Wednesday, February 22, 2012
What's For Dinner
One of the best things about being at home is the time it affords me to menu plan and cook on a regular basis. It's been part of the routine now to shop (usually with babies in tow) and plan at least 4 meals to cook for the week. Some weeks this means planning super easy things and old standbys. Other weeks, I'm able to explore more and try new things. I store a lot of recipes to try on Pinterest and also use Simply Recipes, Pioneer Woman, and 101 Cookbooks all the time.
These are my main resources. Everyday Food is an excellent magazine with easy but incredibly tasty recipes in it. I use it for at least one meal a week. Last week is was Denver Omelet Cups. Yum! That Jaime Oliver book is like my cooking bible. We love the stew and Indian food recipes. Last week we made the Crispy Chicken with roasted veggies and it was delicious. I also recommend the Ellie Kreiger cookbooks and the Everyday Food Anthologies that you can get via your favorite bookstore.
This is the menu board that we have hanging in the kitchen. I got the idea for this on Pinterest and picked up the frame for cheap. I used scrapbook paper and stickers for the inside of each frame and then bought a pack of dry erase markers. I write directly on the glass and erase it every Sunday. It's been a life saver as far as having a well known plan. Mia checks it regularly and often grumbles about the dinner plans, but since starting to use it there are less fights about why she can't eat waffles. I will admit that there are many meals that she won't eat much of. There are no substitutes anymore and if she chooses not to eat, there is no dessert or snacks later in the evening. We also feed the babies whatever we are having too. The only exception is super spicy foods.
Right now, Wednesday is always a pick up dinner night. Mia has dance class until 6 and it's too much to come home and try to cook. We have a homemade pizza night once a week too. The dough recipe I use for that is from Simply Recipes.
If I'm really doing good I use this menu planner from Real Simple. ***Just saw that Ali Edward's has a menu planner on her blog today---great minds think alike.*** Mostly I just use a long list and inevitibly miss one or two ingredients.
I'd love to hear about your favorite meal planning resources and favorite recipes! I'm always up to trying new foods!