Sep 16, 2012

The latest from my kitchen

Lately I have been battling the dinner cooking blues. As usual, I feel like I have run out of ideas. I have been following a couple bloggers that have been meal-planning in advance and I decided to give it a try. For me, I can only do one week at a time (maybe even 4 days). I am a 2-3 times a week grocery shopper because I like everything to be as fresh as possible. I won't say that I have been overly successful in the meal-planning department. I feel like I can't stay on track because my taste or mood might change according to my schedule. One great thing is I have been cooking a lot of meatless meals. I am a HUGE veggie lover. I don't think there are too many vegetables I don't love.  In recent weeks I decided to cook meals without meat and without alerting the family ahead of time. To my surprise they all (even the hubby) love NOT eating any meat. Whaaaattt???!!!! We have all decided that we will have 3-4 meatless meals each week. Today I threw together a fabulous veggie stir-fry served with Jasmine rice and kimchi.
It was so delicious and even the kids agreed that adding any meat, chicken or even shellfish would have spoiled it. I love Asian cuisine so I am really happy that the family loved it as much as they did. 

Last weekend I made a Caribbean style fish dish (Escovitch) that got rave reviews from the family. This dish starts off with seasoned and fried fish that is then topped with a vinegar and citrus based sauce that also contains onions, fresh tomatoes, scallions and hot pepper. This dish can be served with boiled plantains & cassava or just plain rice or grits. 
I am just so happy that my family is all on board with having more meatless meals. I think it will make menu planning a little bit easier and maybe I will actually stick to it! 

What are your favorite meatless meals? Do you meal plan? 
Shelly, Mom Files

3 comments:

  1. Those look really yummy! I am impressed!
    My goal is to get better at planning meals.
    My saving grace is a slow cooker, making soups and a pressure cooker---LOVE it! can get food on the table in minutes!

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  2. That looks fabulous! Meal planning - I always say I'm going to - especially when it comes to plotting out recipes for the blog and then I go shopping, get distracted by some fab looking ingredients and all plans are shot.

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  3. We have a balance of sorts, but my gusto for cooking has ebbed and sometimes I feel like I'm barely getting by on what I whip up. But I do have to make the meals, so I try.

    Those do look yummy!
    Funny. I did brown stewed fish on Wednesday last week :)

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