Saturday, April 16, 2011

Exciting Update/ Meal Planning

The Easter Bunny came early at our home!! :D  Well... at least for me!  The Easter Bunny informed me that I could order the Hungry Girl cookbooks I was dreaming about.  Yesterday I got an e-mail telling me that they had arrived in the store and I could go pick them up.  We both have bus passes and we try to use them whenever possible to save money on the ever increasing cost of gas.  I looked up at the clock and realized the bus would be coming in a few minutes so I ran to the bathroom to brush my hair and then bolted out the door.

Anyway... bus ride going = fairly normal.  Bus ride coming home = scary.  I don't get motion sick.  I never have really.  I LOVE riding all the rides at an amusement park that spin you in circles and whip you in every direction. Yesterday, I experienced motion sickness for the first time.  (No, I am not pregnant!!)  The bus driver was terrible and I was never so grateful to get off the bus as I was yesterday.  When I told Casey about it, he was asked me to describe the bus driver (he is a "frequent flyer" and knows most of the drivers) and when he realized who it was, he agreed that the lady was awful and then told me about a time when she was driving one of the new buses (they have faster acceleration)--oh man... I can only imagine.  Well... this is totally beside the point.

Back to the point.   I have flipped through and read and now dreamed about all the food I can make without having to be creative myself.  I just have to follow a recipe and we will have a low calorie meal.  I don't have to try to figure out all the substitutions and calories.  It has already been done for me.  I don't have to reinvent the wheel anymore.  It is amazing!  And the thing I am the MOST excited for--CAKE!!! :D  The yogurt cake I made earlier was good but not exactly "cake."  I'm excited for these ~100 calorie cupcake recipes because I miss cake.

Well, I decided to jump back on the meal planning train.  Making a "What's for Dinner Calendar?" takes work/ time up front but is amazing in the long run.  It prevents me from staring at our full cupboard and saying we have nothing to eat for dinner--Casey hates this.  It helps us save money because I actually take the time to go through all the ads and price match/ coupon clip instead of making last minute shopping trips every day or so.  It helps the fridge stay organized and left over food eaten instead of forgotten.  It allows me to actually use the cookbooks because I will actually have the ingredients required.

So what is on the menu for the coming week?
Tonight-- dinner party at our former Bishop's home! :D  I'm excited!
Sunday--Green Veggie Enchiladas (I can't figure out what to call them... but they are delicious!!!!  See the meal calendar is helping to use up old leftovers!)
Monday--Passover Party with some friends.  We are going to learn about the symbolic meaning behind food and make things using ingredients I have never heard of.
Tuesday--Lasagna Cupcakes.  (Sounds weird but this is the first recipe I am going to try from the Hungry Girl books.  And after reading the recipe, I actually think it sounds amazing!)
Wednesday--Fish Tacos (yup another HG recipe)
Thursday--leftover lasagna
Friday--Falafel Pitas  (I'm SO super duper excited about this one too!!!  Best news: it is HG and so I don't have to try to figure out how to make it healthy because it already is!  Yipee!)
Saturday--Family Dinner to celebrate Easter. :)

Oh my... when you look at that list, we sure are "eating out" often.  It will be a wonderful week with exciting new foods and a plan ready to go so I won't have to ask myself "What's for Dinner?"
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