I’ve been really thinking about menu planning. Well, thinking about thinking about it. It’s not something I do or something that I’ve ever done before but I can definitely see how putting in the time could really be beneficial. I tried this week, I scrawled out some notes on a scrap of paper and called it a menu plan, if you can even call it a menu plan.
Here’s where I started. We picked up some supplies at Costco this weekend and they had nice wild caught salmon so I bought some. I also picked up a container of fresh buffalo mozzarella for no particular reason. So really, this whole week was built around those two items.
On monday, I cut the filet into smaller steaks and prepared them with simple boiled potatoes and blanched peas. There was a little of everything leftover so that’s where I started. My plan looks something like this:
Tuesday: creamy pasta with salmon and peas.
Wednesday: pizza (theoretically using the mozzarella)
Thursday: chicken soup (from a frozen carcass tossed in the freezer before leaving for the wedding and whatever veg is on hand)
Pretty good no? I thought I would use the last of the bread dough in the fridge for the pizza but when they say use within 2 weeks they don’t mean 2 weeks and 3 days. Oh, and I didn’t have any tomatoes or tomato sauce. So, I had to improvise I superheated the oven with the pizza stone inside and spread some sun-dried tomato tapenade onto huge flour tortillas, topped with the cheese and popped them onto the pizza stone until the tortilla was crispy and the cheese was melted. I made a nice little salad with some boston lettuce and lemony vinaigrette and put it right on top of the crisp pizza. Eat with fork and knife… and done. I thought it was extremely tasty for 10 minutes of effort.
The creamy salmon pasta was really good too and really easy. I just sweated some onions in a little olive oil, tossed in a crushed clove of garlic and then added plenty of half and half with a splash of skim for good measure. I simmered the cream while the pasta cooked, pulled the noodles out a minute or two early and finished them in the cream with the peas and salmon. I cut the noodles up for Chase and she loved it, even ate the peas.
Friday is still up in the air, maybe a certain someone will treat me to dinner out.. if I’m lucky. Tomorrow: the unauthorized report of the day before Chelsea’s wedding (with pictures!).