Post # 17
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
My goal is to plan out meals for the entire week, and sometimes I even achieve that. But usually I will plan out meals for the next 3-4 days, make my shopping list, and then head to the market to pick things up. Now that the farmer’s markets are open again, we usually go to one on the weekend, pick out whatever looks delish, and then plan meals to use those ingredients.
If you like to grill, get the Weber Real Grilling Cookbook. Mr. LK received this as a Christmas present, and it is the best book ever. We have loved every recipe that we have tried so far, and we have 2 new ones on tap for tonight and tomorrow night. Tonight = rosemary brined pork chops, and tomorrow= honey mustard chicken breasts. mmmmmmmmm 🙂
Post # 18
@lovekiss: I love the Weber cookbook!! my favorite is actually the veggie stuffed tomato in there. So delish!
Post # 19
I use a betty crocker 30-min cookbook all the time! Also allrecipes.com, quinoa websites and fitness magazine recipes. I cook about three meals a week. My husband will cook one and the other night is leftovers or going out–we’re on the go a lot. Once a week, I write down what I’ll be making for the week. I’ll ask my husband what he wants and we decide the meals. I’ve taken a photo of almost every dish I’ve ever made and posted it in a FB album, so I sometimes tell him “go look and pick what meal you want.” Then I grocery shop from that list, along with cereal, milk, fruits, etc.
Since we’ve only been married a year, I make something new or adventurous probably once every other week. Most of the meals are ones I’ve made before at some point. I like to cook from fairly simple recipes because it takes up a good hour of my evening. We usually cook together, or he’ll be cleaning and I’m cooking, so it’s a “togetherness” time. I’m an italian food freak but my husband doesn’t really eat pasta, potatoes or bread, so I’ve gotten creative with side dishes. I make a lot of veggies, quinoa and even “pasta” out of zucchini. I grew up on mexican food and italian food, so I’m on an asian food kick, and even cajun food. I’ve made miso soup, pho, stir fry, gumbo, etouffee–the works. 🙂 We use mainly chicken, ground turkey, fish and shellfish–not too much beef. Occasionally pork chops. I also have herbs on my patio that I have to prune so I’ll make something using basil, sage, rosemary or mint as much as possible.
A typical week includes one asian dish, one italian dish, one fish dish, egg/pesto/feta cheese tacos and leftovers(or pasta for myself and a protein shake for my husband, the fitness freak ;-)).
One suggestion I can give is to stock up on some frozen veggies. That way if something falls through(like last night, my zucchini was bad) you can pop in some veggies in the microwave seasoned with olive oil and salt. Or keep salad fixings. Always have some pasta on hand. That way you have a back up! Sometimes I’ll have the sides at home and pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Voila, dinner!
Post # 20
I plan a menu weekly and go to the grocery store once a week – this has helped b/c I would go every 2-3 weeks and we would wast produce & milk, etc. But going once a week is actually better b/c I am in and out very quickly and we don’t waste food.
I have about 15 meals that I can make on the fly w/o needing to look at a recipe- but to not get bored, I have a commitment to introduce at least 1, hopefully 2 brand new recipies per month and add those to the rotation.
Post # 21
Thanks for everyone’s input. I think cooking is the one thing that is scarring me about marriage, haha. My mother is one of those women that can just “wimp” something up and it is delish! I hope I can do the same in time.
Post # 22
I plan a weekly menu and try new things at least once a week – keeps us from getting stuck in a food rut. We have a list on the fridge of food that we like to eat every week so it’s easier to remember when we sit down to plan on the weekends. Normally our week looks like:
Chicken breasts a few times a week, always with different spice/sauce combos, and a veg like sweet potatoes or plantains or french beans or lima beans… etc
One meatless meal, like mushroom sauce over brown rice or carrot curry
Broiled salmon with a veg side, or turkey meatballs with a veg side, or some kind of shrimp meal over rice… or all of those!
We’ve been working out in a boot camp that goes from 7-8 so we’ve really had to streamline meals to not be eating at 10 pm – prep work is a lifesaver if you want to cook every night during a busy schedule! Websites like skinnytaste.com and foodgawker.com are also super helpful.
Post # 23
Sometimes we plan what to eat on a daily basis and other times we eat whatever we have or run to the grocery store to pick up some ingredients. Our go to meals are things like quesadillas with onions and peppers, stuffed peppers, tuna casserole, stir fry veggies and shrimp, etc.
Post # 25
I really like Taste of Home’s website/cookbooks. The meals there are relatively simple with ingredients that are easy to find and not super expensive.
I also enjoy reading http://www.annies-eats.com. She has so many great recipes that would be tough to mess up, as long as you read all of the directions.
Give cooking a try! You may really like it 🙂
Post # 26
I go to farmers markets and stuff so I end up meal planning based on what I’ve got. Unless I have a specific taste for something I make it up as I go along. For this type of cooking you usually have to have a general outline of what you want (at my house it’s typically meat+carb or pasta…thanks DH) and some basics on hand all the time i.e. chicken stock, wine, butter/EVOO, and garlic and onions in our case. I like it…the one thing I hate about recipes is not having that ONE ingredient and having to make a trip to the grocery to find it. I’m a little lazy…
Post # 27
If I don’t plan a weekly menu we A. Eat out or B. Run to the grocery store for something almost everyday C. Produce goes bad in the fridge.
I have subscriptions to Bon Apetite and a few other cooking magazines.. I really love foodgawker.com there’s something about seeing what you’ll be making that helps me plan.
Post # 28
I plan for the week. I have a good list of stand-bys, and then we try something new each week. If we love it, it gets added to the stand-by list! I also try to make a homemade dessert. This weekends will be a peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream!
Some of his favorites:
Tex-Mex Meatloaf: 1.5lb ground beef or turkey/3/4c oatmeal/1 egg/1 can Rotel/2 tbsp onion flakes
Mix everything, bake at 350 degrees for 1h15m. Top with 1/4c ketchup, bake for 10 more mins. I serve it w/ mashed potatoes and jalapeno cornbread (Jiffy cornbread mix + some chopped up jalapenos)
Chicken Stirfry: 1 lb cut up chicken breast- cook in a pan on medium until brown, add 4 cups of stirfry veggies (found in the frozen veg section in a bag)-cook 2-4 mins until tender, add 1/2c chicken broth, 1/4c teriyaki sauce, a little salt & pepper, and cook about 3 mins longer. Serve over minute rice! 🙂
For new recipes: Food Network website, Epicurious.
Post # 29
We LOVE the Cook This Not That recipe books, the recipes are easy to do and delicious, I can’t recommend them enough.
We have a small whiteboard on a wall that we put the grocery list on, and the week’s dinners written on the bottom. About once a week we’ll plan what we’re going to make while adding stuff to the grocery list. We also dig through the cook books every now and then and look for something new to try, and we try to do a meatless dinner at least once a week.
Some of our standards are:
Homemade pizza with wholewheat crust and as many veggies as we can pile on
Taco salads made from brown rice, black beans, spinach, avocado and salsa. So good!
Mujadara, a mediterrean lentils and rice dish that I can make in a crockpot
Pasta – our cookbook has a 500 calorie chicken alfredo dish which is delicious. We also like to make homemade marinara, and last week made a chicken sausage and broccoli dish that came out really well.
Something off the bbq – burgers or steaks, often with sweet potatoes and broccoli or asparagus.
Post # 30
It depends on the weather, currently we’re doing a lot of bbq during the nights we are together (FI does shift work) so ribs, steaks, grilled chicken, hot dogs, grilling veggies on the grill like carrots, asparagus, corn, green beans. Typically i love making soups (clear broths) with veggies and some protein, Fiance usually likes a protein, carb (rice), and veggies with all his meals so I try to work around that too. Sometimes we’ll make homemade pizza’s and pastas but we try to stay away from carbs… We really like cooking. and I’m allergic to a lot of things so we typically make everything fom scratch.
Favorite cookbooks: big book of soups (theres probably 500+ recipes)
I REALLY like the martha stewart cook books (she has pictures for every recipe so you get an idea as to what its ‘suppose’ to look like)
Post # 31
we make a lot of pizza. Before we got together, the fiance was a picky eater (his only foods: fries/tater tots, cheese-only quesadilla, tomato soup, pizza) and it’s still a battle to get him to eat like a normal person.