Following my plan


Well, not so much.

Actually, I didn’t do too bad, I guess. Saturday night I had just what I posted, which isn’t that shocking since it was in the oven while I composed my post. Sunday, I made cream of broccoli soup for lunch and put the leftovers in containers to take to work. But then I didn’t feel like cooking ahead any more. For dinner that night, we had cheese pizza, made by the girl, and I ate a salad.

Monday, I ate tofurkey italian sausages, but Tuesday I didn’t cook anything. I didn’t get home from the Muny until after midnight on Monday, so I didn’t get enough sleep that night. Then I worked late, and the kids didn’t want to come home from grandma and grandpa’s house, so I didn’t get home until about 9PM. On top of that, I had to go to work early for a meeting on Wednesday, so I just threw together a salad and heated some frozen channa dal samosas and had those with mint chutney. Exhaustion and cooking don’t mix.

Without even consulting my menu, though, I got back on track last night and had the seitan curry in a hurry. That was really yummy, although it was a little sweet. The recipe calls for either mango chutney or mincemeat, and I used the mincemeat in the hope that it would make it more acceptable to the girl. She still said it was too spicy, so next time I am using the chutney. The boy tried a raisin first and said he didn’t like it, but I convinced him to try the seitan, and then he ate it all. He’s a good little eater, and he likes spicier foods. The seitan was perfect in this recipe. One of these days I am going to have to make my own though–pre-made seitan is expensive!

Tonight we had Susan V’s International Quinoa salad. Yummy, yummy, yummy. Of course, I am alone in that opinion, but I am hoping it will grow on them. It also seems like a wonderful recipe for a potluck; it makes a ton, and it’s pretty. I will definitely keep this in mind next time I get invited to a family BBQ.

So, not too bad. We actually had the item on the night that I said we would 3 times, and ate two of the other meals I had planned, just on different nights. We only skipped one recipe, the ratatouille, and I am going to try to make that this weekend. I don’t want to throw out all those veggies. I am glad I sat down to examine my plan here, because I had the impression that I hadn’t followed it at all, but I actually did pretty well. I will have to keep this menu planning thing going.


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