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Monday, February 8, 2010

Menu Planning

This week's menu planning session is a little different than I'm used to.  I've decided to take my newest Eating Well Magazine and cook one thing out of each category (at least eight recipes).  I've been getting Eating Well magazine since it started (and then again when it restarted), but I find that I go to my Eating Well Cookbooks more often than my magazines for recipes.  I'm going to challenge myself to break out of my regular EW menus with this practice, and see if I can't find some new family favorites.  I'll compile a binder throughout the year of our favorites, too, so we have a place to go when the ever-looming question of What's For Dinner stumps me.

This month's magazine has these recipes in store for my family:

Making the Truffles first (because, obviously.  And also I have all the ingredients on hand.  And also our awesome neighbors sold their house yesterday and I want to take some over to them).  Fish sticks and Mash later this week.  I might make the Muffins, too, but I also have a ridiculous amount of bananas in my freezer, so banana bread might bump the muffins to another week.  Some old favorites are also on the menu: Roast chicken (and subsequent stock for the freezer), and steak followed by steak salad later in the week.  I've got a pork roast with teeny tiny potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts for today's menu.  I'll take pictures as I go, and check in later.  We'll see if and how I stick to the plan, and what whims and surprises come along as we eat through the week.  Can't forget to make Valentines Cookies with the kids!


  1. Congratulations on your first blog post!

    I subscribed to Eating Well recently but haven't received my first issue yet. I'm glad to know you like their recipes! I can't wait for the magazine to arrive.

    The things you've picked sound really yummy! Roast chicken makes for great leftovers later too! I love chicken corn chowder!

  2. This looks really good. Nice job. :-)

  3. I'm going to love this adventure and will certainly experience some mouth watering hunger along the way. :-)

  4. Ooh, those meals sound awesome. Do you plan to make a sauce of some sort to go with the fish sticks?

  5. Love the name! This is a great idea. What will you think of next? :)

  6. Ooh, inside out lasagna sounds great. I'm a lasagna fiend but it's one of those occasional dishes.

    I'm the meal planner (as it seems most wives wind up being) and I try to come up with stuff with only one grocery store trip a week. So I like to have a nice idea of what I'll be making for the week before hand.

    I can usually come up with three, then the other days are a mishmash of eat whatever's in the fridge.