Now that I’m in an organization-y type of mood, I’ve been thinking about meal planning. After a long day of work, we rarely have the mental energy to decide on something so complicated as what to have for dinner. As well, when you actually plan your meals, you make can then make sure that you actually have the ingredients you need to make said dinner, thus avoiding many last-minute trips to the grocery store when you are hunger or the “Meh! I don’t have what I need to make what I want, so let’s cook whatever happens to be in the freezer.”

Whenever Devon and I do make a new meal, though, if we like it, we’ll jokingly say, “That’s going into the rotation!” And while we don’t have an actual rotation, we do have a few go-to meals, but I feel like we’ve been relying on them a little too much (see aforementioned indecisiveness), resulting in a lot less variety – and much fewer veggies – than I’d like.

In no particular order, our usual suspects tend to be:

  • roast chicken1 or chicken stuffed with cheese & brocoli2, usually with mashed potatoes and a veg3.
  • tuna melts4 or grilled cheese sandwiches
  • nachoes with black beans, salsa, guacamole
  • spanokopita5 with Greek salad
  • chili
  • pasta6
  • salmon with mashed potatoes and a veg
  • chicken burgers and fries

Things that I know how to make but haven’t made in a while:

  • stuffed green peppers
  • tacos
  • burgers
  • burritos with spinach/cilantro rice
  • quesadillas
  • homemade pizza
  • chicken pot pie
  • pork chops
  • homemade oven fries
  • quinoa7
  • cabbage casserole
  • risotto – or risotto torte
  • quiche
  • dal/curry

Things I want to learn how to make:

  • eggplant parmesan
  • lamb roast
  • cornish hen8

OK, now it’s your turn. What meals should I add to my rotation?

  1. Safeway makes a tasty roast chicken. The ones from Costco are usually plumper and more tender, but the Safeway ones have better spices on them. []
  2. From Costco. []
  3. Steamed asparagus, when it isn’t insanely expensive, or green beans or corn-on-the-cob when its in season. []
  4. Devon’s specialty. []
  5. From Costco. It’s delicious. []
  6. I know this will come as a surprise, but Costco sells a delicious tortellini that we like. []
  7. My friend Kim gave me a great recipe for quinoa with chick peas and tomatoes. []
  8. Not like for an everyday thing. But its something I’ve always wanted to try making. []

5 Replies to “Dinner”

  1. Well, I’m a huge fan of a simple salad. The one I’ve been making these days is a cranberry broccoli salad. Broccoli florets, grated carrots, dried cranberries, chopped onions, nuts (walnuts or almonds), and whatever else. For the dressing- 2 tbsps of plain yogurt to 1 tsp of agave nectar and 1 tsp of lemon juice. I like lots of dressing, and usually quadruple that for the amount of salad I make :). Pour it over the salad, mix well, and let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes. Yum!

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