Saturday, March 4, 2017

Dinner: The Playbook

I enjoy cooking. Scratch that. I enjoy eating. I enjoy eating delicious food that does not come out of a package...preferably food I can feel good about serving to my family. Don't get me wrong, we eat our fair share of blue box mac and cheese and oven-bake pizza, but I was noticing more of that and less of the kinds of things I wanted to be serving to my family on a regular basis. On my ideal weekend schedule, there is plenty of time for meal planning. It seems to be the easiest thing to drop during a busy weekend.

I am trying, yet again, to turn over a new leaf when it comes to menu planning. I recently read the book, Dinner: The Playbook by Jenny Rosenstrach. As I read through the recipes, I decided meal planning and prep did not have to be lengthy and time-consuming, but I did need to add easy and healthy meals to my repertoire. So out came the issues of Real Simple that have been collecting dust on my nightstand. I started marking recipes.

And now, on this lovely Saturday morning, while I sip coffee in my sweatpants, Dinner: The Playbook sits next to me waiting for this week's recipes to be chosen. Creamy Greek chicken noodle soup is first on my list. It looks wonderful and will make for a lovely lunch I can look forward to all week. Spaghetti with brussel sprouts and shallots looks pretty good for dinner one night this week, too.

Happy cooking to you...and happy Saturday!!

1 comment:

  1. I love the line "And now... while I sip coffee in my sweatpants..." because I can really picture you, mug in hand, magazines nearby, book on lap, ready to tackle the meal plan! Good for you- I am an empty nester now but was never good at planning! It was always throw together, improvise at the last minute... And thanks for the reminder about Real Simple recipes- they are usually so good!