25 November 2012

Tired of Menu Planning? Tired of Cooking?

We've all been there, we've all done that.  With one major food holiday checked off for the year, and leftovers getting low...it's time to start menu planning, grocery shopping, and cooking again.  I'd love to say I've been in a blogging rut, but it's simply not the case.  I've been meaning to blog....it just doesn't seem to happen.  But here I am, blogging, and I'm here to help you.

I've mentioned before, I love menu planning.  I love hoarding recipes, and I love grocery shopping.  In fact, those are probably my favorite 3 things about cooking.  If you don't include eating of course.  I menu plan a week to a week and a half out.  Why that time frame?  Cause it just works out that way for me.  We've talked about menu planning before, see this post.  I thought it might help to share with you some of the recipes I plan to make.  Maybe I'll keep it a regular thing, maybe it'll help me get back into the swing of things here.  Who knows.

Above is a picture of the only fooding things I have here with me.  If you've been following over at Where's Kacey?!?, you'll know all most of our stuff is up in storage, including recipe binders and cookbooks.  I currently have a folder of printouts since we've been here, an advance uncorrected proof cookbook (A New Way to Cook by Sally Schneider) I found at a garage sale, my coupon binder and my notebook of menu plannings, grocery lists, and to-do's.

We've been trying to limit our grocery shopping and clearing out our pantry and fridge/freezer since we'll be leaving this apartment/town/state/COUNTRY in just 2 months.  (Holy CRAP!!!)  We are also trying to eat healthier while doing so, because we know we'll be traveling a lot the next few months and eating whatever we want out with friends and family we haven't seen for a while.

So here's what's on the menu this week (or two).  Oh, I should point out that while I write 'no dinner' that doesn't mean we don't eat, it just means I don't make an official dinner because one or both of us are not home.  Typical 'no dinner' meals include: leftovers, sandwiches (deli meat), or beans and toast (Aaron's favorite bachelor meal).  Also, I don't stress about how these meals fall into place.  Some nights it just works out that Thursday's meal is easier to make on Monday.  I shop for my entire list, so it doesn't really matter.  It's also common for a meal or two on this weeks list to end up on next weeks list, either because of underestimating leftovers or other dinner plans.

Let's have it already why don't we!

Sun - Thai Red Curry w/ Chicken & Rice Noodles (Julia's Album)
Mon - Volunteering, no dinner
Tues - Aaron night class, no dinner
Weds - Roasted peppers with garlic & anchovies served over pasta (A New Way to Cook)
Thurs - Volunteering, no dinner
Fri - Tomatoes Stuffed w/ Corn & Black Beans, served with Mexican Rice (Everyday Food and Small Wallet Big Appetite)
Sat - Baked Chicken Taquitos with leftover Mexican Rice (Smells Like Home)
Sun - Orecchiette with Scallops and Peas served with salad and bread
Mon - Volunteering, no dinner
Tues - White Bean Soup with Grilled Sausages (Everyday Food)
Weds - Leftovers
Thurs - Volunteering, no dinner

Do you menu plan?  What are you having this week? 

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  1. This is very helpful! I was dreading menu planning this week. I consider myself to be in a cooking rut. As for this week, here's what's on the menu:
    -chicken tacos
    -spaghetti w/ homemade garlic bread and salad
    -Honey & Garlic baked chicken w/broccoli and herb &parmesan fine egg noodles
    -Chili served over pasta with lettuce onions peppers and sour cream
    -Grilled Cheese and roasted potatoes

    That's all for now :)

  2. That sounds great sister! Can you make me chili too!?!?!?