planning ahead: this week’s eats

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Anyone who cooks for their family knows that it’s not the cooking that’s the challenge, it’s planning what’s for dinner. That question heard every afternoon at about 4:30 pm can either make my mouth water or strike fear in my heart, depending on the day.

Enter Menu Plan Monday. Each week, I’m an Organizing Junkie hosts this event where bloggers link up to share their dinner plans and recipes for the week ahead. Clicking through these sites is an easy way to make that grocery list and breathe new life into sagging motivation.

Here is what I am thinking for this week (we’ll see if it all really happens):

Sunday: Grilled pizza

Toppings included fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, and mushrooms.

Monday: Roasted chicken

(Because it’s not hot in CT yet, I can still turn on my oven.) I salt and pepper the whole chicken liberally, then stuff it with onions, whole cloves of garlic, lemon wedges, and finally drizzle with olive oil before roasting on convection heat at 300°F for about 40 minutes (depending on the size). Internal thigh temperature should be 165-170°F.

Tuesday: Baked potatoes

Made in the microwave, these potatoes are served with all the fixings – butter, sour cream, bacon, broccoli, and cheese.

Wednesday: Beef kebabs

These are marinated in Goya Mojo Criollo with peppers and onions served over Texmati rice.

Thursday: Clean-out-the-fridge night

Friday: Soft tacos

We cook ground beef or turkey, stir in Trader Joe’s frozen roasted corn, one can of black beans, and half a jar of salsa. Serve with warm tortillas, shredded cheddar, sour cream, diced tomatoes, and sliced pickled jalapeños.

Independence Day: Not sure, but it involves ice cream

There is no better ice cream on the planet (or at least in CT) than Ferris Acres.

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7 thoughts on “planning ahead: this week’s eats

  1. It all looks delicious. I wish it was cool here! We roasted a chicken in the crockpot last week with just a couple of minutes under the broiler with an interesting technique and it was delicious.

  2. How fun!

    I love that Trader’s Joe roasted corn, but unfortunately it was the basis of the gross made-up enchiladas I tried. I don’t know if you remember, but I used too much sauce or something, and not enough good stuff, and they ended up mushy AND tasteless.

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