Menu Plan Monday — Blizzard Edition

menuplanmondaySo, 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 Chickenthis 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 β€” 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.



6 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday — Blizzard Edition

  1. My little kitchen Christmas tree with its sparkling lights lends cheer this morning. My thermometer indicates it to be -2 degrees. I had the house set on 62 degrees overnight. When I got up this morning and saw it was using Emergency Heat I moved it back to 61 for today. I’ll be working, but now that I’ve had breakfast I think I’ll climb back in my warm bed. I’ll be eating more Christmas leftovers today. No telling when we’ll have school again.

  2. I think I’m past due for black bean soup – I keep seeing it on meal plans lately! πŸ™‚

    I don’t know what it is, but it always seems like people run out and buy “white food” when there’s snow – milk, bread, potatoes . . . and yeah, you’re right – potatoes? Me, I avoid the supermarket like the plague when there’s a storm coming – it’s full of crazy people! πŸ™‚

    Keep warm, and PLEASE quit sending your snow this way! πŸ˜†

  3. The only thing I can think of for the swarms of people at the store: They are within a day or two of their normal shopping day. Rather than everyone space out their grocery shopping like normal, everyone shows up at the grocery store within the same 3 or 4 hour period the night before the cold or a storm.

    I shop on Wednesdays. If it were Monday, and I knew a storm was brewing that would start on Tuesday, I’d likely do my weekly shopping that Monday to avoid the cold/snow/ice.

    That’s about my only explanation!

    They do say on those ‘survival’ type shows that the grocery stores would be empty of food in about 3 days if some disaster were to strike. I guess a winter storm shopping rush is the best proof of that!

  4. It looks like what happens here when a hurricane is brewing… usually water, bread and batteries are gone pretty quickly. I suppose a lot of people already have Sat. as their regular day, and when you add in people dashing out to “get a few things,” it swells the lines pretty badly. Here it is perfect weather, about 76 degrees… it is supposed to get colder all day, to somewhere in the 40s or maybe even 30s, which I know does not impress you, but that’s very cold for us. Yesterday was in the 80s! Your chicken parmesan sounds very good.

  5. I went grocery shopping on Saturday morning, which was long before the throngs went. I’m so glad I got home before they started. I had no trouble getting everything I wanted, and I’m glad, because I would not want to go out in this unless it were absolutely necessary. Your temps were lower than ours, although you were probably talking about earlier morning temps. I stayed in my nice, warm bed for quite a while this morning. Temperature was 4 when I was listening to the news. I’m so thankful to be in a building where my apartment is well insulated by other apartments on three sides. I’m still afraid my heat bill will be pretty excessive this month, but, oh well… Thankful for what I have. I’ll be eating my cauliflower soup for several days to come.

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I enjoy hearing your thoughts.