Fail to plan, plan to fail | Tasty Tuesday Update

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 we ate last week

I normally enjoy cooking, but last week was such a struggle. I didn't really have a solid plan to fall back on and had done no meal prep ahead of time. So around 5 o'clock each day, I would open up the pantry and nothing would jump out at me. So then I would walk to the freezer where nothing looked good. Next, I'd walk to the fridge and stare for a minute... then I would go sit on the couch for a little while before returning to my circuit. I think we ate Costco pizza twice in the same week. I did manage to finally make salad rolls, though.

Thankfully, my husband really stepped up to the plate and made several meals, including what was singlehandedly one of the best pizzas that I've ever had. So maybe I need to get in a cooking rut more often! 

Summer rolls!

Eating cucumbers and diced peppers with the leftover peanut sauce. 

Roasted vegetable salad

 I've wanted to make  this salad  for a long time after being mesmerized by one of those Facebook cooking videos, but never seemed to get around to it. It was one of the few things I managed to cook last week, and overall it was delicious! I nixed the carrots since my husband isn't a huge fan and subbed frozen mixed peppers for the asparagus. I will make it again, but will skip roasting the cherry tomatoes next time and toss them on there fresh. Yum!

I've wanted to make this salad for a long time after being mesmerized by one of those Facebook cooking videos, but never seemed to get around to it. It was one of the few things I managed to cook last week, and overall it was delicious! I nixed the carrots since my husband isn't a huge fan and subbed frozen mixed peppers for the asparagus. I will make it again, but will skip roasting the cherry tomatoes next time and toss them on there fresh. Yum!

 This is my husband's infamous homemade pizza! He made the crust and we topped it with an alfredo sauce that I threw together, bell peppers, red onion, fresh tomato, sun-dried tomato, kalamata olives, fresh mozzarella, provolone, and feta cheese. 

This is my husband's infamous homemade pizza! He made the crust and we topped it with an alfredo sauce that I threw together, bell peppers, red onion, fresh tomato, sun-dried tomato, kalamata olives, fresh mozzarella, provolone, and feta cheese. 

 My husband made cheese quesadillas for a snack. Look at that plating! Such artistry. 

My husband made cheese quesadillas for a snack. Look at that plating! Such artistry. 

 I had a day date with my sister on Sunday. Yoga class then crepes from the farmers market. This one had artichokes, spinach, crispy shallots, and some sort of delicious creamy sauce. 

I had a day date with my sister on Sunday. Yoga class then crepes from the farmers market. This one had artichokes, spinach, crispy shallots, and some sort of delicious creamy sauce. 

This week's eats

I'm making a plan and checking it twice to avoid last week's cooking strike! 

  • Baked fish with zucchini gratin
  • Broccoli cheddar soup and homemade focaccia. I have a bunch of fresh broccoli and a little frozen that I need to use up. Plus, I can't say no to this homemade focacc! 
  • Salmon burgers with leftover focacc and stovetop fries
  • Some sort of rice and bean casserole and lentil quesadillas
  • Redo of roasted salad from last week or fried rice

What's for dinner at your house?