I used to be very particular about planning a weeks dinners. You can see that from posts here. I’d read the sales for the week…then I’d figure out what we were eating! Breakfasts were always kinda the same, and lunches were leftovers.
Now we’re in a different place eating wise. We still have all our own meat and dairy, but I buy pretty much all our dry goods in quantities to last us months. We’re getting a CSA box from Bullock Lake Farm, so that takes care of our vegetables, it’s just a matter of picking up some fruit to last the week. I’m also finding that sticking to a week long menu plan just ain’t working for me. So instead I plan 2-3 days at a time. Our house is stocked so I’m not running to the grocery store more than once every week or two. Most importantly? It’s working for us.
When it comes to eating, I don’t want you to compare yourself to me. I hope to inspire you with a few recipes, or maybe encourage you to plan at least a few days in advance so that you can save a few bucks. Whether you’re vegan, paleo, vegetarian, WAPF or whatever’s in the fridge cook. We can all stop comparing ourselves, because I know that everyone is doing the best for their family. It’s natural to want to compare, so lets compare to ourselves. To our personal progress. In 5 years I’ve gone from raising chickens to eat (for 9 years actually), but still buying boxes of frozen chicken breasts, to being completely chicken sufficient. Thats a great milestone for me. I used to be horrific at keeping my kitchen clean, now I’d say it’s fairly painless. The turning point on that one? I decided that I was a stay at home Mom and it was my job. I was going to make dirty and need to wash clean dishes every single day. This resentment I felt toward dirty dishes? Did I really want that amount of resentment in my life everyday? No, no I really didn’t. Recently Marius and I made a deal that at minimum on weekends, if not some weekdays, he needed to put away the clean dishes. Thats the part I hate the most, the actual standing there washing doesn’t bother me! So set a goal, and delight in reaching it.
Roast chicken rubbed with Herbs de Provence+ large salad of whatevers in the fridge
Breakfast- I’ll probably make buckwheat pancakes cause my Dad’s visiting and Mac loves them.
Lunch – Marius will bring leftover chicken sandwiches and Dad, Mac and I will eat whatevers around.
Dinner- I told Marius if he found more chantarelle mushrooms (some are in dehydrator right now) I’d make Fresh Pasta with creamy mushroom sauce for him and Dad. I have pesto in the fridge, so plan B is that we have Pesto Fresh Pasta, and either way I’ll be having pesto as I don’t like chantarelles! I’ve got green beans hanging around too so we’ll have those sauteed in some garlic and basil! The pasta I made for the first time a couple weeks ago is a recipe from The Homemade Pantry. I’m loving this book!
Breakfast- Oatmeal? Toast? Muffins? They’re all around so we’ll pick one.
Lunch – More chicken sandwiches for Marius, Leftover Pasta for Mac, Dad and I.
Dinner- Chicken Soup. Monday I’ll make stock, and then I’ll transform that into a terrific soup, Im thinking a Red Lentil Ginger? Something easy peasy.
Thats honestly as far as I’ve gotten. If I plan any farther ahead I’ll just end up changing my mind anyways! What are you eating this week??