Well, just like life, my last weekís meal plan didnít quite all work out. On Saturday night, we ended up getting some free tickets to a hockey game (OBVIOUSLY not NHL, booo) so we ate out instead of me cooking. So, I cancelled Sunday nightís dinner, and moved the plans for Saturday to Sunday. So Sunday I made Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic, cooked on a bed of fingerling potatoes. It wasnít that good :( Next time I try improving Iíll have to remember that potatoes take longer than 20 minutes to cook :-D Also, I found out an old friend of mine from college was in town this week for a conference. So we ended up going to dinner together on Tuesday night. So that dinner was cancelled too.
But, all these cancellations made for some easy meal planning this week, and will keep the grocery bill down (which will allow me to stock up on something yummy like steaks!) since I already bought most of the ingredients for 2 of the meals last week. So, anyway, hereís this weekís plan!
Saturday, December 8
Lunch: It sort of depends on what weíre doing in the evening (see below). If the friends come over or we go out I will just do a light lunch so Iíll have room to eat some of the party or restaurant foods. If we stay home Iíll probably make grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.
Dinner: This one is still up in the air. My boyfriend might have some friends over to watch a fight on TV. If that happens, I will make some brown sugar glazed chicken legs (legs are on sale at the store for 99 cents a pound), and some homemade soft pretzels with a beer cheese dipping sauce. Weíll probably also have the usual chips and salsa and stuff like that too. If the friends donít come over and we donít go somewhere else to watch the fight, I think I might make a beef stew, or if I can find some good steaks for cheap, weíll do steaks, asparagus (on sale this week too, yay!) and baked potatoes.
Sunday, December 9
Lunch: Not sure yet, either leftovers from the party or something else.
Dinner: Turkey Noodle Casserole www.thekitchn.com
This is a reschedule of last weekís Sunday dinner. I still plan on mixing in some broccoli into the casserole. Snow and cold is in the forecast so this will be a nice comforting meal. 611 calories per serving.
Monday, December 10
Lunch: Leftover Turkey Noodle Casserole
Dinner: Red Chile Chicken and Rice ellysaysopa.com/2009/09
I plan on leaving out the black beans from this, as I donít like them, and Iím going to add in frozen corn. It sounds really delicious! This makes 4 servings with 382 calories per serving. I will also have some salsa on hand to put on top, and probably some tortillas to make them into a taco sort of thing, since 382 calories isnít enough for me (or BF) these days.
Tuesday, December 11
Lunch: Leftover Red Chile Chicken and Rice
Dinner: Baked Spaghetti with Sausage budgetbytes.blogs
Another repeat from last week that I didnít end up making then. 6 servings, 562 calories per serving. I will probably use up some frozen veggies that I have in the freezer to go with this.
Wednesday, December 12
Lunch: Leftover Baked Spaghetti
Dinner: Open as of right now, most likely will be some kind of leftovers
Thursday, December 13
Lunch: Not sure yet. This depends on what kind of leftovers I have. If I donít have leftovers, either a frozen meal or a sandwich.
Dinner: Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin www.melskitchenca
My store has pork tenderloin on sale this week, which pleases me greatly. The recipe calls for 2 tenderloins but I will be only making 1. My storeís tenderloins tend to be huge, so for planning purposes, I have it at 377 calories, for 4 servings using a 24oz tenderloin. Iíll adjust once I actually buy the meat on Saturday.
Iím also going to be making a Sweet Potato and Bacon Hash. traceysculinaryadventur
Now obviously I wonít be having it with the egg on top for dinner LOL I have it as 4 servings, 199 calories per serving.
A quick note about bacon. A lot of people think bacon is bad for you. Now, itís not the most healthy thing you can eat, but just a little bit of bacon adds so much flavor to otherwise boring foods. I buy ďcenter cutĒ bacon, which has less fat on it, and 2 slices of the brand I buy (Kroger Private Selection) is only 50 calories. I also save my bacon grease to use when I want a treat. Iíve made eggs in it, French toast, potatoes, etc. Itís only slightly more calories and fat than butter. Often Iíll cook up a whole batch of bacon in the oven, and keep in a Ziploc in the fridge to use on sandwiches, or to crumble on top of things. Once cooked, it will keep for a very long time in the fridge.
Friday, December 14
Dinner: Up in the air like most Friday dinners are!
Also in the tentative plans this weekend is to make my own cheese! I took a class a few weeks ago to learn how to make my own ricotta and mozzarella. Now, before this class, I thought I disliked ricotta cheese. But, after tasting some freshly made stuff, I fell in love. And, itís ridiculously easy, I wish I had figured out how to do this long ago. If my cheeses turn out well this weekend, a friend of mine and I are going to make a larger batch to give away as gifts. Iíll let everyone know how it turns out!