Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Menu Planning

I LOVE cooking. I come from a LOOOOOOOONG line of wonderful cooks, and not only do I just love food, but I love the warm, comforting feeling that a good meal can provide. I have been meal planning ever since I got married. We have always had a "grocery budget" for shopping, and long before I knew it was actually beneficial, I would plan out our weekly meals before I went to the store so I could make a list ahead of time. I get too overwhelmed to just piece together meals while in the store.

Anyway, during the holidays, I was cooking (and eating!) constantly, and had lots of our family's favorites. So after all the traditional meals, I am craving some new and exciting recipes. Enter pinterest. Enter my friends on facebook. So here is my meal plan for this week:

Tuscan Ravioli with Tomato Basil Cream Sauce
Caesar Salad (Just the good ole' bagged salad. Hard to beat it for convenience's sake.)

White Chicken Enchiladas (Thanks again, Pinterest)
Refried Beans

Barbeque Grilled Pork Chops
Sauteed Cabbage
Corn with Butter

Very simple dinner Wednesday night, but I NEVER remember or think to make cabbage. I love when my mom made it growing up, and she made it over Christmas and it struck a nostalgic chord. And Brantley LOVES corn. We'll have to fight her for it.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Tomato Soup

I LOVE stove top grilled cheese sandwiches with some some old school Kraft sharp cheddar cheese (not American cheese slices), with butter on the bread. And I did just buy some tomato soup, so nothing special there, but also bought a can of diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and onion. Thought it would add a little more flavor and texture. Scott will be out of town Thursday night, so I thought I'd make it easy on myself. This may happen. McDonalds may also happen.

Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs
Grilled Zucchini
Fried Rice

This is something a little different for us. I bought some pre-made turkey meatballs and a bottle of teriyaki basting sauce. I have used the sauce on chicken and pork before, and it's yummy and sticky and sweet. I love meatballs, especially those appetizer "sweedish meatballs" you make with chili sauce and grape jelly. I though the teriyaki suce would throw an asian spin on things. Zucchini is a favorite vegetable of my family's, and fried rice couldn't be easier. Cook up a little rice (or, even better, use leftover rice), crack an egg in it, add some soy sauce, sesame seeds, sesame oil and maybe a green onion. Voila!

Anyway, I am still scouring pinterest and adding new recipe ideas to my notebook. Hope to ccreate some new favorites in 2012!

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