Menu, Week of 12/8


You know, I remember last time I did NaBloPoMo, I thought that that momentum gain would propel me into a lot of posting for the following month, even if not every day again. But I think that is one of the problems with the timing of the official big NaBloPoMo–the month after it is December which is full of all kinds of busy-ness. Everyone is so busy with parties and cleaning house and shopping and making gifts (in varying amounts, depending on the person, 🙂 ), that it is hard to keep up with anything, especially a relatively new habit. I will have to jump in on this earlier next year, so that next December I already have a deeply ingrained habit, I think.

One habit I am determined to keep going, though, is the menu planning. It is even more crucial when I am busy–on any given day of running around and projects, I don’t have time to make decisions about what to cook for dinner, and with gift buying and holiday entertaining, I don’t have the money to be buying pre-made food. The key words this week are fast and easy–even more than most weeks. I always like easy, but I usually throw in a few more involved dishes because I really do enjoy that when I have time. This week, I don’t have time!

Monday: Peanut Coconut Chicken Curry

Tuesday: Bacon and cheese omelette

Wednesday: Pork with Paprika, Mushrooms and Sour Cream, gnocchi for the kids

Thursday: Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole Skillet

Friday: Pizza

Saturday: Chili

As always, you can find a lot more ideas on


2 responses »

  1. Your menu plan is a great idea Susan. I’m consciously trying to cut back on the carbs after reading the book you mentioned a few weeks ago, although it’s not proving easy coming up to Christmas. Determined to persevere though.
    Have a good week,
    Alison x

    • You would not believe how incredibly pathetic I am about dinner when I don’t have a plan, lol. I open the fridge and look in it for five minutes or so, just staring, then move to the pantry and the cabinets and do the same thing, then do it all over again. Sometimes I just go sit down and hope I won’t be hungry, ha, like that happens. I am not so great with on the spot decision making. I am slightly better now than I used to be, but that is mostly because of meal planning practice, I think. What’s really funny is that I often change these plans with no problem – “I’d rather have beef stew than baked fish tonight” for instance, but if baked fish were not on the menu, I wouldn’t just think of having beef stew, I’d be lost. It is a screwy brain, but it’s mine, and I know how to trick it, ;).

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