Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Be Flexible!

If there's nothing else a LOK mom has to's be to FLEXIBLE! There are just too many factors in how a day goes that can effect the outcome. Like Denise in her post here a meal plan always helps make meal prep easier. Yeah, unless you're me and here's why (semi cross posted on my food blog today)

OK...I'm not a dummy...I know to take the meat out of the freezer WELL before you plan to use it. But do I? Nooooo! Not me, I have to ignore all the plans I made and muck things up.

My original plan was to have...

Tuesday... Bacon wrapped wild turkey breast, sauteed mixed veggies, stuffing
Wednesday... Rice and bean burritos
Thursday... Spaghetti with vodka sauce
Friday... BBQ venison sandwiches
Saturday... Chicken and gravy over rice or biscuits

It was well into Tuesday afternoon when I realized the turkey breast was still in the freezer! It was solid as a rock when it should've been thrown into the oven, covered in it's lovely bacon'ness. I grabbed it out of the freezer and threw it into the fridge figuring we'd have it for dinner on Wednesday instead. For good measure I grabbed some hunks of venison out to defrost for Friday's dinner. Yeah me! :o)

So what to have for dinner? I grabbed a gallon baggie of chicken and stock out of the freezer and threw it in a pot. After it thawed out a bit I realized it probably wasn't enough for everyone so grabbed another bag. Pat was here and was's his favorite. He made sure to walk out the door with a plate of it. Now what to serve it over? Not enough potatoes. Rice? We were suppose to have rice the next day so I didn't really want to go in that direction. Bread...I'd made 4 loaves of bread the day before and overcooked them just a tad. They weren't burnt, just dark. It was perfect for soaking up the delicious gravy. Dinner saved!

I even have enough chicken and gravy to make potpies. This morning the turkey breast still seemed a bit solid so I decided we'd make the potpies instead. I was going to cheat and use the last few boxes of packaged pie crust in the freezer. But again, they were still abit frozen when I wanted to make the pies. I don't really feel like making rice and burritos like I orignally planned ( cheese or sour cream....blah!) So back into the freezer I go again...VODKA SAUCE!!! Within no time I was warming up the sauce and cooking Penne. Dinner saved again!

So we had Saturday's dinner on Tuesday, eating Thursday's dinner on Wednesday and having Tuesday's dinner on Thursday.

Yep, it's a good thing I make meal plans or I'd be going crazy at night trying to come up with meals! ROFL!

So let's see what the mix-up did...

Tuesday... Chicken and gravy over bread
Wednesday... Vodka sauce over Penne
Thursday... Bacon wrapped wild turkey breasts
Friday... BBQ Venison Sandwiches
Saturday... Figure it out later, might go grocery shopping

The funny thing, since I wrote out this latest menu, I've stopped by Walmart to get a few things. The way things are looking right now I'm not so confident Friday and Saturday will stay within the plan either!


Mirz said...

You are singing my song, lady. Seriously, my plan has gone down the toilet (for the mostpart) over the past few weeks. Ugh. I *need* to keep to a plan, but it's been so hard. Even to the tune of me running through the drive-thru for the first time in months! *gasp* (Don't worry, I only bought plain burgers and we did all the sides at home--so it was under $20).

Anyhow, be sure to comment and tell us how the rest of your week eventually turned out!

Kim said...

I actually stuck the rest of the plan! Of course it helps that there was nothing planned for Saturday. lol

Saturday was a munch all day type of day. I ended up making a huge batch of egg salad for lunch. So it was egg salad and leftover BBQ venison for dinner.

Now onto making this week's plan.