With our cupboards looking a little Mother Hubbardy, we went to Kroger on Saturday for our weekly rations. While I wouldn’t say that social distancing was in full effect, shoppers seemed focused on the task at hand and the mood was a little somber.
Large sections of the store were wiped out, with signs all around stating limits on key items. Despite the signs, a man in the checkout line in front of us took the opportunity to berate the cashier telling him he couldn’t buy that cart full of toilet paper (I don’t understand this obsession!). He swore he didn’t see those enormous signs posted everywhere.
At Fresh Market, the manager thanked me for not being angry when she checked their stock and reported they were out of tuna. When she followed instructions from corporate to limit the number of people touching the coffee dispensers by pulling the free sample size cups, customers yelled at her.
With friends and loved ones who are in the high-risk categories, I certainly understand the fear of this pandemic. But I think with a little extra patience, kindness and common sense, we’ll get through this COVID-19 mess just fine.
Now onto this week’s menu:
BLT Breakfast Bake – Mr. Arthur is happy to welcome bacon back to the breakfast table.
Hearty Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup – A year after finding this recipe, we still love it. We double the recipe to make enough for our lunches and a little extra for Pa Kettle’s freezer.
Bowl of Doom – We haven’t had this favorite in awhile. I’m lightening it up a little with ground turkey.
Green Curry of Broccoli Soup – She’s not gonna win a beauty contest any time soon, but this little number is creamy and delicious! Top with finely shredded parmesan and toasted pepitas.
Fiesta Honey and Lime Kale Salad – New Recipe! We prepped this one in the morning to give the dressing time to soften the kale. This is a nice salad for meal prep as it keeps for a few days in the fridge.
Chicken and Green Bean Stir Fry – New Recipe! This was our first time trying coconut aminos, we normally substitute gluten-free tamari in Asian inspired dishes. For extra flavor when serving, sprinkle a little over top. Mr. Arthurized Home wants you to reduce the cayenne by half, while I think this recipe has just the right amount of heat. You be the judge!
Superhero Muffins – If you haven’t tried these yet, I highly recommend them! They really are a meal in a muffin. Because they freeze beautifully, we’re making a double batch and filling the freezer.
Stupidly Easy Banana Bread With only six ingredients and no processed sugar, this lightly sweet loaf is great for breakfast as well as a treat.
If you need a lil’ sweetness on your banana bread, try this maple cream cheese spread. So good, it’s dangerous! I decrease the recipe by half and add a teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.
For dairy-free, whip some chilled coconut cream. If the mixture is too thick to spread easily, add in a tablespoon or two of milk or coconut milk.
Are you ready to take on the week? Go, be your awesome self, especially to grocery workers!
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