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Saturday, June 30, 2012

2-week (i think) menu plan for two

HUGE DISCLAIMER: i have NOT done this plan yet. this is A PLAN for the next two weeks. i am sure there are some mistakes in this, but i will try my best to let you know changes that needed to be made (whether i bought too much or not enough, etc) along the way. 

i'll be the first to say...this plan seems like way too much food. and i may indeed discover this is a 3-week menu plan. i have to remind myself of a few things when i get overwhelmed by the list's length:
  1. i haven't really left any room in the plan for meals out. (there are two evenings that are "leftovers or out.")
  2. a lot of ingredients go into making meals from scratch.
  3. there a number of things on my list that are pantry "staples."
  4. i will have a number of things left over from this grocery trip that i can use in the second half of the month and beyond, making future bills smaller.
  5. food is kind of important. 
without further ado, here is the 2 week menu plan for 2. the menu plan (pdf doc) is a list of types of meals with no specific dates involved. once i actually have the food, i will probably try to plan it out a little bit to make sure there's nothing that will go bad, but with an awkward, inconsistent summer schedule, i have no reason to believe any strict plan i develop would be adhered to. let me explain how it works using the first meal:
Breakfast dishes:
Apple butter (lots of it) &; English muffins (2)
12 apples
¼ cup brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp all spice
1 tsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
½ cup milk
2 tbsp butter
3 cups flour
¾ tsp salt
¼ cup cornmeal

underlined is the "category" of meals. bolded is the meal/dish. after some meals/dishes there is number in parentheses--this number is the amount of times we will eat that meal during the 2 weeks; my example shows that we will have english muffins with apple butter for breakfast at least two mornings. underneath each meal/dish is the list of ingredients needed. 

after the list of meals with individual ingredients lists, there is a comprehensive grocery list. there are a number of items on the list that do no have quantities because they are a staple in my household; for example, olive oil. for some of the items, i went ahead and rounded (because i don't think anyone is going to let you buy 1/4 of a poblano chili pepper.)

but what about the recipes, you ask? because my laptop tends to be my cookbook (there have been so many near-accidents using this lil guy in the kitchen, i really probably should come up with a better system), i don't really see the need to make a separate document. i use pinterest. i have a board called "to cook" where i pin any recipe that interests me. i make a new board called "to menu-plan" each time i start a new weekly plan and pin the recipes i'm using there. i delete the board after the week (or in this case, the two weeks) ends, and then start a new one. because i know not everyone is on pinterest, i have listed the recipes i am using below with links to the recipes (if there are recipes needed). i hope this post inspires you to try some new things in your kitchen! 

Recipes Used 
(Comprehensive List of All Meals Here)
Breakfast dishes:

Lunch dishes:

Dinner dishes:
Salmon in a bag* & orzo w/ parm
Irish Stew
*Salmon in a bag did not have a website: Tin foil, lemon, salmon, butter, wrap it up tightly and bake for 25 minutes at 300 °


Sweet things:


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