Life on a Boat this week (March 9-15) seemed like everything was about Covid-19. We’re good – luckily Handsome Hubby works outdoors and commutes in his own vehicle so he’s not around lots of people. And I work from the boat and only ventured out to do laundry and get groceries. Although, not gonna lie, I didn’t love going to Walmart, especially with the guy sneezing and coughing without covering his face. Seriously what is wrong with people? I also took public transportation on Saturday – thankfully it was pretty empty and I was unusually cognizant of touching surfaces and my face.
We were supposed to travel into Washington for my monthly Tollyclub bridge meeting. That was scuttled once the BC government required everyone to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to Canada. So I did that meeting by Skype which was probably the more prudent way to go anyway. And HH worked a ridiculous number of hours on the weekend restoring hydro after a wind storm knocked out power in the Fraser Valley.
What We Ate
Handsome Hubby’s Work Breakfasts & Lunches
Breakfast: I took a Vietnamese inspiration for his egg casserole this week. I started with ground sausage, a red pepper, onion and spinach – and with cilantro in the fridge it just felt like it would all go together. He says it was delicious. And of course some yogurt and oatmeal on the go.
Lunch: I picked up a couple of pork tenderloins, seasoned them with Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute and threw them in the slow cooker on high for 3+ hours. They were basically done when we left for lunch so I just turned the slow-cooker off and let them rest while we were gone. Tender and juicy and easy to slice for sandwiches. The rest of his lunch was Greek Salad and bananas.
Monday, March 9 – National Meatball Day
Breakfast: Leftover Apple Berry Steel-Cut Oatmeal – so good. Definitely prefer apples to bananas in this particular recipe.
Lunch: Leftover Curried Broccoli Soup with the last piece of naan.
Dinner: Sometimes dinner doesn’t go as planned…again! Since it was National Meatball Day it seemed like a good day to try a new meatball recipe with some spaghetti. The meatballs turned out great – cut this recipe from Wholefully in half and used the oven method. So far so good.
Things took a bit of a turn when I tried to put it all together using the Instant Pot. For starters, I didn’t really have enough veggies under the pasta and sauce so I came really close to burning it all. Thankfully, except for a few noodles stuck together, it was okay. But then I tried to take the meatballs out – and they were no longer crispy and easy to pick up. I managed to save four of them but the others crumbled.
BUT dinner tasted amazing! I’ll definitely make this again – just a slightly different method. And the meatballs that crumbled had the texture of ground beef so it was kind of like a vegan bolognese!
Tuesday, March 10
Breakfast: Leftover Apple Berry Steel Cut Oatmeal.
Lunch: Leftover spaghetti and “meatballs”. And I think it tasted even better today. Looking forward to perfecting that dinner – it’s a nice change from my usual pasta.
Dinner: Chickpea Veggie Bowls! Bowls are one of my favourite meals – easy to prep, easy to cook and easy to clean-up. Plus they are sooooo good! Tonight’s bowl was roasted yam, zucchini, onion and chickpeas on top of raw spinach with a hummus based dressing (regular hummus, lemon powder and balsamic vinegar with some water to thin to the perfect consistency).
Wednesday, March 11
Breakfast: Leftover Apple Berry Steel Cut Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftover Chickpea Veggie Bowl
Dinner: I procrastinated on getting ready for dinner – although to be fair, I was quite busy with work for the Tollyclub. And handsome hubby was working late – one of those jobs that just doesn’t go according to plan. So I sort of threw the original meal plan out the window and went with an old favourite – Southwestern Lentil Stew. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s cheap and it holds up well for whenever HH gets home and can eat dinner.
Thursday, March 12
Breakfast: Finished up the leftover Apple Berry Steel Cut Oatmeal.
Lunch: Leftovers! Southwestern Lentil Stew
Dinner: New recipe time – Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole!! I’ve had some little corn tortillas in the freezer for too long and they were bugging me. So thought I’d try this recipe by the Lean Green Bean I’ve had in my collection since October. I forgot to include the spices (and to be honest, I didn’t see in the recipe exactly when and where to add them). And I used Daiya cheddar instead of dairy cheese. And it all worked perfectly!
Friday, March 13
Breakfast: A new Apple Berry Steel-Cut Oatmeal. Each one is based on the same recipe but since I really don’t measure anything (other than the oats and water), they all taste a little different. But still yummy!
Lunch: After a 6k run(!!), I was ready for lunch. And the Southwestern Lentil Stew does not disappoint. Such an easy recipe to begin with and it’s great for meal prep.
Dinner: Friday the 13th!!! Tonight we tried a new recipe – Dirty Rice in the Instant Pot. I slightly modified this recipe from Dad Cooks Dinner. I substituted a veggie sausage and veggie broth to make it plant-based. It turned out pretty good – I think I need to play with it a bit more to convert to plant-based but overall it was really good and there were lots of leftovers.
Saturday, March 14 – National Chip Day
Breakfast: Apple Berry Steel-Cut Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftover Enchilada Casserole – this one really holds up well as leftovers. I was a bit surprised as sometimes I don’t care for the tortillas in these types of leftovers. Or perhaps, it’s reheating in the Instant Pot versus a microwave that makes the difference.
Dinner: Wind hit the Lower Mainland overnight and as usual, there were lots of power outages. So my HH let for a 16 hour day “on the line”. And that left me with leftover rice from Friday night. And honestly it was pretty awesome not having to make dinner 🙂
Snack: Since we came home from Mexico, HH and I are eating just a tad healthier which means I’ve stopped buying chips as a regular snack. But I’m definitely going to celebrate National Chip Day. Sadly, I celebrated alone with HH working late.
Sunday, March 8
Breakfast: Apple Berry Steel-Cut Oatmeal
Lunch: Well, my plan was lunch at the pub. There was only one serving remaining in our leftover stash! But, HH got the call from work at 8:30 there was more power to restore. So off to work he went and it was leftovers for me! I finished the Enchilada Casserole – which to be honest, was probably tastier than the choices at our local pub and definitely healthier and cheaper.
Dinner: My old-fashioned roast beef dinner for two, turned into an old-fashioned roast beef dinner for one. With HH still on the job at dinner time – in fact he had dinner with the crew – it was dinner by myself. I used the slow-cooker and this awesome recipe from Dinner then Dessert. Since my roast was only 2 pounds I reduced the potatoes and carrots (enough for 2 people) and used only 1 cup of broth. It fit perfectly in my 4 qt slow cooker and was done in about 6 hours. And the leftover beef is going to make great sandwiches for HH this week.
- We didn’t do much during the week and our grand plans for the weekend changed once the wind storm hit.
- We did add an electric cooler from Facebook Marketplace for the back deck. With a bar sized fridge in the boat, cold space is at a premium. And constantly making ice for a traditional cooler takes a lot of water, time and remembering. Hoping this helps us with keeping drinks and extraneous fridge items cold.
- The pantry got an overall (well two actually). I tidied it up last weekend. Then I did some stocking of essentials “just in case” of Covid 19. We aren’t nuts like some people but I made sure we have enough for two weeks, if necessary. If either of us gets sick, the other is probably getting sick too – we live in 250 square feet of space. So there were a few more cans and containers to fit in the pantry under the v-berth. I used my serious Tetris skills to fit everything in and I hope we don’t need it so basically I simply provisioned for our summer cruise after this pandemic abates.
- Took my first Uber in the Lower Mainland! I used public transportation on Saturday to pick up our new cooler. But on the way home, the plan was derailed when Skytrain was shut down for a medical emergency. I could have taken the bus bridge and got back on the Skytrain but the cooler was a bit awkward… So I grabbed an Uber. And I was surprised it was about half the price a taxi would have been.
Who knows what this week will bring?? I’ll continue practicing social distancing and limiting my human contact (yay for being and introvert). I’ve got some runs planned and hoping to tackle some cleaning projects on the boat. Keeping those affected by Covid-19 in my thoughts and prayers and hoping we reach the peak soon.