I’m all over the place this week with the holiday yesterday and having family in town over the weekend. I had big plans to make a delicious dinner tonight, but we gobbled down an unfancied up Costco pizza instead. My blog posts as well as our meals have been lacking inspiration and follow through lately. Luckily, I started taking a writing class a few months ago and realized the beauty of having a prompt and presenting your work to an audience. So, here we go! I’ve got a theme to prompt me for each weekday and I’m going to try post more regularly from here on.
Since we're big fans of eating at my house and I like alliteration, I decided that Tuesday would be a perfect day to tackle one of our favorite topics: food!
My version of meal planning is to pick 5-6 recipes that I'd like to cook in a week and then play it by ear on which day we eat what. I usually stick to my plan about 60% of the time. Some days whatever I’ve decided on doesn’t sound very good or I realize we’re missing an ingredient that I would swear that we had on hand or the lazies strike and we eat a frozen pizza. I’m hoping that putting my ideas out here for my public audience of one to three readers will help keep me honest and hopefully inspire me to actually follow my plan.
Here’s what I’m planning to cook for the next week:
Mushroom lentil bourguignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus ← We have an overload of mushrooms and lentils and I have some pearl onions in the freezer that I’ve been trying to find a dish to put in for longer than I’d like to admit. This recipe matched my Pinterest search so here’s hoping for the best!
Seared scallops with polenta and sautéed kale with mushrooms ← No real recipe for this one here. Just heat up oil in a cast iron skillet and then sear scallops on both sides and serve with polenta and kale that I sautéed with onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Surprisingly easy peasy!
Coconut curry lentils with rice and homemade naan ← I will likely make the lentils in the miraculous Instant Pot on the slow cooker setting then pour it into another container so that I can make basmati rice super quickly in my favorite work horse kitchen appliance. The naan is surprisingly easy to make and is a favorite in our house. This lentil recipe makes a huge batch and I can usually freeze enough for another meal or two for nights when the lazies strike. I also freeze any leftover rice so that we can make crab or shrimp fried rice, another easy staple.
Pad thai and summer rolls with peanut sauce ← I'm still looking for a pad thai recipe that we like that's delicious and easy. Is that too much to ask?! I'm happily accepting recipe suggestions here. Another recent favorite dish in our house is homemade summer rolls. We love ordering them from our local Thai place, but at $4 for two tiny ones and not nearly enough peanut sauce to smother them in, I was thrilled to discover how easy it is to make these yourself. The beautiful thing with the summer rolls is that you can really have fun experimenting with veggies and different type of seafood to stuff in there. I have to warn you that the peanut sauce is truly addicting, though, and will make you want to eat your veggies.
So, that's my plan for the week. I'll report back to you next Tuesday on whether or not we followed it!