Normally every weekend (preferably on Sunday, because I’m too busy sleeping-in on Saturday, and when you have a busy week like I do, you have a lot of sleep catching up to do!), I have a few culinary responsibilities that help me get our family’s lunch and dinner meals together for the week to come. So, I figured that rather than write multiple lists on multiple post-it notes around the house, this is a much better way to organize my thoughts. Now I know this sounds a little crazy, so don’t judge me, but here goes:
- First I do an inventory of the leftovers, and ingredients we have in our fridge; these normally become next weeks’ lunch, and elements of next weeks’ dinners. Also, this helps keep the fridge clean, and ensure nothing goes to waste. I don’t know about you, but I hate wasting food.
- I then search for meals for the week (crazy, but this is my favorite part!). Normally this consists of me going through Bon Appetit magazines, and multiple recipe websites…my favorite spot of the moment is The Pioneer Woman. Very rarely do I follow a recipe in its entirety, instead it’s often a combination of multiple recipes that I have edited to suit my family’s taste.
- Then last but not least I plan out our meals. Normally I decide four dinners for the week, this allows space for impromptu happy hours, and date nights (who doesn’t like surprise date nigh!?). Plus if you make too much food, you have too many left-overs, and did I mention I hate wasting food? So for dinner this week, we have:
- Italian Butter Herb Roasted Chicken, with spinach and arugula salad
- Salmon (I havent figured out yet how I’m going to make it, but as of late I have been in love with salmon)
- Cabbage (See salmon point above, haha)
- German-esque Pork Chops, with cream mushroom sauce, and hashbrowns