Monday, January 28, 2013

Week #3 Meal Plan

I made some pretty drastic re-arranges to last week's meal plan, and will probably do the same this week. So, instead of doing day by day, I'm just going to give you a list of the meals on the docket for the week and let you decide when you want to make them based on how each day goes. Cause, that's really what is sometimes more realistic. And the entire goal of this blog is to encourage and model attainable, yummy cooking.

The last couple weeks of new recipes has left me culinarily exhausted, so we're returning to some comfort foods this week. You'll see these A LOT over the next year.

With no further-ado, the meals for this week:

Chicken Divan
* A creamy chicken and broccoli casserole served over rice. This week, I'm trying to make my own sour cream and mayonnaise in order to make this Mid West comfort food a little more healthy.

Salad Night: Spinach Salad
* A bed of baby spinach topped with cranberries, walnut pieces, red onion, hardboiled egg and feta cheese served with a Pear Vinaigrette

Vegetarian Night: Enchilladas
* This week's version will be with homemade tortillas, homemade refried beans, homemade enchillada sauce, homemade salsa, and cheese (not homemade)

New York Style Hotdogs and Sweet Potato Fries
* Needing a comfort night - this should do the trick.

Taco Night
* This recipe will also use homemade tortillas, homemade refried beans, and homemade salsa. We'll do all the work of homemade tortillas and refried beans in one day (with probably an extra contingent to go in the freezer for upcoming weeks) and will subsequently save ourselves a lot of time in the future.

Note - I'm also going to start doing one big Ingredients List, and just * the items I have in my kitchen. My point in *ing the items in my kitchen is to illustrate how a well-stocked kitchen makes for less work when meal planning and grocery shopping. And to illustrate how many non-perishable items can be on hand in order to save you time when shopping. The cost is bigger up front, but as you go through items at different paces, you'll do fewer "big" grocery runs and more "weekly stock ups".

Ingredients List (sorted in order of above listed recipe)
1 lb chicken
1/2 - 1lb broccoli
cheddar cheese
* cream of chicken soup (if you have flour, butter, and chicken stock on hand - I'll do a recipe on making homemade cream of chicken soup)
sour cream (unless you also want to make your own)
mayonnaise (unless you also want to make your own)
* rice 
* cranberries
* walnuts
* feta cheese
* salad dressing of your choice
* flour
* salt
1 large can of canned whole tomatoes
1 bag dry kidney beans
* homemade salsa/ingredients for homemade salsa
* taco seasoning
* ground beef
* chili powder
* hot dogs
If you want to make your own sour cream (I'm actually making Greek yogurt in lieu of sour cream):
* milk
* plain yogurt
If you want to make your own mayonnaise: 
* white vinegar
* egg
* oil
* salt
* salt
* pepper

There you have it, there you go - this week's grocery plan and list. We have fewer meals this week because I did a couple nights of make shift dinner last week (cereal one night, scrambled eggs another). We just moved to Seattle a few weeks ago, really, and sometimes settling in gets the best of me and dinner plans go out the window. Dinner plans will probably go out the window year round, but for this month - I have a very valid excuse.

Happy shopping!

ps - don't forget to get yourself a couple comfort items!

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