When menu planning today, I decided to look back at the menu posts I was doing last fall, and found it super helpful in planning what we're eating this week. So, I decided I should probably start doing these again. In reading other blogs, it sounds like menu planning on the weekend isn't as common of an occurance as I have always thought. Growing up, we always planning the menu on the weekend and I've continued that into college and adult life. Apparently it's one of the things that is supposed to save you money at the store, since you do less impulse buying, but it does just make life easier.
So, here's our plan for the week!
Sunday - Rosemary Chicken, with roasted balsalmic onions and carrots and two potato gratin
This is a pretty easy sounding recipe from my WW cookbook. You simply cook onions (in wedges) in some oil in a skillet, and then add 1/4 cup balsalmic, 2 T honey, and 2 t Worcestershire sauce and cook for about five minutes. I'm thinking I might instead, start the onions and carrots on the stove, but then just roast them in the oven, to make it a little easier (since I'm not sure how carrots would cook on the stove).
For the chicken, you season it with salt, pepper and rosemary and then cook it in the skillet. Easy as that.
The two potato gratin is to be the "adventure" part of this meal, since I've never made something like this before. We'll see how it turns out! But, with normal potatoes plus sweet potatoes, half and half, and gruyere, I am sure it will be lovely.
Monday - Dinner and Bill and Jenny's (our weekly tradition)
Tuesday - 5 Spice Pork
Wednesday - Thai Chicken Burgers
Thursday - Sausage and Potatoes
Friday - Mom and Dad visiting: Lasagna
This is the lasagna that I made for Ashley and James way back when I visited them in, I think, April. I've never had it myself, but Ashley gave it high marks so I figured we should try it. Honestly, I'm not sure where I got the recipe, but it was somewhere online:
Saturday - Out!
Ed's off to the store right now to buy us all this loveliness. I am really looking forward to being home in the afternoons/evenings this week and cooking some delicious food :)