Monday, May 2, 2011

All the Singles Ladies, All the Single Ladies

After having a long stretch of time off, the Mr. finally went back to work last week. He usually chooses trips that span over the weekend so Emily spends less time in daycare. I’m not a fan of being home alone on the weekends, but it’s the best we can do for now.

I do enjoy when he's gone on weeknights though. You won’t hear this pilot wife complaining about being a single mom during the week. Quite honestly, I was relieved to have him start back.

During the week, I'm able to have some down time between getting home from work and picking Emily up from daycare. It's just enough time to squeeze in a decent workout.

This was an easy week, but at least I’m getting back on track. I only wore a basic watch so I wouldn’t be overly focused on pace, but I ran familiar routes so I know the rough distance.

Monday: 60 min run outside (~7 miles)
Tuesday: off
Wednesday: 35 min run outside (~4.5 miles), 25 min treadmill run (@6.8, 1% incline)
Thursday: 40 min treadmill run (@6.8, 1% incline), 20m min elliptical
Friday: 30 min run outside (~3.5 miles)
Saturday: 35 min treadmill run (@6.8, 1% incline), 35 min elliptical
Sunday: 45 min stroller run (~5.5 miles)

My breakfast, lunch, and snacks were pretty much the same everyday this week.

Breakfast


Mid-morning snack


Lunch
(mixed greens, diced Boar’s Head turkey, pinch of mozzarella, Ken’s FF Raspberry Pecan dressing)


The best part about being single during the week, there's no rush to get dinner on the table.

I usually have a salad and/or leftovers when it's just me and Emily. One night it was curried chicken with brown rice and chickpeas that I had stashed in the freezer. I served it over some additional fresh spinach, and added a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese on top.


Another night it was a salad and a Flat-Out artisan bread topped with reduced-fat cream cheese, smoked wild salmon, and capers.


I made Emily a greek yogurt bowl with sliced strawberries and Kashi cereal. Wouldn’t you know both times she dominated my food instead?

What 2 year-old likes things like curry and smoked salmon with capers? She never ceases to surprise me. Everything does taste better when it comes off mommy’s plate though. That’s a known fact.

What are your favorite go-to dishes when you're eating solo?

23 comments:

  1. Well, I'm impressed. When it's just Celia and me for dinner, I usually do something really easy (pasta, breakfast for dinner) that I know she'll like so dinnertime is a stress-free affair. It's really nice to have a little time between work and daycare pick-up, isn't it? I usually have about 20 minutes to get home and decompress before I get Celia.

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  2. I usually go for some impromptu form of soup or stir fry. Basically anything that involves vegetables cooked on the stove. lol

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  3. I think it's great she likes such diverse things! That looked really good.

    When my husband travels, I'm definitely a bit more low-key with the cooking around here. It is kind of nice, I agree!

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  4. If the husband is gone and I have a lot of time on my hands, I might spend a ton of time on dinner. More often than not though - it is a pile of roasted vegetables over rice/quinoa/pasta.

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  5. I feel the exact same way about my Hubby being gone. I think we get so into our routines.

    I usally bake chicken breasts on Sunday night and I use it for salads, quesadillas, chicken with veggies...pretty much anything. They also like lunch meat with string cheese and clementines or grapes. And sometimes we just eat popcorn. =)

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  6. My pilot actually does most of the cooking around our house so I'm always hoping he makes enough so I have leftovers for while he's away. This is probably going to prove tricky for me once we have kiddos in the picture!

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  7. I cherish alone time; I'm more productive. Any sense of routine is haywire when married to a pilot (or any traveling spouse, I imagine).

    Danny is on reserve, so who knows, really when he'll be home. I have three children and try to follow a meal plan (for sanity) whether he's here or not. It's great when there's left-overs for my lunch the next day.

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  8. Oh, and now I have that song in my head, thank you very much :)

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  9. Chris is rarely ever away on a weeknight, or weekend night, unless he is working late. I will heat up some black beans from a can and have a black bean wrap. Sometimes I'll make some tuna w/ mustard and have a wrap. It really just depends what is in the house.

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  10. It is SO much easier when Bill isn't coming home for dinner. Cheerios and milk, yogurt, and I throw together veggies and dr praegers for dinner. Nick is really picky right now - his go to is chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. I know - awesome.

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  11. I love that Emily eats real food with real flavors! That's great.

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  12. Before kids, I would've loved to have the Mr. home every night. Now it's an hour of refuge that look forward when no one is at home!

    Those of you that make stir-frys, or anything that requires use of a stove or oven when cooking for just yourself....well, you are my idols :)

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  13. Haha, N.D. at least he's eating something though. That's what kills me about Em. She won't eat things like chicken nuggets and PB&J. I often default to eggs or yogurt when I can't get her to eat.

    Well, I guess that's a good thing in the long run, it's just so strange.

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  14. I always end up with a TON of veggies loaded into an omelet! (; YUMMM!

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  15. Sounds like good workouts and good food! (I love Boar's head turkey when I feel like I can afford it. :-)

    I think my eating solo menu looks a lot like yours except I would probably have beef in there somewhere too. Big salads, yogurt, salmon, strawberries, yum!

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  16. Thanks for the comment on my blog! You have no idea how excited I was when I found YOUR blog. I was so overwhelmed by the "pilot wife" lifestyle and when I saw that you race AND have a little one, I realized that "I can do this!" SO yes, shut the front door!! :)

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  17. I'm with you. While Peter doesn't travel, I do relish when he has nights that he goes and helps his brother until relatively late on house projects. It gives me some needed down and alone time. Plus, not having to cook cook is always nice!

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  18. impressive week of workouts. Well done

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  19. I think that it is awesome that your daughter eats those flavorful meals. I think that if you allow your little ones to try things and broaden their tastes early they are less picky. Our little guy is very adventurous with his eating habits (minus fruit he hates fruit) way to go on the workouts too.

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  20. I'm with you. While Peter doesn't travel, I do relish when he has nights that he goes and helps his brother until relatively late on house projects. It gives me some needed down and alone time. Plus, not having to cook cook is always nice!

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  21. Haha, N.D. at least he's eating something though. That's what kills me about Em. She won't eat things like chicken nuggets and PB&J. I often default to eggs or yogurt when I can't get her to eat.

    Well, I guess that's a good thing in the long run, it's just so strange.

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  22. Oh, and now I have that song in my head, thank you very much :)

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  23. I cherish alone time; I'm more productive. Any sense of routine is haywire when married to a pilot (or any traveling spouse, I imagine).

    Danny is on reserve, so who knows, really when he'll be home. I have three children and try to follow a meal plan (for sanity) whether he's here or not. It's great when there's left-overs for my lunch the next day.

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