Pan-seared chicken breast from cook's illustrated
This I actually did make, last week. It was more effort than I really wanted to spend on worknight dinner, but the sight of several ingredients approaching the end of their useful life convinced me to suck it up.
These three never got made:
Beef Strogonoff from cook's illustrated
thai lemon grass pork chops w/ginger-lime sauce
chiang mai noodles
The first one didn't make it because I never bought the beef to go with it....I assumed that I had the right sort of beef in my giant freezer stockpile, and I was wrong. The other two depended on me not being too tired and hungry to deal with new recipes....
This one got made:
...in part, I think, because they are one of my specialties, and popular with the family.
Hah. Didn't happen. I bought all of the ingredients except for the chicken, made plans to get the chicken on sale, missed the sale, and never recovered.
In the intervening weeks, I entertained my in-laws during their "new grandchild" visit, cooked and ate most of the pre-cooked meals I put aside earlier in the year, and ended up going back to work earlier than I had planned -- I took 4 weeks leave instead of 8.
What was my real error in all this? I didn't recognize failure early enough. 3 weeks spent trying to implement a 1-week plan should have been a sure sign that I hadn't made much of a plan, that circumstances had changed, that a new plan was needed, but I never took a step back to observe things from an outside perspective.
So, what's the plan this week? Step 1, use the Freezer inventory to build the meal
plan...not my "wow, we have a lot of meat, so I'm sure we have THAT kind" imaginings....Step 2, go back to using my "working mommy" style of meal plan, and don't plan to spend ninety minutes in the kitchen every day of the week, you silly girl!
- grill outside 2-3 times -- turkey burgers and hotdogs and burgers and brats, potato salad, green salad Mon and Mon next week
- crock-pot pork roast -- for shredded pork tacos Thu
- crock-pot lamb roast in pita with greek yogurt Tue
- italian chicken, pasta & sauce w/spinach Fri
- frozen stirfry mix w/eggrolls, sweet & sour sauce Sat
- leftovers Wed and Sun
- Fruit & Grain Bars
- Pizza Rolls
- Chicky Nuggets w/peach sauce
- Sweet & sour chicken
- Buffalo Shrimp
- Ravioli Lasagna
- Turkey-egg-cheese "muffins"
- Twice-baked potatoes
- Bread! Finally!