Meal Plan Monday November 14 - I'm HOME!

I am home. Home. HOME! Don't get me wrong, I loved the warm weather and while the weather here right now is unseasonably warm it's not quite the same. But I love being home. I could hug my bed, my fridge and my stove. After a week away anywhere the only thing I really want is a homecooked meal.

When we went grocery shopping yesterday we didn't have a list. We didn't have a meal plan. I was just going to buy whatever looked good. It's always a dangerous thing. I even got a big cart. A funny thing happened -- we didn't really buy all that much. Yes, we made impulse purchases. Fryer chickens were on sale. So was ground beef. I found some Mexican chorizo and figured I could figure out something to do with it. I let my cravings dictate what we'd buy and cook this week.

I had visions of a scary grocery bill. The end result? $55. I have no clue how that happened. We usually spend more than that on a good week. We will probably have to pick up a few items this week. I know we'll need more milk. I didn't really plan my lunches that well. There will be more. But still, $55? That cost less than our last meal on our vacation. Have I mentioned I LOVE BEING HOME?

Here is this week's craving (and sale) directed meal plan.

Sunday - Roast chicken, potatoes and carrots.The chicken was on sale and we already had everything else in the house. It was fabulous, though perhaps a bit too ambitious because I was darned tired yesterday.

Monday - Cabbage roll casserole (plus one for the freezer) and pierogi (from a local place).

Tuesday - Leftovers of whatever is around.

Wednesday - Chorizo something or other. I know that the Homesick Texan cookbook has a few recipes that call for chorizo. I'll dip into that or head to the internets. Maybe I'll do a Tex-Mex spin on bangers and mash. And I'll have leftover cabbage... Hmm....

Thursday - something from the freezer, most likely beef and barley soup or the hamburger noodle casserole I made a couple of weeks ago.

Friday - Homemade pizza.

Saturday - Pork tenderloin... at least I'm pretty sure that we have at least one more in the freezer. If not, the fake husband has requested breakfast for dinner. I have some babka-like bread in the freezer that would work really well for a french toast casserole.

Sunday - Texas red hot chili (see here and here) and corn bread.

Extras: I have a head of cauliflower I'll need to do something with. Maybe instead of leftovers I'll make cauliflower soup. Or roasted cauliflower. Or cauliflower mac and cheese. I'm sure I'll also have extra cabbage as well. (Don't you find that cabbage seems to expand three-fold once you cut into it?) I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with that either. I've got the itch to bake but I think that will pass. Maybe.

What are cooking this week?

BlogHer Book Club Host Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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