If it ‘aint broke, don’t fix it.
Meal planning themes continue to work really well for me. I like the predictability of knowing what type of food I will serve each day, without having to stress over committing to a specific meal or set of ingredients.
For November, here are our themes:
Sunday – In the Crockpot (look for more details about this in a post coming tomorrow)
Monday – Pasta
Tuesday – Fish
Wednesday – Mexican
Thursday – Pizza
I have left Friday night dinner & Saturday lunch of the list for now, for two reasons: 1) Because I like the freedom to be a little more creative on Shabbat, and 2) Because we just might get lucky and get invited out a few meals!
Another goal for this month is to practice some freezer cooking. Now, I am not sure if I’m quite ready for Once A Month Cooking (although didn’t Shaindy’s Kosher OAMC guest post make it seem doable?!), but I do want to work on doubling up meals when I’m already patchkeing in the kitchen.
Last night, for example, I whipped up some spinach enchiladas. I made one big pan and two small pans, freezing each of the smaller pans for later in the month. It’s so nice to know that I have a cache if meals in the freezer for “those” days – it’s like an Emergency Fund for feeding my family!
What are you planning to eat in November? Have you made your weekly / bimonthly / monthly menu plan yet? Share the details in the comments section. And please link to your post about it, if you’ve blogged menu planning details!