Sunday, February 22, 2009

menu planning monday 02.23.09

Busy, busy week coming up -- Revival at church on Monday-Wednesday evenings and... the beginning of baseball season!  That means menu planning is key to keeping my sanity.  Our first practice is this week and I am happy we have some leftovers because it takes place right smack in the middle of my usual dinner cooking time.  I will start looking for some meals that can be prepared in advance and just warmed up for those busy days of baseball practice over the next month and games starting in April.  I just hope this does not put a kink in our calorie-counting.  I am determined to be prepared this season to bring picnic lunches/dinners to the ballpark so we are not tempted by the hamburgers, fries, and nachos from the concession stand.

:  Mimi's sticky chicken and grilled veggies (leftovers from last week's Hospitality Sunday meal) (baseball practice at 4:45 pm)

Tuesday: Chili-Mac --  chili (leftover from last week's chili cook-off) with tofu shirataki noodles
 (edited to add: do NOT do this.  These noodles did not go well at all with chili.  In fact, the only good use so far I have found for them is in soup.)

Apprehension-Free Wednesday:  Chicken and rice casserole, mixed vegetables, salad and dessert will be served at church. (additional practice at batting cages added 5-6)

ThursdayGinger-rice noodle soup with stir-fried vegetables (baseball practice 4:30-6; Chef D going to Atlanta to hear Ravi Zacharias)

Friday:  Beef filets with baked potato (for the boys) and sweet potato (for me) and a tossed salad (baseball practice added 6-8 pm)

Sous-chef Saturday:  TBD (baseball practiced added 6-8 pm -- this is getting old already and it is only the first week!)

Hospitality Sunday:  I have really enjoyed inviting friends over for lunch at our home after our Sunday morning worship service. It has taken a little more preparation to serve a meal when you have been out of the house since 9 am, but it has been so worth it.  This endeavor has also helped me to realize that it is more important to be hospitable and spend time with friends (new and old) than to be concerned about the state of my house and it's decor. 

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Anonymous said...

Nice menu. I love the Hospitality Sunday idea. Food has a way of bringing people together :) We host a Small Group Meeting one Sunday a month. It's a great way to fellowship and get to know new people. Have a great week.

Anonymous said...

My family also enjoys the Hospitality Sundays. A group from our church rotates to different homes each weeek. If we don't go to another home, we all usually brings it to the fellowship hall and eat together. It is a blast and the kids love it!