Sunday, January 26, 2014

Meal Plan for 1/25/14 - 1/31/14

Well, at least I know my sister is referring to these posts. She got on me for not having this week's posted yet.  Sorry for anyone else who's stopping by here and didn't see one posted.  Here's what's on tap for us this week:

Saturday: Homemade pizza.  I usually double this recipe for my crust.  Once it's all done rising, I divide it into thirds.  Two get rolled out on cookie sheets (with some flour on the pan so they don't stick) for pizza for us (Hubs gets his own and the kids and I share the other), and the third I make into pizza pockets/calzones for him to take to work. 

Sunday: the wind is howling, and I thought some comfort food sounded good, so we're having Turkey and Wild Rice casserole.  It's our "new to us" recipe for the week. I'm using a rotisserie chicken instead of turkey. 

Monday: I forgot I already had a bag of potatoes in the pantry when I bought another bag, so we're having potato soup for supper. I combine a couple recipes from my parents' church's cookbook so it ends up having some celery and shredded carrot in it along with cheese and ham (trying to put in some good stuff to outweigh the bad stuff).

Tuesday: leftovers. Between the soup and the casserole, there's got to be enough left for the four of us.

Wednesday: Loaded chicken skillet.  See note above about potatoes.  If I have some chicken left from Sunday, I'll use that. If not, I'll get another rotisserie (I love those things). 

Thursday: My son has a pizza party for ju jitsu, so the boys will go to that and the girls will probably head to the golden arches for supper before we go to handbell practice at church.

Friday: On Saturday morning I asked everyone what they wanted to eat this week and Hubs requested tacos.  I put them for Friday night, because by the time I get home from work and the gym, I'm done. He can make this for us :)


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Meal Plan for 1/18/14 to 1/24/14

This week we actually don't have anything planned for after work and it starts with a three-day weekend, a much-needed one after the craziness of last week.  The high temperature Sunday is supposed to be close to the Midwest. Amazing! We're taking advantage of that by grilling, though we're following it up the next day by having chili.

Here's what's on tap for this week:

Saturday: Pizza Gnocchi Supreme.  This was on the menu for last week, but we didn't make it, so it made planning one meal for this week nice and easy.

Sunday: Cola-Marinated Grilled Flank Steak.  This one is a new recipe for us. It's a perfect Sunday recipe- little prep, and hubs will do the cooking, so I have more time to scrapbook.

Monday: Chipotle Turkey Chili with Apples. I was surprised to see some cider from a local orchard still available at the grocery store last week when I was shopping, so this was a no-brainer to add to this week's menu.  I add in two cans of black beans (rinsed and drained) and double the recipe. This one would be an easy one to freeze before it cooks, or after. We often freeze soup leftovers in lunch-size portions to have something quick to grab for lunch. 

Tuesday: Taco Cornbread  Bake. One of our favorite things to eat.  I add a can of drained MexiCorn into the cornbread mixture.  Usually make one to bake and another to put in the freezer. 

Wednesday: One Pot Spaghetti.  My mother-in-law sent me this recipe and thought we'd like it. I love trying new recipes (see Sunday), so this was an easy one to add, too.

Thursday: leftovers. Pull everything out of the fridge from the week and the fam can choose what to eat.

Friday: brinner (breakfast for dinner).  By the time Friday rolls around, I'm usually exhausted and sick of cooking, which is why we went out for dinner last night.  Breakfast for supper is usually quick and easy to whip up, so no stress. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Meal Plan for 1/11/14-1/17/14

When home for Christmas, my sister asked how I manage to cook dinner every night after working fives days a week (she recently switched to a new job with 'normal' hours). I told her meal planning was the key, along with making meals ahead when possible.  So she asked me if I'd share my weekly meal plans...

I meal plan from Saturday through Friday.  Usually hubs and I discuss at breakfast Saturday morning what we'd like to eat in the coming week. Sometimes our 6-year-old will chime in with suggestions, too. Weekend lunches are usually leftovers, sandwiches, or something from the freezer I can throw together.   I try to look at the ads before I plan to get, at the very least, my meat on sale.  And if I saw any good recipes in the blogs I follow throughout the course of the week, those are sure to get added in as well.  Then I head out and do my grocery shopping.

This week was weird to plan for, in that I won't be home for dinner Monday or Wednesday, and with commitments at 6:00 on Tuesday and Thursday that we need to eat quickly for, it's a fast dinner week for us.  Here's what's on tap for this week:

Saturday: homemade chicken pot pie. This one is from an actual recipe book (shocker!).  The sauce mix for this could easily be frozen (once the potatoes are fully cooked, otherwise they turn gray).

Sunday: Parmesan crusted cod   Do not underestimate the yumminess of that topping.

Monday: restaurant- most likely Burger King since I won't be along (I detest that restaurant). 

Tuesday: crock pot cranberry ribs A new recipe for us. I think some sweet potatoes with some of the sauce reduced sound delicious with this.  The sauce for this could easily be mixed and combined with the meat and frozen before cooking.

Wednesday:  leftovers

Thursday: garlicky tomato tortellini soup.  We add some quartered up pepperoni into the mixture (or the mini pepperoni you can buy). 

Friday: pizza gnocchi supreme.  I tried freezing this one before, and I wouldn't recommend it include the gnocchi.  It's essentially a potato pastry, and the texture gets pretty gritty when thawed and baked.