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.
There were frantic reports of stores being out of milk, bread, potatoes (potatoes?). Waits in line of over an hour.
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.