A New Chore
I’m taking a temporary break from the Word Of The Day Challenge I started. I’ve been assigned a task; the making of a monthly meal planner, to feed me, my older brother and mother. They both have a small to regular appetite, while I double it, or play the “clean up hitter,” as it were. So, the meals would have to feed the equal of 4 persons.
I’ve pulled up a graph supplied by Microsoft Excel, and found the planner template. They have example meals, but none that we could probably afford, or that I want to take the time to prep and cook.
Most of our dinners consist of Hamburger Helper dinner boxes, so we would just need the boxes and the burger to go with it. However, as each one calls for a pound of meat, I usually use 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pound for each. What can I say? I like beef.
The thing is, we can’t have that for every single meal, so I have to find other recipes to round out the month. My Ma said she could make the plans, but as I’m the one who usually ends up doing the cooking, I would rather find foods I don’t mind (as much) to fix.
Thus, my somewhat dilemma. I need to find recipes, simple recipes, to populate the planner. As I said, a lot of them can be Hamburger Helper, so those days would be rather simple. The rest of the days would be meals made of actual ingredients I would have to combine to make a meal.
I would love to find a website that offers month-long suggestions with recipes for each. I can add or eliminate ingredients at will (example- NO ONIONS), but, as far as I can tell, I would still have to enter all necessary ingredients for the plans by hand. What a P.I.T.A.
If anyone is reading, I would love comments, suggestions, easy recipes or links that you know of. Anything that would help me along with this task.
To make things clear, I strongly dislike making plans. I am more of an impulsive-type personality. What I feel like making, I look for ingredients on hand and whip something up. I usually do pretty well “experimenting” and most times my makeshift meals are quite tasty. (Some may remember the Yeehaw’s Cottage Pie recipe I posted on Google Docs a little while back.)
Help a poor man out, would you? Post me links or, if so inclined, a recipe in the comments for our consideration.
Much appreciation will be expressed!