Wednesday, August 25, 2010
menu plan | use it up
We're on week 2 of school and the calendar is full. It's been difficult getting everyone home at the same time for dinner so I've been cooking a meal and having it available for everyone to eat when it works in their schedule; not my choice modus operandi. I'm hoping it won't be like this all year long.
Remember when I did that batch cooking? Well, since then I've found a new convenience food...boil-in-a-bag brown rice. Twice now I've forgotten to take it out of the freezer to thaw so I dropped it, bag and all, in a pot of boiling water for about 20 minutes. Worked like a charm. Considering it takes 45 minutes when cooking it from scratch, it was alot quicker. That batch cooking is proving to be a real time saver, not only for rice but for several of the meals I have planned as I'll be using up what's in the freezer.
Here's what's planned through September 3rd:
chicken potato delight, green beans, garlic bread
frittata, fruit, toasted bagels
mexican lasagna, chips & salsa
spaghetti carbonara, salad, garlic bread
bacon chicken crescent ring
bubble pizza, veggie sticks & dip
lettuce wraps, egg rolls, pineapple
chicken diablo, roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli
chicken quesadillas, black beans & rice
pizza (frozen variety)*
*I hate to put this on my menu but it will save my sanity. We'll be attending all home football games this year in order to watch Madison on the Dazzler (dance) team. In order to make it on time and not be relegated to concession stand food for dinners, I've decided it's ok. There are worse things, right? Like the golden arches.
Do you include convenience items on your menu during the school year to keep things simple due to the flood of school activities?