Monday, February 16, 2009

meal planning....instead of knitting.

I know it maybe sounds ridiculous, but i continue on this path of trying to meal plan for the week, so that I can come home and dinner is decided and underway. I spend all day at other people's homes trying to keep it clean, and in tip top shape and hope that I can continue this route once in my own home. But 6pm rolls around and I'm still walking home wondering what to cook for dinner. So I spent last evening sifting through the cook books while friends watched the hockey game.

One great thing about my job is the sense that I can pop into a grocery store and grab a few things between the library and the park. Albeit still with children in tow, so it makes for a bit of challenge, but i can still do it, which is not always the case with other jobs. It's great preparation for the time when this routine starts in my own family, and I've had years of practice. I always wonder if the meal planning will get easier? or more confusing and challenging? I'm hoping that with this current preparation that I'll have enough one pot and crock pot recipes to get me through the first two years at least! This weeks dinner plans:

Chicken Sausage and White Bean Casserole (Everyday Food)
Baked Chicken, Lemon and Pea Risotto (Off the Shelf, Cooking from the Pantry)
Mixed Greens Simple Salad
Turkey Chili (with acorn squash, olives and mushrooms)
Chai Tea Breakfast Muffins

If I make enough, there should be left-overs to get through the week.

I've also been inspired by a friend to make homemade pizza, maybe a Thurs or friday night thing? Any moms out there have any suggestions on meal planning??

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