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Frankly, I don’t know how to do ANYTHING without a plan.  I am the least spontaneous person I’ve ever met.  Spur-of-the-moment anything just plain makes me uncomfortable.  My theory is that there’s just so much I always want to do that if I don’t schedule it and plan for it, I’d never fit it all in.

Do you hate planning your meals for the week?  Do you even plan at all?  I think that not having a plan for dinner is one of the biggest reasons that people dislike cooking.  I can’t imagine coming home from a long day of work only to then come up with something to cook and feed my family with whatever you might have in the house for groceries.

(My planning assistants)

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I like to create menus just for the heck of it.  I come up with ideas for dinner parties I never have.  For instance, if Ina & Jeffrey were coming over for dinner, what would I serve?  It’s just my hobby.  🙂

For weekly menu planning, I usually follow a guideline like this:

Monday:  Meatless; Tuesday: Chicken; Wednesday: Seafood;  Thursday: Salad; Friday: Date Night – Wild Card; Saturday:  Beef/Pork; Sunday: Soup

But towards the end of the season, I start to get bored with that.  Such is the case with Winter winding down at last.  So this week I decided to plan meals from a different part of the world every night.

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Here’s what’s cooking this week.

Monday:             Paella-Stuffed Squash (Spain)

Tuesday:             Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu (France)

Wednesday:       Pepper Crusted Tuna with Wasabi Cream Sauce over Mixed Greens (Japanese)

Thursday:           Squash Sausage Lasagna Boats (Italy)

Friday:                 Dinner out for hubby’s birthday

Saturday:            Winter Salad with Rotisserie Chicken

Sunday:               Spicy Shrimp Pho (Vietnam)

Just a reminder that I use these recipes as guidelines only for the most part.  I change things up to make them fit our clean eating plan.

Bon appetit!

Buon appetito!

Buen provecho!

 

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Written by Jennifer Cartledge

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