Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Menu planning & other things

We rarely go out to eat when we are at the beach... there are few available options, we prefer to stay in & have a great space for cooking, & it's of course much cheaper. COVID means we will definitely not be going out to eat, even though we are on vacation. 

We are trying to have slightly nicer (and easier) options this week, while the boys are with my parents, to make it feel more like a fun date. 

Here's what's on the menu:

  • Friday - we ate leftovers from the fridge (pizza, carnitas, meatballs & a charcuterie tray delivery that I received from work)
  • Saturday - We arrived at the beach & I pulled out the items I packed in the cooler for a quick dinner. Ravioli & sausages/hot dogs. I also brought a bagged salad for convenience. Dinner was ready in 15 minutes, which was so fantastic while we were unpacking. 
  • Sunday - M & I had coconut crusted shrimp with spicy chili sauce as an appetizer & bacon wrapped chicken for dinner, with a salad. Both were fabulous & purchased from Costco (also, Keto friendly). I'd highly recommend both & we will be buying them again if they are available at our local Costco. This is not a sponsored post. ;-) 
  • Monday - M is making steak & I'm making "Thanksgiving green beans". They are my favorite of the Thanksgiving sides. Basically, you dry toast sliced almonds, then make green beans as usual. Fully drain, add the toasted almonds & grated parmesan cheese, add salt & pepper. Easy, fabulous & a lovely low carb side.
  • Tuesday - We're having salmon with sauteed brussel sprouts
  • Wednesday - Steak & beans, with salad
  • Thursday - Christmas Eve! We're making prime rib sliders with fresh horseradish, some sort of potatoes, & salad. Appetizers will be chicken wings, taquitos, & a veggie tray
  • Friday - Christmas. We have a big brunch after gift opening, and then have a lighter dinner. We'll have a few varieties of soups, homemade rolls, salads, & then pumpkin cheesecake for dessert
  • Saturday - my parents will keep the kids for another night, so we'll likely have any of the leftovers from earlier in the week, or the bacon wrapped chicken again (came with 6)
  • Sunday - tbd whether we will have the kids & my parents at the house. I need to iron out details. If it's just us, salmon & salad
  • Monday - we'll have my parents & the kids back for sure, so likely take & bake pizzas, appetizers & salad. 
That's it from our side. What about you? What are you planning on the menu for this week? Any fun Christmas menus to share? 


  1. Will you not have the kids for Christmas Eve and Day, or do your parents join you a tthe beach or do you go to them? I think I missed something, but all your meals sound so good.

    1. My parents have the kids for a few days before Christmas, but we will meet them tomorrow (Christmas Eve) for our standard holiday celebration. Well, not standard in that it's been adapted to COVID & we won't be seeing other family members, but we typically get together on Christmas Eve, Christmas (we stay over night) & then they also join us for a few days at the beach on the 27th or so.