7.23.2011

Let's Meal-Plan! (Announcing New Link-Up Blogging Post in August)

Which applies to you?

(a). Do you find yourself asking, "What can I make for dinner?" as you look at random items in your pantry?

(b). Do you just glance at your menu plan for the week, try to keep the kids out of the kitchen, and start cooking that night's meal?

(c). My gourmet kitchen is for looks only.   I eat out most nights.

(d). I pull out a bag of "Voila" and that's dinner in a bag.

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I'm answer B. I actually know what I'm cooking in a week, but I have a very haphazardly way of going about my planning.  I could use some improvement, but at least, I have an idea of what I'm going to make for dinner each night in a week, even if it is written on some scrap piece of paper that may just get lost in the clutter in my kitchen.  If I didn't, then I would be answer (a), and frazzled, crazy.

In the '90s, I didn't know how to turn on my "jenn air" stove, and the grill-part of the stove certainly was never dirty.  I may be exaggerating a little because the stove did turn on, at least once a week.  I worked late in TV, ate out most nights or cooked one stir-fry meal that I miraculously learned to make.

As a newlywed, my husband and I took turns cooking processed-food in a bag or box with chicken or beef.  We called that "concoction" a meal once we got home at 7 p.m. from the office.  I was six pounds heavier then, and my blood pressure was not controlled.   One night of the week, we ate the one stir-fry meal that I knew how to make from the '90s.  We ate out a lot, too.  Hence, the extra pounds.

Once I had a baby, I found the joy of cooking.  At first, it was an excuse to be alone in the kitchen with a glass of wine, as my reward for being home all day with a cranky  infant.  My husband would tend to my son, and my recipe books were used for the first time in years.   We would put my son to bed,then eat our "little, gourmet meal" in front of the TV.
I now cook while my kids play, therefore, I don't have a lot
of time to cook complicated meals.

As my child got older, our dinner time became earlier, and we had family meals.  Don't get wrong!  I don't cook a gourmet meal nightly.  In fact, I'm not a gourmet cook at all.   I like to cook things that are simple, and healthy.  The easier, the better!  Some nights, I do pull out a jar of pasta sauce and tortellini from Trader Joe's, and that is my meal along with a side of frozen broccoli.  Broccoli is the only vegetable that Baby Diva will eat, and we eat it often.

My point here is that I do plan out what I'm going to eat, even it is a "healthier" version of processed.  If I don't plan enough meals in a week, which I'm known to do, then I call a sitter, and tell my husband that we need a "date-night." The kids get macaroni and cheese, which is always in my pantry.

I'm always on the look-put for new recipes, tips on making meal-planning easier, and ways to get more organized.  I also look for tools,and tips that will make my time in the kitchen more simple.

On August 1, I'm going to host a special link-up post called, "Meal-Planning Made Easy!"

If you are a reader of my blog, then I hope you will find new recipes, best-practices on meal-planning, or tips on how to make your life easier in the kitchen all in one post as bloggers link up with me.

If you are a blogger, I hope you grab my button, and help our readers learn about great recipes, your best-practices, and ideas from you.

The link will be open for several days in August.  Please join me!




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