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Coconut Flan

Maxwell 10: Following the 15 minute schedule and the monthly menu

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Coconut Flan

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FloraKitty35

"The adults are content to discover the dinner meal when they sit down to eat." As if they really have a choice Teri.  :pb_rollseyes:  

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Black Aliss

That's a very starch- and meat-heavy diet. No wonder Steve has that potbelly! I'm also a bit baffled by why sometimes burgers are served with buns and sometimes they are not.

To be fair, some of those meals would not be out of place at my dinner table. In the winter. And, unless it was a one-dish meal, like soup, there'd always be a couple of vegetable sides, except when the vegetables were the main attraction. I think we eat vegan or vegetarian at least half the time.

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Coconut Flan

Some of the family prefer to wrap with lettuce than have the buns.  That's why she notes the buns/lettuce or buns/potatoes.  Some of them must prefer the sloppy joe over potatoes.

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HoneyBunny

Their dietary choices just seem odd to me, as if they're eating the kind of food that young teenagers would want. I never thought my husband and I ate especially healthily, but compared to the Maxwells we sure do. And more complex meals, too (though not difficult), like some Indian and Greek and Mediterranean dishes. And lots of salad (I refuse to say the words 'Big Salad'). 

As for meal planning...my parents would discuss at dinner each night what they wanted to have the following night (so it could be thawed out) and I thought that was insane. Teri's weeks of menus are simply depressing. What about the hot summer days when you just want to eat watermelon or fresh cherries on the deck and Spit the seeds, or freshly picked tomatoes in a caprese salad? To have to sit down to a stew when it's 102 outside doesn't appeal to me at all. 

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mango_fandango

Most of the Maxwells apart from Steve seem pretty slim, but then they work out a fair bit, hike a lot, and the aunties in particular run around and play with the grandchildren. 

From a budgeting point of view I can see the benefits of meal planning ie only buying what you need, particularly if you have young children. But this is the Maxwells, and this is with grown adults in the house. By this age in a normal family they would've all moved out eg to college or married with their own families or just struck out on their own because that's what most adults do (or at least want). And it's just another method of control. 

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Black Aliss

I'm guessing "stir fry" means Anna is cooking, with her Disco knock-off outdoor wok.

 

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CyborgKin

Eh, I'm over 30 and I basically eat whatever get put in front of me for dinner.  Most of it I like, and a few things I complain about.  That reminds me, tonight is my night to help cook.  Maybe I'll check the schedule to see what I'm doing.  Or wait and find out at the time :P Nah might as well look... oh, it's fish :(  That's something I make sure is known I dislike but can't get away from.  Oh well, I don't have to taste it for very long.

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LadyPriss

I really need to try some sort of meal planning when I get back from working overseas in a few days.  My house caught fire a few months back (everyone's ok and we have insurance) but we'll be living in a 5th wheel while the house is repaired.  With a small-ish fridge/freezer, and a need to actually accomplish other fire related stuff, I can't see myself wasting a tonne of time shopping every two days.  I don't want to be using the stove inside the trailer because I'm not a fan of cooking with gas in a small space (that and it's summer) so I'll be relying heavily on my BBQ (with side burner) and slow cooker.  

Thank heavens for the internet.  With my cookbooks all tossed in the dumpster I'll be searching for recipes soon I reckon.  

Living like a Rodrigues and planning like a Maxwell.  At least we have water/sewer hooked up so I can avoid a Naugler type situation.  

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SolomonFundy

The SO and I do meal planning. We have since embarking on a Whole30 for the first time in late 2015, and have stuck with the meal planning since it has saved us so much time, money, and mental energy. We both love to cook, but deciding what to have for dinner based upon whatever we discover in the fridge, while hungry, after working all day? No thanks. Meal planning has been great for us, but like all things in life, I can see how it wouldn't appeal to some.

Teri and Steve's food schedule is a wonderfully concise expression of their entire familial existence: bland offerings that lack in true substance, recycled endlessly, and served without options.

 

However, I notice there are no garden salads on the menu. The pizza cutter must be broken. 

 

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nastyhobbitses

I do meal planning; I'm out of the apartment at least 12 hours a day and my job doesn't really do lunch breaks -- you generally eat at your desk and work while you eat -- so for me, meal planning is really convenient and takes out a lot of the guess work, and keeps me from buying unhealthy meals on Seamless. I buy a big pack of chicken breasts or thighs, make up a marinade (usually Italian or Middle Eastern-inspired, but I've also done Indian and Mexican-inspired marinades), chop up some veggies, throw all of it on a sheet pan, and boom, my meals for the week are done. If I want a little variety, I make roasted chickpeas or a chili or a dal: just stuff that I can make in bulk and spoon into smaller Tupperwares for lunch/dinner during the week.

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DnAismyBaE
8 hours ago, HoneyBunny said:

And lots of salad (I refuse to say the words 'Big Salad'). 

 

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meee

What am I missing? What's wrong with "big salad?"

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Flossie
57 minutes ago, meee said:

What am I missing? What's wrong with "big salad?"

Lori Alexander reference.  She lives on her 'big salads'.  Her refusal to cook very often caused her husband to come home at night and make his own dinner.  She has bragged about some raisins being used as an excuse for her and her husband to tag team on a four hour beating session for one of her kids, who was just a toddler at the time.  Also, her obsession with weight has given both of her adult daughters food issues, and one of her sons is so controlling he puts his infant daughter on a blanket at meal time so he and his wife can eat undisturbed.  The baby is 'corrected' if she leaves the blanket or cries to be fed.  After dinner, the baby is then fed, and more correction is applied if she doesn't eat the way he likes. 

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Coconutwater

I get meal planning when children are little or even teenagers to have enough left over if there's an event or they go out, but with everyone being grown there's no need for all that. My parents cook what they are in the mood for (there has always been a meal on the table, but I've never seen a schedule) and the one 19 year old who is in college and moved back home to save money either eats with them or doesn't. If I go to visit and they tell me what their making and I don't like it then I know to eat beforehand. Like they've said "we have raised all of you, this is our time" Teri me Steve will always be in that having small children home mindset...

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16 minutes ago, Flossie said:

 She has bragged about some raisins being used as an excuse for her and her husband to tag team on a four hour beating session for one of her kids, who was just a toddler at the time.  Also, her obsession with weight has given both of her adult daughters food issues, and one of her sons is so controlling he puts his infant daughter on a blanket at meal time so he and his wife can eat undisturbed.  The baby is 'corrected' if she leaves the blanket or cries to be fed.  After dinner, the baby is then fed, and more correction is applied if she doesn't eat the way he likes. 

All of this is some of the most disturbing stuff I've heard. Holy shit. I haven't read about Lori Alexander very much. 

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Foudeb

Planning meals, meh, makes sense to plan ahead for grocery shopping when you have to feed 7 people. I won't snark on that (for once).

Bragging about having snuffed the curiosity out of your children to the point where they are not even interested in the menu any more, now that, though, is another matter.

We know you've raised a bunch of well-trained robots, Steve. We know just from looking at the dead eyes and forced smiles. No need to brag about it.

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Maggie Mae

There are only 2 of us and we meal plan and prep. Eating "what I'm in the mood for" leads to overspending and over eating. Not to mention that we don't have time to cook a full meal every day.

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freejugar

Their meals seem lazy and not what I would expect from master homemakers

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pikapika
2 hours ago, Eternalbluepearl said:

All of this is some of the most disturbing stuff I've heard. Holy shit. I haven't read about Lori Alexander very much. 

Same for me! I am glad I have not gone down that rabbit hole, I'll stick with the Maxwells and Rodrigues

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nausicaa
2 hours ago, Maggie Mae said:

There are only 2 of us and we meal plan and prep. Eating "what I'm in the mood for" leads to overspending and over eating. Not to mention that we don't have time to cook a full meal every day.

Me too. I live alone and the weeks I meal plan are the only weeks I don't overspend and still eat well. I can still eat healthy while eating out but those weeks I WAAAY overspend on my budget. (I have a slight Chopt addiction right now...)

I wish I could meal plan more consistently actually. But God, food prep can just take up so much of my life. And I am not someone who finds any pleasure in cooking. It's just a chore for me.

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albanuadh_1

Anyone read the latest Seriously post? Get your barf bags ready. That's all I'm saying.

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mango_fandango
28 minutes ago, albanuadh_1 said:

Anyone read the latest Seriously post? Get your barf bags ready. That's all I'm saying.

Is it dated 21st June? It's pretty bad but nothing I wasn't expecting from Stevehovah. 

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albanuadh_1

Yes, it's the 21st post. Nothing really new but  I've never read anything quite so blatant. Ugh.

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bertnee

Currently having an awkward visit with my out-of-town extended family ("extended" as I am married and can no longer claim "immediate family"). Why has no one ever taught my extended family how to be great conversationalists????

Re: Meal plans

There's only 2 of us but I do one as I'm trying to lose weight and also save money! I usually pick 3 dinner recipes for the week and then we eat leftovers on the opposite days or go out sometimes. I also make whichever of the 3 recipes sounds best on the cooking day, or based on what ingredients will expire faster. And my world doesn't fall apart if we do something off-plan or go to a restaurant instead. I like meal planning and I think it would probably be helpful for most people (esp if you have kids!) but I don't think I'm a genius or a master homemaker for spending 20 minutes a week looking up recipes that sound good and don't cost a million dollars/calories. AND unlike the Maxwells, I manage to do it while still working FULL-TIME! And going places! And doing things!

Sloppy joes on baked potatoes sounds pretty good, I made them last week using a low-carb wrap, a slice of pepperjack and then pressed in the panini maker. But I served them with spicy pickles, that might be too much for the Maxwells.

Also: The Betters Homes and Gardens New Cookbook is my favorite. Most are pretty easy to make for a novice cook but a step above dump-several-cans-into-pot-and-stir recipes. And I like how it has "mix and match" recipes -- like the recipe will list "2 cups VEGETABLES, 1 pound MEAT, 2 tablespoons SPICE, etc" and then have columns listing different vegetables/meats/spices that would work and you pick out what you have on hand or if you're going for a certain flavor/style.

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Removing empty space.

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