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No menu Monday.

It’s very avant garde, don’t you think?

Okay, so I thought having Menu Plan Monday would be great for me. It would be a place for me to put our menu (duh!) but also a place to talk about the food we eat. Turns out, I don’t want to talk about the food after it’s been posted as a menu.

So I’m going to try posting about what we eat after we eat it. Novel, no? This way I can talk about what we eat, how we modified it, what we ate with it, whether we’ll eat it again…the sorts of things that are useful when considering whether or not to make and eat something.

I’m going to start with a recipe that has become my absolute favorite chicken and guacamole tostadas. Seriously ya’ll, we’ve had these once a week for the last month. They’re THAT good.

The recipe is incredibly basic – some tostadas, guacamole, shredded chicken and pico de gallo. Layer it all together and wait for the yummy to roll over your tongue.

I fry my own tostadas because our grocery store doesn’t seem to sell them, and we add a layer of refried beans. I also use a lot of chopped garlic in the pico de gallo because that’s how we roll in this house. GARLIC MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER. (I also go heavy on the lime.)

If I could take better pictures of my food it would look stunning, but since I can’t…

crunchy fried corn tortilla, layered with refried beans, guacamole, shredded chicken, topped with pico de gallo

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What’s for dinner?

broccoli and cauliflower salad, with bacon and sunflower seeds, in a yogurt vinaigrette

No, there’s no menu plan here today. But there is the thought of a menu plan, and that’s almost as good as one, right?

Earlier this year, N and I undertook weekly menu planning. For about a month we were really good about sitting down Saturday morning and pouring through all the back issues of Food & Wine we had, (The subscription was good for more than catching drool!) and finding recipes to cook. Then we’d make a grocery list and go shopping for the week.

homemade pizza dough, topped with pesto, ricotta, goat cheese, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts

I had been resistant to menu planning because I thought, “But what if I don’t want chicken on Wednesday?” whine, whine, whine, “What if I want a burrito?” whine, whine, whine. Well, as it turns out – if chicken was on the menu for Wednesday, chicken was what I wanted. Shocking, I know.

stir fry with tofu, red bell peppers, water chestnuts, snow peas, baby corn, carrots, and mushrooms - served over quinoa

It was so easy to look at the fridge and see that Tuesday was Spicy Soba Noodles with Garlic Lime Shrimp, and have the recipe right there, and all the stuff to make it in the house. There was no 5 o’clock dithering about what to have for dinner. No opening and closing the refrigerator a dozen times, hoping that this time there will be a lasagna ready to go in the oven.

We got lazy about planning when N started a job with an awful commute, and this summer it’s been too hot to cook. Our kitchen gets lots of sun and is warm to begin with. Add a lack of a/c and a stove and it’s unbearable. We’ve been eating basic stuff that can be cooked on the grill.

Lately though, we’ve been talking about getting back to planning. We ate healthier when we had a menu for the week because there was no throwing our hands up in the air and getting Chipotle because it was easier than finding something to cook.

So, while I was grocery shopping yesterday I shopped with a plan in the back of my mind to get us through the weekend. We have enough meals to get us through to Monday. And on Monday, if all goes according to plan, you’ll see a menu for the rest of the week. Maybe I’ll even inspire you to plan your own menus. (Or you can totally steal mine – I’m cool with that!)

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