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.

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 😦

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.

Meal Planning (not) Monday 1/2/12

We are back from our wonderful 10 day trip to Minnesota, and Texas welcomed us with temps in the low 70s! No complaints here. As soon as I find a job I’m as happy at as the one I left in MN, life will be perfect.

Since I’m late this week I’ll just recap what we’ve had so far.

Monday: We took Kristin & Brian out to dinner at PF Chang’s to thank them for watching Baxter while we were gone. Neither Ryan nor I had ever been there before, although we’re both big fans of Pei Wei.
Tuesday: Curried Butternut Squash Soup (I don’t use that recipe, but it’s very similar) with pita bread and salads.
Wednesday: Ryan made chicken fajitas, with green and red pepper and a red onion. They were delicious.
Thursday (aka tonight): I’m thinking something simple – big salads and assorted leftovers.
Friday: Date night! We’re going out for Tex-Mex (we craved it the entire time we were in MN! We’ll probably go to Chuy’s) and then to see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I’ve been excited to see this movie for months!

Thai Chicken Pizza and Meal Planning Monday 12/19/11

it tastes better cut into squares

Mmm… Thai chicken pizza. We have it once a week at the G household. Once you get the hang of making pizza dough, everything else is easy. I can’t believe I ever didn’t make pizza at home…it’s so easy and the results are so, so good.

This pizza is based off of one made by Galactic Pizza on 29th & Lyndale Ave S in Minneapolis. Funnily enough I was never a big fan of this pizza when we got it from Galactic. I think the first time I had it, it upset my stomach and so I never wanted to eat it again. But Ryan loved it so we made our own version, and I love it now! It’s basically pad thai, minus the noodles.

You’ll need:
– one pizza crust of your choosing (we love this recipe, substituting in 1/2 whole wheat bread flour)
– one-third cup peanut or satay sauce (or amount required to cover whole crust; this is your pizza sauce). I’ve frequently made my own – just Google ‘peanut sauce recipe’ – but this kind sold by H-E-B/Central Market is inexpensive and really very tasty, with a nice flavor of coconut.
– one-half to one red pepper, slivered (red pepper is insanely cheap in Texas, so I use it freely; in Minnesota it was quite the opposite and I would only use about 1/2 pepper)
– two carrots, peeled and slivered
– three green onions, chopped
– one cup bean sprouts
– about 4 oz chicken, cooked and chopped (we use half of an average chicken breast, cooked on the Foreman grill)
– one-quarter cup cilantro, minced
– one and a half cups mozzarella cheese, shredded


Preheat your oven to 450F. If you have a pizza stone, use it!

Prep vegetables and combine in a bowl while chicken is cooking. Roll out pizza dough onto parchment paper; spread with peanut sauce and layer chicken (putting the chicken on the bottom of the pizza helps to keep it from drying out in the hot, hot oven). Evenly coat pizza with vegetable mix. Sprinkle cilantro over the entire pizza and layer cheese on.

Slide pizza in to oven and cook, 12-14 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and golden brown and crust is browned. Let cool for five minutes, slice and serve.

on to…
Meal Planning Monday
this week is all about cleaning out the fridge before we go north for the holidays.
Monday – takeout (we have puppy school with Baxter)
Tuesday – pasta with chicken sausage
Wednesday – the Megos are coming over and I am roasting a chicken
Thursday – leftovers
Friday – we fly to MN at night; in the morning I am making a Christmas breakfast and Ryan, Baxter and I will exchange gifts.