This week I have a challenge in front of me. My husband’s (DH) work schedule will require some extra creativity and planning to make my life easier. So the food isn’t anything special or new. This week is packed with old standbys and make aheads. I’m going to break down each night and explain why we are eating that then. I do this often, I plan certain meals for certain nights to insure a good flow of variety but also ease.
Sunday- Grilled Steaks, Mashed Potatoes, and Broccoli- DH is working this night and he leaves around 6:30pm. Steak is his favorite meal and since this is his dinner leading into the last 12 hour shift this weekend I’m cooking him a treat. He will be home and playing with twins while I cook allowing me to make something that needs a decent level of attention. Dinner will be on the table in a bout 30 minutes.
Monday- Beef Stew (see A Tale of 2 Stews in February)- since it’s been rainy a chilly here this wintery dish will good over well and it tastes better the next day. In fact I have it cooking as I type this on Sunday. DH accepted some overtime hours Monday night and he needs to leave at 5:30. Having a heat and eat dinner will be ideal.
Tuesday- Baked (or grilled if the weather clears) Chicken Legs and Thighs, Homestyle Mac and Cheese, and a Veggie- DH will be off work this evening for the first time in 4 days. Planning something that requires some time and energy makes sense for Tuesday. I will also cook almost double the chicken I need for Wednesday good thing it was .99 cents a pound this week.
Wednesday- Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas- DH will away over night for work. Dinner will be just me and the kids. The chicken will be already cooked and making a quesadilla takes about the same attention and time as a grilled cheese sandwich. I’ll have dinner on the table in 15 minutes, add a few minutes if I chop up some peppers and onions in there.
Thursday- Frozen Pizza- Night 2 of DH away. Yup totally selling out to the “it’s not delivery” people.
Friday- Cheese Burger and Sweet Potato Fries- DH will be off work, home, and in charge of picking up the kids. I’m cashing in my mother’s day massage gift certificate after work and by the time I get home I’ll be short on both time and desire to cook. So burgers it is! I bought an unripened avocado Sunday to use on them. My kids love avocado.
And now my head is spinning.