Monday, May 28, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

The Hubby and I went to a wedding yesterday.  The kids had a sitter, and we had a blast hanging out, just the two of us.  However, that did mean that the kids were up until 10 pm.  And because it was hot, neither of them really took a nap Sunday.  And today was even hotter.  So they were crabby.  So we were crabby.  Yesterday was really a lot of fun.  Was today worth it?  Hard to say.  Will we do it again in the future?  Probably.  The accounting counts for fairly little three months after the last exhausted disaster of a day.  Sometimes you just need a night out.  Seriously.

Monday- Coleslaw and a veggie tray for the Memorial Day BBQ.

Tuesday- Youth group night.  Burgers, coleslaw, grilled potatoes. 

Wednesday- Pasta with roasted red pepper cream sauce.  (I will not use a recipe or measure.  Sauteed onions and garlic plus a jar of roasted red peppers plus heavy cream plus parmesan.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Substituted "a jar of anything that's tasty on its own and possibly vaguely Italian" for the red peppers, and you've got yourself a pantry staple winner.  Yes, heavy cream counts as a pantry staple in this house.  If there's no coffee or no cream to go in it, that's an emergency on par with our toilet breaking while we're away at a Memorial Day BBQ and pouring gallons of water down our laundry chute.  Boo Monday.

Thursday-Lentils and rice with Indian spice.

Friday- Tacos.  The Hubby loves him some tacos.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

Monday- I didn't actually make the new potatoes with green beans last week, so I'll do that today.

Tuesday- youth group night.  Pasta with pumpkin cream sauce.  Salad.

Wednesday- Chicken stir fry with cabbage and mushrooms.  Over brown rice.

Thursday- Linda for dinner!  As a guest, not the main dish.  It's supposed to be hot, so a big chef's salad seems in order.  Lots of chopped veggies topped with cubes of roast beef and cheese.  Lemon-garlic dressing, the house favorite.  Bread would be good, although I don't want to further heat up the house, and I have gone without buying bread since December (yay me!), so we'll see.  Maybe I'll make a batch yesterday.  Or use the breadmaker.

Friday- Dinner out with The Hubby's Aunt and Uncle.  I'll make pasta with sauce from a jar for the kiddos.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

I keep thinking of topics on which I should blog, and then not getting to it.  Clearly this is not a big enough priority in my life.  C'est la vie.

Monday- bread, mushroom risotto, peas, fried eggs.  I tried the covered pot risotto technique.  It didn't turn out.  It was rice with stuf in it, but not the creamy delight of risotto.  Did I do it wrong, or is it just not as effective as advertised?

Tuesday- Youth group night.  More bread, marinated cucumber salad, Santa Fe Pasta Salad (Toss your cooked, cooled pasta with already cooked or canned black beans, cumin, olive oil, diced onion, diced green pepper, minced garlic, fresh or frozen corn, chopped cilantro, salt, pepper, and a ton of fresh lime juice.  You can also add hot pepper sauce, if you like, but I'm not going to.  Taste and adjust until you feel happy.)

Wednesday- Crock pot beef roast with, you know, the vegetables that go with a beef roast.  Also maybe salad?  I've got one in the freezer.  A roast, that is, not a salad.  And it's getting to be beyond the acceptable season for roasting.

Thursday- So I need to start doing the grocery shopping on Thursday, as Thursday is the only day I have the car, and with 2 little kids, multiple stroller-based runs to the market each week are simply frustrating (out of milk and it's raining?  Well that's just too bad, isn't it?).  But that means I'll have to change the meal plan routine.  Not that this routine is working particularly well, but changing the date for menu planning means I should change around the whole weekly chore schedule.  I need structure, clearly.  Let me get back to you on that when my daughter isn't trying to eat left-under risotto from the dining room floor.

Friday- Green beans and new potatoes.  (This recipe doesn't look too bad, but I know right now I'll be using bacon instead of the salt pork.  Other modifications are probable.)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Boo!!! My latest meal plan deleted itself.  Now I've got to remember what I wanted to cook...

Monday- Split pea soup.

Tuesday- Dilly green beans with tomatoes and polish sausage.  Over rice.

Wednesday- Lentils with fried onions.  Coconut rice.  Bread!  We've had no bread since Friday.  This is getting ridiculous.

Thursday- Black bean quesidillas with Super Cilantro Guacamole.

Friday- Grilled chicken.  Marinated vegetables.  German potato salad.