For those of you who are the primary cook in your home, you will know of what I speak.
I am sooooo sick of meal planning.
OK, that's a lie because I don't meal plan and so I end up standing in the kitchen at 5 pm staring in the pantry/fridge/freezer and thinking, "Shit. Why don't I meal plan?"
I do this about 7 nights a week so you'd think I'd get with the program, wouldn't you?
Yea, so I did.
This week, but, hey, it's a start.
And here's what we did:
I put the proverbial foot down.
On Sunday, when we were unplugged, I said, "Hey, Finn, go grab a bunch of cookbooks, bring 'em in here and just open each one to a random page and that's what we'll have for dinner!"
We did quickly have to set some ground rules because the first thing Finn opened was The Joy of Cooking and it opened to ICINGS.
He couldn't believe his luck!
I did promise that we would choose an icing and make something to go with it, but I also had to insist that we retry until we found dinner.
So here's our menu for the week:
Monday: We had work people over for dinner so this night didn't count from the cookbooks. No way I am making Summer Lasagna or some intensive shit like that for 10 people. I am not that kind of wife. So we had tacos. Really good ones though with fresh tortillas and two kinds of beans and Jackdaddy's insanely great guacamole and some super good strong cheddar cheeses and Mexican corn on the cob. OH, YEA, and Finn made dessert! ALL by himself. Not kidding. He makes this thing whereby he slices strawberries, drizzles them with lime juice then sprinkles brown sugar all over that. Good. Really good. Plus, Alison the wonder baker, brought over some no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies to boot. I ate 47 of them. At least.
Tuesday: Glazed carrots with mustard and honey dressing (Veg Cooking for Everyone), Salad with homemade vinaigrette (Hearty Vegan) and then we're throwing some trout on the grill because Jackdaddy balked at two rabbit dishes for dinner.
Wednesday: Potato Leek Soup (In Season) with side salad and leftover dressing from Tuesday. Can I just say that I always think of potato leek soup as a winter soup, but damn if potatoes and leeks are not flowing at the markets these days, so, what the hell.
Excuse me, a chicken just walked past me which means the back door is open.
Thursday: Tomato/garlic/basil/olive oil cookup over pasta. It's pretty much this: Fresh tomato pasta sauce. We make this a lot in the summer, but I never thought to let it sit before. Lordy, lordy that really amps it up good.
Friday: Normally this is pizza and movie night, but I think we'll be picnicing this week. We have lots of leftover corn from last night so I think I'll make a summer corn salad (Pinterest has 17 million ones that look good), maybe some tuna fish, lots of fruit, etc., etc.
Saturday: Roasted chicken with tiny potatoes (Smitten Kitchen). There is really nothing in the Smitten Kitchen cookbook that is not the most fabulous thing you ever tasted so we may just open that one 7 times next week.
Sunday: Um, looks like we only picked 6 so, we'll see.
There you have it, fellow non-meal-planners.
I am a plananista!
Now if only I can make us stick to it.
Anybody else meal plan this week?
What's on your list?