Gentle Readers, in the history of mankind, no one is called on to do more advanced and contingency planning than moms on the go. With deepest apologies to the readers of the man persuasion, in the end, the ladies run the schedule. I know this by virtue of having the equivalent of 20 work husbands. Please do not ask.
Why do I start with a logistics lecture? This week’s menu is a challenge because a) like Willie Nelson I’m on the road again and b) while there, my omnivorous home staff (headed up by The Practical Cook’s Mom) has to cook for the little vegetarian. Plus school starts back, so there are snacks and lunches to address, and did I mention that I haven’t packed yet?
Game on. I’ll be reporting on the food in San Francisco soon, if I’m lucky enough to find time to eat some of it between video shoots and dodgeball. Yes, my job rocks, you have my permission to be jealous. The keys to success are: planning, lists, amazing support from family and friends. Thanks everyone.
So weekly menus this week are:
The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List:
Which all adds up to:
Sunday: pizza and salad
Be it frozen or ordered, I’m not going to judge. I stocked up on bagged salad, and there’s lots of olive oil and balsamic. Go to it.
Monday: beans and rice
TPC’s Mom is very adept with beans and rice, I feel certain something good will come of this suggestion. There are also leftover limas in the freezer mom!
Pimento cheese and spinach or peanut butter banana are a nice break from the standard PB & J. Though not veggie-friendly, I also just made a stupendous chicken salad with walnuts, apples, and spicy mustard.
Wednesday: spaghetti and meatless meatballs
From Trader Joe’s to you, these meatballs are nice. Just be sure to add them to the sauce at the end, instead of the beginning. They absorb a lot of moisture and lose their shape.
Thursday: faux nuggets
Normally I don’t rely so heavily on faux meat foods. But for this week, eating without a fight is the key. And frankly, these faux nuggets from Trader Joe’s are actually tasty.
Friday: veggie surprise
I will return from the West Coast full of sprouty good ideas. Or I will simply make something out of what’s left, throw it in a wrap, and give it a good name. #marketing
Saturday: dine out
Looking forward to trying something exotic with the Juniors. Something they haven’t tried before. We shall see what the group decides!
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