I'll be honest -- meal planning is not one of my virtues. Oh, I have grand intentions, but I'm sadly lacking in the execution department. Most nights it's a game time decision based on whatever's available and thawed in the refrigerator, which gets the job done, but it's obviously not my ideal situation...
So I've been doing a lot of research on how others handle meal planning. I do feel like being successful with meal planning requires a personal customized approach that can only be reached through trial and error, and that's my plan for the next month or so -- to try various meal planning techniques in the hopes of coming up with a solution that works for me personally. My goal is to share my findings, both the successes and the failures, with you all, and hopefully you all have some suggestions to share, as well!
In the meantime, I'd like to share one of my favorite easy weeknight side dishes, this delicious coconut rice recipe. I make a big batch of coconut milk rice at least once a week right in my rice cooker. We like it both hot and cold, and it keeps well in the refrigerator for up to a week, though it rarely lasts that long.
Have you ever cooked with coconut milk? Coconut milk rice really doesn't have an overwhelmingly sweet and coconutty flavor like you're probably imagining right now -- it's just rich and filling, with a bit of creaminess to it.
To be clear, I'm referring to the coconut milk that comes in a can, not coconut water or coconut milk beverages, which are totally different. I typically pick it up at Walmart, and you'll find it with the Asian ingredients.
My favorite way to serve coconut milk rice is with a little lime and cilantro stirred in. It's similar to Chipotle's cilantro lime rice, only better!
A few of our favorite main dishes that pair well with this coconut milk rice are my slow cooker beef barbacoa, honey lime grilled chicken, and grilled shrimp tacos. These are all go-to meals that I intend to rely on frequently when menu planning.
I've started a Menu Planning Ideas board on Pinterest to keep track of articles and resources to refer back to while I'm trying to figure this whole thing out. If you have links or resources that you're interested in sharing, please leave them in the comments or send me an email -- I'd love to add them!
Do you make a weekly menu plan? If so, do you have any tips, articles or resources to share that have helped you?