I am incredibly open about the fact that I am one of the worst housewives on the planet. Really, I’m one of those people who will clean the heck out of my house if I know someone is coming over because I’d be embarrassed if someone saw it in its natural state. Let’s be real, I could never make it on an episode of Hoarders, but if a load of laundry sits on my bedroom floor for a week, I don’t bat an eye.
One thing about cooking healthy is you use A LOT of dishes. I’m serious, like every damn pan I own is dirty. With a busy household, and limited time, it is a struggle to keep up with the household chores is a huge challenge of mine. Last week we did horrible on the eating front, I mean horrible. Half prices pizza 3/5 weeknights, yikes! To be fair, they were half price pizzas so that makes it better, right? Of course, the kids loved it. My energy levels and waistline, not so much. Lack of planning, and limited time really limited my ability to eat healthy. Thankfully, my workouts were awesome. Although, if a healthy lifestyle is 80% food and 20% exercise, I’m screwed.
Last week was SUPER hard. So for this week, I again, went back to the basics. I created a meal plan. So simple, right? I looked back at the last time I created a meal plan, and it was April. I am so embarrassed to write this. How in the hell did I get so far away from where I was happy, and healthy?
I use Skinnytaste for delicious and healthy meals. Amazingly, even my kids will eat most of Gina’s meals which is a bonus for us! I went grocery shopping with a detailed list and came home and cleared out the refrigerator. I started tonight with our first whole foods meal. It was delicious and healthy and you know what? My kitchen looked like a f*cking disaster! Seriously, I should have taken a picture because every surface in the kitchen had shit on it. I created SO many dishes, they wouldn’t all fit in the dishwasher. And, as the shitty housewife I am, I DO NOT hand wash dishes… EVER!
Dishes aside, it felt great being back in the kitchen and creating a meal I knew was good for the family. I threw on an Audiobook and went to work. My goal is to make a homemade dinner every single day this week. It’s a lofty goal, but I think I can do it.
This weeks funny:
I sent my husband to the grocery store for balsamic vinegar, he came home with this.
For as bad of a housewife as I am, he is TERRIBLE at grocery shopping, just terrible. I rarely send him to the grocery store, and when I do I get at least 3-4 phone calls. I happened to be on the treadmill during this trip without my phone, and this is what happened.
I am not a fan of store bought dressings because of the added ingredients. Homemade dressings are SO easy to make and taste delicious. So, I’m going to share one of my favorite and EASY dressing recipes.
Ashley’s Favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 1/4c Olive Oil
- 1/4c Garlic Flavored Olive Oil – You can swap this for EVOO and 1tbs of chopped garlic
- 1/4c Balsamic Vinegar
- 2tbs Honey (I use local honey)
- 1tsp Dijon Mustard
- Sal & Pepper to tase
Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Store in an air tight container and enjoy!