The new year brings me back to meal planning, something I used to do on Family Food. Every Monday I'm going to share what I'm hoping to cook for the week, and in the comments I hope that you will do the same (or point me to your blog where you share your own ideas). I am so inspired by reading meal plans, it always gives me plenty of ideas.
This week, Bunny and Wallie start swimming lessons twice a week in the late afternoon so I have to remember to make dinner something EZ on those nights. And satisfying--they are always so hungry after swimming.
Monday: It's usually "Mexican Monday" 'round these parts. I do have corn tortillas, some leftover carnitas*, salsa, and guacamole on hand. Also have some corn on the cob. Not sure how I'll put it all together yet.
Tuesday: This tomato-coconut milk soup with horseradish (I have tons of fresh horseradish from NY Eve to use up). I'll probably make some mac and cheese as well, so the kids have something to eat on the side. I, however, could live on soup alone.
Wednesday: Humpday is usually sandwich night in our house or something similarly easy like breakfast for dinner. Not sure what I'm doing yet--I do know that I have two Italian loafs of bread in the freezer, so maybe salami/prosciutto/quick-pickled red onion/tomato panini.
Thursday: Garlic-studded kosher turkey breast, steamed broccoli, rice.
Friday: take-out or dinner out.
Saturday: not sure yet
Sunday (usu when I cook the most time consuming meal): Tri-tip on the grill (we do it year-round), Caesar salad.
I have a hankering to make the traditional tangy and sharp emmenthaler/gruyere cheese fondue (flavored with kirsch and white wine), I don't know why, so may I will tackle that on Saturday night and use up that second Italian loaf. I think the girls will get a kick out of that.
*Highly, highly recommend the carnitas from Costco (available near the deli meats and cheeses). We all agreed we'd be hard-pressed to tell it apart from the carnitas at our favorite Mexican market/restaurant. Don't be fooled by the small-ish package. It's vacuum sealed. One package fed my family of 4 and my brother's family of 4 and as you can see, we have leftovers.