Monday, November 10, 2008

What's For Dinner?



I don't know about you, but after endless weeks of making meal after meal, I start to get a little burnt out.  I need inspiration in order to keep going... "Please don't make me cook meat and potatoes again!" 

I always like to know what goes on in other peoples' kitchens; and I tend to ask a lot of questions when I'm watching someone cook before I realize that I sound snoopy or am questioning their abilities, but I am actually just really curious.  I love getting inspiration from seeing what other people cook up on a daily basis.  So if you are at all like me, then you might appreciate a gander at what I am cooking up this week.  I am listing my menu below (in no particular order).  What are you cookin'?  I am sure you can show me up.  I am not a very exotic cook!

1.  Zoe's Vegetable and Meat Lasagna which I found at Chocolate and Zucchini.  I'm using zucchini, eggplant, and sauteed spinach in my lasagna...

2.  Beef Stew : instead of beef stock or wine, I will be using a mixture of salt, pepper, sugar, paprika, cloves, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and water suggested by this recipe.  Its really good!

3.  Chicken Tacos : with leftover chicken from the weekend served with pinto beans and this fresh tasting guacamole and salsa mexicana.

4.  Broccoli Beef and rice : excellent recipe!  Looks really simple...

5.  Penne Pasta with Chicken and Aspargus : This is one of David's favorite meals--light and savory.  (I love using Barilla Plus Pasta noodles.  They're whole grain noodles, but without the weird whole-wheat-freaky-texture.  You can't even really tell its whole grain.)

So there you have it...  As you can see, there are only five meals there, but even I am not perfect.  Hopefully there will be leftovers...  Although I can't say we ever eat leftovers for dinner, but maybe for lunch.

Oh, oh!  I forgot, I have one more meal planned out, to equal six!  Hooray!

6.  A Sunday Roast : (which is actually just a roast, but will hopefully be eaten on Sunday) with mashed potatoes, corn, and broccoli.

9 comments:

90029mommy said...

wow! Those all sound so yummy, I am usually not that prepared every week, as we have occasional random things that come up and visitors for dinner often. But I try to cook simple healthy stuff... One cookbook that has been really practical to help me get organized is "The Six O'Clock Scramble" it has really great easy, healthy, kid-friendly meals.

Corynne Escalante said...

90029mommy: I'm not usually this prepared either... I'll have to check that cookbook out. i think i've heard of it before... kid friendly is definitely what i need. i have a really picky eater.

The Montgomerys said...

I love this...they all sound so delish. We have been doing this for awhile (meal planning) and have found that it really saves us money, and is so much fun!!! You really get to eat stuff you want to eat. We sit down once a week with cookbooks and talk about what we want to eat that week.

We usually do a pizza night fairly frequently. I've tried to make pizza dough a couple of times (you can make a wheat dough too) and it is time consuming, so I've bought it from pizza places or even vons (in their pizza section). It is a way to use up left over veggies! Hazel loves it because she gets to help.... Ok, so you are a pastry chef & gourmet cook....you are fabulous :)

Love you

Mon

Brittany Anne Myers said...

I see little Elliott is fond of tattoos still. :)

Corynne Escalante said...

the montgomerys: it was really nice to have the week planned out and not have to try to decide during the hectic day. thanks for your ideas. i love hearing what others do!

Brittany: yes, yes he is still fond of tatoos! how funny that you noticed. they are kind of hard to fine around here though... no del taco.

Nina49a said...

Fabulous meal plan! I will so be trying some of these. I easily get in a rut of the same 'ol stuff too. Happy cooking!

Brittany Anne Myers said...

No Del Tacos?!! Noooooooooooooooooo!

The Montgomerys said...

Crynfiction my dear...I was eating my dinner and I couldn't help but wonder what amazing meal you made. I would like to request you post something on what was your fav...I can't wait to hear about the meatloaf...it sounds so good.

Also, do you have any tips on frosting for cupcakes...my frosting comes out with tiny beads of butter...and not smooth...I'm so over it. The consistency is so off. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

The Montgomerys said...

Lasagna....sorry...I meant to write Lasagna...I love the idea of the veggies in it...sorry...long day :)