In an effort to keep ourselves on track and work better within a budget, I have started menu planning, at least for weeknights. Because of work and sleep schedules, it’s much harder to plan for Saturdays and Sundays, so I’m setting them up to be much more fluid. As a result of this, Sunday entries from now on will be Sunday Schemes, with a list of planned dishes and recipes for the week.
Breakfast is oatmeal with brown sugar and fruit (strawberries and bananas are cheap right now), while lunches are ham or turkey sandwiches on whole wheat bread or whole wheat pasta salad with a variety of veggies and dressings.
Sunday — Dinner tonight will probably be “grab your own depending on when you get hungry.” Southern Honey worked last night, although he got out of bed around 11:30 this morning, so our eating schedules are already pretty far off from each other. I’m planning on putting together a small spinach salad with diced peppers, cucumber, tomato and perhaps some ham, with a bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and S&P.
Monday — Shrimp and spinach noodle bowls from Bella’s Bistro. This should be quick and easy, which is excellent since we’re going to test drive the Civic after I get off work. It will probably be pretty late by the time we roll in.
Tuesday — Hamburgers, salad and baked potatoes. I picked another easy meal for Tuesday because I’m going to be on the road all day. And with a wake-up call sometime around 4 am, by the time I stumble back into the house in the evening, I will be ready to switch over to autopilot. It’s also something Southern Honey can throw together himself.
Wednesday — Joelen’s Italian buttermilk pork chops with rice pilaf (I wanted couscous, but none of the grocery stores here had it outside of ridiculously expensive boxes) and green beans. I had to buy buttermilk, as it’s not something we keep around the house, but this recipe looked too good to pass up.
Thursday — Spaghetti with turkey meatballs and baked zucchini. If I can find an easy mozzarella stick recipe, I might fix those, too. Mostly I just wanted something cheap and easy, since this is another out of town day for me.
Friday — Crispy honey ginger chicken nuggets, here from Stephanie Cooks but originally from How Sweet Eats. I’m going to pair these with homemade French/sweet potato fries (Southern Honey is adamantly anti-sweet potatoes, but I love them) using the Cook’s Illustrated technique and green beans or peas. I might prep up some additional veggies for myself, depending on my mood.
Saturday — Whatever comes to mind. I might even make Southern Honey cook.
Now, here’s to hoping I can stick to the script!