This whole meal planning thing is starting to get a bit easier. Having said that, it does seem like every week, something comes up that changes my plan.
Last week, we skipped the salad night on Thursday, because I went out to dinner with some of my sweet girlfriends. It was SO nice to have a night out. With a daily goal of 90% real food, and 10% everything else, I spent pretty much ALL of my 10% on an amazing dark chocolate brownie topped with ice cream and drizzled dark chocolate sauce. It may have been closer to 20% though. Shhhhhhh.
Saturday, I had every intention of making the poached eggs with bacon and asparagus, but the bacon jumped out of the package onto the kitchen floor earlier that morning. It was a total loss. I decided to combine the asparagus that was on the menu, with the salmon planned for tonight (Sunday). It turned out amazing!
BTW, Dave said that I have to acknowledge that HE cooked this masterpiece. He reminded me that I always have to credit the chef.
Even though the salmon ruled, both the chicken parmigiana, and the taquitos were the stars of last week’s menu. Actually…the wild rice soup was awesome too. It is really great when there are no whammies on a menu. All the recipe links are here.
It is the last week in May, and I am WAY over my grocery budget already. I was hoping to get back on track by making smoothies instead of juice, but it has been a harder transition than I had hoped. I have a freezer full of frozen fruit for smoothies, but have been buying tons of fresh stuff to accommodate Trevor’s desire for “doooooooce”. It is hard for me argue with a 2yo that begs for kale, spinach, beet, celery, carrot, orange and apple juice. I mean honestly.
So, I am resolved this week to only use items that I have on hand in order to give the bank account a break. Yikes! This will mean smoothies (sorry Trevor) using the frozen fruit, and only trips to the store for milk. This should work given that we plan to skip eating at home two of the seven nights.
Monday: Happy Memorial Day!!! We will be going somewhere to eat some BBQ most likely.
Tuesday: Salsa chicken tacos. We will use corn tortillas, and add avocados, cheese and tomatoes.
Wednesday: Creamy chicken and wild rice soup. Replay from last week. It was so good, AND this is a “use it up” week for us.
Thursday: Dave and I will be going out to dinner for our 4th wedding anniversary. Yay for date night!
Friday: Cheesy pesto chicken bake. I will be making my own pesto in the Vitamix. Hope it turns out well!
Saturday: French toast with carmalized bananas. Inspired by this recipe, but I will be using whole grain bread and whole milk for the egg mixture.
Sunday: We do not have any seafood on hand except some frozen pub battered halibut that has been in the freezer for longer than I care to admit. Not a real food option sadly. We will be having soup again (ya know…to use it up) that I will pull from the freezer. Can I tell you how much I appreciate having cooked ahead?!?
In closing, I am reflecting on Memorial Day, and how its significance reaches far beyond the BBQs, and the day we get off work. I am humbled by the service and sacrifice of those that have made the US safer. May we never forget what you have done for us, and may we live lives worthy of your gift.