My New Year's Cooking Resolution is to better incorporate fresh vegetables into our meals. I have a new Pampered Chef steamer which I plan to use for broccoli, green beans and other vegetables. Microwavable "steam fresh" veggies are great and I will be using those on crazy days, but I'd like us to eat more fresh food when we can.
January's meal-planning challenge around here is the theatre. Little Brother's acting in a play that opens the last weekend of this month, so there's a full week of every-night rehearsals, plus Sunday-afternoon rehearsals, to work around. In addition, there are Middle Sister's track meets, and one week left of feeding Big Brother well so that the dorm food is extra-yucky by comparison (hey, a mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do.)
Sunday 1: Gumbo and biscuits (the gumbo was delicious but never thickened up...the next day I cooked it 2 more hours with some pearl barley and wound up with fantastic chicken-barley soup)
Monday 2: Spaghetti, Olive-Garden breadsticks
Tuesday 3: Homemade Chipotle with crockpot chipotle beef
Wednesday 4: Beef paysanne with noodles
Thursday 5: Rosemary-balsamic chicken
Friday 6: sick day
Saturday 7: Pizza at Grandma's
Sunday 8: Cilantro-Lime chicken drumsticks, rice, green beans
Monday 9: Italian veal stew with penne and breadsticks
Tuesday 10: Enchiladas, hash-brown casserole
Wednesday 11: Spaghetti (time to make a big new batch!)
Thursday 12: Pho and vegetable dumplings (I have to search for a recipe for the Pho, and the dumplings are frozen)
Friday 13: Happy Anniversary to us! (We'd better not be eating at home!) Takeout for the kids.
Saturday 14: Big Brother's birthday is tomorrow but we'll probably celebrate as a family tonight. He gets to pick what he wants.
Sunday 15: dinner for 3, working around a late-afternoon rehearsal. I think it might be a good night for French toast.
Monday 16: Chicken piccata bites, rice
Tuesday 17: Tacos
Wednesday 18: Spaghetti
Thursday 19: Asian chicken wraps
Friday 20: Sweet & spicy tilapia
Saturday 21: Hawaiian chicken
Monday 23: Chicken pot pie over biscuits
Tuesday 24: Southwest chili mac with chicken, corn muffins
Wednesday 25: Spaghetti
Thursday 26: Spicy orange chicken, rice
Friday 27: French bread pizza, salad
Saturday 28: Copycat Alice Springs Chicken
Sunday 29: Crockpot BBQ chicken (perfect for an after-matinee dinner!)
Monday 30: Balsamic chicken with thyme
Tuesday 31: Fajitas