is perfect when I placing my weekly order, or am sitting with the girls on the couch and looking for fun things to do.
And, when the night is coming to an end and the dishes and laundry are washed and put away, I am able to take my HP x360 to bed and switch to Stand mode, as I catch up on reality television or binge on On-demand Internet streaming media as I relax before I turn out the lights. The laptop offers HP CoolSense technology that "automatically adjusts the laptop's temperature based on use and conditions, so the surface stays cool instead of heating up." This is perfect when you are using it bed and don't want to worry about the laptop heating up your lap or the bed as you watch a movie or two.
I am so in love with the HP x360 and its 4 modes, as are my girls who try to sneak it from my office to watch movies or paint.
To #BendTheRules of documentaries, HP has teamed up with Meghan Trainor to create a fan generated documentary using the HP x360 Convertible PC. You can follow the fan-generated documentary shared by fans who attend the Meghan Trainor #ThatBassTour on Twitter and Instagram, with #BendTheRules - @hp on Twitter and Instagram
You can also learn more about the HP Meghan Trainor That Bass Tour, including show stops by visiting http://bit.ly/allaboutthattour. I have loved checking out the amazing behind the scenes footage of the Meghan Trainor tour as it happens, thanks to her partnership with HP.
So, now that I have got you hungry by sharing what I cooked up this week, I have to ask...what did you cook this week? And, be sure to share photos, as I love to see what others create, either by using meal subscription services like I do, from a collection of family recipes or even ones you create from recipes you have found online or enjoyed when dining out recently. Share away! :-)
Disclosure: This is a #bendtherules moment from Inspired by Savannah, created in partnership with @HP. However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.