Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday Meal Planning 12.21.09

Hey! Look at this! I'm actually here writing something. How novel of me.

Anyway, I've nearly completed all of my big writing projects for work (save for some fairly intense edits, but still, the hardest part is over), I had a few days off to spend with my hubby while Gabbie stayed with my parents, and when I cooked dinner last night it was the first time I had cooked anything in over a week. It felt good to cook, so I decided I might as well throw together some sort of meal plan for the week. We'll see if it continues to go well, since I still have those aforementioned edits, the wrapping of presents, and the writing out and sending of Christmas cards to accomplish. Oy vey, I can't wait for this all to be over.

Anyway, here you go!

Monday: Tomato Soup, Grilled Mozzarella Sandwiches, and Steamed Broccoli

One of my favorite meals of all time, and perfect on a nice cold day. Even though the soup is homemade, it comes together in no time and is absolutely delicious, probably because it is quite far from the lowest calorie meal I've ever made, what with the 6 Tbsp. of buter and the 1 1/2 c. of heavy cream. It is so good though. My only edits are to omit the sherry, due to a certain toddler who is learning to eat soup, and to puree the whole thing with my immersion blender, because I like my tomato soup to be smooth.

Tuesday: Mushroom Marsala Pasta with Artichokes, Salad, Bread

I haven't made this yet, but it looks delicious, especially since it contains two of my most favorite foods ever - mushrooms and artichokes. Yum! I can't wait to try this.

Wednesday: Fauxtisserie Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, and Steamed Green Beans

Since we'll be at Aaron's Grandma's house for Christmas Eve dinner, and at my parents' and grandparents' houses on Christmas day, I thought I'd make us a "fancy" dinner on Wednesday. I say fancy in quotations, because the chicken is impossibly easy, the potatoes and stuffing are from a box, and the green beans are already snapped and washed, frozen, ready to be steamed. Active cooking time for this meal is less than 15 minutes. You really can't beat that, and there's nothing like a roast chicken dinner every once in a while.

So, there you go. It's a short week for dinners, but everything is easy and delicious. Tomorrow I'm posting that meatball recipe I promised last week. It feels good to have time to post, really to do anything other than write continuously (and not fun stuff) for days on end.

1 comment:

  1. You'll have to let me know how the mushroom marsala pasta is. As soon as I saw it in my reader I salivated a little bit. Okay, a lot.

    I envy your motivation to meal plan and cook this week? I haz none.



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