So I’m now five days into my first week of trying to plan dinners ahead of time so as to avoid the dinnertime crazies. I’d had enough of trying to watch two young kids while trying to figure out what to make for dinner and then trying to actually make that dinner (I work so I don’t get to start dinner until it’s actually dinnertime; there’s no chance for me to do any prep earlier in the day since I’m not home at naptime (my oldest gave up napping a long, long time ago anyway!)).
I posted my first meal plan this past Sunday and, besides forgetting a few things at the grocery store, everything went really well. I followed through with my plan and made…
…Tortilla soup on Sunday…
…Pasta Florentine on Monday (no picture, but it was a very good meal and took MAYBE 20 minutes to make)…
…and burritos on Tuesday. I had a lot of fun making the tortillas for the burritos. I rolled them out on our dining room table while the girls played with playdoh. “J” kept asking if she could add some playdoh to the tortilla dough and “I” just ate the playdoh as if it was tortilla dough. Blech. These burritos (from The 30-Minute Vegan) were awesome. The cilantro is really what tied it all together; I wish I would have realized that years ago so I could have had awesome burritos all along! Live and learn? Also, when Columbus’ first Whole Foods opened 5 or so years ago, they had a fabulous burrito bar that my husband and I went to quite often. For reasons still unknown, they got rid of that burrito bar and replaced it with a grill-type food counter that my husband and I never eat at. The burritos I made reminded us instantly of those Whole Foods burritos and I am so glad to have been reminded.
My meal-planning strategy also includes planning 3 days at a time rather than the whole week. I shop on either Saturday or Sunday for meals to be made on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. I shop on Tuesday for meals to be made on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Saturday meals will either be eaten out (or more likely taken out) or will be planned that day since I have a lot more wiggle room on Saturday for getting meals prepared. I did follow through with my Tuesday grocery trip and planned these meals for yesterday, today, and tomorrow:
Thursday – Meditteranean Hummus Wraps from The 30-Minute Vegan
I had a great time making Sarah’s Mom’s Veggie Chili last night.
It is definitely the most veg-packed chili I’ve ever made and it was delicious – in fact, I just finished another bowl for lunch! The no yeast bread could not have been any easier and it has this salty quality that is so satisfying. This bread was reminiscent of focaccia, but was as close to zero effort as any bread recipe I’ve ever made.
I’m really glad that my meal-planning is going well; my dinnertime stress-level is significantly less this week. I like, too, knowing ahead of time what I’m going to make because I like having good food to look forward to. For instance, I can’t wait to get home tonight both to see my kids AND to get started on making the hummus wraps!
If you feel like sharing, what is your favorite chili recipe? I usually don’t make chili from a recipe, so making Sarah’s Mom’s recipe was a happy departure from the normal for me. Do you use a recipe or just make it up as you go along?