We’re having a lot of beef this week. Not sure how it happened, but there just seems to be an overabundance of hamburger in the freezer, plus I already have some prepared that should be used. One gal whose blog I read intentionally has, each week, 1 beef dish, 1 chicken dish, 1 venison dish (husband is a hunter), 1 seafood dish, and 1 vegetarian dish each week. It’s really a good way of looking at it and helping to plan your meals. I don’t do that.
I told Jeff about that lady’s methodology. Here’s how that conversation went down:
Me: Jeff, we’re having lots of beef dishes this week. Is that okay?
Me: Jeff, there’s a lady that intentionally menu plans for 1 beef dish, 1 chicken dish, 1 seafood, 1 venison, 1 vegetarian.
Jeff: Vegetarian!?! Doesn’t she like her husband?
Me: I’m sure she likes her husband. I’m just guessing that she likes to be healthy and her food budget too.
Me: I’m guessing there are vegetarian dishes that I could make you that you’d like.
Jeff: Yes, I bet you’re right. I bet there are vegetarian dishes that I wouldn’t automatically throw in the trash.
Me: So, not a fan of meatless dishes?
Jeff: You could say that.
So…I don’t think I’ll be doing any vegetarian dishes soon. I count it as an accomplishment to get him to eat the salad I put on his plate.
(This wasn’t the exact conversation. The exact conversation was funnier and harder to remember.)
Here’s the plan for this week:
Monday – Tacos. I have some leftover browned hamburger in the fridge that goes great inside tacos. I hand fry flour tortillas and we love ’em!
Tuesday – No cooking for me! I have dinner plans with a girlfriend. Jeff has a Chiropractor appointment and Bible Study out west, so he’ll probably fast food it. Which he loves.
Wednesday – Italian Meatloaf. I used to hate meatloaf – was on a 14-year streak of not eating it, when I found a recipe for Italian Meatloaf. So I made it. I actually liked it! Then I made it again months later. No good! This time I’m trying another version – from Pennies on a Platter. Praying for the best!
Thursday – BBQ Beef Casserole Again, using a recipe from Pennies on a Platter.
Friday – Beef Enchilada Casserole. Another new one for us.
Saturday – A wedding! We’ll eat dinner at the reception.
Sunday – We’ll be eating lunch and playing games with friends (I think). We also might head out to Mahoney State Park as Jeff’s company is having a company family outing.
Not sure we’ll actually get to all of that. If these dishes are good, we’ll probably end up turning Friday into a Leftover night. Or we’ll have a couple of leftover nights the following week. I try to cut recipes in 1/2 if I can, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes, I freeze leftovers. But not everything is freezing friendly.