My plan to share my cinnamon roll recipe before the holidays didn’t quite work out. With recipe testing, not every version is a hit. Sometimes a recipe works – and I remember to write it down and get it photographed – and sometimes it doesn’t turn out quite right.
The cinnamon rolls we make every Christmas eve to bake on Christmas morning were on my editorial calendar but after making them several times (more whole wheat flour! less butter! lower temperature! toast the walnuts! burnt the walnuts! higher temperature!), I tossed in the towel. I decided baking them again was too much indulging around this time of year and we’d have to wait on doing one more recipe test.
Since I try to cook healthy foods year-round – and that includes holiday baking – it’s tricky to find the right balance of taste and health. Yes, cooking and baking can be done with more butter, overly processed-white flour, or by purchasing a mix, but that’s just not what I want to do.
Weekly Meal Plan
My routine is this: I begin the week before heading to the grocery store, with a meal plan. Weekly meal planning saves money, helps to reduce food waste, and keeps me suggesting dinner out. I’ve got even more reasons to meal plan every week – HERE. Both of my kids cook dinner once-a-week and using a meal plan sheet helps me keep track of that, too.
This meal plan is from Monday, December 24, 2012 to Sunday, December 30, 2012.
Monday: pan seared fish, paprika cheese roasted potatoes and green peas
Tuesday: Christmas morning strata – we ate this for brunch and snacked on it for dinner with a lot of chocolate eating in between.
Wednesday: spiced lentils with spinach (vegetarian version)
Thursday: fish and baby shrimp stew
Friday: pan seared scallops with bacon and arugula salad
Saturday: fish stew (leftovers) with green salad and bread
Sunday: “street tacos” – Mexican pork (in the slow-cooker) with pinto beans, guacamole and fresh salsa
Both kids made dinner together on Sunday. We enjoyed the “street tacos” as we call them with tortillas from our neighborhood Mexican market. They make corn tortillas fresh every day and are delicious.
What’s for dinner at your house this week?
Go Gingham related links:
National Match-Up Day: A step-by-step on how to clean and organize your food storage containers!
Grocery shopping from the bulk bins and food storage containers
Reusing glass jars and how to get them ready for re-use
Frugal grocery shopping – without coupons!