Monday, November 3, 2008

Monday Night Food

Shortly after we moved to Columbus, I was thrilled to find out one of my college roommates and good friend Shannon was moving here too. Her husband was coming to Ohio State to do a fellowship, so like SPH, he sometimes had a late night or two at school.

Last year at this time we realized that we were both flying solo for dinner on Monday nights. We decided to co-op the meals each Monday night, taking turns hosting the other mom and kids each Monday. Not only did Shannon and I get a chance to catch up while our combined 5 kids played, I didn't have to cook every other Monday night and I wasn't lonely at the end of a long day.

In fact, this autumn, even though SPH and Shannon's husband (let's call him SH) are both graduated, we decided to continue our tradition...SH can do a work commitment every Monday night and SPH has one night he can work a little later. Beautiful.

If you have anyone with which you can co-op dinner every now and then, I highly recommend it. I know some people even take it one step further, and include 3-4 families, so you only have to cook once or twice a week. Imagine!

Our meals for the week:

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Vegetable Latkes, Broccoli
Greek Chicken Burgers in a Pita, Mediterranean Salsa and Tzasiki
Pasta Carbonara
Mandarin Orange Chicken Stirfry with Tofu and Edamame, over Brown Rice

Have a sweet week,



Renee said...

Your Monday nights sound like a lot of fun!

Slacker Mama said...

Marathon Mom and I got together a few Monday nights ago...we made pizza (with your dough) and I handed off the Chicken Tetrazinni (from you, of course) that I had made for her!

We're doing dinner again tonight...but it's at the local Mexican restaurant for Mariachi Monday -- live mariachi band! Next time, I'll cook though, I promise!

Of course I'm voting. I'm 2-2 in the's a tiebreaker year!

JerseyBaby said...

I can't believe you're only telling us about this AMAZING idea now! It's fantastic!
Slacker... Jersey's would love to meet you for Mariachi another Monday!

Tabitha Blue said...

That sounds like such a great idea!! I may just have to work on that one.... not cooking and a playdate!! Perfect combination!! That stirfry sounds great too :)

Renee said...

We had your Oktoberfest Pasta last night. It was great. Of course my kids just ate around the broccoli slaw.