Sunday, January 2, 2011
What's Cookin' This Week (Jan 3 - 9, 2011)?
I'm still getting used to writing 2011. Are you? Thankfully, I'm used to making meal plans though. I've been doing them for just over a year now. They really help me stay on track with my healthy eating habits. Plus they assist me in what to buy at the grocery store. Or I just let my pantry and freezer guide me in preparing recipes for the week.
For instance, I still have leftover holiday ham. Therefore I looked for a new recipe to make with ham, which will be Thursday's Ham Loaf. Also, we ate out Chinese food over the weekend. We have leftover fried rice. Therefore, I'm going to combine that fried rice with a new Orange Chicken recipe I've been eyeing for awhile now.
I stated in my New Year's Resolutions that I want to cook and eat more vegan recipes and more Cajun/New Orleans dishes as well. So I'm incorporating both of those notions into this week's meal plan as well with a Shrimp Creole and a vegan enchilada meal. These are some examples of how I come up with my meal plan, letting my kitchen and my heart guide me!
Now, here is that entire meal plan for the upcoming week:
Monday, Jan. 3 - Mexican Tortilla Lasagna. Side of beans.
Note: The recipe for this is in my head. I know how I want to make it and I will share the end result at the end of this week!
Tuesday, Jan. 4 - My day to grocery shop. Eat leftovers from Monday or the weekend's barbecue
Wednesday, Jan. 5 - Orange Chicken, fried rice from freezer
Thursday, Jan. 6 - Ham Loaf, green beans
Note: I'm going to look for ways to adapt this recipe and sneak veggies in the ham loaf - probably carrots and spinach!
Friday, Jan. 7 - Barbecue Chicken and Ranch Pizza, recipe is from my cookbook.
Saturday, Jan. 8 - Shrimp Creole, recipe is from my Louisiana Cajun cookbook, Corn Bread, Side salad
Sunday, Jan. 9 - Vegan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas and leftover corn bread
Here are the snacks and desserts I hope to try making this week:
No-Bake Granola Bars
Lovely Lemon Snack Cake - this one is vegan-friendly and gluten-free!
Fruit Leather (Roll ups) - this is a kid-friendly snack!
What's on your meal plan this week? I've got some great things in store for you in the coming days: a new segment called "Learn With Me," some great recipes and my most hideous, hilarious bread to date! (That's right - my bread maker strikes back!)
Come back for the laughs and the education on what to do and what NOT to do in the kitchen! ;-)