It’s no secret. I realized at about 27 years old that I had Attention Deficit Disorder (no joke! and I know many of you wondered why I didn’t know this about myself, but I thought *everyone* was like this!). And it was SUCH a relief to find out that THAT was the reason I loved making lists….and then deviating from them when I thought of something better.
ADD explains why it’s SO hard for me to grocery shop and stick to a list, because there are soooo many wonderful products that are just begging me to buy them because their labels are so nice…
And why I have a tendency to buy cookbooks simply because I adored the pictures and lovely font…
And why I love to have multiple kitchen projects going at one time and when I get into a baking mood, I don’t just make cookies. I also make muffins, scones, biscotti, homemade reeses cups and probably some form of breakfast goody.
I’m an all or nothin’ kind of gal.
Someday there will be a post on A.D.D., what it is, what its not, and how I am able to eat naturally in order to manage it in both myself and my daughter.
But I totally digress from my meal plan for today.
So let me explain how I plan my meals – without really planning them….
First, I’m all about cutting costs, so if I find I have an overabundance of, say, white beans in my cabinet, I try to fit in something with white beans for the week….thankfully it’s not rocket science.
I also like to make my meals flexible….for example, If I have burritos planned for dinner one evening, but when I realize that afternoon that I totally forgot to make/buy tortillas, then we have burrito bowls:
This allows me to maintain my desire for organization while allowing me to feel ok changing things up last minute because my organized-self was waaaay toooo constricting and maybe I didn’t feel like making burritos that night 😉
So, all that being said, I LOVE Gretchen’s meal-planning pattern (ie: Mexican one night, vegetarian one night, pizza one night) but I deviate from it so often that I can’t in good conscience say that I have a pattern. I just find things that look good (and if the labels have a pretty picture or font, then I make it fit into the menu that week… 😉 just kidding. mostly.
So, hopefully this gets your cooking-imagination going, and if you find ways to adapt my recipes for special diets, or you come up with a way to change it up – please leave me some comment-love!
All of my menu plans only include dinner, because breakfasts are pretty standard around here and not overly exciting (see some of my breakfast favorites on this post) and lunch is usually leftovers or finger food for the munchkins.
So, for this coming week at the Rea house, we will be having (unless I change my mind!):
Monday – Whole Roasted Chicken (loosely based off of this recipe) + soaked brown rice with butter and steamed broccoli
Tuesday – Cheesy Chicken Chimichangas (recipe below!)
Wednesday – Un-Stuffed Green Peppers (recipe coming tomorrow!)
Thursday – Burrito Bowls (or straight up burritos, if I remember to have tortilla shells on hand!)
Friday – Crock Pot Pizza. Oh yes. (and again, the recipe is coming tomorrow, so check back!!)
Here’s one of our new FAVORITE Mexican dishes!
Cheesy Chicken Chimichangas: