Sunday, May 7, 2017

On My List

I try to make a point to plan out our meals for the week each Sunday. Then on Friday I plan out the meals for the weekend. It saves me so much work during the week if I already know what I'm making for dinner. Plus it cuts down on the expense of last minute takeout dinners, of course those are bound to happen from time to time. I got this handy pad of weekly schedules that helps me sort out everything we have coming up. This week is especially busy, with two evening spring performances and two evening kung fu classes, not to mention the sick preschooler currently coughing on the couch, which might complicate things further...

I had seen the beautiful cookbook, Feeding A Family by Sarah Waldman, on Instagram a few weeks ago and it piqued my interest. I checked the library (my first stop for new books) but they didn't have it. Last weekend I spotted it at Costco - the only one I could see on a stack of other books - and bought it. I'm so glad I did! It is gorgeous and delicious and I'm not just talking about the food. I'm seriously coveting a few of the sweaters that appear in the book. What can I say? I love sweaters. Sigh...

We made the chocolate mint milkshakes, sweetened with dates and a frozen banana, and we all loved them. They reminded me of a Frosty, a childhood favorite of mine. We drank a round and then froze the rest into popsicle molds for the strangely hot days that came later in the week. I asked the kids to tag the recipes they were interested in. Gianna tagged every dessert plus roasted carrots and steamed artichokes. Dean tagged a curry noodle bowl, roasted veggie sushi rolls, and apple cider donuts.

Here's the menu for the week:
Sunday - chicken tortilla soup + broccoli (the broth is in the slow cooker right now)

Monday - chicken tortilla soup + salad

Tuesday - enchiladas + beans & rice for the enchilada-averse, + broccoli

Wednesday - slow cooker chicken gyros + veggies + frozen melon balls (from the new book!)

Thursday - enchiladas + beans & rice again

Friday - slow cooker chicken gyros + veggies + frozen melon balls

I don't think the kids have ever had a gyro before. I'm fairly certain that Gianna will eat the flatbread and possibly nothing else. Trying new recipes is always tricky. I try hard not to take rejected food personally. Crossing my fingers for success!


  1. Wow! You are organised! I try but usually fail. The spring flowers are beautiful. CN x

    1. Thank you! I think of it as doing a favor for myself.

  2. I have tried to create a menu for the week but it never works for me since I "change my mind" quite often. However it is indeed a great way to be organized. I looove your flower shots! Beautiful captures!

    1. Thank you! I'm sure I'll be less organized when my kids are grown, but now I'm lost if I'm trying to figure out dinner at 4:30 with hungry kids complaining on either side of me...

  3. I love knowing what other people are eating. I think that's partly why I like blogs and instagram so much! It all sounds delicious although I had to look at gyros as I've never had those, or chicken tortilla soup. I don't think tortilla soup is really made or eaten that much in the UK, which is funny as we've adopted so much other tex-mex style food like fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas etc. I really like the look of that book but it's currently £25 (about $33!) so I might for it to come down in price a little... x