Monday, October 3, 2011

Meal Planning

Meal planning and grocery shopping continue to be my nemesis. I HATE it with a passion, which is ironic because I LOVE to cook and surely you can't cook without a meal plan and groceries. After posting on Facebook about how much I hate planning meals and grocery shopping many people shared their same frustration. I know that there are a million recipe blogs with awesome recipes but sometimes it's just frustrating to go through them and figure out what you want to make and try not to spend your life savings on groceries.

I'm going to try posting a few meals that we had the previous week and thought that maybe you'd want to do the same. I'm not going to take fancy pics, just pics with my iPhone, then I'll post the pics and a link to the recipe or post the recipe if it's not online. I would LOVE for you to share with us as well, even if they are the simplest meals ever, we may not have thought to do what you're doing in your kitchen. All you need to do is post on your blog and then fill out the form at the bottom of the weekly post. I think that this will be a great way to share what we're making for dinner and maybe help us get out a dinner rut. This is totally a trial, so we'll see how it goes.

Okay so these were a few of last weeks meals that we loved:

Annie's Eats Crispy Baked Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce (see the recipe I used for Teriyaki below), served with brown rice and green beans sauteed with salt and pepper and sprinkled with parmesan cheese at the end.
Easy Teriyaki Sauce
from Once Upon a Dream

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 cup cold water

Combine first 7 ingredients in a small sauce pan. Heat just until it starts to bubble.
In a small bowl combine the corn starch and 1/8 cup of cold water and stir well.
Add the corn starch mixture to the sauce and heat while stirring until sauce thickens, this will be very fast.
Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.


Balsamic Roasted Chicken from Gena Knox. The only change I made to this recipe was that I added extra carrots and potatoes because I knew we would want more than it called for.


Whole Foods Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears and Blue Cheese; served with quinoa. (This picture doesn't do it justice, if you want a better picture go to the Whole Foods site, it was SO SO yummy! Dirk said one of the best meals I've made in awhile) Oh, and the recipe calls for the pears to be peeled but they had the peel on them in the picture so I left the peel on and it was great!

I do hope that you'll link up. I'd love some more dinner ideas!!!


  1. I never seriously planned my dinner meals until the last few months. I don't know why I didn't do it sooner!!

    Every weekend I set aside about 30 minutes to pick out 5 recipes/meals for the week. I try to choose 2 that are "old standbys" that don't require too many new ingredients. Then I look online or in my cookbooks for the other ones. I base the proteins on what is in my freezer, or what is on sale that week. Based on my meals, I then make my grocery list for what I need. I LOVE doing this, but I understand some people might see it as a pain.

    It has saved me a ton of time. It is so nice during the week to already know what I'm doing to make. No more last-minute scrambling in my pantry to come up with something.

    I will check back for your recipes. I always need new ideas!

  2. Have you ever thought about subscribing to a meal planning website or email subscription? My friend does Fresh 20 and she says it's great.

    I have been wanting to do it ourselves, but with David traveling so much right now I'm not about to make a 4 person meal when it's only myself at home. Hopefully, when things slow down I can give it a try.