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Meal Plan Monday

Everyone develops tricks when it comes to food. One of ours right now is 1) Picking a "meat of the week" and 2) prepping several meals on Sunday or Monday. I've recently switched to Monday because the house is quiet and I can pop a few meals in the Instant Pot between writing sprints. It forces me to get up and away from my keyboard because I don't want to overcook the food.


This week our meat of the week is chicken. One of the other advantages to picking one meat for the week is that I can buy in bulk. In this case I got the big sheet of chicken breasts. I have three breasts in the crock pot slow cooking on high for 4 hours. This shreds beautifully when done! I love shredded chicken because it can be made into many things from BBQ to Mexican to salads. I also have three breasts (cubed) in the Instant Pot with a honey bourbon recipe. I also simmered a Japanese style chicken soup on the stove while all of this was going on because my youngest recently realized he likes chicken broth soup and I thought this would a nice alternative to have on hand for lunches or lighter meals.

Our meals this week look like:

Monday: chicken quesadillas

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday and salad

Wednesday: honey bourbon chicken and rice (and soup)

Thursday: heat-and-eat night

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Having multiple meals that use the same ingredients and trimmings means I don't end up buying too many ingredients, and the ones I do buy get used up. Making one different meal with the same type of meat means my family doesn't hate one type of food by the end of the week.

Get the honey bourbon recipe we use here.

The shredded chicken is so simple. Just chicken and a cup of water. When it's done I shred it with two forks, letting the chicken soak up some juices for a few minutes before I pull out about a third. The rest I season with taco seasoning. I now have a plain shredded chicken that can be used with anything and a seasoned chicken to be used in our Mexican dishes.

Shopping list:

We keep tortillas in stock at all times

  • Shredded cheese

  • Salsa or pico (or both)

  • Avocados or guac

  • refried beans

  • sour cream

  • jalapeños

  • taco seasoning (sometimes I buy a packet and sometimes I make my own with spices from the cabinet with this recipe.)

Alternatives we switch to sometimes: nachos or BBQ. Instead of a tortilla we plate up some chips and cover them in goodies and pop it in the microwave. Or if someone just wants something different I always reserve some shredded chicken with no seasoning. That way it can be heated up with some BBQ sauce. Add a side salad and some garlic bread to complete the meal!

I love cooking, which is why most of my books usually have a character who loves to cook. In my latest series, the Reckless Kiss series, the heroine loves cooking so much her kitchen is the only thing she's actually decorated in her house. The final book in the series released just last week. So if you like super steamy romance, check out Reckless Kiss, Reckless Love, and Reckless Nights!

Alexis Anne makes a living from writing books. She's one of those non-award-winning, never-hit-a-list, no-one's-ever-heard-of authors who quietly rakes in the dough by being focused on her craft while wearing a hat for business. She's an introvert and prefers it that way.

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The Kids Are All Right

School is back in session! This means a couple of things. Number one: I have a regular work schedule again (thank the heavens above!). Number two: I know my kiddos are in good hands for the rest of the school year. Yes, I'm happy to report three solid months of worrying who their teachers and classmates would be has resulted in good placements for both of them. (Because it is clearly a 1:1 correlation between my hours spent worrying and the results that had nothing to do with it.) I'm busy working on TEMPT3 this week! Here is a look at the music, food, drink, and television helping me get this work done!


Music inspiration for the week comes courtesy of Imagine Dragons covering Taylor Swift's Blank Space mashed up with Stand By Me. The singing starts around 1:30 and it is so freaking fantastic! [youtube]


I'm using one of my staple go-to moves to get through the week: crock pot chicken breasts.

What is this, you ask? The simplest of hacks! I slow cook a sheet of chicken in the crockpot for about 6 hours (along with one cube of chicken bullion and 1 cup of water). When it's done I shred the chicken and use it for: quesadillas, chicken salad sandwiches, nachos, chicken tacos, Asian chicken salad, and... chicken. I typically get 1-2 dinners and up to 2 lunches out of this (depending on how much chicken I actually cook and how much we stuff into the quesadillas). Which means that I get two days worth of cooking out of one crock pot. Winner!

Side note: this freezes very well. I divide them up into quart-sized freezer bags in the amount I need for another meal and freeze! Voila! Thaw in the microwave for quick use, or pop into the fridge the night before/morning of. Easy peasy.


This week is brought to me by Smithwicks! I love this beer, but it's not something I like to drink all the time. A six pack every few months satisfies my craving!


The Anne's are binge-watching Sons of Anarchy! Yes, we're a decade late to the game, but we are totally hooked! I was skeptical after the first couple of episodes, but DANG does this show hit its stride after that! Jax's speech to Tara did me in and I'm so hooked it's not even funny. The complexity of the characters is what sells this show. I'm excited that there are so many seasons to watch!


All right... I should probably finish writing this book! Thanks for stopping by!