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Jun 27 / suzanne

My First Attempt at Meal Planning: Coulda Been Worse

A couple weeks ago I blogged about the alarmingly high number of times per month that I go the supermarket. (Okay: 29.3 times. I was going to link to the post so I wouldn’t have to type in the number, but there it is.) In the interim, Anthony Weiner changed the definition of “mortifying disclosure,” so I’m feeling a bit less awful about myself.

Also, in the first 25 days of June I’ve only been to the store six times.

Also, my first attempt at meal planning, a la Brenda Thompson, wasn’t a total disaster.

First the good: I followed through with my plan to double Marilyn’s Moroccan Tagine, making half for a new-baby meal train and half for my family. So efficient! I made the Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole, as planned, and used up a ton of marginal veggies in a Crockpot Eggplant Stew with Garbanzo Beans.

But, I ran out of time and motivation to make a couple other dishes on my agenda, as well as the salad recipes I’d planned to keep in the fridge for lunches. Whit’s Balsamic Beet and Carrot Salad is probably my all-time favorite salad, but mid-week, it just seemed like too much work.

At least I didn’t let the beets and carrots go to waste.  I roasted the beets for dinner one night, and another night made this fluffy, yummy Healthy Carrot Soufflé I found via Internet search. My boys loved it! I will make it again.

Semi-mortifying disclosure: I had planned to be super efficient and make one batch of chocolate-chip cookies for two occasions — two-thirds of the batch for a 93rd birthday party and one-third for the meal-train dessert. But the meal-train family never got their cookies because I ATE THE DOUGH. All of it! Over three days. I kept it in the garage fridge so that the family would have freshly baked cookies, but temptation proved too strong, and I kept sneaking out to the garage for a bite. Next thing I knew, the dough was gone.

I ended up making a special trip to Safeway to buy ice cream for the family.

 

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