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)
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.
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.