July meals: A PSA

First of all, this isn’t one of those read-a-bunch-of-boring-crap-before-you-get-to-the-recipe posts.

This is important crap. Obviously.

I have few secrets. That’s clear if you’ve read this blog. One of my more obvious and passionate confessions is my absolute loathing for meal planning. Don’t lie. You hate it too.

It is, in fact:


Eric and I are far too cheap to pay for services like Plate Joy or Blue Apron. Cue my overdramatic complaints about figuring out what in the heck we’re going to eat every. single. night.

And since I know a lot of my friends are in the same boat, I’ve put together a list of all the memorable meals we ate in the month of July. Which everyone should have to do as a public service. Let it be written, let it be done.

But seriously. What are you eating? Please bless that it’s not hard to make. I basically only do easy things.

I get so bored of the same rotating menu every month, so please, hook a sister up!

Below are links to some of my favorite recipes. Last month I cooked all of our meals out of The Pioneer Woman’s Dinnertime cookbook. I found some new Whitlock staples I’m thrilled about. AND it helped keep my grocery costs down because Ree Drummond uses similar ingredients in several recipes and I was able to reuse some obscure items.

Not including some of the items I already had in my pantry like spices, onions, etc, I spent about $100 on these meals. I shop at Winco, which I’ve found are the cheapest prices in Southeast Idaho.

These meals, (combined with a few nights of frozen pizza, McDonalds and sandwiches) fed us for a good portion of the month! Win for the Whitlocks.

Orange Chicken

I’ve tried a lot of different orange chicken recipes, and this is definitely my favorite. It’s quick, easy and has a great texture to it. Also Eric would like me to tell you to double the sauce, so there’s that.

Beef Bulgogi – OK, not Pioneer Woman, but still so. dang. good. I’ve never tried Cup Bop, and now I never will. Not to brag, but I’m kind of bragging there’s no way Cup Bop could be better than this. It’s spicy, tangy and different. We love it!

Cashew Chicken

My husband will attest to the fact that I don’t eat leftovers. I hate them. But I ate all the leftovers of this dish for days afterward. I love at-home Chinese dishes that actually work out and this was a winner!

Skillet Lasagna

We used ground beef for this dish, but it was still awesome. I would try it with Italian sausage in the future, too, for an extra kick. Only spicy Italian sausage in our house. We’re hard core.

Oven BBQ Chicken

I don’t love peaches, but this dish is delicious. I love The Pioneer Woman because of how delectable her flavors are. She’s basically the chef equivalent of the 100 emoji.

Coconut Curry Shrimp

I felt like a domestic goddess after making this. If seafood isn’t your thing you could substitute it easily for chicken. It was spicy, delicious and memorable.

Chicken with mustard cream sauce

I would drink this sauce. It was amazing over noodles, vegetables — anything. Just don’t overcook the chicken.

Let’s also take a sidebar and talk about how Ree Drummond has a new cookbook coming out this fall. I actually let out a little shriek of excitement when I found out. She’s the best.

One day I’ll get my crap together and take pictures of our food too. In the meantime, please enjoy these pictures of Bellamy and Eric as bears. You and the Internet needed it.


You’re welcome.



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