This week in dinners


I’m an off-again, on-again menu planner. I know that everything goes more smoothly when I take the time to think about the week ahead, but I don’t always practice the discipline of sitting down with a pen and notebook. I even have a subscription to an online menu planning service…so I need to hop back on that bandwagon again too.

There’s a certain kind of comfort that comes from knowing you have *something* in the fridge that will look like dinner.  I have a few requirements: something the five-year old will eat, something the baby can eat even if I supplement with a side of soup for her, and something not planned entirely around carbs as I’m trying to eat less of those myself. And we don’t eat pork. Or beef. And one of us loathes eggs. Gah. So here’s this week’s line-up:

Sunday: We’re out tonight, but I’m going to pop a frozen whole chicken in the crock-pot (oh yes you can!) with some potatoes and carrots for lunches tomorrow and ready-cooked chicken for Wednesday.

Monday: Baked salmon, sugar-snap peas, egg-noodles tossed with butter, feta cheese and cherry tomatoes.

Tuesday: A big platter of steamed veg (broccoli, cauliflower, leftover sugar snaps, sweet potatoes, sliced turnip) with spicy peanut sauce on the side, pan-fried turkey breast, bread and butter for those who want it. Seems like a lot of work with the vegetables but the whole platter can be done in advance and leftovers are great plus the other dishes are really easy.

Wednesday: Tortilla wraps with chicken (from Sunday), lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream and sliced avocado. Spicy ready-made chipotle sauce on the side for the parents. Side of steamed broccoli or just left over veg from last night if we didn’t eat it all.

Thursday: My mother-in-law’s spinach soup with chicken meatballs that she gave us on Friday and that I froze for this week. Plus buns. Easy, easy. A good night to have that relaxing glass of wine while doing practically nothing to prepare dinner.

Friday: It’s always “homemade” pizza night on Friday. And by “homemade” — I mean “assembled” at home. Store bought naan breads, cheese, spinach, cherry tomatoes and olives. Side soup for the baby. Done.

Now that wasn’t so hard. I’m sure I can do this again next week.


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