Weekly Meal Planning 6/4/12

Oh, hi! It’s been a little while.

Last week was a real treat, as Ryan cooked every night. Every! Single! Night! A gal could get used to this kind of life.

Also, I’ve given up sugar.

But anyway!

Monday: chicken noodle soup

Tuesday: brinner! I’m thinking these waffles, eggs over easy and bacon. Yum.

Wednesday: green chile chicken tacos

Thursday: vegetable tian and chicken on the grill, perhaps

Friday: we’re going to Fleming’s! we have a gift card 🙂

I just pulled bananas out of the oven to make this. Without sugar, of course. Yum.

Weekly Meal Planning 3/26/12

This past week of meal planning went pretty well! There were a few last-minute adjustments due to an invitation to grill out at someone’s house on Friday and Ryan’s trip to San Antonio on Wednesday, but other than that we stuck to the plan.

Sunday:: We never got around to making the Shrimp, Avocado and Grapefruit salad that I posted last week, so we need to eat the very ripe avocado that’s sitting on the counter.

Monday: Ryan’s got a busy evening of basketball and fantasy drafts, so a quick and easy dinner of chicken fajitas sounds about right.

Tuesday: Some Indian food sounds perfect. We haven’t mastered it at home, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop trying.

Wednesday: The Wild Rice salad we had last week was delicious. It’s earned itself a spot in the regular rotation.

Thursday: The culinary education of Ryan continues as I challenge him to make Chicken Marsala! With orzo and a big green salad on the side.

Friday: Weather pending, we’re going to try out the apartment’s grill down by the pool. Some burgers, maybe a frosty beverage of some kind, the company of some good friends, perhaps…

Saturday: I never got my Neapolitan style pizza last week! We’ll see if I can convince Ryan to take me there this week.

Finally, some knitting

For one of my sorority sisters who just had a baby boy:

This is the fourth time I’ve made this particular pattern, and I am sure I will knit it again. It’s basic, yet versatile and knits up quickly. Now I just need to get it sent off to the recipient before he gets his G2 licence. (BAM! Canada humour.)

Weekly Meal Planning 3/19/12

I haven’t been very organized lately. Meal planning hasn’t been a very high priority and, thus, hasn’t been at all successful. But after a few weeks of running off to the store nearly every night for some small ingredient, it’s time to get focused.

Monday: Wild Rice Burgers and salad.

Tuesday: It’s supposed to be quite rainy in the beginning of the week, I think a nice tomato, vegetable and chicken-sausage risotto is just what’s needed.

Wednesday: Since we have some wild rice all cooked up, I’m tagging Ryan to make a wild rice salad that we both liked at a deli in MN.

Thursday: Doesn’t this sound fantastic? Shrimp, Avocado & Grapefruit Salad and some crusty bread

Friday: Pork tenderloin roulade with apple-bourbon jam and roasted cauliflower

Saturday: I’ve been craving some Neapolitan-style pizza. Maybe I’ll try to convince Ryan that he ought to take me to House Pizzeria

Weekly Meal Planning 2/27/12

…well, hello there!

I disappeared for a while there. It’s been a change, working, getting used to the new routine of doing things like showering and leaving the house and wearing clothes other than PJs. Work, man, it’s for the birds. (I’m just kidding, universe, in case you’re listening)

Ryan’s parents graced us with a visit, which was a fantastic week full of touring and eating many delicious meals in restaurants and absolutely no cooking. Then there was a week of recovery. Now we’re back on track. 

Monday: Ryan’s playing basketball, and I’m currently eating an egg white omelet and a strip of bacon.

Tuesday: I made barbacoa beef recently, and I want to make fajita burrito bowls with red and green bell pepper, red onion, and cilantro-lime bulgur wheat instead of rice. I know – crazy! Bulgur wheat!

Wednesday: Pasta with cilantro chicken sausage. I’ve gotten tons and tons of pasta and sauce from work the past week or so, it’s my duty to try it and report my opinions on the samples 🙂

Thursday: We have a stash of very ripe bananas in the freezer, I’m thinking of making some banana bread and French Toast-ifying it in a manner similar to the South Congress Cafe’s Carrot Cake French Toast. Brinner for the win!

Friday: Ryan and I bet on the Oscars – whoever guessed more winners not only gets a break from a bunch of chores for this week, but gets to pick where we go to dinner and what we do for an after-dinner activity. I lost, big time 😦

Savoury Corn Waffles with Bacon, Salsa and Fried Eggs & Meal Planning 1/22/12

This was a celebratory meal, one of many.

I’m going back to work this week – tomorrow! I can almost guarantee that if you’re in the US, Canada or the UK that you’ve heard of my new employer. I’ll be doing work that I love with a company that shares a lot of my values. My new office is in a killer part of town (about half a block from, I kid you not, a bacon-themed restaurant). And the best part? I can take the bus to work. I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I tell you, dear reader, that that is quite literally my dream.

So, yes, life is indeed sweet, and I’m trying to enjoy every moment of it. So this morning there were waffles.

Adapted from Joy the Baker

My changes –
– used 1c all-purpose flour and 1/2c white cornmeal, because I’m a Southern gal now (I defy you to even find white cornmeal up north!)
– used parsley and chipotle powder, both dried, instead of fresh parsley and chives
– included about 1/4c of finely shredded Pecorino Romano
– cooked and crumbled four slices of thick pepper bacon and mixed that in the batter

Served with an egg over easy (in Ryan’s case, an egg with two yolks, which led to a few interesting moments reading the superstitions some people have over that ‘omen’) and salsa.

Next time I make these, I will separate the eggs and beat the whites to create a more delicate waffle, as these got a bit dry and heavy. The salsa and eggs really perked them up, however.

On to the meal planning…

This will be an interesting week, with me back at work and probably arriving home after Ryan in the evenings. All three of us, the dog particularly, will have to adjust to this new arrangement.

Sunday: goulash – I didn’t get to this last week, and the roast is thawed.
Monday: butternut squash soup, salad and naan. I’ll probably cook the soup tonight, however.
Tuesday: chicken enchiladas verde
Wednesday: turkey burgers, sweet potato tots & salad. I really enjoyed this when we ate it last week.
Thursday: Ryan will cook a delicious curry!
Friday: Thai chicken pizza
Saturday: we’ll probably go out to dinner.

Meal Planning Monday 1/16/12

I wasn’t on the ball last week and we ate a lot of cobbled-together meals. This week my goal is to do a little bit better with planning and execution.

Monday: turkey burgers, sweet potato tots & salad – a quick meal before puppy school.
Tuesday: Ryan heads to Chicago for work, I’ll eat some leftovers and salad.
Wednesday: I’m thinking mac & cheese! Ryan doesn’t care for that much cheese, so him being out of town is a perfect excuse to have some.
Thursday: goulash
Friday: Thai chicken pizza
Saturday: We’ll probably go out to dinner.
Sunday: I think I’ll roast a chicken with root vegetables.