Sometimes I get asked: “Do you cook dinner EVERY night?” Well. That’s a rather personal question. The question is predicated on the fact that I have a lot of peeps to feed, that I keep strictly kosher, and that I work. So here’s the answer, for posterity.
Here’s my system. Please bear in mind that:
- As confessed previously, I am not a foodie (that’s code for “I don’t like to cook”)
- I am not a health nut, though I try to upgrade my food wherever possible, like using brown rice and Barilla plus pasta
- I only cook things that are very, very, very easy.
- I also serve some kind of salad/veggie at every meal so I’m not listing that, plus the occasional soup when I’m feeling domestic.
Sunday is mac ‘n cheese. We usually have some leftovers from Shabbat, but most of us don’t want to even look at them, including myself so I can’t even get annoyed. We usually run around on Sunday either doing stuff with the kids, catching up on home jobs, and/or chauffeuring the kids to various activities, so it’s gotta be quick and easy.
Monday is always dairy night or pareve (neither meat nor dairy). Since we keep kosher, the menu plan always breaks down to either meat-based or dairy-based. I usually serve fish on Monday too, so like salmon and quiche; lasagna; tuna casserole; sushi salad (basically unrolled sushi).
Tuesday is chicken night. Baked chicken; drumsticks in the crock pot; Asian stirfry. Sides would be couscous, rice, quinoa, or potatoes. I have a rice cooker. It rocks.
Wednesday is meat night. Usually ground beef cuz it’s cheap and everyone likes it. I usually mix it with ground turkey (1/2 and 1/2) for health purposes, to the chagrin of my unhealthy children. Some choices would be spaghetti and meatballs; unstuffed cabbage (the lazy girl’s way to pretend you know how to cook Hungarian); beef stirfry. I don’t buy roasts or anything fancy, aside from a special Shabbat or holidays.
Thursday is pizza night. Usually we order it; rarely we go out; occasionally I make it myself. Thursday night I am already prepping for Shabbat so I go the easy route.
Friday night is… Shabbat! I pull out all the stops. Well, for me 🙂 I still only make things that are very, very easy, but I have lots of yummy food. Shabbat gets its own blog post, so stay tuned.
Saturday night we are all full from all the Shabbat delicacies. I usually retire without eating any major dinner; my kids might fix themselves grilled cheese or something, and my hubby always enjoys leftovers!
And of course there’s always the occasional night when everything is crazy. Then either my kids fix dinner, or it’s laissez-faire dinner… which my mother never, ever did… no guilt there or anything…