Meal planning for two

So, in an effort to get my life together, I’m trying to get better with meal  planning. My current  old plan was buy meat, veggies and a few fillers, and see what I come up with.

I felt like I was making my go-to staples all the time with a few new things splashed in for good measure. The crazy part is I like to cook and I love reading recipes. Like, I seriously can read a cookbook like it’s a bestseller. I know, I’m such a nerd.

In a previous cooking post you may remember I said I like cook. Don’t remember? Here it is here. However, I don’t want to spend  hours slaving in the kitchen. It just so happens that I went to a book sale and found a cookbook with 20, 30 and 40 minute meals in it. That’s my kind of cooking! I make a few things from scratch, but the way my life and time is set up, I’m all about buying pre-made items and jazzing them up.

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After looking at the recipes in the book, I decided to meal plan/create a menu for a week. Yikes! I missed cooking on Monday due to being busy, so I started on Tuesday. My first dish in meal planning was Cajun chicken tortellini and it was delish–sorry, forgot to snap a pic of it.

Day 2 was this amazing dish here:

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This was a 40 minute meal, which doesn’t bother me at all when it’s simple to make, and this salmon over asparagus, mushrooms and tomatoes in a white wine sauce was divine! I added couscous for the side dish.

The hardest thing so far has been grocery shopping. I like to shop, but it is exhausting shopping for a weeks worth of food AND tote an infant around while doing it. I had to do my shopping in two trips!

Anyway, here is the recipe for the salmon dish

Meal planning for two
 
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A hot and healthy meal on your table in minutes.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Seafood
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 fresh or frozen skinless salmon fillets, about 1 inch thick
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion (large)
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 cup clam juice or chicken broth
  • 2 cups of asparagus cut in 1½ inch pieces
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet cook mushrooms in 1 tbs hot oil over medium heat about 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Add onion, garlic and thyme; cook until mushrooms are tender. Add wine. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 15 minutes or until liquid is reduced to ¼ cup.
  4. Add clam juice. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes more or until liquid is reduced to ¾ cup. Add asparagus.
  5. Cook, covered, 3 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes, parsley and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a platter and keep warm.
  6. In the same skillet cook salmon in remaining 1 tbs hot oil over medium heat for 4-6 minutes per ½-inch thickness of salmon or until salmon flakes when tested with a fork, turning once. Serve salmon over vegetable mixture.
Do you meal plan? How does it work in your home?

-Whitney-


'Meal planning for two' have 2 comments

  1. December 15, 2015 @ 4:05 PM Yaya

    I need to check out this cookbook. I love to cook and do meal planning each week, but I’ve never learned how to cook for one. #BLMGirl

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    • December 15, 2015 @ 11:47 PM Whitney

      It’s a great cookbook and I actually got it for $1! Cooking for one can be hard because you want leftovers, but not too many.

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