One year, 42 meal plans later …

It’s amazing how much dining, and occasional whining, can go on in the course of a year in the family kitchen. This blog is celebrating its first anniversary with 42 meal plans, Yay!

Barring travel and a few lazy weeks in the summer, I kept up with the goal to maintain meal plans for a year and record the results along the way. My husband and sons have provided plenty of commentary — mostly positive, always honest. Like most things in life, our meals don’t always turn out as planned. In fact, it’s the detours in the kitchen that provide fodder for this blog. Soooo…

To kick off the second year of this blog I’ll start posting the week’s meal plans on Mondays. I’ll check in during the week to report how it all shakes out. Meanwhile, I’d love to hear what’s going on in your kitchen. Visit our new Facebook page and share your meal plans and gotta-try-this recipes there.

And away we go. Here’s the plan for Week 43:

Meatless Monday : Thai-style Red Curry Tempeh & vegetables; basmati rice; mango

Tasty Tuesday: Giada De Laurentiis’ Turkey meatloaf with feta and sun-dried tomatoes; brussels sprouts; mashed potatoes

Whole Grain Wednesday: Quinoa with grilled zucchini, garbanzo beans and cumin; grilled chicken sausages; applesauce

Thermal Thursday: Fresh thyme, garlic and lemon Catfish with bread crumbs; lentils with sweet potatoes; peach salsa

Fun Friday: Pizza night (Mom’s away)

On this week last year our meal plan included salmon burgers; chicken over polenta; Italian sausage casserole with white beans and chard; and frozen pizza with cardboard (d’oh!).  Sounds good. It may be time to recycle that plan (minus the cardboard).

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