I go to the grocery store entirely too much. I always mean to go on Sunday for the whole week, but then I don't really know what I'm going to feel like cooking Monday through Thursday... Thus, I end up purchasing only the everyday staples we're low on + dinner fixings for a night or two, leaving me back at the store on Monday or Tuesday (and usually Wednesday... and perhaps Thursday...). This is okay since there is a small neighborhood Tom Thumb a block from the cottage, but I fear is a habit that will become obnoxious once we move into the new house
Lately, I've noticed that if I need to go to the market after work but I've also planned on going to the gym, I'm tempted to ditch the exercise altogether... Two stops just sometimes seems overwhelming after a 45 minute commute home. Note: This is a MASSIVE EXCUSE as the Gym-Grocery-Home trajectory is only about 2 miles in total.
ALSO! ALSO! I'm in a bit of a recipe rut. I feel pretty restricted in the kitchen during summertime. It's too damn hot to spend an extended period of time huddled over the stove, and so many of my favorite weeknight recipes are soups, stews, and casseroles that feel too heavy when the heat index tops out around 110. We've about OD'ed on Peanut Crusted Chicken, Spinach Pesto Linguine with Rotisserie Chicken & Asparagus, and Tostadas. My tacos are still holding strong, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before they get shelved for a while, too.
So... Time for a change! A change that will eradicate excuses and hopefully expand my recipe repertoire. The change will also save me time and, I'm told, some cash - two things I like quite a lot!
That's right... Recipe Planning! I'm taking a page from loads of other ladies (Rachel comes to mind, specifically... and we won't even discuss how jealous I am that her husband loves to cook, too!) and attempting to map out and purchase ingredients for 4 nights' worth of meals on Sundays.
I had a nerdily fun time this morning, pouring over my cookbooks with a steaming cup of coffee, rediscovering recipes I'd dog-earred but never created, and stumbling across yummies I'd never noticed before. And I geeked out even more with my Menu Card...
Sunday - Hamburgers + Corn Souffle from Alexandra's Kitchen
Monday - Baked Tilapia + White Bean Saute, both from Everyday Food: Fresh Flavors Fast
Tuesday - Grilled Greek Chicken Kebabs, from EF: FFF + Near East Pine Nut Cous Cous
Wednesday - Poblano Turkey Chili from Williams-Sonoma's One Pot Meals
Thursday - Wild Card**
** I cook Sunday through Thursday, unless I go out with friends during the week. My grand idea is to plan recipes for four nights, leaving a little leeway open for the fifth. Also, the meal order is a bit arbitrary. Por ejemplo, if I make plans for Tuesday night (cough, cough) or if I'm not feeling fish tomorrow, I'll just play a little Menu Musical Chairs.
OMG is this the most boring post of all time?
The full menu won't become a regular weekly feature, but I thought I'd share my first attempt in the name of accountability... and because (again, Nerd Alert), I'm kinda jazzed by the sight of my Happy Orange Card!
Do y'all recipe plan?