This will be the last time I post a weekly meal plan on this blog.
I’ve been writing these posts for almost three years (since March 2012) with only a few short breaks. Including this one, my meal plans category has 123 posts.
I decided to stop posting weekly because I realized I’ve been recycling a lot of the same meals, just in a different order. Believe me, there’s nothing wrong with this! I’m proud of the long list of meals I’ve discovered and now cook on a regular basis. I could make something new every night for over six weeks without repeating anything, and it would be easy to do because I’ve made them all multiple times in the past.
This means my favorite meals — the ones I make all the time — are now consolidated. I don’t need to write about them every week because whatever I’m making is very likely included in one of those two posts.
You may have noticed those posts link back to my original blog, zandria.us, which has existed since 2002. Three years ago I convinced myself that writing about food would be too much of a departure from subjects I’d written about in the past, so I decided to start a brand new blog — this one. In hindsight, I wish I would have kept everything in one spot.
I’m not going to delete this blog, but I’ll make a decision at some point if I’ll still post here occasionally (like when I want to write about new meals I haven’t made before), or if I’ll just write about food topics on zandria.us. If you’re interested in reading about happenings in my daily life, my travels, what I’m reading, etc, feel free to follow me over there.
And now, here we go! The final weekly meal plan:
Changes: 1) Didn’t add green onions or kaffir lime leaves; 2) Used regular coconut milk instead of light (I also use the full can because the meatballs don’t have enough sauce otherwise).
Tuesday: CrockPot Pork Ragu
Changes: 1) Didn’t sear the pork in advance (just added the meat and spices directly to the CrockPot); 2) Didn’t add grated carrots.
Wednesday: Christmas Eve dinner with family
I contributed two desserts: Chocolate-covered Peanut Butter Balls (recipe received from a friend) and Peppermint Bark.
Thursday: Christmas dinner with family
My mother-in-law made ham and mashed potatoes. I made four dishes; three of them were recipes received from family members and one from a friend: my mom’s Sweet Potato Casserole, my sister Angela’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese (not gluten free), my sister Elissa’s Beet Salad with Arugula, Blue Cheese and Walnuts, and my friend Jaclyn’s Citrus Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
(Beet salad shown below)
Saturday: Out to dinner
Sunday: Cuban Picadillo