Menu 8/30/2015

  1. stir-fried pork with string beans, rice
  2. breakfast for dinner
  3. make coq au vin, creamy lamb and eggplant casserole
  4. coq au vin
  5. indonesian meat and potato frittersindonesian coconut rice with zucchini (sans the chicken that the recipe calls for)
  6. leftover night
  7. roasted chicken thighs with creamed shallots and baconbacon, tomato, zucchini salad
  8. slow cooker hawaiian pizza, english muffins

And for lunches I'll be making smoked salmon salad with cucumber.  

This is another 8 meal plan because I was gone for most of the previous week, but I got home on Friday and am cooking tonight which is Saturday.  

This week is the first week of the next stage of my life.  Starting on Wednesday, I'm going to be a full time student for the first time in 18 years.  I'm both scared and excited.  Aaah!  I think that Tuesdays and Thursdays will become leftover nights and I'll also be making something for lunches as often as needed since I'll be eating lunch and dinner at school most Tuesdays and Thursdays.  


Menu 8/16/2015

  1. loaded egg salad, bread
  2. samosa mashed potatoes with ground lamb
  3. rustic pasta sauce with zucchini and sausage
  4. za’atar roast chicken with green tahini saucegreek style bell pepper salad
  5. leftover night
  6. grilled chicken, summer pasta with smashed tomatoes, peaches, and mozzarella
  7. burgers maybe grilled, sweet potato fries, aioli, one large tomato
  8. cobb salad

Unlike last week, the days for certain meals don't matter so much this week, aside from #1 and #8.  I am planning 8 meals, since I'll be leaving next Monday so I might as well plan for next Sunday and do all the shopping at the same time, right?  I'm also planning on making lemon lemon lemon loaf to take to chemo when I'm out of town, so I'll link to that recipe as well!

 


Menu 8/9/2015

  1. grilled chicken caprese salad
  2. something TBA, crustless summer zucchini pie
  3. black bean bacon chili
  4. roasted/grilled chicken, tahini eggplant
  5. leftovers
  6. taco beef cabbage stir fry, rice
  7. fajitas (zucchini, peppers, bell peppers, onions)

Gone are the days when I can just plan meals for the week and figure out when I'll cook them as the week goes on.  Now that my life has lost almost all of its flexibility, I need to actually plan specific meals for specific days.  Rough life, eh?  

This meal plan pretty much came together in my head while I was at the farmers market buying veggies for the week.  I still need to figure out a protein to go with meal #2, but that just involves looking in the freezer to figure out what my options are.  

I've also started to think forward to September when I'll be a full time student for the first time in 18 years.  Tuesday dinners are going to need to be slow cooker meals and I'll need to start planning a lunch recipe a week so that I'll have food to take in my lunch boxes on the days I have classes.  


Menu 7/26/2015

  1. chicken salad, croissants
  2. zucchini, bacon, gruyere quiches
  3. grilled chicken caprese
  4. tex mex pasta bake
  5. A&G out of town, L FFS
  6. A&G out of town, L FFS
  7. A&G out of town, L FFS

Has it really been two months since I last posted a meal plan?  EEK.  Life has been super hectic.  My dad's cancer has come back, which puts me out of town quite a bit.  Then I was in Norway on vacation for a week and then in Michigan on vacation for most of another week and sheesh.  I've not had much time at home or much time to cook!  But August will be the calm between two storms - all I've got going on is chemo for two weeks with my dad and I'll be home the rest of the month.  Then, in September, I'm going to be a full time student.  Eek.  So meal planning and cooking will be interesting...

But I'm doing what I can, when I can, and that's got to be enough.  


Menu 5/24/2015

  1. slow roasted arctic char (and chicken) with lemon-mustard seed topping, mac and cheese cheesecake, cheater chard with garlic scapes
  2. holiday strip loin, green saucebroccoli with parmesan and bacon
  3. chicken stir fry - spicy szechuan stir-fry sauce
  4. oslo kebabs
  5. leftover night
  6. baked eggs with spinach and mushrooms and sausage
  7. roasted pork tenderloinasparagus gruyere tart

I feel like this is a lot of food to be cooking for the week.  I definitely overbought by one veg at the farmers market this weekend and now I'm trying to figure out how to get everything in.  Not my best choice.  Lots of tasty things, though.  I'll be using up lots of veggies, some meats from the freezer, and the carrots and celery are leftovers from my party a few weeks ago.  No Chipotle leftovers this week, I'll probably work them into next week's dinners.  

I picked up green onions, chard, spinach, broccoli, garlic scapes, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes at the market.  



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