Sunday, May 19, 2013

Menu: May 20-26

The job hunt continues. A week without the 'Rents around was both relaxing and productive. They leave again on Monday for three weeks! Mr. Moon is focusing on efficiency, and we are currently on a mission to figure out where we are spending time cleaning things too often, or not often enough. With two people in the house instead of four, we can cut back on our cleaning schedule a bit for the duration of their vacation, and focus a bit more on projects we want to complete. Cutting back a little will help us have time to focus on Mr. Moon's job hunt, as well. Crossing fingers!

Lately I've been suffering from an EXTREME lack of appetite the likes of which I've experienced only once before. It's perturbing, to feel hungry yet be unable to eat. To know I NEED to eat but be physically incapable of putting food in my mouth. It means a lot of our meal plans have been falling by the wayside, and creating more waste than I'm comfortable with. Still less than the average American by far, but that's a skewed scale.

In any event, our meal plans this week have to accommodate: The 'Rents being home and their preferences; a busy, yet necessarily flexible schedule; separate meals for myself to accommodate my preferences, needs and this newfound lack of appetite. Actually now that I say that out loud, that's pretty much our list of goals every week, even if I don't think of them quite so consciously. It's just that instead of making, say, individual lasagnas for everyone where I use whole wheat noodles and meat but for the 'Rents I use refined noodles and olives, I might be making myself a sandwich or some soup instead. Plus we really need to keep our focus on making sure we have handy foods for job hunting days so we aren't so tempted to purchase lunch while we're out.

So without further ado...




What's on the menu?

Breakfasts: Eggs & Sausage (cooked last week, just cook eggs and reheat sausage); bagels (toast from frozen, less waste); muffins and smoothies (also from frozen for less waste); yogurt and granola.

Lunches: Buffalo chicken wraps (chicken cooked and shredded already, just need to assemble); Chicken Salad wraps (bacon or curry, still not sure which); BCuTs (BLTs with cucumber instead of lettuce; need to pre-cook bacon); turkey sandwiches for Mr. Moon in the next couple days.

Snacks: Veggie snacks; cheese snacks; hand-fruit (apricots and apples).

Dinners:
Monday: No 'Rents. Lots of leftovers to get through. Aqua Yoga in the evening.
Mexican! How would you like your beans and rice arranged? [Leftovers]

Tuesday: 'Rents will be home at some point. I have an appointment in the afternoon, and Mr. Moon has a working interview in the evening, so we won't be home to cook dinner at the 'Rents' convenience.  Lasagna [vegetarian; leftovers; casserole; pasta]

Wednesday: Free day! Unless there are job interviews or in-person applications to manage. Otherwise it's just cleaning the kitchen, and aqua yoga in the evening.
Cottage Pie [beef; casserole; freezer]

Thursday: Morning appointment, afternoon interview, and perhaps the ability to work that night if the interview goes well. Have to account for plans that change after we leave the house.
Carrot Soup with veggie stock we are simmering now [soup; vegetarian; crockpot]

Friday: Always horrible for job hunting, but most especially on a holiday weekend. Working on some projects around the house, and helping the 'Rents get ready for their next trip.
Brats and Chunk Salad [pork; grill; American; freezer]

Saturday: Finally some nice weather, so we are going to work on reorganizing our storage unit and perhaps putting an extraneous couch in it. Don't want to commit to being home at any particular time, so it's something that gets junk food out of the freezer and that Mum can cook easily enough:
Pot Pies [processed; freezer; easy]; I'll probably end up with spaghetti or something else entirely, I can't really tolerate the store-bought pot pies. Someday I hope to start making my own.

Sunday: On Your Own [OYO]

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What's on your menu this week? Need planning ideas? I'll be linking up at orgjunkie.com, if you need other ideas!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Menu: May 13-19

Mr. Moon showed up to work early last week to discover his job had closed down the night before and no one had told him not to show up for work. Fortunately we'd been able to get a jump on job hunting, and so we scrapped the to-do list for the week and focused on that. Of course, especially with restaurant work, there are only certain hours of the day you can do any in-person job hunting, so Mr. Moon worked on edging the garden beds. More about that later.

This week marks the beginning of three trips the Parental Units are taking over the next two months, leaving us behind to mind the homestead. I discovered once again the hard way that I have let slip my red meat consumption to a negligible level, and have started suffering the beginning stages of anemia. I have been surviving on a lot of the 'Rents' leftovers and easy foods, junk food even, because I have been too depressed to cook for myself. Not feeling welcome to use my own kitchen because of the tension and awkward conversations, my food being blocked off from me accessing it, and having both of the 'Rents sleeping in the living room/kitchen area most of the time really puts a damper on eating healthy foods. So while they are gone, I'm going to focus on getting back to the healthy foods I prefer. We have set some new behavioral boundaries about blocking off my food, and I'm researching make-ahead plans for such things as being able to have smoothies in the morning that don't require the blender.

Mr. Moon and I are also considering doing a Big Monthly Prep (cook) once we've cleaned out some of the older meat products that need to be used. By this point we know what casseroles and soups the 'Rents will eat, so even if we don't say, make a giant batch of split pea AND clam chowder AND tomato AND mushroom barley soups, we COULD chop/sauté/portion enough mirepoix for a few soups, roast and shred some chicken and pork, and chop some beef into chunks for any number of meals. It means that when I DO make split pea soup it's super easy, and I can make those in batches still to save only a few extra servings at a time. We are also going to make some lasagnas, broccoli macs, and other such casseroles for easy, make-ahead meals. And some meatloaf, as soon as we get through the batch I made for Christmas vacation that Pops didn't like. That's on the menu next week, in fact. But right now, we're more interested in this week!





What's on the menu?

Breakfasts: Mr. Moon has waffles, cottage cheese, and eggs & sausage on his list. I'm all about the leftover steak hash, smoothies and muffins.

Lunches: Pasta salad (whole wheat penne, hot brats, creamy "alfredo" sauce, green onions and peas); Roast beef sandwiches on pretzel rolls; buffalo chicken wraps.

Snacks: Lots of job hunting this week, so go-snacks are really necessary: Jerky, cheese, almonds, as well as some chopped watermelon, hardboiled eggs, and applesauce for home-snacks.

Dinners:
Monday: Bathrooms. Swim class or Yoga (depending on mood) at 11am. Mondays are a big job-hunt surge, so no other plans that day besides helping the 'Rents get ready for their trip. It's job hunting and yard work every day this week!
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup which got bumped from last week. [vegetarian; light; soup; freezer (soup)]

Tuesday: Bedroom vacuuming. The 'Rents leave for a week!
Lasagna with lots of back-ups for the freezer. [vegetarian; pasta; casserole; batch; freezer (marinara, ricotta)]

Wednesday: Kitchen. Swim/Yoga, 11am.
Teriyaki Chicken legs with Fried Rice; roast off extra legs for shredded buffalo chicken wraps. [chicken; brown rice; freezer (chicken, veggies)]

Thursday: Trash, Dining room, Laundry room, Lounge. Oh, will the job hunting ever end?
Sicilian (large) meatballs, wrapped in onion, and served with marinara over sautéed mushrooms. [beef; low-carb; Italian; crockpot; freezer (meat)]

Friday: Swim/Yoga 11am. Fridays are bad for job hunting, but always worth a look at the boards.
Broccoli Mac, plus extras for the freezer [vegetarian; pasta; casserole; batch]

Saturday: All the yard work! All the time! Also a project to fix a shelving unit so we can unpack our gaming cabinet.
Leftovers if we have them. Fish as a backup. [leftovers]

Sunday: All the yard work! All the time!
Leftovers is we have them. Fish as a backup. [leftovers]

PREP:
Today (Sunday) is going to have to be prep day, due to the nature of the week's schedule. Here's what's on our list.

  • Pasta salad: Cook off brats and pasta, chop onions, mix together. 
  • Citrusade (AKA homemade sport drink): Juice whatever citrus we have in the house into the gallon server pitcher (limes, lemon, orange and grapefruit), melt some honey in warm water, add a little salt, and fill the pitcher with water. Store in fridge and drink throughout the week. Great potassium content and a little natural sugar. Great for hot days and working out. 
  • Watermelon: Just peel and chop into bite-sized pieces. 
  • Sausage: Bake off breakfast links for easy breakfasts--they can be reheated in the toaster oven, the microwave in a pinch (blech) or eaten cold if it comes down to it. 
  • Thaw: Marinara & ricotta. 
  • Grate cheese: Cheddar, mozzarella.
  • Slice cheese: Cheddar, for sandwiches and cheese snacks.
  • Hard boil eggs. 
  • Chicken stock: Wednesday night/Thursday.

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What's on your menu this week? Need planning ideas? I'll be linking up at orgjunkie.com, if you need other ideas!



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