Sunday, December 12, 2010

Meal Plan Monday: *Yawn* Non-excited about cooking this week ...

I don't know what's going on with me this week but I haven't been this un-excited about menu planning in a long, long time. There were great deals this week at Harris Teeter (I saved as much as I spent!). I'm planning to make my holiday gift baskets filled with baked goods, which normally cheers me up. I'll be sure to post pictures and a re-cap of our 2010 baked goods later this week when I get around to making it all.

I don't know. Maybe it's the weather (rain, rain go away), maybe I'm just tired (Beatrice Kate gave us a 5 a.m. wake-up call this morning), maybe it's this stupid cold I'm trying to fight off (I go out of the house like one time a week and of course, I'm the one who winds up sick!).

But, enough moaning and complaining... life goes on and so must our menu. We've got eat after all. We did really great last week eating what I had planned and I'm hoping we can do the same this week. So, let's have a look at what's on tap:

Friday: My husband came home to find that our a pipe under the kitchen cabinets had burst sometime that day (which I neglected to notice, despite an obvious lack of water pressure and the loud, hissing noise coming from under the sink. I have tunnel vision during the days I guess?). So, we ended up using one of our latest fast-food coupons for dinner. It's also probably contributing to the overall blah feeling today..

Saturday: My parents were in town to spend some pre-Christmas time with Beatrice Kate and offered to treat us to a nice dinner out. We took them up on the offer and had a meal at Leesville Tap Room. It was pretty good- considering we didn't get to eat until 10:30 p.m.because we also stopped a Christmas party.

Sunday: Left-overs. We each had about 2 meals worth of leftover food from dinner on Saturday night. Casey is also taking some for lunch tomorrow. What is it with portion sizes these days??

Monday: Chili. The high is supposed to be somewhere around oh, 30 that day, so a nice big pot of chili sounded perfect.

Tuesday: Crock Pot Chicken with Tomato and Vegetable Sauce with a few modifications. One, we actually eat this as a main course and side dish rolled into one. It's very filling. Two, I use frozen chicken breasts because usually I can't remember to thaw out the chicken in advance and I certianly don't cube it. There is a lot left over that I suppose you could freeze and put over pasta. I've done that before (put it over pasta) and it's really good. But, right now, we're low-carbing it for a few weeks so pasta is out.

Wednesday: Tuna steaks and broccoli with cheese sauce. I got the tuna steaks frozen from Trader Joe's (you know how much I love Trader Joe's lately.) It's a first for us, and I've never bought frozen fish before so I'll let you know how it turns out.

Thursday: Honestly, I'm not really sure yet. Probably though, we'll have a NY Strip Steak with a side of sauteed veggies and a big salad. That's usually our stand-by, go-to meal if we're stuck and can't decide. Luckily, NY Strips were on sale this week at Harris Teeter. It was destined, apparently.

Beatrice Kate is continuing to try out new things. This week we're trying blueberries and maybe peaches (if we can find some organics in the freezer section. She'll also try plums, broccoli and maybe acorn squash if I find time to make it for her. She took down the green peas like a champ and surprisingly, parsnip seems to be her favorite veggie so far.

Also, as a follow-up from last week, Casey said he "merged together" two recipies to form the amazing salmon dish he made for me. Basically, it was lemon and lime zest, salt, pepper and olive oil for the rub. He pan seared it, because it was too cold and rainy to grill. Then he pureed together some fresh mint (we had spearmint on hand), salt, pepper, olive oil and walnuts to make the pesto that went on top. Sound weird. But it was tasty. Finally, the zucchini Parmesan was AMAZING. We're totally making it again- Casey wanted to have it again this week but I think we'll give it a week in between.

If my un-inspired menu plan wasn't enough to wet your whistle, check out Org Junkie for better other ideas.


  1. Your Crock Pot Chicken sounds really good. Thank you for sharing and you have a great week!

  2. the crock pot chicken DOES sound good!! and do you have the recipe for the zucchini parm? the girls love zucchini, but are getting tired of it just being pan seared. thanks!!