This week my husband will be out of town Monday afternoon through Friday evening, which means I will not be as motivated to cook in the evenings. I am a stay at home mom, so I do occasionally cook a full meal at lunch and then the meal then doubles as dinner (and frees me up to spend time with my son and husband when they get home). I may have to apply that strategy a few times this week or I'll be eating tv dinners and canned soups.
Normally, I do my meal planning by theme (see last week's meal plan), but as I'm cooking for just me and the toddler most of this week, this week's meal plan features dinner for a full family on Sunday and Saturday, but simple meals Monday through Friday. I should clarify that I cook a separate dinner for my picky three year old. He used to eat what my husband and I ate, but those days are long gone.
This Week's Meal PlanSunday: Chicken Parmesan with spaghetti squash and roasted broccoli
Monday: leftovers from Sunday
Tuesday: soup (canned or from the freezer) and a salad
Wednesday: whatever I make for lunch
Thursday: sliders with sweet potato fries (I'm hoping the toddler will eat this with me)
Friday: dinner out
Saturday: grill (husband's choice of recipe)
Meal Winners from Last Week
Every week, I share one or two recipes that we loved, and if there's an online recipe I provide it. Here are two meals we enjoyed this week.
Recipe: Spicy Beef Stir-Fry (Food Network)
Modifications: we substituted julienned carrots, red bell pepper, and broccoli
for the baby bok choy
Recipe: Chicken Parmesan (Bon Apetit)
Modifications: we omitted the sun-dried tomato pesto
(but it might have been yummy with the pesto)
Any readers out there who occasionally have to cook just for themselves? What do you like to cook when you're cooking for one?