Every weekend, I try to reserve one of the days for menu planning. Usually I would just throw things on the dry erase board and buy things I thought I would need for the week and hope for the best. If the roomies liked what I had planned, then they’d have it started before I got home from work. If not, then I would just start cooking when I got home from work.
Earlier in the week, I did an exercise where I discovered My Current Food Palette. Using that, I found recipes that are healthy, fun, and would please the whole “family.”
Cassie (of Back to Her Rootsfame) actually supplied quite a few recipes for this week’s menu. While I was drafting all this stuff, Rah-rah realized I was on “that one blog with the microwave cake!” and he needed to try it.
We tried out this recipe for peanut butter microwave cake. It turned out so good! I accidentally overcooked mine just a little bit and so to add some moisture and some zing I wanted to add some strawberry jam. Little did I realize that I grabbed the jar of “strawbañero” jam. Woo! That had a kick to it…
Once I had the meals figured out, it was time to compile the ingredients and figure out what I needed from the store.
I made sure to go through what I had currently so that I wasn’t buying things unnecessarily. So that I would be sure to get all of the things that I needed, either in my cupboards or from the store, I actually went through and wrote every ingredient down and then went shopping in my kitchen for items that were needed. I crossed out the items that I had and circled the ones that I needed. Then I recopied it into a neat list that I could bring with me to the store. Of course, I forgot the list at home… but, thankfully, Rah-rah was able to snap a pic with his smart phone and sent it over to my phone 🙂 The day was saved!
Now… I’ve got a pretty small kitchen, so I took the opportunity to change out a few canisters and to make sure that the fridge and the cupboards were well-organized. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:
I admit, the spice cupboard (on the left) needs a little work…
This is what we use as the pantry ^-^; It’s an Island Cart from Ikea that’s against the wall…
The roomies were cool and brought home 5 different kinds of garlic for us to experiment with soon.
Once I was satisfied with the kitchen, I set to work making tonight’s dinner.
The original plan was to cook stuff for the rest of the week, but I simply ran out of time. I found a recipe here for a breading that I used on some Talapia for dinner tonight. It turned out so good! I used one of the broccoli rice sides and served it up with some grapes. Rah-rah doesn’t necessarily like fish, so I made a make-shift tartar sauce just in case he didn’t like the fish – I just combined some miracle whip, some hellman’s mayo, pickle relish and lemon juice. It was really good!
I had 3 servings of Talapia and 1 of Salmon and so I made all 4. Each of us only ate 1, and so there are a couple fillets left over for tomorrow. The seasoning really made a difference 🙂
Tomorrow, I’ve got a plan in place for burgers with sweet potato fries and mixed veggies. I can’t wait 🙂