My Menu Plan
Here are a few things I have come to realize about me and my menu planning:
I am somewhat fanatical about it. Any time someone asks me about menu planning, I go on and on and on about how great it is, how it saves you money, wasted food, time, energy…and on.
I can eat pizza several times per week. This is not always ok, but it’s the reality of my life. Especially now that we have perfected our homemade version (see Friday below).
Simple really is best. I try to incorporate one new recipe per week but often times I repeat the classics, so please don’t get bored of these menus if there are repeat favorites when I post them…just use them as inspiration to find your own repeat classics and plan away!
Here’s our menu for this week:
Sunday – grilled sausages (half from the butcher, half are the Hofbrau Brats from Trader Joe’s, which are delicious), roasted shaved brussel sprouts with balsamic glaze and (finally!) these rosemary parmesan polenta fries. I have been wanting to make polenta fries forever but every recipe involved boiling polenta, letting it sit, too many steps, etc. This one showed me how to simplify the whole thing with pre-packaged polenta – genius!
Monday – I am a die-hard fan of Ina’s penne alla vodka, but some days you just need a quick fix and last week I found it during an impromptu experiment in my kitchen when we were hungry and tired. I just doctored up a jar of Trader Joe’s vodka sauce with some freshly cut red peppers, sweet onion, garlic, a ton of spices and herbs and it was so delicious (and easy!) that we are craving it again. Always a good thing when you crave it again. Will serve with simple penne and a green salad.
Tuesday – Taco Tuesday. Going classic this week with ground turkey and crispy corn shells.
Wednesday – Gwyneth Paltrow’s chicken milanese.
Thursday – looking for new ways to switch up our standard broiled salmon and this recipe from How Sweet Eats is the pick of the week. I am having a major mustard moment lately.
Friday – homemade pizza. As mentioned, pizza is my thing. I can seriously eat it every day and never get sick of it. We have been making our own at home for ages but always used a pre-made crust from Trader Joe’s. No more, friends. We are new devotees to the amazing thin crust from Jennifer Perillo’s Homemade with Love. The recipe is so simple to follow, so fantastically delicious – thin and crispy and chewy all at the same time – and comes complete with a lovely story about her own family’s Friday night pizza-making ritual that I love so much. Her whole book is a delight and this recipe, in particular, warms my pizza-loving heart to no end.
*image above of my pizza lunch (see, I told you I have a problem…) at Gjelina in Venice last week. Lamb sausage, rapini, a few cheeses, red chili pepper…sigh. I love pizza.
Have a great Sunday.