Sunday, April 15, 2012
4/15 Meal Planning Before Vacation
I sat down and planned meals for this week, and then I realized we will only be eating dinner at home this week three times. Tomorrow we are heading down to our first Braves game of the year, so I will have to pack tailgating food instead of the Roasted Chicken I planned on making. I am also counting down the days until we head to St. Augustine Beach for vacation. So I am concocting a meal plan and some advice on how to plan meals in the days before heading out of town.
It is good to start thinking about what is in your fridge a couple of weeks before, and to start to consume it and be careful not to plan meals that have you buying new ingredients and then wasting what you have. So #1 Take Inventory. Always! Or you will lose track of something you paid money for! This is a good idea to do every couple of weeks anyway. For instance, right now I have a few logs of goat cheese I got on sale, some run-over produce from last week, and some salad dressings I've made.
On top of getting ready for vacation, I am heading out of town this week to my sister's college graduation. This means grandma will be feeding the kids this weekend, and my main Love and I will be trying some great restaurants in the Louisville, KY area. So I am planning meals until Thursday, with the single goal to clean out my fridge. My slow-cooker freezer meals on Thursday helped a lot with that, and I can't wait to try those eats.
Monday: Sandwiches, black bean and corn salad w/Blue Corn Chips, snacks (we do peanuts, no Cracker Jacks...go Braves!!)
Tuesday: Cranberry Pork Roast (from Mama and Baby Love) and Colcannon (from my freezer)
Wednesday: Pizza (like this)
Thursday: Chicken Tetrazzini (based on Giada De Laurentiis but with broccoli)
Hopefully I will find some good local food while we are on the road. I am looking forward to traveling without the kids. I will miss them, but it is easier to eat out with 2 and not 6.
Love and Butter,