I’m Definitely Not the Meal-Planning Type

Posted by on April 11, 2011 in food | 1 comment

So, I see blogs all the time where these women who have it all together post their weekly menu. Each time, I skim the post and think “I could never be like that. My life is too crazy and I’m not the meal-planning type.” Well, since moving to Mexico, I’ve had to re-learn some of my cooking. We don’t have all of the same ingredients as the States and somethings are only found at very specific stores. At first, I was cooking the way I always have…decide what to make at about 4:30 pm and send my hubby to the store to grab the things I’m missing. Or, make something boring that I have all of the ingredients for.

I decided that this was adding lots of stress to my days and we weren’t really eating anything that great. So, last week I tried my hand at planning meals. I sat down on Sunday and planned out all 5 weekdays of meals and made a shopping list of the items we were missing. It was great! We made one trip to get all of the things we needed and were prepared for a week of dinners. And, we had some of the best meals we’ve had…ever. Here’s a look at what we ate:

Monday
Chicken Tikka Masala from The Pioneer Woman and homemade Naan Bread – this is one of my favorite meals of all time. It’s different, delicious and oh, so easy. And after eating lots of Mexican food, it’s nice to through in some Indian from time to time.

Tuesday
Apple-Stuffed Chicken and Mashed Potatoes (a la The Pioneer Woman) – wow, I am not usually a fruit and meat person, but this chicken was so so so good and no one can beat the Pioneer Woman’s mashed potatoes. Oh and dessert was Caramel Upsidedown Banana Cake.

Wednesday
Basil Chicken Over Angel Hair Pasta, Garlic Bread & Salad

Thursday
Chorizo & Jalapeno Quesadillas – Yummy…spicy and delicious.

Friday
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce – delicious sauce!

I am just starting with dinners and for lunch we are mostly eating leftovers. I don’t think I’m quite dedicated enough to tackle 2 meals per day.

But overall, this helped us have a great week of meals, less shopping and less stress about what to make for dinner. I guess maybe I am the meal-planning type!

1 Comment

  1. I wasn't always the meal planner type but had to change my ways. We live 20 minutes from the closest store. By meal planning we are eating better and saving money so I guess it is a win-win

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