I have a confession to make: I didn’t menu plan at all in August. Not once. You can imagine me, wandering the aisles of the supermarket aimlessly, with only a list of essentials, without focus and drive. Our dinner situation was less than ideal many times. It was a disaster! Thankfully, my husband is supremely understanding.
Why did this happen? Partly, my lack of a functioning oven (thanks to my curious toddler) has seriously dampened my drive to cook. There are only so many things I can do on the stove-top before I start wishing that I could just pop a kugel in the oven. Plus, my toaster oven bit the dust, so there goes my milchig repertoire! Ah, Murphy’s Law. Those losses, combined with the upheaval of moving, resulted in the lack of menu planning.
However, some good did come out of the chaos. I tried some new things that I wouldn’t have previously, and I introduced some new regulars into my snack routine. I learned that I like a little wiggle room in my organization. So, I’m going to add one “wild card” item to my shopping list each week, that way I can explore other food choices without feeling like I’m deviating from my plan.
And how happy am I to present this month’s plan? Very.
Note that for about a week before Rosh Hashanah I am basically not making dinner, just pulling out meals from the freezer. I want to try and simplify the cooking preparation for the holiday, and hopefully go into the new year with a low stress level.
I’ve never actually planned for this many RH meals before, as we’ve always gone out for most of them. However, now that the kids’ bedtimes are a factor, as well as just wanting to be home and be a host for a change, I’m trying to plan these out. So, if you have any suggestions for ways to make things smooth, I’d love to hear them! Also, if you want to come for a meal, we’d love to have you!
- Sunday, the 4th ~ Noodles with cheese, Marinated Zucchini Salad
- Monday, the 5th ~ Ribollita con Ceci – a seriously yummy sounding soup from Ilana-Davita, leftover salad from yesterday
- Tuesday, the 6th ~ Honey-Thyme Glazed Chicken with 3-Onion Jam (from Kosher by Design Lightens Up), Near East Rice
- Wednesday, the 7th ~ Za’atar-Rubbed Halibut (KBDLU), steamed green beans, Israeli couscous
- Thursday, the 8th ~ Pasta with Middle Eastern spices, Lemony Chickpea Salad
- Shabbos evening, the 9th ~ Gefilte Fish, Spreads (Hummus, olives, heart of palm), Sweet Potato Salad (KBDLU), Chicken Soup (from freezer), Noodle Kugel (store bought, unless my oven is finally fixed), Delicious Juicy Chicken, Coconut Milk Ice Cream. I’ll probably bake something if I can.
- Sunday, the 11th ~ leftovers from Shabbos
- Monday, the 12th ~ Black Bean Chili, Cornbread (assuming the oven works, that is)
- Tuesday, the 13th ~ Curry Chicken (KBDLU), Basmati Rice
- Wednesday, the 14th ~ Salmon Burgers (KBDLU), Baked Spicy Sweet Potato Fries (Quick & Kosher)
- Thursday, the 15th ~ Pasta Mama Rosa, Wilted Red Peppers with Garlic
- Shabbos evening, the 16th ~ Tuna Croquettes (from Kosher by Design Short on Time), Spreads, Purple cabbage salad, Lentil Soup (Q&K), Broccoli Kugel (Q&K), Confetti Chicken (KBDLU), Frozen Pumpkin Pie (KBDLU)
- Sunday, the 18th ~ leftovers from Shabbos
- Monday, the 19th ~Creamy Cauliflower Soup, Israeli couscous
- Tuesday, the 20th ~ Chicken Lo Mein
- Wednesday, the 21st ~ Black Bean Chili (from freezer)
- Thursday, the 22nd ~ Pasta Salad
- Shabbos evening, the 23rd ~ Tuna Croquettes (from freezer), Spreads, Beet Salad (Spice & Spirit), Chicken Soup (from freezer), Broccoli Kugel (from freezer), Duck Sauce Chicken (Q&K), Coconut Milk Ice Cream
- Sunday, the 25th ~ leftovers from Shabbos
- Monday, the 26th ~ Salmon Burgers (from freezer)
- Tuesday, the 27th ~ Creamy Cauliflower Soup (from freezer)
- Rosh Hashana Evening 1, the 28th ~ Yummy Round Challahs (yay!), the Simonim, Sweet and Sour Salmon (S&S), Waldorf Salad (S&S), Chicken Soup with Kreplach (Hadassah Jewish Holiday Cookbook), Honey Chicken (Q&K), Tzimmes (HJHC), Honey Cake Minis (HJHC)
- Rosh Hashana Day 1, the 29th ~ Sweet and Sour Salmon (leftover), Spreads, Broccoli and Olive Salad (S&S), Pot Roast (S&S), Tzimmes (leftover), Oatmeal Apple Crisp (S&S), Honey Cake Minis (leftover)
- Rosh Hashana Evening 2, the 29th ~ Baked Gefilte Fish, Waldorf Salad (leftover), Chicken Soup with Kreplach (leftover), Bruschetta Chicken (KDBLU), Lokshen Kugel (S&S), Oatmeal Apple Crisp (leftover), Ancie’s Carrot Cake (KBDLU)
- Rosh Hashana Day 2, the 30th ~ This meal is basically just leftovers from the previous three meals.
As always, my husband takes his cheese sandwich, fruit & chips combo to work. On the days that he’s home, he usually eats the same thing, so that’s easy. I tend to finish leftovers or make an egg or pasta dish. Or, I just finish whatever my kids don’t eat from their lunch. Whatever is the easiest, really.
The kids will typically eat pasta, cheese sandwiches, peanut butter sandwiches, or scrambled eggs for lunch. I found some great microwavable corn on the cob, so that’s a nice side. I’m trying to introduce more vegetables into their diet. Leftover gefilte fish is usually a hit with them, too, carrots and all. Peas have been out of the rotation for a while, so I’ll probably reintroduce them.
After I go on my baking spree, I’ll have lots of muffins, scones and cookies to choose from. Other favorite snacks include raisins and almonds (who’s humming the song now?), protein bars (like CLIF or Luna), and maybe, when I’m feeling very good, fruit. My husband is great about snacking on fruit. I am great at snacking on carbs. Sigh.
Happy cooking, and Shanah Tovah!
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