Meal Planning: April 7th – April 13th

Another week has come and gone. I can’t say I was all that successful at following through on the meals that I planned last week. Between having leftovers from Easter and a few things going on preventing us (well me) from having time to cook, I only made one of the planned meals. Here is how our week ended up turning out:

Monday – the Mr. ended up going to a Mariners event at Safeco field so I was on my own. I ended up cooking myself up a leftover lamb burger from Easter.

Tuesday – I made us the Cauliflower Pizzas. As I was going through the steps of making I was a little nervous on how they would turn out but they ended up turning out AMAZING. Both the Mr. and I loved them. Promise to share recipe soon – this is a MUST TRY!

Wednesday – Absolutely can’t remember ūüôā Probably just something random as I was on my own and the Mr. was at his weekly Wednesday roommate night.

Thursday – I had a Junior League introduction meeting so I didn’t get home until after 8pm. Ended up throwing together a quesadilla.

Friday – We had dinner at the Ingle’s. They made us excellent tacos! It was such a wonderful evening. Had so much fun catching up with them and playing with their son Ben.

Saturday – Went to a birthday party where they had the Skillet food truck – YUM – I had the farro burger and it was delicious.

Hopefully this week will be a little better. Overall, I have super easy meals planned and most items we already had so the grocery shopping was minimal. Trying to use up some stuff we already have!

Weekly Meals: April 7th – April 13th

Sunday: Happy Hour at The Walrus & Carpenter (oysters!!!) with Morgan & Chris

Monday: Spinach, Mushroom & Feta Crust-less Quiche

Tuesday: Sausage & Peppers with salad

Wednesday: Out (the Mr. has his boys night and I have book club)

Thursday: Mexican Polenta Stacks

Friday: Out – Brie’s Birthday Dinner – location TBD

Saturday: Out – friends Bachelorette Party!!!!

Turkish Eggplant and Farro Gratin

This recipe totally took me by surprise! I mean, based on the picture in Fitness magazine it looked good and all, however, I wasn’t prepared for exactly how delicious it was! Even if you are not an eggplant fan, please give this recipe a try…it won’t disappoint!


Turkish Eggplant and Farro Gratin (slightly adapted from Fitness Magazine)


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup farro
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium eggplant, diced
  • 1/2 pound lean ground chicken
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • Salt and pepper to taste



Preheat oven to 400 degrees and coat baking dish with cooking spray. Cook farro according to package instructions (mine said to rinse farro then bring water & farro to a boil and let cook for approx. 20 minutes) then set aside in large bowl. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and eggplant; saute for 12 minutes. Stir mixture into farro.

Add chicken to skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring to break up meat. Stir in tomatoes, raisins, garlic, cinnamon and oregano. Cook approximately 3 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Whisk egg and egg white in a small bowl. Stir into farro mixture, then stir in chicken & tomato mixture. Spoon into prepared dish. Sprinkle top with feta. Bake 20 minutes then let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Note: The original recipe called for brown rice instead of farro. I didn’t have any on hand so I went with the farro instead.


With this meal I served a simple salad of arugula, beets and feta. I drizzled a little olive oil on it and a touch of salt and pepper¬†and called it good ūüôā