I’m back in the habit of cooking, though not updating this site, it seems! We had a good, healthy week eating mostly home-cooked food which was honestly a relief from all the take out. (I’m all for letting someone else do the cooking, but when that becomes the default I think it loses its luster.) I baked chicken drumsticks twice this past week because G. was so enthusiastic about them. He calls the drumsticks “big chicken.”
We had two CSA-centric meals this week that used up all my produce. On Thursday, I made an awesome rolled turkey breast stuffed with sauteed swiss chard, garlic, and breadcrumbs. I served corn on the cob and a simple tomato salad with it. Then tonight we had family over and used up the rest of the tomatoes, all the lettuce mix, the eggplant, some garlic, herbs, and the broccoli. I just have some potatoes (maybe I’ll mash them tomorrow) and a couple of Carmen peppers kicking around.
Finally, I have a small milestone tomorrow: I’m packing A.’s lunch for his first full day of kindergarten! He has requested bow tie pasta (we have a Thermos), shredded mozzarella, and a banana chocolate chip mini muffin for dessert (I baked them today using my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe — I was able to pack four medium-sized bananas in there). I’ll also include water and some red pepper rings to balance it out. For morning snack, he is taking a milk box and a slice of watermelon. Somehow, I’m finding packing this first lunch to be much more emotional than sending him off for his first day.
I’m only going to plan weeknight meals this month, since our weekends are busy with travel, parties, and other events that will necessitate more on-the-fly meal decisions.
Monday: Leftover turkey meatballs, whole wheat pasta or mashed potatoes, salad
Tuesday: Spicy Sauteed Chickpeas, Beef & Cilantro, brown rice, roasted zucchini
Wednesday: Baked chicken drumsticks, whole wheat egg noodles, edamame & red pepper rings
Thursday: Something with chicken breasts (I have a lot in my freezer) and farm share veggies
Friday: Dinner at my parents’ house
For more menu planning ideas, check out Laura at Organizing Junkie.