good morning everyone! are you ready for monday?! i’m still on the fence about this one… i can’t believe it will be february on wednesday. how insane is that?! it was just new years! how can january be almost gone already?
time has clearly been flying by for me, and with my jam-packed schedule of grad school, iin, blogging, and living, cooking could easily fall by the wayside if i didn’t make a plan.
i don’t usually plan breakfast or lunches because breakfasts are usually overnight oats or, more recently, a smoothie and lunches are leftovers or a hodge-podge of components.
dinners though. i have fun with the dinners.
my meal planning method is this:
- open up my spreadsheet in excel and create a new tab for the current week.
- open up pinterest and check out my food tabs. i only have 3 right now, to eat, to bake, and healthy eats, but am feeling like i should re-organize into more specific boards…maybe.
- fill in the dinners with ideas i’ve pinned keeping in mind planned nights out and what i have in my pantry.
it’s as easy as that!
now on to this week’s menu.
last week was very heavy on the meals out thanks to restaurant week, so we’re going to eat at home every night this week! also, i am taking a photography class through matc and it starts this week. it only meets four times, this week and next week tuesday and thursday from 6:30-8:30. since i’m going to be busy those nights, i will make something ahead of time or plan easy meals so we don’t end up eating at 10pm.
i made a new recipe for turkey meatballs (post coming this afternoon!) and we’ll have them tonight!
tortellini salad (making this tonight and refrigerating it because of my photography class)
quinoa primavera (again, making this on wednesday night and refrigerating it because of my photography class)
no plans this weekend so i get to cook a lot! friday’s dinner is an idea i’ve been tossing around in my head for a savory puff pastry roll. stay tuned for a recipe if it turns out.
i think i’ll make a version of stuffed peppers inspired by her recipe.
i have been drooling over this salada chevre chaud that aparna posted a week ago and it’s on the menu for sunday! i just have to make sure to get the goat cheese. our normal supermarket doesn’t carry a good selection of cheeses, so i’m going to have to make a pilgrimage in to the co-op or something to get the cheese for this dish. i can’t wait!
and that’s our plan for the week!
i do my grocery shopping on wednesdays, so i usually plan wednesday-tuesday meal plans, but i just showed you two plans put together so you get a full picture of a pretty typical week of meals for us.
…just for fun since this post is light on the photos….
cute little jake.
(i love when his ears are perked up like that. too adorable.)
do you use pinterest to plan your meals?
i discovered that i really prefer pinning meal ideas over starring them in my google reader. it’s easier to go back and see photos all together when choosing which meals to make!