I did a menu plan for last week, my standard Week 1 menu, and did not make a single thing on it. Correction, we made macaroni and cheese from a box with peas and carrots–on a different day than planned. *Sigh*
This is Week 2 and the dinner menu is planned as follows:
- Monday: pinto bean chili with peppers and onions, corn bread, broccoli
- Tuesday: black beans with sweet potato and mango, brown rice, Normandy blend veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots)
- Wednesday: butternut squash frijoles (pinto beans, pureed squash), brown rice, broccoli
- Thursday: macaroni with peas, carrots and mushrooms, Brussels sprouts
- Friday: refried pinto beans with onions and peppers, white rice, romaine, broccoli
We’re already off schedule and it’s only Tuesday! Yesterday, we had macaroni, peas, and carrots with broccoli on the side. We’re out of Brussels sprouts and I forgot to add the mushrooms yesterday. We’re out of sweet potatoes for today’s dinner and I’m not so sure how black beans with mango and no sweet potato will be. I guess we’ll find out!
I’m not sure how it happened (poor planning?), but I never actually got any meals into the slow cooker last week. You know what? Hold on a minute!
I’m back…I did it! I started brown rice in the rice cooker and tonight’s black beans and mangoes in the slow cooker (canned black beans, frozen mango chunks, frozen diced onions, black pepper, garlic powder). My plan is to eventually using some kind of Caribbean seasoning with this, but we’ll up the heat slowly.
So tonight when I come home, I have only to microwave the Normandy blend to go on the side and make some cookies for dessert. Yes, I’m making cookies, conventional ones, from a mix. Yes, it’s a vegan fail, but that’s where I’m at right now.
Back to the slow cooker. One reason I’m reluctant to use it is because it has to be washed by hand. Ugh. Standing at the sink hurts my back and frankly that’s energy that I usually don’t have in the evenings. Has anyone tried those disposable slow cooker liners? Did you like them? Are they safe? Let me know in the comments!
P.S. My daughter did NOT like mango flavor. I guess we’ll come up with something else for black bean Tuesdays and leave the mangoes for the smoothies!