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Rachel Cooks Every Day

Thoughts from the kitchen of an everyday cook.

Note to Self: Planning = Cooking

I shouldn't be surprised anymore. If I have a specific plan, I'm more likely to do anything. It takes the mental pressure off. What's for dinner tonight? Oh yeah, rice bowls, and here's the recipe link, and I already have the ingredients. Suddenly, the easiest thing is to follow the plan.

It's also no surprise that the best-laid plans still go awry. For instance, on Tuesday, we were supposed to have chicken quesadillas with a black-bean corn salad... except that we ate all of our tortillas before Tuesday. Whoops! Instead, I toasted up bread and we had chicken sandwiches with the same salad. So a little flexibility is always in order.

(Can I insert my black bean and corn salad recipe here? One can rinsed black beans, however much frozen corn happens to be left in the random bag in the freezer, kosher salt, pepper, chili powder or a teensy bit of cayenne, lime juice, garlic powder, onion powder, and a healthy drizzle of honey, which sounds crazy but makes all the difference. Let it stew in the fridge for a few hours.)

This week, I found a potential gem. A local mom blogger posted a weekly meal plan she makes that's specifically based on what's on sale at the ALDI in our town for that week. I did a little dance, which is just one more evidence of how middle-aged I've become, but I DON'T CARE BECAUSE I'M SO EXCITED.

I love me some ALDI, but occasionally they don't have everything I need, which means multiple stores and that's just annoying. Because this list is all about ALDI, not only is it exceedingly cheap, but I found everything I needed in one go.

The only thing left to be determined is whether the meals are good! Most of them are from the blogger herself, so it's possible they'll be terrible. But I really hope they're yummy, because this seems like an excellent time- and money-saver.