As my summer winds to a close and hectic, long school days loom on the horizon, I’ve been thinking about putting together weekly menus with easy, new-to-me recipes–Molly is my inspiration! I already own several Martha Stewart and other more traditional cookbooks, but the recipes are labor intensive and too fancy-schmancy for our everyday use. Today I trundled off to the library and came home with virtually every cookbook my local branch had to offer. (I judiciously left Blue Ribbon Casseroles and Mastering Microwave Cooking on the shelf.)
I work at a non-traditional private high school school that runs from 8:30-4:50pm. I usually get home after 6:30, and after a day in the trenches the last thing I want to do is think about cooking a meal.
My goal for September is to prepare four fresh meals each week–Monday through Thursday–and leave the weekends for eating out or leftovers. Honestly, I’ll even settle for three home cooked meals each week and one night of soup and sandwiches or breakfast for dinner. Sunday night preparation will probably work best for me. I will assemble meals and refrigerate or freeze them until they are needed. If I can make it through September, I’ll up the ante and try this again in October.
Right now my repertoire may be limited to tacos, fajitas, tomato sauce, Shepherd’s pie, turkey chili, and baked chicken (hence the reason we eat out three or four nights a week), but these cookbooks will hopefully offer up a few more standbys to add to my arsenal. I’m on the lookout for simple recipes* that don’t require exotic ingredients and/or several hours of prep and cooking.
*I am a neophobe and have the palate of a 7-year-old. I just recently started using pepper on select foods. We eat arresting quantities of chicken and turkey during the year but have been known to throw burgers on the grill every once in a while. No seafood, pork**, or tofu for me.
**Personally, I don’t consider bacon a pork product and relish it!