Meal Planning Diary #1

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Guys, having a toddler–a TODDLER–means having to be a little more on top of things than I have in the past. Before, I could wing it at mealtimes, sometimes experimenting mid week. Who cares if we don’t eat dinner until 9:30pm?

Now I’m frustrated if I don’t have a plan, especially since I come home and little guy wants to hang out with me in the kitchen. Not a whole lot of meal prep that can happen in that environment. (Sharp chef knives + little boys crawling around on the floor = a disaster waiting to happen.)

Although I don’t generally make resolutions, the closest I’m coming this year is the goal to make dinner at home at least four nights out of the week on average. As part of this process, I’m setting aside time each weekend to do meal planning and order groceries. All of the pre-planning really makes the weeknights less stressful.

I figured, to give myself a little extra motivation, I’ll document my meal planning here.

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The first week was a mixture of new and some old staples:

Butter Sage Fish en Papillote from Summer Tomato – Always simple and tasty. Toss together a side salad and you’re done!

Fennel-Crusted Pork Loin With Roasted Potatoes and Pears from Real Simple – This was a new one to me, and unfortunately I had to trade out big pork chops for pork loin (because it wasn’t available on Instacart). The flavors were great, so I definitely want to try again with the loin.

Slow Cooker Korean Grass-Fed Short Ribs from Nom Nom Paleo – Oh, this one was a bummer. Definitely should have gotten higher-quality short ribs. The flavors were good, but there was too much fat on the ribs, and it really didn’t turn out as I’d hoped. I might give it another go, but it was also a lot of work, so might be ok to shelve this one.

Slow Cooker White Bean and Kielbasa Stew from Real Simple  – I’ve made this one several times, and it’s pretty solid. I might try it sometime as just a bean stew (no kielbasa), because kielbasa can be quite salty.

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