Ha! I got your attention didn’t I? All you organized homemakers with menu plans made for the week ahead (based on the sales in your grocery store flier) are just horrified! How to justify not planning your meals! Impossible! (spoken in a French accent for effect)
Well I’m one of those slacker moms who does not do a menu plan. Chicken on Thursday? But what if I don’t feel like cooking chicken on Thursday? I’m a “by the seat of your pants” kind of cook. As of 4:30 today I had no idea what we were having for dinner. By 5:35 tonight we had chicken francaise, with green beans and boiled new yukon gold potatoes. I had a hankering for lemony chicken, like the kind you get at an Italian restaurant in NJ. So I quick looked up a recipe, knew I had lemons in the house, defrosted 2 whole (plastic bagged) chicken breast in a bowl of super hot water and away I went. (Not kosher with the health dep’t but I’ve been doing it for 13 yrs with no ill effects) It tasted pretty good.
Back to not menu planning. While I don’t plan particular meals, I do have to issue some caveats. Every week I go to the vegetable store and by fruits and veggies for the week. I have every kind of meat in my freezer, (which I stock up on when it’s on sale), good breads in the freezer, all kinds of pasta, rice and potatoes in the house, spaghetti sauces, canned tomatoes etc. So I don’t need to menu plan. And that’s the way I like it. Some days you just don’t feel like doing a big messy meal. Other days you hanker for something interesting to eat. Sometimes disaster strikes and the day is chaos and you order pizza. Other times the weather is so gorgeous you want to stay outside with your kiddies so you pull out the hamburgers and hotdogs.
So non-menu planning can work. It doesn’t mean macaroni and cheese (I haven’t cooked that in over a year). And you can eat balanced meals that are budget wise. I am totally not into running to the grocery store at 4:00 looking for ingredients for a recipe I hadn’t planned for. I cook with what I have. If I want to try something new I do plan ahead to buy the special ingredients.
What about you? Do you plan ahead? Are you appalled at the lack of planning this house wife has? 😉
If you want to try this recipe check out allrecipe.com and type in chicken francaise into the search box. I used two big whole boneless skinless chicken breast which I sliced into thin slices. (More than enough for our family.) If you pounded the slices first it would be even better (the texture would be more tender and consistent) but who has time? 😉 I put more garlic powder and shook a bunch of seasoned salt (my favourite – Jane’s krazy mixed up salt) into the flour. My dear husband said it was worthy of a repeat, maybe worthy of company.