Friday, April 24, 2009

Meal Planning Was A Success

Well, planning meals around the items I bought at the Farmers' Market was a success! Here is why:
  1. There was no anxiety about what I'd be making for dinner as I knew what I'd be making
  2. I bought all the ingredients for the week's meals on Sunday and haven't been back to the grocery store since! This hasn't happened in a long time. What a time saver!
  3. When the teenager asked "What's for dinner?" I actually had an answer! It's important to keep the teenager happy... :)
  4. I cooked several of the meals while the toddler was napping. It's much easier to cook without someone needing your attention all the time...
  5. Since I took some time to plan what I was going to cook, I made meals I really enjoyed!
One of the meals I made was something I hadn't made before. It was actually the easiest and the fastest. I was "cheating" a bit as I used a curry simmer sauce in a jar. But the meal turned out great, and, again, it was SOOOO easy.

You bring the simmer sauce to a simmer and then add whatever vegetables and/or protein you'd like to add. I used potatoes, carrots, onions, and chicken. Then you just simmer everything for about 15-20 minutes. I said it was easy!

We ate the curry with some rice. I gave in and made white rice to make hubby and the teenager happy. I usually make brown rice, but they like white rice better and love me a lot more whenever I make white rice instead of brown rice... :) (I actually prefer the taste and texture of brown rice.) We also had some mache salad with a simple vinaigrette.


  1. I have some of those simmer sauces sitting on my shelf, but I haven't tried them yet. I'll have to give them a go.

  2. Anonymous4/25/2009

    Ooh, I'm so glad this new brilliant flash of idea about menu planning is working out so well for you! that simmer sauce looks BRILLIANT!

  3. Meal planning is such a good idea! I always have a list for the store but never meals planned! I need to practice that habit more. I spend way less when I do that!

  4. Anonymous4/26/2009

    in response to your comment: haha, what are those secret ingredients in your salad? do tell! but I guess they won't be secret then, huh?

  5. Anonymous4/26/2009

    I like just simply heating up the ready made brown rice from Trader Joe's versus experimenting in a traditional rice cooker.