Baby Steps in Meal Planning

Last Wednesday (Nov 4) I decided what we were going to have for supper for Thursday and Friday.

Thursday Terry had a meeting at 6:30 so it had to be something quick & easy. Grilled cheese & eggs are always a hit with Abigail and super easy so I penciled it in.

Friday I just didn’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen after a week of work so I figured something in the crockpot would be best. I penciled in crockpot lasagna even though I didn’t have the recipe from my sister yet but I was pretty sure I had all the ingredients.

I was feeling pretty good about my tiny start in meal planning. Then I got a call Thursday morning from a couple that Terry & I hadn’t seen in over 6 years. The only night they were free to see us was Thursday. Terry got out of his meeting and we met them for supper at Khan’s Mongolian Barbeque. We met their 3 kids for the first time and they got to meet Abigail.

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So the grilled cheese got put on hold but Terry ended up making it on Friday for lunch instead. Then we ended up at Sam’s Club at supper time on Friday. The crockpot lasagna was on hold before we ended up at Sam’s though because I hadn’t gotten a hold of my sister yet since they were very busy out in the field combining.

Saturday morning I was organizing a bunch of my loose recipes and Chicken Pot Pie on the Fly from The Happy Housewife caught my eye. I picked up some real cheap chicken breasts ($0.99/lb) on sale at Cub earlier in the week so the only thing I needed was some mixed veggies.

While I was shopping at Aldi for the veggies I also picked up black beans & rice for Chicken Mexican Skillet. While I was putting the groceries in the car I managed to shove my sunglasses (which were perched on top of my head) into the top of my head. By the time I got home a few minutes later my head was really pounding so I reclined on the love seat and Terry helped me make supper.

As I was reading the recipe to him I realized that an essential part of chicken pot pie is the potatoes of which i had none. I know, it’s not good to just run out of a staple like potatoes but it happened. So we went without. It was very good, but I it would have been better and gone even further if we had remembered the potatoes. It was even better the second day after the chicken had a chance to marinate in the creamy goodness for a day.

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I could have left it in longer to brown the top a bit but we were hungry.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you about our Crockpot Lasagna!

5 thoughts on “Baby Steps in Meal Planning”

  1. Keep it coming! I did meal planning a lot in PA. A lot from scratch. Harder here because the stove is broke and I don’t have a good pan or anything for the small toaster. (sigh) but keep it all coming..Loving ideas! It’s so awesome to see the pics of Izzy and Am. (I’m too lazy to spell full names) The kids look so cute! Sigh.. wishing I could see you ALL again! Love you.

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