Bloom wrote:I have been using a new plan for the past few weeks and I love it!
Sunday - Family Traditions Night (usually something Hungarian, because DH is Hungarian)
Monday - Comfort Food Night (usually mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and meat)
Tuesday - Italian Night (Pasta of course)
Wednesday - Fish or Meatless Night (Soups, fish, breakfast for dinner)
Thursday - Mexican Night (fajitas, nachos, tacos)
Friday - Pizza Night (homemade chicken, Alfredo, green onion and bacon pizza)
Saturday - Grill Night (Grilled meat and grilled vegetables)
And If I go to all the trouble to make the dinner, everybody that is in the house, must eat together at the family table. This makes cooking more worth it. I don't care if they don't like it. The fact that we are all together and enjoying each other's company is more important than anything else.
aussiejo wrote:I happen to love to cook BUT at the end of a busy working day it is a low priority and finding the energy to do it is not always there ... so here are my tricks
1. i plan my menus for the week - (this is not original - see the SHE book!)
2. i make sure that on most nights i have 'quick and easy' ... i look for these recipes in books etc
3. i spend 15 minutes AND NOT A MINUTE MORE working on dinner in the morning - this may mean chopping some onions, peeling some carrots, making a salad (but not dressing it), gettting out the (non meat) ingredients (spices etc) .... then when i walk in the door at night I have had all day to think about what delicious meal i'm having for dinner (tonight it's dry fried chinese beef - last night it was sung choi bow - that only takes 15 minutes including cooking time!) and it takes only about another 15 minutes to get dinner ready.
4. i break dishes like lasagne down into their component parts ... so make the meat sauce one day (it always tastes better the next day anyway) and make sure you make double and freeze some for spaghetti etc, then the white sauce the next morning (see 15 minute trick above) then i just assemble it all that night and bung it in the oven - or you could even assemble it that night, put it in the fridge and bung it in the oven the next night. i call it 'sneaking up on dinner' - works for me!
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