The Weekly Menu
January 21st, 2011
And speaking of The Family Dinner, I’m back in the saddle when it comes to cooking. For a while after Little Bear was born, it was more than I had energy or motivation for to try to cook regularly for the family. Mercifully, my parents were here much of the time to help! But now I’m getting back into a rhythm and have resumed cooking on most nights. The emphasis is on quick and easy. The strategy? Plan, plan, plan.
Ever since I was in college, I have done weekly meal plans. I didn’t grow up with this system but have found I cannot function any other way. I sit down on the weekend, write up my plan for the week and go grocery shopping (usually only once a week unless we run out of something like milk). Right now I’m trying to build most of my meals around my freezer because we have managed to stockpile a whole lotta meals and meal components in there.
This week’s meal plan included the following:
Saturday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Mac & Cheese — The pulled pork was fully cooked and waiting in the freezer. Earlier this fall I made a huge five pound batch of it in the crock pot and froze it for future use.
Sunday: Pizza Noodle Casserole — I had an afternoon work function so I prepped this while Miss Mouse napped and left instructions for Josh on when to pop it in the oven.
Monday: Chicken Veggie Soup — Straight from the freezer. Ready to roll in 10 minutes. This recipe was from the Sneaky Chef cookbook and had all kinds of healthy tidbits hiding in it.
Tuesday: Sloppy Joes with Oven-Baked French Fries — On Sunday, when I made the casserole, I browned an extra pound of ground beef and used it to do the sloppy joes later in the week. I confess to using Manwich. I tried to be fancy and make my own sauce once, but was informed by my husband that only the canned stuff is authentic. It certainly is easier and tastes just fine.
Wednesday: Halibut with Cream Sauce and Rice Pilaf — The fish broiled in under ten minutes and the pilaf was a packaged creation from Aldi. No MSG, no artificial flavors, no worries. It was great.
Last night we had leftovers and today is Cheat Day so we’ll order pizza. And tomorrow I’m planning to throw a Canadian Pot Roast (involving maple syrup and acorn squash) in the crock-pot first thing so that it can cook all day while I’m playing with the kiddos.
Once I clear out the freezer some, I’ll make it a goal to cook one “double recipe” each week so that I’m always replenishing my stockpile as we go. But I have to make some room in there first!