Menu 8/12/2013

1. Leftovers
2. Tilapia Piccata
3. Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze w/ Spicy Baked Brown Rice
4. Chicken and Black Bean Green Enchilada Rice Bake
5. Out 
6. Out
7. Out

While I only managed to cook 3 out of 7 dinners this week, it was a very strange week.  Art came home unexpectedly for the weekend, we had dinner out with a friend on Friday, and we bought a new car on Saturday that had us back to the house entirely too late for cooking!  

I know my meal plans have been pretty subpar recently but I’m hoping that will turn around in the near future.  Be prepared!

Menu 8/5/2013

1. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
2. Pasta with Sausage, Basil, and Sundried Tomatoes
3. Easy Sesame Chicken w/ broccoli w/ rice
4. burgers w/ fries
5. Out
6. Out
7. Out

Another week where I only managed to cook 4 out of 7 meals.  Clearly we have a trend that needs to be broken!

Menu 7/29/2013

1. Breakfast for Dinner (omelets – bacon, mushroom, swiss cheese, hashbrowns)
2. Oslo-Style Kebabs w/ sauces
3. Sultan’s Delight w/ naan
4. spaghetti
5. Out
6. Leftovers
7. Out

This was a bit of a crummy week, I only managed to make dinner 4 out of 7 nights.  But we had tasty food and survived!

Menu 7/22/2013

1. DIY
2. Fish Tacos (cabbage)
3. Sultan’s Delight w/ naan
4. Breakfast for Dinner (omelets – bacon, mushroom, swiss, hashbrowns)
5. some sort of meat w/ French Onion Casserole w/ roasted zucchini and patty pan
6. Dinner with parents!
7. Oslo-Style Kebabs w/ sauces
Lunches: Panzanella

So this was the meal plan for last week.  The only meals that ended up as planned were meal 1 and meal 6.  I spent most of the week in pain in bed due to a new kidney stone and this was not conducive to cooking.  Sigh.  


Menu 7/15/2013

(Monday) 1. Creamy Chicken Peperonata w/ pasta
2. Chicken in Creamy Parmesan Sauce with Artichokes and Tomatoes w/ egg noodles w/ Roasted Zucchini (vb6)
3. Baked Angel Hair with Eggplant
4. roast pork loin w/ Roasted Beet Risotto w/ salad
5. tacos
6. Out to Joes
(Sunday) 7. Fish Tacos
Lunch: Gazpacho (vb6)

This week has a few changes that are worth mentioning.  The first to mention is the dates.  I’m shifting my meal planning/shopping day from Sunday to Monday which means that my first day of the food week will now be Monday as well.  I added an 8th meal to last week’s meal plan to account for this shift.  

The second to mention is the “vb6” that you see next to some of the recipes.  I try not to fill my blog with my own food politics, because I don’t feel this is the right forum for that.  However, this is a topic I am passionate about.  My ideal diet (and I’m using the word in the “kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats” sense) would be to mainly eat veg*n and just have meat a few times a week.  However, I share my life with two people who want to have meat at least daily.  

Mark Bittman recently released a book named VB6 (Vegan Before 6) that promotes the idea of eating avoiding animal products and hyper processed foods before dinner and then having whatever you want for your evening meal.  Ah-ha!  This I can work toward!  My idea is to keep my dinners mostly the same and just to make sure that I’ve got enough vb6 side dishes to keep me happy for my daytime meals as well.  I’ll probably make a big batch of something vb6 for lunches as well, just to ensure I’m getting enough variety.  

I’m not sure I’d recommend anyone to rush out and buy the book, although there are some tasty sounding recipes that I’m sure I’ll post about in the future, and a cookbook coming out in March that I’ve already pre-ordered.  There’s nothing in this book that’s super new or groundbreaking if food (and food politics) is an issue you’re already educated about.  But, if these are new ideas to you, it might be worth the read.  

In the future, if I remember, I’ll be marking the recipes that are vb6-style with (vb6) in my meal plans.  

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