We have family coming into town tomorrow. The first thing I immediately think of? Dinner, of course.
When we have people staying with us for a period of time, I can guarantee I make a meal plan. I want to do one huge grocery shopping trip prior to their arrival so that I can enjoy the time that they’re here. I see it now – the scene is usually the same: me and my oldest daughter behind the sink cooking away, while a crowd of people sits around the breakfast bar enjoying the food. Lots of talking, laughing, and spending time together as a family. These are the times I enjoy the most.
So what to make for the next five days? I’m planning as I’m writing this post, so this could be interesting!
Day One (July 4th) – There’s always any of these 4th of July recipes to choose from. I think we’ll add to the normal burgers and brats, and do something a little more exotic. Perhaps Thai Chicken Drummies.
Day Two - Greek. Definitely Greek. It has been so hot lately I’ve been grilling everything and making lighter summertime meals. So definitely the Greek Salad, and probably Gyros too – with chicken instead of lamb (or maybe both).
Day Three – It seems that every time we have guests we end up having a Mexican night complete with chips and salsa, margaritas, and (of course) Zesty Fish Tacos.
Day Four – Since our guests this time have not yet experienced my Veggie Spring Rolls, I know my husband will be telling me to make them at some point. Might as well add them to the meal plan then! No doubt if I make those my oldest daughter will make Crab Rangoon. Not sure yet about the main meal – Asian Grilled Tuna, a simple stir fry, or perhaps Beef Curry (since we’ll have leftover tzatziki sauce from the gyros).
Day Five – Everyone is leaving today, so this is actually a dinner for my ‘normal’ crew. However, since I’ve just done dinner extravaganza for the last four days, I’m thinking something easy is in order. Or maybe pizza on the grill. I made that last night – pre-made crusts brushed with olive oil (on both sides), pizza sauce, and our favorite toppings: pepperoni, mushrooms, spinach, feta, and mozzarella. Cooked for 10-12 minutes over low heat.
Now to make my grocery list!