Monday menu planning with the Organizing JunkieI’m trying to get ahead of the game this week, mostly by writing this on the Thursday prior to the dates in the title; as that’s when I normally make my shopping list. The week is fraught with baking, shopping, and meeting friends. I suspect I’ll not have much time to throw dinner together or eat for that matter; and yet I still need to make enough to bring leftovers as lunches throughout the week.

Family dinner. Apple-cinnamon cake
I’m off to a family dinner. I’m bringing a gift of truffles and an apple-cinnamon cake for desert.

Served atop flour tortillas (warmed in the stove), these are filled with a mixture of cooked chicken, bell pepper, salsa, and sour cream. Since I’m finishing off my Christmas shopping this week, it seemed safest to serve a simple meal.

Cracker and parmesan crusted fish, Steamed vegetables and basmati rice
Crispy fish, rice made with chicken broth, and a green salad dressed with homemade vinagrette. Simple, quick, and easy. This has been one recipe I keep meaning to make.

Quick chicken cassoulet, green salad and cappuchino chocolate cheesecake
This is a “fake” cassoulet, in that it doesn’t have to bake for hours to be ready to eat. The desert is not, unfortunately for Wednesday night. I’ll serve a small one on Thursday to guests and bring the rest to a pot-luck on Friday.

Yellow split-pea soup and soda biscuits
This is a dinner for 6, hopefully with left-overs. The recipe is an old family favourite that is a crock-pot meal. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes!

Leftover buffet
Most Friday nights I want a simple and quick meal. Since I shop on Saturdays, I also want to clean out my fridge/freezer. Often I cook without a recipe, finding bits that should be used up and making something dinner-like out of it. This is also the day of my office’s pot luck; so I suspect that by dinner time I’m not going to be all that hungry.