Menu Planning

I came up with a brilliant idea this past weekend. Just one, but I think it’s a keeper.

We were in Whistler for a couple of days, and our visits there almost always include a visit to Mongolie Grill restaurant — a favourite with my kids (and their parents) for the choice of choosing whatever you want for a yummy meal. They have a long serving area with raw vegies, noodles, meats and sauces. You load your bowl with all of your favourites, then take it to the cute young chefs who cook your meal over a very large hot griddle, whilst doing impressive juggling with the spatulas.

It’s a great place when you have picky eaters, vegetarians and lovers of stir-fry. I have all those categories in my family, and cooking for them is a drag. Then when you add in the fact that they come and go at all times, sometimes rushing off for sports, music while others aren’t even home yet, that makes for one very uninspired chef/mom.

So when we were at Mongolie Grill last Saturday, I said as I always do when I go there, “I wish we had this in our house, cute chef and all!” Then the lightbulb went on, and duh, I have a big skillet, a refrigerator and freezer to keep ingredients fresh for days.

So I went to the store this morning, loaded up on veggies, chicken, beef, noodles and of course glad-ware (hey, it was 2 for 1 today!!) and washed, chopped, sliced, weighed and packaged all of the food.

Veggies and noodles, ready to go.

Freezer full of cut and weighed meat, ready to cook.

Ta da! Just minus the cute chef, mongolie grill at my place – ready to cook whenever you come home and are hungry. I’ll even sprinkle on toasted sesame seeds if that’s your pleasure!

Tuesday morning edit: My evil plan worked; the boy cooked his dinner. No juggling of the utensils … yet!

4 thoughts on “Menu Planning

  1. What do you mean you don’t have a cute chef!? I think the Stew-man is about as cute as it gets AND he likes to cook. Get him one of those black hats and an apron and you are one lucky sista.

  2. Wow! What a fabulous idea!! I wish I’d thought of it a few years ago when my kids were here for meals at various times. (Now they’re just never here at all.)

  3. a friend and i are getting together this weekend. she’s selected and is going to cook 3 recipes that serve 12 and i am going to cook 3 recipes that serve 12. then, we’ll split the pots in half and each take some of every dish. everything we’ve selected can be frozen, too, so maybe the menu planning and advance cooking has something to do with fall being here…

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