Gentle Readers, the official season of eating has begun. The Practical Cook adores this time of year, until, being sweetly awakened by the Youngest with a “Santa is coming” card, she descends into a blind panic of holiday tasks! I fall for it every year, the lull that is an overabundance of carbs and pie.
This year, I’m traveling for work before the holidays, so there’s no avoiding things to the last minute. Planning is a must! The other thing I learned from Thanksgiving, the simplest things were often the most well received. Every roasted veggie in the house is gone, there’s not a single cookie left (recipe for those tomorrow), and no one commented that I didn’t make a souffle. I’ve never made a souffle actually, that’s why I’m the Practical Cook.
But I digress, and I have cards to create, laundry to fold . . . the weekly menus are as follows:
The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List:
Which translates into:
Sunday: Soup and Salad
This depends on time, and may switch with Monday. We’re trying a number of the boxed soups from Trader Joe’s as part of an upcoming series. My panel is ruthless, so watch for this.
Monday: Roasted Veggie Tart
Puff pastry, meet roasted vegetables. I love these things, and want to try a few combinations to bring into the fold as dinner options with leftovers. They reheat fairly well, and pair with the aforementioned soup, too.
Wednesday: Dine Out!
The pleasure of our company has been requested. Oh, who am I kidding, The Juniors were invited to dinner and I’m driving them. Sigh, it’s hard to be the least popular one in the family. Will it be pasta? Something Asian stir-fry? Stay tuned.
Thursday: Dal and Naan
I miss cooking Indian food, and a friend’s Twitter stream has left me craving home-cooked dal. When you choose one of the split lentils, it’s relatively quick comfort food. I’m skipping making roti this time in favor of some frozen naan I need to use anyway.
Friday: Salmon and Veg
I have a back-up option if the Juniors deny fish, but I’ve been craving salmon since I had these rather unctuous and delightful fish kebabs.
Saturday: Dine Out!
Chances are it will be someplace with salad, because I will be running errands like mad in preparation for a week in Vegas.
What’s your secret for surviving the holiday rush? Share your tips or words of support in the comments section!
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Coming up Wednesday, Oatmeal Scotchies with Macadamia Nuts Recipe.