As I post this, I am studying for my exam tomorrow, cozy and prepared for Sandy’s decent on us tomorrow and hoping that we don’t see too much damage from the storm! I made my last minute trip to the store yesterday for what constitutes as necessities in our house: milk, peanut butter, Craisins, Crystal Light Fruit Punch and Triscuits. But the man behind me had his emergency stash of beer on the belt, so I felt like I looked much more practical. Oh, well.
In any case, November is a very busy month for me. My syllabus alone is rough: half of the semester’s exams take place this month- blech. Add into that Thanksgiving, Moo’s birthday and holiday shopping, and it just starts to descend into madness.
Thus, it’s mostly repeats this month, with one or two newbies. I am still trying to bring in more meatless, yet protein-rich, options. And seafood. Seafood is one area I am still having trouble with- it’s very hard to meal plan when you don’t necessarily know what’s on sale for fish, and you can’t re-freeze “previously frozen at sea” stuff. Plus, I don’t eat shellfish. So we are basically down to haddock, salmon, tilapia and swordfish. Sigh. If I can get my hands on some fish this week, this meal plan may adjust a bit to accomodate.
1. Crockpot Mediterranean Chicken
2. Pizza Night: Margherita
3. Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas (NEW!)
4. Sunday Dinner: Pasta with Roasted Butternut, Brown Butter & Sage (NEW!)
5. School Night: FFY Buffet
6. Get out and VOTE! Seven Layer Tortilla Pie (NEW! based on this, but I’ll be tweaking it a bit)
7. School Night: French Dip Sammies
8. BFD: Omelettes, Bacon, Homefries
9. Turkey Melt Sammies
10. FFY Buffet
11. Sunday Dinner: Chicken Pot Pie
12. School Night: Comfort food. PB&Js and Pirate Booty ☺ I have an exam.
13. BBQ Meatballs
14. School Night: whole wheat pancakes and sausage
15. salad with craisins, goat cheese and pecans
MGCK started as a New Year's resolution for 2009. I wanted to start trying menu planning, a concept that I had stumbled across while looking for dinner ideas online. I dove into it with energy and unlike most diets, saw success immediately. The success only made me more interested in how I could improve, what new recipes I could find, etc. I started using my family blog for menu planning posts and it kind of started to take over. So, I decided to give my culinary fumblings their own home- and mygrandcentralkitchen.com was born.
Why "my grand central kitchen?" Well, I have two young children (one in preschool and one in Kindergarten). I am a nursing student as well as a stay at home mom. Cooking is a hobby for me. So you could say that aside from the playroom, the kitchen is the busiest room in my house and usually looks it. ;) It feels a bit like Grand Central Station, especially between 4 and 7 pm. I'm attempting to balance making nutritious, tasty meals with making meals that make as many people at our table happy. My oldest child makes that the most difficult: he's got some sensory issues with food that we are slowly but surely working through.
I hope that this blog gives me even more inspiration for my own home and the ability to inspire others in the kitchen, as well. I'll be posting not just menu planning and recipe links, but also interesting things I find online, things on my wishlist and recommendations, when I have the time. And who knows where it might go from there. :)
I certainly hope you enjoy the read.