Sunday, November 14, 2010

Meal Plan for the Week of November 15

I haven’t been posting my meal plans lately, but not because I haven’t been making them! It has become a bit of an obsession. Not to say that the plans always get followed… I’d guess that my follow-through rate is around 75%, or three out of the four weeknights.

We are getting low on our stash of meat in the freezer so I went out looking for something on sale late last week. I didn’t find much of interest except some split chicken breasts with ribs. There are several dishes that I’ve been wanting to make that call for cooked chicken – Brunswick stew, chicken and sausage jambalaya, and chicken enchiladas. All of these are especially good made with smoked chicken, but since our smoker has bitten the dust, I decided to buy the split breasts and roast them. I coated the chicken breasts with olive oil, pepper and seasoned salt, then baked them at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. So much better than boiled chicken!

B has some mandatory cello performance Monday night at school and I’m not sure what time we’ll be getting home. I am hoping for 6:30 so I need to plan something that can be done ahead and then warmed up. Brunswick Stew with Smoked Paprika, a family favorite, along with some corn bread muffins will work well. W will probably want to stay home so maybe I can put him in charge of making the corn bread. Tuesday, weather permitting, we can marinate and grill a flank steak, bake some sweet potatoes, find something interesting to do with broccoli, and put together a green salad with apples and walnuts. Lentil Stew with Ham and Greens has been part of my meal plan for two weeks in a row without getting made so I guess we’ll try again on Wednesday night. I have a ham steak and some kale on hand. I need to figure out what will go well with that… just some crusty bread? Dessert? The Thursday night plan – usually the one that goes kaput-- will be Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde, black beans and a green salad with avocado and a cilantro-lime vinaigrette. I haven’t seen a decent avocado in weeks now, but maybe I’ll get lucky.

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