Meal Prep

Let the Countdown Begin…

Has it seriously been over a month since my last post? Geez Louise! So much catching up to do.

I need to start by explaining our new life situation as it is the cause of my absence lately but also the inspiration for many posts to come. In February, I mentioned my husband’s new job, involving a lot of traveling. Well, so much traveling that we will move from Virginia to Georgia this summer! This new move is both exciting and terrifying. I am excited to discover a new city and to embark in this new adventure. I am sad to leave my friends and a workplace I love so much. I know I will miss a lot of things about Charlottesville but I also feel like it will be nice to try out something new. And, to be frank, I have only ever moved twice in my life: First from my parents’ house to my host family’s house when I became an Au Pair, and then to Jeff’s house. This will my first time doing actual packing. And this will be quite the packing experience. We will go from a 4-story townhouse to a one-bedroom apartment. This means I need to get rid of most things we own. So my last few weeks have been filled with writing and dealing with Craigslist posts, making donation piles, etc. On top of that, I also have my job and all its end-of-year activities! I love my job and it is honestly what’s keeping me (mostly) sane through all of this.

So where do I start? I guess I should show you what my meals have looked like lately. To be honest, most meals have involved throwing vegetables and some protein in a large pan and throwing the whole thing on pasta. Often my favorite kind of meal and also the easiest. My goal lately has been to use up what we have in the pantry (hence the large quantity of pasta dishes) and in the freezer (sweet peas, shrimp…), while mixing it up with fresh ingredients as well. Here are some examples:

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Shrimp, broccoli, mushroom, onions and tomatoes. Served on fresh Mona Lisa Pasta (a local Italian restaurant) egg linguini. My first time buying really fresh pasta and it will be difficult to go back to anything else from now on.
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Simple but tasty: Bell peppers, white mushrooms, onions and Aidells Portobello & Swiss Chicken sausage.
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One of my favorite ideas so far: Sweet peas and mushrooms, added to a simple Béchamel (white sauce) with Parmesan and prosciutto. Served on angel hair pasta.
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One of my many “what’s left in the fridge” dinners: Asparagus, kale, bell peppers, cauliflower and onions. Served on Soba noodles

As I know that we will soon leave Charlottesville, the town where I have spend the past 8 years, I feel the need to say goodbye to some of my favorite restaurants. For some, it is all about their food, for others, it is about the many memories related to the place. I keep talking about listing them but the official list does not yet exist. I might regret this once I run out of time. But here are a couple of places I visited one last time before the move:

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South Street Brewery: This is where I met most of my American friends when I was an Au Pair. Many friendships grew during our weekly meetings and, come to think of it, I might not have met Jeff if it wasn’t for that (I met Jeff through friends I met there). That is also where I celebrated my 21st birthday!
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Zazu’s Curry Chicken Wrap: One of the first things “out of the ordinary” I ordered when I moved to Charlottesville. Although I have tried many other flavors since, I wanted to end with the original. And it was just as good as I remembered.

Well, I guess you’re a little bit more up-to-date now. Time for me to go make my “before I leave” restaurant list. 🙂

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