I'm starting a new regular feature here, called Sous Chef. This is because I am utterly and completely over a basket when it comes to menu planning, and I need some fresh ideas.
Here's how meal planning currently works:
On Saturday or Sunday, I sit down with Peanut and take a look at the calendar for the week. We figure out which days we need quick dinners or have other plans and which days he needs to take leftovers for lunch. I ask for any special requests, which he usually doesn't have, and then I fall back on the same tired recipes I've been making for MONTHS, reorganizing them so they are a little bit different from last week. And probably two nights a week, we have frozen pizza for dinner, which is a crying shame because we used to make the best pizza from scratch - scratch dough, scratch sauce, we even made the cheese! (Okay, that last bit might be a wee bit of exaggeration.) I just don't have time for that with a baby freaking out at 5 pm (why do they do that right when you need to make dinner?).
Meanwhile, I save a couple recipes to Pinterest or Evernote every single day, but I never use them!
I'm going to try a brand new recipe every week, and I will do a post here about it and also save it to the brand new Little Miss Moneybags Pinterest board. I would love your recommendations for recipes, either in the comments or over on the Pinterest page (once I figure out how to open it to other pinners...).
Here's what I've been falling back on:
Cheesy tomato risotto
Twice baked potato casserole
Black bean or tortellini soup
Breakfast for dinner
Mac and cheese from scratch
Here's what I'm looking for:
Quick or easy - Things can take a long time if they don't need my attention, or they can be very hands-on if it's just for 10 minutes or so.
Vegetarianish - I'm not opposed to using chicken stock or the like, but I don't like the taste or texture of meat and I don't like cooking it. We bake a piece of chicken if Peanut feels like he needs more protein with his meal, and I get plenty of protein from plant sources.
Makes leftovers - that way I don't have to plan lunches, too!
Wish me luck on this adventure - I hope you enjoy coming along!