Every week on Wednesday (or Thursday - - depending on how my Wednesday has gone) I plan a menu. I do my grocery shopping on Thursday. (The Thursday shopping rarely gets bumped to Friday, because, well, Friday in the grocery store? I'm not a complete psycho!)
Most of the time I'm pretty optimistic and include at least 3 or 4 crock pot dinners. On Wednesdays the world is my oyster(!), or at least my long term cooking appliance.
But let's face it, I do not get up every day and follow the 10am rule like I'm supposed to. The 10am rule was made up by a cousin of mine who writes organizational books, and it says something like: By 10am, you must either make preparations or reservations.
(Apparently crazy does run in my family, thanks for asking.)
So basically one or two nights a week I end up in a situation where it's 4:00, and all I have left on my menu is crock pot dinners. ("Why do I keep doing this?" you ask. Let's not call me stupid, ok? I prefer the term optimistically challenged.)
And I end up with a Cop Out Meal. - And don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about, either. It's the meal you always have ingredients for and can produce in a 15-20 minute window. That's right, faster than you can get a pizza, although arguably about the same nutritional value.
The two I cycle through are Spaghetti, and then cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. And people, the natives around here are getting restless.
I also keep a frozen lasagna in the freezer, but it's sort of a game to me to see how long I can go without using it. Yes, lasagna has become a symbol of defeat.
So help me to NOT USE THE lasagna! I have 2 more days of crock pot meals this week, and I know I'm going to forget to put at least one of them in.
I'm asking you for either your own cop out meal idea, or to email me every 15 minutes tomorrow morning and remind me to put dinner in the crock pot. Your choice!
Please, don't make me use the lasagna. I don't think my fragile ego can take it this week.