I receive a lot of comments about my meal planning. I've heard my share of, "I could never be so organized", "I would spend more money than I need to", "It takes too much time and thought", and my personal favorite, "Are you OCD?"
So, here's my answers. Yes you can, no you won't, depends on the current noise level in the house, and my middle name is Monk.
Okay, not really, but meal planning doesn't have to be so difficult. I find that if I have a plan in place, I'm more likely to use up what's in the fridge, pantry, and freezers, I can better utilize my limited supply of thinking time for the greater good of mankind, and it gives me extra time to do the important things in life.
|The end of a very long day...for both of us!|
Now you know the real reasons. I'm an over-achiever.
Meal planning is especially important if you prepare foods in a traditional way. And I'm not talking about popping the plastic tray into the microwave either. Sometimes, in the busyness of everyday life, I forget to do some of the prep work required for whole foods cooking. Forgetting to soak the beans, make broth, start the sourdough sponge, or put together the breakfast casserole the night before can throw a real kink into the plan. With 11 hungry people in the house again, no food could mean the end of my life as I know it.
They're a vicious bunch I tell ya.
So, here's what's cooking this week, with my side notes. Fortunately for you, the computer doesn't scribble them into the side bar like I do...
Breakfasts~Pumpkin Spice muffins, Cranberry/Orange muffins, Raspberry Almond muffins, eggs, Yogurt Smoothies, Simple Soaked Oatmeal
Cincinnati Chili, roasted brussel sprouts
*Soak black beans~pm
*Start pot of chicken stock~am
*Put prime rib roast in fridge to thaw~pm
*Start sourdough sponge for bread~pm
Prime rib, roasted potatoes, green beans, salad w/ Citrus Vinaigrette, Sourdough bread (traditionally prepared with no yeast)
*Cook turkey breast~am
*Prepare dough for European Peasant Bread~pm
Turkey & Wild Rice Soup (new!), European Peasant Bread
Pasta Bolognese, Caesar Salad, Garlic European Peasant Bread
*Start sourdough sponge~pm
Chicken Noodle Soup, Sourdough bread
Sloppy Joes on homemade buns, Salmon dip (Hmmm...thought I'd shared this recipe, but I can't find it~will share it next week!) chips
We are also roasting pumpkins, canning pears, making apple butter, and rendering the last of the lard.
See why I have to plan?
If you're new to meal planning, visit Menu Mondays at I'm an Organizing Junkie for more ideas.