I’m not sure what meal planning constitutes for some bloggers. I have this image of a frazzled parent sitting with spreadsheets and calendars splayed out on the table top as they try to decide what proportion of meals shall be grain versus kale. For me it revolves around my Rachael Ray mag–the logical alternative of course! So I will add here that I originally posted 4 days ago that it had arrived and while I refuse to own up to being disorganized, yes, I misplaced it. but I kind of knew it was in a very special place I had just forgotten about. For sure, I had not thrown it out, so it was just a matter of sitting and think think think (picture pooh bear). bingo: on my chair in my bedroom and no this isn’t the time to acknowledge that M is right that I never clear it off. It is cluttered b/c I manage a whole household of life from that chair. Well, it isn’t how I envisioned that lovely chair when I first purchased it and then replaced it with an even better one from Bob’s furniture…but seriously, I digress….
Today is the fantabulous day that I pull out the mag and glean from it all of the ingredients I will need to make the first few recipes. It is the challenge: to purchase enough to entertain me this week and not miss anything so I have to make a late night run, but also to not purchase so much that it spoils and rots before I make the recipe. B/c then I will be bitter about the whole darn thing and it will become a tedious chore.
Onward: I have flipped to the back page for the burger of the month: pizza burger. What do you think I should do? Should I go from scratch and make the pizza onions like RR suggests or should I just buy pizza sauce in a jar and cook the onions in that? I’m even thinking swapping to Vidalia onions. I think RR’s version might be great for adults b/c I like it a tad spicy but the kiddos are not going to go for that. and honestly, I can’t really complain about wegman’s pizza sauce. have you tasted their meals or read their food magazine? Wegman’s is where it’s at and as a nod to RR, it’s where she got her start and prolly learned a thing or two.
So google pizza burger, why? when I have the print version: b/c Paprika app. If you like your recipes and want a great app to store them in, this is it! I generally do not purchase apps, but this one I seriously love! it has a grocery list feature that has surpassed wegman’s app. I got it as soon as M had an extra ITunes card lying around (one that he won or maybe I earned it from product review?). All i’ll need to do at day’s end is check the fridge/pantry for those items b/c we are the proud owners of 6 jars of mayo, and 8 containers of salt, kid you not and I’m not interested in continuing to duplicate ingredients. even last night I discovered 3 parm cheeses in the fridge–the good, bad and the ugly. so yeah M: do not ask me to buy anything else unless you have looked with your own peepers and know for sure that we do not have it!!! even then, I’m sure i’ll find whatever he asked for…but anyway.
on to twist on a dish, deviled eggs. yum to the yum. add the instant pot and this is going to be fun! I still have blue cheese left from last month’s twists, so the first eggs will be the buffalo style. I only added the fresh ingredients for this one egg and all the rest I added the pantry items but not the fresh. Mainly b/c I think the food will spoil beforehand but also b/c I’d rather hit Aldi for some of it especially cheeses (just less expensive and if you are careful, equal in quality).
Okay: how are we going to get RR to do more instant pot stuff? has she already and I just missed it? it’s possible b/c I’m guilty of not watching the show quite as often as I used to. pretty sure the magazine hasn’t covered it since I read that cover to cover. I know she was doing slow cooker for a while. I wasn’t a huge fan b/c she likes to do lots of ingredients, some exotic, cook before and add a special touch after. Which is fab and all but if you are doing slow cooker it’s b/c you really want something fast. So I don’t feel like she went out of her comfort zone. RR isn’t always for me and there’s a reason I could cook through her cook books in grad school but not now while mothering the numerous quantity of persons/animals living in my household. and what do I like as a mom’s break? when M takes the kids for a Saturday and I can just pick a gazillion recipes to cook through. with all the laundry and other projects at this point, that’s not going to happen for a while, but a girl can dream.
okay, so back to task and rounding out the meal planning: I added the usual suspects to the grocery list b/c most nights are not a cooking night. with soccer and scouting and working more jobs than we remember: picking up applegate hot dogs, tuna, wegman’s turkey meatballs, chx nuggets and mac n cheese for those times when either I can’t really cook or the kids are just not going to do RR!! The best part about this is that for the most part: I can go through the store and pick up the regular suspects without consulting a list.
Well: happy meal planning and grocery shopping to you! what’s on your list for this week?