I find, that when I get a real meal on the table before 6:30pm, it's a good day. I love when I can plan a meal and not come home from work at 5:30 and be like, "Hmmm what do we have square-meal worthy around here?" Such a pain thinking of dinners.
Ian is so much more creative than I am, but he runs dry on ideas too. Last week he bought a huge $15 beef brisket. We cut it in half and cooked each piece separately in the crock pot (one piece all day and the other piece all night). That was the smartest idea on the planet! We had meals all week long! Tacos/burritos, stew and sloppy joes. We could have had shepherd's pie or french dip sandwiches, but the previously mentioned meals were what we had the supplies for. Such yummy meat!
Last Thursday night I went grocery shopping with a prayer in my heart that I could spend wisely and logically. I studied a cookbook to make up my grocery list before I left. I went to the store and even remembered items that I hadn't written down. I was so proud of myself that night! After putting all the groceries away, I made a list of all the meals I had in mind and put it on the fridge. (To insure I would use all the stuff I had bought and now hidden out of sight. Don't you hate how much food you waste each month because you forgot you had it?)
Here is the list of all the meals I have planned for the coming week or so:
Crock Pot Lasagna
Pulled pork sandwiches
Polynesian Chicken, steamed veggies
Apple Smoked Pork Chops & Baked Sweet Potatoes w/ apples
Augratin Potatoes w/ Kielbasa Sausage & steamed veggies
Garlic Pork Roast, potatoes and steamed mixed veggies
Cream Cheese/Ranch Chicken and Noodles
All will make great leftovers. We love it when we can take a home cooked meal to work the next day! I am so excited about the lasagne tomorrow. I've got it all ready to assemble for the crock pot tomorrow morning! Let's hope the noodles fair well on a 5 hour setting instead of 2 hours.