How I Plan Weekly Meals

I think I have gotten either less spontaneous or too anal (in a detailed way!) as the years have gone by.  However, my idea of spontaneity is hub and I getting an 8pm craving, throwing coats on over our jammies and heading to Carvel.  It certainly isn’t deciding what to bring for breakfast and lunch to work as well as what to make for dinner that evening as I’m pretty much ready to head out the door for the office.  That usually resulted in either a hastily thrown-together meal, leftover appetizers from New Year’s Eve or take-out. I needed to consider a weekly plan.  Here’s what I came up with.

Meal Plan

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Re-Purposed Meatloaf

The title doesn’t sound too appealing, doesn’t it?  But, I have no other way to describe what I did last night with leftover meatloaf.

Backstory: we make meatloaf two ways in our house – my way, which is quick and easy and hubs’ way which is, well, a lot more involved.  But…a LOT more flavorful.  He makes this delicious stuffing with white bread, carrots, celery, pignoli nuts and spices that gets folded into the meatloaf mixture.  It normally turns out wonderful, except he forgot the egg(s) this time.  As you can guess, the meatloaf didn’t hold very well.  Still, delicious thought.

Scraping what remained from the loaf pan proved fruitless and the loaf was now mush.  As I made my meal plan for the week, I had noticed red bell peppers sitting on the shelf that I had purchased the week before when they were on sale for $.99/lb (normally, they’re $2.49/b).  Okay, great – I can make stuffed peppers with the classic beef and rice mixture until I remembered……..the meatmush, erm…..meatloaf I had from last week.  What if…..what if……?

Ladies and gents, I bring you meatloaf stuffed peppers!Read More »

Pantry Staples Supper

What to make for supper?

Before I got on the stick by creating a supper plan every Sunday evening for the upcoming week, I would be pulling whatever protein we had out of the freezer and toss it in the sink to thaw as I rushed out of the door for the office every morning.  Then at some point during the day when my mind had a chance to wander to cooking, I would frantically search Pinterest for something interesting to do with said protein, only to have to stop at the grocery store either on my lunch hour or the way home to purchase any ingredients I may not have.

Now that I have a plan for the week, I can take stock of what I have and figure out what I can do with what I already have on hand.  Now, I know what I regularly keep as staples may not be what others do, but here’s a delicious example of what I made last night with everything I already had in freezer, fridge and pantry.Read More »

Stock Up Your Office Pantry

If you’re like me and work outside the home and are fortunate enough to have an office with a kitchen area, then you have a great resource to keep your energy and metabolism up during the day, keep unhealthy snacking to a minimum and save money by having not having to purchase your afternoon meal.

Bringing lunch is one option.  A lot of us pack a sandwich, salad or leftovers from last night’s dinner in a Tupperware for our lunch the next day.  But think about it – we’re (well, I am at least!) at the office 8-9 hours a day.  And during stressful, busy times of the year ( much like I have) you’re going to need more than just a sandwich or a salad to fuel your body, keep your mind sharp and your metabolism revving all day, especially if you’re sitting for a good majority of it.Read More »

6 Hours Of Standing = A Week of Convenience

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For the last three weeks, I’ve been dedicating Sunday afternoon to ‘cooking-palooza’ – whipping up 4-5 supper dishes and even a dessert or two. No, I don’t have a family of five – just hub and I.  But with the warm weather finally here, the last thing I want to do when I come home after working 8-5 is cook.  I want to get changed and churn out a 3.5 – 4 mile power walk without having to rush it in order to come back home and start whipping out pots and pans.  I want to water my plants, pull weeds or just crash on the couch with a cool drink until it’s time for supper.  Yes, it takes a lot of work and careful planning, standing for 5-6 hours on my feet in the kitchen is worth five days of not having to do anything except fill up a dish and pop it in the microwave.

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