Wednesday, November 16, 2011

First Time for Everything! Menu Plan

As I become more lethargic and approach my 9th month of pregnancy, I've tried to maintain some of our old routine. One of my goals has been to make a home-cooked meal each night of the week, come hell or high water (or cramps and Braxton Hicks).

The only way I can mentally manage this is by doing a lot of planning. My brain literally shuts down when it's hungry. Not only do I become a ravenous b****, I get easily confused and forget where I am. It's hilarious to witness, but dreadful to live through.

I've never been a good menu planner. Mostly because I've never needed to plan for the two of us; I used to be capable of thinking whilst under pressure. Now that things have changed, I'm adapting.

Luckily for me there are some amazing foodie blogs out there that do all the thinking for me. Today I stumbled on Polish The Stars and holy yum. This girl makes stuff that I'm capable of making, while making it look like something that is way beyond my ability level. So, four of my recipes have come solely from this tightass blog. Mad props, yo.

So I started this Menu on Sunday, but didn't get around to posting about until today, oopsie poopsies.

Sunday Breakfast: Biscuits Gravy
Brown sausage. We use Tennessee Pride's Hot sausage and it's not just a clever name. Put Pillsbury Southern Style Biscuits in the ovenAdd 4-5 tbsps flour, mix. Add 2 1/4 c. milk. Heat until thickened. Done.

Sunday Lunch: Zuppa Toscana (First, I have no idea why the first letter in the recipe isn't showing up...even when I type it here "Z" it doesn't's the last letter of the alphabet...oy vey, I guess I should hand out decoder rings to everyone that reads this. Second, I worked at the Olive Garden in college and this recipe is super)

Sunday Dinner: Beef and Ale Stew (in my case it was Beef and Light Beer Stew -- that's all I had -- waah waah)

Monday: Chicken & Dumplins
I used southern style biscuits, cuz that's all I had.

Tuesday: Chicken Stuffing Bake

Wednesday: Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes (I'm not at liberty to divulge this top-secret family recipe, but it's seriously off the chains)

Thursday: Lasagna

Friday: Baked White Spaghetti

Saturday Breakfast: On Your Own (the Hubs is going into the office and I'll probably just have some oatmeal and juice, yums)

Saturday Lunch: Breakfast Burritos

Saturday Dinner: We'll Probably go out...I am pregnant after all.

I hope you try some of these recipes. So far, we've dug them.

<3 dani