The Menu...or, do the math.
Jul. 29, 2012 11:43 am
Updated: Jul. 29, 2012 1:02 pm
"Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent."
Epictetus (55 AD - 135 AD).
Planning 7 days worth of meals + a family of 5 = 3 hours of frustration poring over 1000s of possible dishes.
Divide all that by 3 kids, 1 husband, and X number of turned up noses, grimaces, and "oh, I don't like Basil Pesto....what is Basil Pesto?"
My solution? "You'll eat it. You'll eat it and like it. Now work with me, people."
Thus began my first venture into the AllRecipes.com meal planning. I'm embarking on this endeavor now, before school begins in a few weeks, and we are all back on the treadmill and have no time to plan a meal, much less eat it together.
As I may have mentioned in my previous blog, I am doing this to A. Feed my family better dishes, and B. Save some money by not relying solely on fast food and pre-packaged meals.
Oh, and then there is C: I'm flying by the seat of my pants.
Anyway, the plan began smoothly, and after a few fits and starts, I managed to get past my freakishly annoying sense of overwhelm.
Yes, there are thousands of recipes on the website, each with in-your-face color photos. So I narrowed down to that comfortable standby - chicken - and worked up from there.
Once I settled on my menu, I was able to easily generate the Shopping List, which I took with me on my first Grocery Mission (which I will detail in my next installment).
I still work on this with a bit of fear and trepidation, but with this blog, I am holding my feet to the fire in public. I have no excuse to back down from the challenge. I used recipes that were quick, and others that required more time, because my daughter
wants to help me cook on off days.
Below, is my Menu for the week of July 30-Aug. 5. The recipes are in bold
so you can access them by keyword if you like.
Cream of Tomato Soup with Pesto, and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf. I'm going to add some hash browns and well, open a can/bag of green beans at this point.
Tangy Slow Cooker Pork Roast - I'm adding some Buttermilk Corn Bread
on the side. I have made the corn bread ahead of time and I'll be able to heat it up. I imagine I'll add some fruit and noodles on the side.
Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic - sides?
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches - sides will vary because I'm unsure what to add. It's the same with the recipes below.
Beef Egg Rolls
Quick Pizza Sandwiches
Side dishes are frequently a challenge for me, but at this time, I'm going with the wonderful fruit that is in season, and adding some quick noodles or breads on the side.
I'm trying to make my meals quickly and efficiently, in an effort to work around time and energy constraints.
Also, thank you to the fellow cooks here for your warm welcome. I already feel at home!
As for my first menu, what are your thoughts and suggestions?