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