I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day. We had a nice relaxing day which ended with a meal I did not cook. But now it’s Monday.
I didn’t post a meal plan last week because my husband was out of town and my daughter was sick. I made the easy chicken noodle soup again and still can’t believe how quickly this meal comes together (especially when I cheat with store-bought rotisserie chicken).
I also discovered an amazing recipe for restaurant-style salsa on Pioneer Women. She does a fantastic job with her recipes – great pictures, instructions, and humor. I made the salsa for a family get together and everyone loved it! I plan to make it every couple of weeks and keep it in the fridge.
This week I have a couple of new items to try including Pesto Parm Chicken and Red Beans and Brown Rice for Wednesday, the long slow cooker day. I haven’t found a red beans and rice recipe I love yet so let’s hope this one is a keeper.
What’s Cooking This Week
Monday: Have it Your Way Tacos inspired by Liz Weiss, MS, RD
Tuesday: Chicken Pesto Parm with Couscous and Vegetable Stir fry and Bread
Wednesday: Red Beans and Brown Rice served with a salad and fruit (let’s hope Anna goes for this one!)
Friday: Salmon topped with spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms, mac and cheese and green salad and fruit.
A post on Simple Bites — Stocking Your Pantry for Success — got me thinking about my biggest meal-planning challenge.
Right now, I pick items for the week and make one big shopping trip (Sunday) followed by a little one later in the week (Friday). The Friday trip is supposed to be spent at the farmer’s market getting mostly perishable items like fruits & veggies. But lately, I end up running low on something else like soap or cereal, and that makes me choose the grocery store instead.
We do stock up on certain items like paper towels, spices, and toilet paper but I haven’t been keeping the rest of my pantry full of items I use on a regular basis (broth, beans, pasta, canned tomatoes, etc).
So I’ve decided to have a monthly shopping trip dedicated to buying adequate amounts of the nonperishable items I use most often.
Maybe I’ll even have inventory day and get up at 5 in the morning like they to in restaurants. Just writing that makes me realize it’s a bad idea.
I’m hoping this decreases my weekly trips to the grocery store allowing me more time to go to the Farmer’s Market to get fresh and local produce.
I’m curious, does anyone else shop this way?
The Environmental Working Group released its 2010 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 for Produce. For those not familiar, the EWG routinely tests produce for pesticide residues so consumers can decide when it’s worth it to buy organic.
The produce with the highest level of pesticides (dirty dozen) are celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, bell peppers, kale, cherries, potatoes, grapes (imported) and spinach.
The produce with the lowest levels of pesticides (Clean 15) include onions, avocado, pineapple, mangos, eggplant, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, mangos, kiwi, sweet peas, asparagus, cabbage, and sweet corn.
I rely on this list since I don’t buy everything organic.
Well, that’s it for now. Have a great week and let me know how you are doing!
Want to create your own dinner rotation? Get step-by-step help in Maryann’s book The Family Dinner Solution.