Sunday, November 19, 2017

Meal Planning-Saving Room for the Turkey Edtion



Last week DH bought a roasted chicken-I need to do something about that today so am making soup for supper, plus lunches tomorrow. DD2 was begging for a curry for when she came home, but we had concert tickets and dinner plans with my sister and brother-in-law, so she was left with a microwave fettuccine, fruit, and popcorn. She has another full day ahead of her for show choir so I will make the curry as well. That's two days of meals, plus leftovers for lunches. I'm trying to keep my fridge and pantry minimal so I have room for the various items I need for two family gatherings, a meal then later evening snacks and desert leftover pickings for those still hungry, Plus, need room for the start of jam, jelly, chutney, cookie and candy making for Christmas. DD2 and I have a list of things we may try.

We typically go to my husbands cousin on his dad's side-only family his dad had, for dinner, then stop at my sisters after 5:00 for round two. I'm bringing sweet potatoes and squash, plus a couple pies for  12:00 dinner. DD1 is just going to my sisters as she hasn't seen anyone in my family since last Christmas and did see the cousins this summer at the family wedding. I'm sending a cold veggie and spinach dip tray with her, and she is making a salad of some sort, ensuring her vegetarian palate has ample treats. I'm doubtful anyone will nibble on the veggies and dip until later for the leftover and snack round, but by 6:00 people start getting a little hungry again. 

I hit the grocery store and carefully shopped to fill around what we have on hand until next weekend. Not the thriftiest way of shopping, but organization is more important to me this week, and in the end, I should have less food waste. I'll need to stop on Tuesday or Wednesday morning for pie, veggies, sweet potatoes, and dip items, but here's the sort of plan:

Sunday:Vegetable curry and rice and Homemade chicken noodle soup with dollar bun sliders (I have leftover pork ribs to shred for sandwiches) 
Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Cheese or Squash ravioli
Wednesday: Vegetarian chili and corn bread
Friday: Turkey meatloaf (pretend it's ground beef) oven fries, green bean hot dish
Saturday: Not sure. It is my birthday, so maybe will meet up for happy hour drinks and appetizers and call it dinner. Maybe we might pick up a Papa Murphy's pizza. The girls probably will have plans with friends if DD2 is still in town. Might switch up Friday and Saturday. Who knows? It's the long weekend and I'm pretty flexible. 

For my American friends, what's up with your holiday week? Anyone else getting a jump start on baking and Christmas prep next weekend?

12 comments:

  1. I know all about fridge space management lol, seem to lose my mind when it comes to any holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas thinking it has to be stuffed full to bursting. This year I am going to try and roll that back a little and buy things that can easily be whipped up but that don't require fridge time.

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    1. I ridiculously over shop, and I can walk to a store just four blocks away. I blame my rural fear if getting snowed in genes.

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  2. That's one of the good things about the winter - I never worried about the fridge (although I have one downstairs too) - I just bunged everything into the snow outside! Anna

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    1. That's my plan for treats-use the porch. Last year it didn't get cold enough.

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  3. Just us for Thanksgiving as usual. I can't even imagine going to and fro on the holidays. I will cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I will start Wednesday night by baking a cheesecake for dessert. Once the bird goes in the oven, my husband and I run to Rite Aid to get the free items. (Somehow that became a tradition.) My 16 year old son put himself in charge of appetizers and beverages, which he will assemble while we are out. After clean up, my two youngest will help me set out some Christmas decorations.
    Enjoy!

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    1. Sounds lovely. Good for your kids finding their niche.

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  4. I am looking forward to do-nothing Friday this week.
    This is when I stay home, do nothing, avoid the internet and going out, and be a quiet bum. It is an absolute delight.

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    1. You sound like my son! Now, he often picks up extra work but your day would suit him.

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  5. I'm definitely trying to get ready for the holidays, as well as prep for next week. My business trip in mid-December will make things really tricky, so trying to be as organized as possible.

    I finally found a turkey breast for Thursday, & I think I have all of our groceries to get through the week. Trying to avoid any stops at the store with the other crazy shoppers! :-)

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    1. Wednesday does become a sporting event. I'll enjoy Friday calm.

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  6. Exbf and I are going to a dinner at a church on Thursday. It is not just a dinner for the poor or lonely. It is quite elegant I have been told. However, I am making a traditional dinner for us for the next week when he comes up. I was giving three hens, so I am not even considering buying a turkey breast.

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    1. Community meals have become very popular. Enjoy.

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