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)
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?