Beat the Heat, or Menu Mania
Jun. 19, 2011 1:11 am
Updated: Jun. 20, 2011 9:30 pm
I've begun to wonder whether this whole "meal planning" idea is right for crazycook... For years, once it's time to think about cooking, I take a peek at what I've got, and go from there on a daily basis. A week ago, I wrote out a meal plan spreading
over 7 days, and went into cooking overdrive, or "mania," if you will. Once again, today I began my notes for this coming week, and once again I thawed out a whole bunch of stuff, thinking that I'd be all set for days to come. What ended up happening, is
I now have EVERY storage container I own in one of three places... the dishwasher (recently emptied,) in the frige, or containing leftovers from times gone by and in the freezer. What was I thinking, when I pulled out a pkg of burger, and another of round
steak, placing them in the meat drawer of the "spare" frige... fortunately, by the time I had come to my senses, they were still mostly frozen, and went back into the "super cold box."
In an attempt to keep as cool as I might this summer, today when I put chops in the toaster oven for this evening, I added two chicken thighs (why is beyond me... I've got shredded cooked chicken in the freezer from last Sunday!) I guess I was thinking, cook
once, eat multiple times - not all the same "meat."
You'd think I'm planning on feeding an army... but alas, I don't expect but the two of us each night! Thus, I have in the frige fixin's for meatball subs tomorrow, with a salad perhaps - or the "jello slaw," cooked chicken to add to wild rice to make Rose's
Chicken Pilaf, two half stuffed peppers ready to "heat and eat," thawed (cooked) corned beef... I'm thinking some sort of meat, cabbage and potato mix... Colcannon? Which brings me to the mashed potatoes I made this afternoon... Of approx 4lbs of potatoes,
I quartered and boiled them all up, mashing only half, and setting the rest aside for "other" spud dishes. There's also a little bit of cooked ground beef ready for... taco's? Just a small serving amt of mac & cheese, which I'll no doubt toss into a tuna/noodle
casserole soon (I've been having HATEFUL cravings for tuna!) Then there's the frozen shredded chicken all ready to go for an Oriental Chicken Salad that I've made and enjoyed a number of times. Should I venture a guess that I've got a tentative plan spanning
the next MONTH? I doubt quite that, but I'm looking at my "list," and thinking not only won't I need to heat up the kitchen daily (slaving over a HOT microwave can also be tiring!) and, I've got cooked spuds if I want fried, salad, or scalloped in a few days!
Hmmm. just had a thought... I made a "casserole sauce mix" I'd read of , using only powdered dry milk and conrnstarch. Add seasonings appropriate to the dish, and you have an "instant" sauce... I'll bet that would work over spuds for scalloped potatoes, and
should be a lot easier than making the white sauce, and on, and on. I used some of this mix tonight over the pork chops with sliced mushrooms, in place of condensed mushroom soup. I added only chicken boullion and a bit of salt, and enjoyed as much as the
more expensive soup! Oh! I just reminded my crazymind that I've leftover hush puppies in the frige too, which could easily pair up with any fish entree! Dear me, I do so hope that my appetite returns soon!
I also made shortcakes and cleaned fresh berries recently... I might actually eat some of it before it's all gone if I hurry! I suspect however, that I'll need to whip more cream, and perhaps add a few more strawberries to the bowl by then! Sounds good right
now actually, but I'm not about to make whipped cream at 1am!
So, wish crazycook well with these endeavers, and be healthy, happy and crazy yourselves!