Cooking Amidst Chaos – Our Weekly Meal Plan – January 25, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

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When I again think that trying 7 new recipes in a week is a good thing, remind me not to take on such a task.  🙂  I had forgotten the mental effort required to try a new recipe, especially one that require me to be at the stove when there are also kids around, construction going on over my head (literally) and other things I need to be doing besides taking twice as long to make a meal, due to having to read each step twice to make sure I have it right.  In all, it was not too bad.  It could have been better though.

roof removal home construction collage

Since there was not enough fun in our lives already, our oven started going out.  Again.  The same thing happened last month, prompting a call to the repair guy.  It was one of two things – the ignitor ($) or the control board ($$$$).  He replaced the ignitor and it began to work again.  Well, till last week.

The first time there was a glitch, I told my husband that it was happening again, the stove was going to go out soon and we would need a new stove as it was the control board going out.  He did not believe me, thought I was being overly dramatic, and took it upon himself to do a bit of research online. (Which is what I did the first time this happened.)

His conclusion?  “It is the control board going out.  Seems to be a common problem with this model.  It is very expensive to replace so we will probably have to get a new stove.”  I love my husband.  Sometimes he has to find out the information for himself and come to his ‘own’ conclusion.  I’ve learned that at times it is easier to just let him do it than to try and convince him I may be right.

Lentil dish collage

As for the new lentil recipes we tried, most were marked as: “Okay, but not great.  Let’s keep looking.”  I did figure out that Jack, while liking his foods soft, does not like mushy lentils.  Several of the recipes called for French green lentils. I used red, which is what I had.  Maybe they cook differently, but I know that cooking these lentils for 30 minutes results in lentil paste once you stir the dish.  After the second time, I adjusted the recipe but he still did not like them.

We did not get around to making the lentil cookies, so they are on the menu again to try making, as is the Vegetable Lentil Stew.

I have not given up on my search for new lentil recipes, but now I know that they need to have more flavor to them.  We like spices, my husband especially.  I grew up in a place where the joke is that we only use 3 spices – salt, pepper and ketchup.  My husband grew up in a culture/location where curry and turmeric and cumin and so on and so forth are very common.  I am getting better at making recipes, but not so great at adjusting them on the spice/flavor side of things.


  1. Shakes
  2. Hot Rice Cereal with Nuts and Raisins
  3. Cream of Wheat
  4. Strawberry Jam Hand Pies
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Shakes


  1. Eat out
  2. Salad
  3. Superfast Salisbury Steak, rice, broccoli, beets
  4. Pizza
  5. Chocolate Chipotle Chili, cornbread muffins
  6. Herb Crusted Pork Chops, Lentil-Quinoa Salad*
  7. Sandwiches on Croissants, yogurt, fruit, chips, and Lentil Cookies*


  1. Eat out
  2. Tomato and cheese melts, sliced apples, celery with peanut butter/shake (husband is gone)
  3. Lentils with Bulgur Wheat and Caramelized Onions: Moujadara with Burghul*
  4. Vegetable Lentil Stew*, Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread
  5. Salad
  6. Falafel, quinoa salad
  7. Leftovers


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