“Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” - Kahlil Gibran
Aloha kakahiaka [good morning]! As I made the 20-minute drive to work this morning I couldn’t help but give thanks for another day of loving and living.
[No I didn't take this photo - I was busy being a good driver.]
There is so much to be grateful for every single day. Even on Thursdays.
We’re nearing the end of the week, which means a few things: 1) I’m tired, 2) I’ve made it through another week of grad school, and 3) the fridge is getting empty.
On the weekends, Ben and I do our grocery shopping and create recipes for the week. We freeze portions and stack the rest in the fridge so that, when we’re ready, we can dish them into individual-sized containers. This is what the fridge looked like on Monday:
Eggs (I know, it looks like we’re egg fanatics, but we were nearing the end of one of those 18-packs & just bought another. The smaller carton is for our boiled eggs for quick + easy protein!), black bean hummus, chia seeds, balsamic vinegar, and – don’t ask me why – two cartons of salsa.
[Second Shelf + Drawer]
Goat cheddar, blue corn tortillas, 100% dark chocolate, greek yogurt (not typical for us), tofu, green garlic hummus, a ready-to-eat avocado and tomato, peanut butter, bread, and flaxseed meal.
Gallon of freshly-cracked coconut water (we got a rack from the farmer’s market), quinoa, sun dried tomatoes, bottles of water (for those rare moments when we want ice-cold water), roasted veggies, sauteed veggies with shrimp, marinated kale, a batch of steel cut oats with chia seeds, and cooked brown rice.
Carrots, sprouts, tomato, onions, celery, bell peppers, spinach, and cabbage.
And I won’t go into it, but Ben has taken over the freezer:
Everything is much cheaper when we buy from Costco, hence the massive amounts of pasta and waffles. And those silly-looking plastic bins? Those are for our compost (I hear that people in the U.S. leave theirs out on the counter/under the sink. It’s way too humid/buggy for that in Hawai`i).
We’ve actually done a really good job of cleaning out the fridge this week – Ben and I have polished off all but the hummus and a few veggies so far and are now working on an Enchilada Bake he made on Tuesday evening [he topped his with nutritional yeast - YUM!]. I suppose it helps that we rarely go out to eat, and that – since I eat 5 small meals a day and don’t get home til late – I pack enough food for a small ‘ohana most weekdays. Either way, we save money and eat healthier when we create meals for the week!
I’m off to go be a big girl in my office for a few hours, followed by teaching my third TurboKick class in three days (I signed up for this). Enjoy your Thursday!
What are you most grateful for today? What does your fridge look like at the beginning/at the end of the week?
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