Oh planning. I wish you did not require so much planning. The menu hunting, the shopping lists, the shuffling of meal options to accommodate schedules. As a working mama, I also have to plan to cook ahead for many of the weeknights, since prep the night of is a joke. I have to avoid the open fridge stare at 5pm, or I will start buying convenience food again.
This week, I will be out of town Weds night through Sunday. You mean I have to do MORE planning for meals that are easy while I am gone? You betcha. Due to this unique week, I am only planning dinner. Breakfast and lunch can be a free-for-all. Healthy free-for-all, but still…
On the docket for dinners:
Monday: Chicken tacos using meat that cooked all day in the crock pot yesterday. The remainder of the meat will be used to make freezer burritos. (Getting around to making the burritos tomorrow)
Tuesday: Chicken and cilantro lime quinoa. Btw, just learned that it is pronounced KEEN-WA. Yes, I have been calling it Quin-oh-wa. So awesome.
Wednesday: Chili and cornbread. (Both currently in the freezer) I modify this chili recipe quite a bit based on tips from my friend Val. I leave out the sugar, bacon bits, hotsauce, corn chips and beef boulion. I use one whole beer. Honestly, this turns out AMAZING. Time to make chili peeps! Cornbread recipe is modified to use whole corn meal, whole wheat flour, no sugar, and a bit more honey. Winner.
Thursday: I will pre-make a salad for Dave with Spinach, strawberries, almonds and a drizzle of olive oil.
Friday: Spaghetti with grass fed beef delivered in the CSA box, and whole wheat noodles. Also prepped and ready in the freezer.
Sat: Brinner of waffles or pancakes or an omelette. Dave’s choice here. Dave’s parents are visiting, so it may end up being take out for the adults. He can call an audible.
Sunday: Most likely something like chicken enchilada soup from the freezer. (Made a HUGE batch yesterday.) I get home right at dinner time, so that should rule.
Hope everyone has a great week!