On microhistory and meal planning, part 13

microhistory and meal planning

I’m just going to go ahead and call this post “on time” even though it’s late. But it isn’t late, if I change my own expectations and say that I’m going to post about meal planning every Sunday or Monday. It’s nice being the ruler of my own little blog world.

Now I just have to hope that in giving myself some flexibility, I’m not going to end up with a bunch of Tuesday meal planning posts … and so on. Of course, if that happens, then eventually I’ll roll around to Sundays again so it all comes out in the wash, right?

This microhistory thing is getting trickier now that we don’t have cable. Which is strange, because I get most of my news from the internet anyway, but the internet is such a cacophony of information that sometimes it’s hard to tell what the key points are without TV to help pick them out for you, if that makes sense.

Did I mention we got rid of cable TV? Because we did. It was costing us way too much money, and we mainly watch stuff on Netflix anyway. Also, most of the TV shows we like are available online the day after they air so we just stream them (legally! via the network’s website. please don’t arrest me.). And we only watch TV when the small one is in bed, so we just weren’t using it enough.

It seems like a lot of people are cancelling their cable lately. There’s been a pretty big shift towards streaming services rather than traditional cable TV in the past couple of years, and now we’re part of that too, so I guess that’s our microhistory tie-in for the day.

Justin’s away snowboarding in Whistler today so I have an extra husband-free day this weekend, which is sad for me but also means I can get more writing done while the baby (who’s sick again and is currently a wee snot factory, poor darling) naps. This is very good, because I need to write more! It’s also good for Justin because he gets to go snowboarding for the first time this season, and he can wear his super fancy new snowboarding suit that kind of matches the small one’s carseat (which I find endlessly amusing and also adorable). Last year was a terrible year at Whistler, snow-wise, and I’m hoping today is good for him. It’s raining here, which should mean it’s snowing in the mountains – fingers crossed. Climate change, right?

Okay, so I didn’t get this post done yesterday but that doesn’t mean I didn’t meal plan. I did! And here’s what we’re having:

Sunday: Justin made smoked turkey and wild rice soup, and biscuits. It was good, even though I’m not really a fan of soup. He even made his own turkey stock because he’s a better person than I am.

Monday: I’m trying my hand at palak paneer! I’m going to try a mash-up of a few different recipes, including this one and this one and maybe this one. It may end in disaster given that I’ve never made it before and I’m more or less winging it, but luckily I have a husband who’ll eat just about anything and also a few emergency boxes of Kraft Dinner in the pantry.

I’m also going to make naan with this recipe from Once Upon a Chef.

Tuesday: The quest to use up our giant case of bucatini continues. We’re having it with these incredible-looking meatballs from Half Baked Harvest.

Wednesday: I think every week I should just declare an official Dupe Day (dupe as in duplicate, not as in “fooled ya!” … although I guess may sort of apply here too), since there’s always a reason the week doesn’t go to plan and meals get rescheduled for the following week. Last week, a dear friend from my former Toronto life was in town and we went out for dinner, which resulted in a reshuffling of meals and we didn’t have the spice rubbed salmon with mango salsa we’d planned for Friday. So we’re having that, and I’m excited to finally try it.

Thursday: Tuna noodle skillet casserole from I Wash, You Dry. This recipe hits all the right notes for me: for one thing, I just can’t resist a skillet. I’ve also been way into casseroles since the great meal-freezing endeavour of 2015. Not to mention the fact that I have a soft spot for nostalgic comfort food, and cheese and carbs are practically my religion at this point. Plus, Justin wants to eat more fish. It should be easy for the small to eat too. So really, we can’t go wrong. No pressure, recipe, but you can see I have some mighty high expectations of you.

Friday: Spicy, peanutty udon with kale from Food52. We have leftover udon from last week’s beef and broccoli (which, by the way, was rather tasty – though the pasta recipe I made from the same website was bland and boring, so I guess we’re at about a 50% success rate when it comes to clickbait recipes and I’ve learned an important lesson. Hence the lack of clickbaity recipes this week). We also have a massive jar of peanut butter that Justin’s parents bought a couple of visits ago, so this should also help us work through that. And kale. I like kale.

Saturday: Easy skillet lasagna from Dessert for Two. I’m making this for all the same reasons as the Tuna noodle casserole, minus the part about fish, but with the addition of the fact that we still have tons of gluten-free lasagna noodles to use up. Also, Christina’s baby is the same age as mine, so I feel like she wouldn’t steer me wrong in terms of recipes you can make without too much fuss. Which is important.

And… that’s it! Happy eating, and Netflixing and chilling* or whatever.

* Yes, I know what it means. But … is there a way to say “Netflix and chill” and actually mean watch Netflix and just chill on the couch? Or has the innuendo overtaken the meaning of the word “chill” and we can’t use it like that anymore? Anyway, you can take the above statement any way you want. Either way is completely legit and also none of my business so please don’t tell me which one you decided to go with because that might make things awkward between us, and I don’t want that, do you?

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