So, here in the midwest we’ve got a good old fashioned blizzard: 12″ of snow on Sunday, followed by below-zero temps and 30 mph winds today and tomorrow. All of the news media hype surrounding this fascinated me, and ties in well with planning meals. Here is a photo posted at a local store on Saturday:
I had to wonder: do people really have only a few days’ supply of food in their houses? Things should be pretty fine again by Wednesday. I guess I could see this in Europe, where most people only seem to have college dorm-size refrigerators, but in super-size America, it’s just odd to me that people are so unprepared for the prospect of three days without the ability to get to the store.
It made me glad I plan meals out a week in advance, and even then, I could prepare far more with what’s in the pantry, fridge, or freezer.
Having said all that, I usually go to the grocery each week on Monday, so this week’s plan will have to be made based on what is in the house now. Here goes:
Monday: Wendy’s Chili – because what would taste better on a minus-ten-degree day? Also bread in the bread machine.
Tuesday: Hamburger Helper, Sweet n Sour Chicken — this has been in the pantry a while and needs to be used. I tried a sample of it at the state fair, and it was quite tasty.
Wednesday: Leftover Bountiful Black Bean soup from last week and bread machine bread again — this is soup weather.
Thursday: Chicken Parmesan – easy and good
1 jar marinara sauce
4 chicken breast halves
2/3 c. shredded mozzarella
1/4 c. bread crumbs
2 T. olive oil
Pour marinara sauce in bottom of ungreased 12 x 8 dish.
Place chicken over sauce.
In small bowl, mix cheeses, bread crumbs and oil. Sprinkle evenly over chicken.
Bake at 350 30-35 min.
Serve over noodles.
Friday: Chicken and Homemade Noodles — another good comfort food. No real recipe here; I make homemade noodles and then add them to broth with cooked shredded chicken, carrots, onion, celery, seasoning — yum!
What’s the weather like where you are? As I woke up to the howling winds this morning, all I could think was that, if I have to survive a blizzard, I would choose the 2014 version: warm in my house. I’ve read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “The Long Winter” enough times to picture myself waking up to a thin coating of frost on the covers, then heading downstairs to twist straw for the fire all day and grind grain in a coffee grinder for bread.
More Menu Plan Monday ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.