For the purposes of meal planning my week begins on Friday because that is when I have groceries delivered from FreshDirect. Preston brings home his schedule on Thursday so I have a rough idea of when he’ll be home each night of the next week. We also keep a running list of stuff we need on a Post-It pad stuck to the cabinet door. I scan the fridge and freezer, grab Preston’s schedule, grab the list and grab my Circa notebook filled with my favorite recipes. When I get to FreshDirect I start with their President’s Picks — what’s on sale this week. Then I start building my plan. (I also have a “weekly order” shopping list saved with stuff like milk, eggs, diapers and so on. That saves me a lot of time. I also love that FreshDirect save everything you’ve ever ordered. I can search by date (“What was that yummy thing I got last week?” by department (“Which of these Pinots is the one we’ve ordered before?”).
So here’s my plan for this week:
Friday: Black Bean Soup (Haven’t tried this recipe before. Will probably tweak it a bit.)
Saturday: Halibut with Lentils in Mustard Sauce (I’m subbing scrod for the halibut.)
Sunday: Homemade chicken fingers and broccoli (and probably leftover lentils from Saturday)
Monday: Curried Rice with Shrimp with steamed green beans
Tuesday: Black-eyed peas with spinach over rice (From Moosewood Cooks at Home)
Wednesday: Crabcakes (frozen from Trader Joe’s) with broccoli
Thursday: Leftovers or something from the freezer (currently have lots of pasta sauce, soups, etc.)
What’s cooking at your house? Post your recipes/ideas in the comments.