This Week’s Menu: The Calm Before the (Cooking) Storm

Italian sausage, pepper and onion sandwich – YUM!

This is the last week for a while of just Brett, YaYu and me at the dinner table. Meiling arrives home next Monday, and WenYu will be here a week or so after that. Both girls have made lists of the dishes they want me to prepare while they’re home, favorites that they miss while away at school. Both are hearty eaters too, so we are not likely to have many leftovers in the coming days for YaYu’s lunches. And of course, holiday meals will be coming up as well. I will be busy in the kitchen, but on the plus side am likely to get a lot of help from the girls, especially Meiling, who has finally taken up learning to cook.

I can’t wait! I am greatly looking forward to having both our college girls back home for a while, and to cook for them again. But in the meantime, I am going to enjoy the calm of this week and cooking for just the three of us.

The cilantro and lime chicken things we were going to have last week got bumped to this week – YaYu had an evening event last Friday so Brett and I ate leftovers, and I pushed everything back a day on the menu to cover for that.

Here’s what we’re having this week:

  • Tuesday (this evening): Cilantro and lime chicken thighs; grilled asparagus; cilantro rice (no rice for me)
  • Wednesday: Chicken curry with vegetables; steamed basmati rice (just curry for me)
  • Thursday: Potstickers; steamed rice; coleslaw (not sure what I’m having)
  • Friday: Grilled pork chops; roasted mixed vegetables; couscous (I’m skipping the couscous)
  • Saturday: Leftovers
  • Sunday: Scrambled eggs; grilled breakfast sausage; fruit; toast (I’m skipping the toast)
  • Monday: Grilled Italian sausage sandwiches with sautéed peppers and onions (no bread for me)

All we really need this week from the farmers’ market are cucumbers and papayas. If the farmers have broccoli we’ll get some of that too, and maybe some cauliflower.


2 thoughts on “This Week’s Menu: The Calm Before the (Cooking) Storm

  1. The calm before the storm indeed. The holidays are much more manageable since I retired, but I still feel that low level “did I get everything done?” buzzing in the background during the month of December. And if all my lists (and there are many) are finished and checked off, I have to fight the tendency to make a new one with things I “could” get done before Christmas. The busy gene is really strong in my family. LOL


    1. The busy gene is strong here as well, but I am getting better at letting things go, or letting Brett or someone else handle it (if they want). Otherwise, I try to think about what’s truly important, and what’s going to matter in the long run versus what I’d like or want to happen now. It’s been helpful in cutting through some of the business and clutter.

      We’re pretty much ready to go for the season though. I just have a couple of gifts left to pick up (gift cards), and hopefully Amazon will get off their tush and actually ship some things I’ve ordered (that’s a post for another day though) so all we have to do is enjoy each other’s company!


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