There was a lot of really delicious, mostly nutritious food coming out of my kitchen this past week (the cauliflower gratin and pumpkin cupcakes were standouts), and that made me very happy. I did feel rushed and a little overwhelmed a couple of nights, so I’m scaling back this week a bit and making some easier meals that are also things my boys are likely to eat.
Also, the last two chickens I cooked with (a whole cut-up chicken, and some packages of thighs) didn’t seemed to be cleaned as well as what I normally get from my butcher. [Caution! Gross raw meat imagery ahead!] Kosher chickens are usually in really good shape, but these were still a little bloody in places and had a few more pin feathers than usual. As a result I’m not cooking any chicken this week, I’m still a little grossed out. I may have to ease back into chicken with skinless, boneless breasts. I should really talk to my butcher about it, but I’m too chicken. ; )
By the way, my mom and I are not the only ones who liked the curried ginger-lime chicken. I threw out a few of the pieces that I could just not get cooked properly (and having already been somewhat disgusted by the raw chicken, I just didn’t have it in me to persevere). Raccoons broke into our metal cans (with lids bungee-corded down!) and went to town on our leftovers. There are little greasy raccoon footprints all around our cans. J. wins a medal for cleaning the whole thing up (totally vile, especially for a guy who can’t even stand cooked chicken) while I was visiting my parents with the boys. Is that true love, or what?
Monday: Ropa vieja in my crock pot, barley (bumped from Sunday)
Tuesday: Grilled cheese sandwiches, carrots & celery sticks
Wednesday: Chicken sausage with spaghetti, broccoli
Thursday: Bring in pizza, salad
Friday: Breakfast for dinner: pancakes
Saturday: Dinner out
Sunday: J. grill steaks?
For more menu planning ideas, check out Laura at Organizing Junkie.