As you may know, my attempts at meal planning have met with sporadic success at best (see last fall). However, with a new baby and the departure of my wonderful auntie who prepared nearly all our meals for over a month, my days of shopping every other day and leisurely deciding what we'll have for dinner are things of the past. Thus, before she left I wrote my very first month-long meal plan. Sort of. Rather than plan the meals, e.g., Day 1 - roast chicken, Day 2 - lasagna, etc., I made a list of 31 meals to prepare taking into account what provisions I had on hand and in the freezer, recipes I wanted to try, and tried and true favorites. Then when preparing to shop for the week, which I have to do because perishables such as milk and produce must be restocked weekly, all I do is select a week's worth of meals from the list to make my menu. Here is what's on the agenda for this week:
Monday - Shredded Beef Chili (slow cooker) with cornbread muffins and salad.
Tuesday - Sweet and Sour Chicken with sauteed zucchini.
Wednesday - Beef Broccoli (slow cooker)
Thursday - Turkey Bolognese (sauce in freezer)
Friday - Homemade Pizza (using my trustworthy dough recipe)
Saturday - Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and broccoli
Sunday - Beef Enchiladas (shredded meat in freezer)
I also plan to try one or more of the following frozen goodies now that I finally have room to store my ice cream bowl as well as ice cream in the freezer:
Coffee Chocolate Ice Cream
Brownie Batter Frozen Yogurt
Chocolate Ice Cream