Feb 152015
 

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

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Well, our oven is still out of commission.  We could try to use it, it probably would work, but right now it is not necessary so we are dealing with this latest … challenge.  🙂  The plan was to go shopping this past Saturday, but it did not work out that way.  I think we will take Monday to go, as my husband is off work so we can go together.  It has not been impossible to not use the stove, but there have been several things we have wanted to make but did not want to risk it stop cooking half way through.  Things like:

All things that we can live without, but several of which we have in the freezer or would like to eat.

Of last’s weeks 5 new soup recipes 3 were made – 1 planned for Saturday was nixed as we skipped lunch in lieu of a late breakfast and an early supper, another was one whose beans I had not made ahead of time.  Both of these recipes were moved to future weeks.

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

When I opened up Plan to Eat, my meal planning site, I found that I did myself a favor last week and filled in 90% of this week’s meal plan.  Made this week so much easier to finish.  I rearranged a few things, carried over a soup recipe from last week to fill in a missing meal, and made sure none of them needed an oven to make.  With 150 recipes entered, it is easy to glance down the list and drag the ones I wish to use into the appropriate slot.

If you are curious about this meal planning website, made a New Year’s resolution to be more organized, or need help planning better so you eat better I would encourage you to try the 30-free trial offered on Plan To Eat’s website.  You can take advantage of all the opportunities they offer.  If you decide to subscribe, the yearly plan will cost you only $39 a year.  That comes out to just $0.75 a week.  After trying various methods to gather recipes, plan and write it out in a way that the whole household knows what we are eating and when, and then creating a shopping plan from it, paying only 75 cents a week is a huge savings considering the time and effort I save.

It took me a while to give in to my curiosity about this site, even after hearing rave reviews about it from those whose meal planning I envied.  After all, the way I had been doing things was ‘okay’.  I initially did the 30-day trial, did not register for the year subscription, talked it over with my husband, then decided to try it for a year to see if it was really worth it.

Not only have I not looked back, but I have come to love and rely upon it even more.  When life was really chaotic, this was one area that had become easier.

Proverbs 31: 14-15 KJV – “She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.”

I may not have maids and other human servants to help in the work, but this is one ‘servant’ I am happy to employ to make my day easier.

Sun Dried Tomato Soup

Breakfast:

  1. Shakes
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, Toast, and Fruit
  4. Cream of Wheat
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Fried Pancake with Maple Cream Syrup

Lunch

  1. Eat out
  2. Herb Crusted Pork Loin, beets, steamed carrots, peas
  3. Grilled Spiced Pork Patties, side salad
  4. Salad
  5. Lebanese Meat-Stuffed Pitas, side salad
  6. Spaghetti with meat sauce
  7. Vegetable-Lentil Stew

Dinner

  1. Eat out
  2. Healthy Slow-cooked Tikka Masala, rice, veggetables
  3. Potato Leek Soup
  4. Pulled Chicken with Apple-Cucumber Slaw, fried potatoes
  5. The Dude’s Chili
  6. Cuban Black Bean Soup
  7. Leftovers

carrot coconut soup

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Feb 082015
 

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

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With my husband still sick, myself having just gotten over it, trying not to use our oven, and the house still being worked on I decided to head my warning of not trying 7 new recipes in a week.  I am only going to try 5 this week.  🙂

Surely 5 will be easier than 7.  AND they are soup recipes.  How hard can it be?

I am trying these recipes out of The Soup Club Cookbook, so I can give an honest review on here in the next few weeks.  While I like to read through cookbooks, often it is when I sit down and actually try the recipes that I find I can form a feel as to whether I would recommend it to others or not.  See, I am doing this all just for you.

As I have just driven 14 hours in the past 36 hours, I am going to get right to the point of the meal plan.  My brain has a lot of ideas for posts, but I also need to get up and ready for church.  With my husband sick and the kids still sleeping, I am pretty sure we are going to skip Sunday School and just go to the service. (checks clock) Yup.  We would have to leave in 4 minutes to get there, without speeding, and I am still not dressed for the day.

Ingredients for Tangy Black Bean Soup

Breakfast:

  1. Cream of Wheat
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, Toast, and Fruit
  4. Cream of Wheat
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Fried Pancake with Maple Cream Syrup

Lunch

  1. Eat out
  2. Sun Dried Tomato Soup
  3. Sweet and Sour Chicken, rice, green vegetable
  4. Salad
  5. Beef Bourguignon
  6. Grilled Peaches and Pork, rice, side salad
  7. Potato Cheddar Soup

Dinner

  1. Sandwiches
  2. Twice Baked Breakfast Sweet Potatoes (a repeat recipes as I did not get to it last week)
  3. Red Lentil Curry
  4. Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chicken, rice
  5. Cuban Black Bean Soup
  6. Carrot Coconut Soup
  7. Leftovers

The Twice Baked Breakfast Sweet Potatoes are a repeat from a previous meal plan.  I had not gotten to them, but really want to use the sweet potatoes I have.  With my oven being out of commission, I am going to attempt cooking them in the microwave.

sauce ingredients for Chinese BBQ recipe

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Jan 262015
 

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

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When I again think that trying 7 new recipes in a week is a good thing, remind me not to take on such a task.  🙂  I had forgotten the mental effort required to try a new recipe, especially one that require me to be at the stove when there are also kids around, construction going on over my head (literally) and other things I need to be doing besides taking twice as long to make a meal, due to having to read each step twice to make sure I have it right.  In all, it was not too bad.  It could have been better though.

roof removal home construction collage

Since there was not enough fun in our lives already, our oven started going out.  Again.  The same thing happened last month, prompting a call to the repair guy.  It was one of two things – the ignitor ($) or the control board ($$$$).  He replaced the ignitor and it began to work again.  Well, till last week.

The first time there was a glitch, I told my husband that it was happening again, the stove was going to go out soon and we would need a new stove as it was the control board going out.  He did not believe me, thought I was being overly dramatic, and took it upon himself to do a bit of research online. (Which is what I did the first time this happened.)

His conclusion?  “It is the control board going out.  Seems to be a common problem with this model.  It is very expensive to replace so we will probably have to get a new stove.”  I love my husband.  Sometimes he has to find out the information for himself and come to his ‘own’ conclusion.  I’ve learned that at times it is easier to just let him do it than to try and convince him I may be right.

Lentil dish collage

As for the new lentil recipes we tried, most were marked as: “Okay, but not great.  Let’s keep looking.”  I did figure out that Jack, while liking his foods soft, does not like mushy lentils.  Several of the recipes called for French green lentils. I used red, which is what I had.  Maybe they cook differently, but I know that cooking these lentils for 30 minutes results in lentil paste once you stir the dish.  After the second time, I adjusted the recipe but he still did not like them.

We did not get around to making the lentil cookies, so they are on the menu again to try making, as is the Vegetable Lentil Stew.

I have not given up on my search for new lentil recipes, but now I know that they need to have more flavor to them.  We like spices, my husband especially.  I grew up in a place where the joke is that we only use 3 spices – salt, pepper and ketchup.  My husband grew up in a culture/location where curry and turmeric and cumin and so on and so forth are very common.  I am getting better at making recipes, but not so great at adjusting them on the spice/flavor side of things.

Breakfast:

  1. Shakes
  2. Hot Rice Cereal with Nuts and Raisins
  3. Cream of Wheat
  4. Strawberry Jam Hand Pies
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Shakes

Lunch

  1. Eat out
  2. Salad
  3. Superfast Salisbury Steak, rice, broccoli, beets
  4. Pizza
  5. Chocolate Chipotle Chili, cornbread muffins
  6. Herb Crusted Pork Chops, Lentil-Quinoa Salad*
  7. Sandwiches on Croissants, yogurt, fruit, chips, and Lentil Cookies*

Dinner

  1. Eat out
  2. Tomato and cheese melts, sliced apples, celery with peanut butter/shake (husband is gone)
  3. Lentils with Bulgur Wheat and Caramelized Onions: Moujadara with Burghul*
  4. Vegetable Lentil Stew*, Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread
  5. Salad
  6. Falafel, quinoa salad
  7. Leftovers

 

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Jan 192015
 

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

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Seratonin is a wonderful thing.  It is not an ingredient in a recipe, as you might expect on a post about menu planning.  It is well said at Princeton.edu here:

Serotonin (pronounced /ˌsɛrəˈtoʊnɨn/) or 5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) is a monoamine neurotransmitter. Biochemically derived fromtryptophan, serotonin is primarily found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, platelets, and in the central nervous system (CNS) of humans and animals. It is a well-known contributor to feelings of well-being; therefore it is also known as a happiness hormone.

There is some debate about whether lentils, a complex carbohydrate, really do help increase serotonin levels, I thought I would give it a try this week to see if it makes a difference in some attitudes around the house.  There are worse (and less legal) mood altering experiments to do, right?  🙂

Add in that:

  1. I just bought several pounds of dry lentils on sale
  2. I am looking for new recipes to try
  3. I was hoping to find more meatless meals
  4. We like lentils

And here we are at the unofficial Lentil Week. Not to be confused with Lent, of course, which does not happen for a few more months.

The 7 new recipes I hope to try range from side dishes to soups to even cookies.  Each day, except Sunday, there is a meal or dish containing lentils.

crepes eggroll quinoa lebanese collage

Last week’s menu contained three new recipes, one of which was unplanned, two of which we liked.  Mum’s Everyday Lentils was not a favorite of mine and probably will not be a repeat.  It was not bad, just not great.  We loved the Lebanese Meat-stuffed Pitas, though we ate it pita-less.  This is where the unplanned new recipe came in.  With no pitas I needed something as a side.  In the cabinet I found a bag of Quinoa and thought to make salad from it.  Thankfully on the back was a recipe to do so.  Adjusting the recipe (see below) for what we had on hand, and what I needed it for, we came out with a fabulous meal that will definitely be repeated.

If you notice the crepes in the picture above were filled with something out of the ordinary for us.  Thinking we had no nutella in the house, I grabbed and open tub of Almond Joy icing and used that on half the crepes.  The light coconut flavor was a nice change.  And sometimes, it is just fun to do something ‘unhealthy’ for a meal.  Of course, we added fruit to help balance it out.  🙂

Quinoa Salad
 2 cups chicken broth
1/4 tsp minced garlic
1 c quinoa
1 small onion chopped
1/4 c feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 c parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2/3 c lemon juice
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 c, or a bit less, olive oil
In a medium sauce pan, bring the chicken broth and garlic to a boil. Stir in the quinoa, reduce heat to med-low, cover, and simmer till the quinoa has absorbed all the chicken broth and is soft, 15-20 minutes. Transfer to bowl and stir in remaining ingredients, drizzling with the vinegar and oil.  Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.  Refrigerate leftovers.  Makes about 5 servings.

The original recipe called for bell peppers, olives, chicken and chives.  I did not have time to add the peppers, did not need the chicken, did not have the chives and most of my household does not like olives.  By knowing these things, I was able to take a recipe that we would not have liked and adjust it into something we loved.  If I had attempted this several years ago it would not have turned out well, as there was not enough trial and error (and analyzing) to know all the things we prefer or would rather do without.

Knowing those things has saved me a lot of time trying recipes with ingredients or combinations that we would not have liked.  Everyone’s taste buds, even within my household, are different.  So while I may rave about a recipe, you may dislike it enough to wonder what I was on that day.  My husband often gives me those looks, as his taste buds pick up on things I don’t.  Once you find a source of recipes that your family likes, stick with that source and try all of their recipes that sound appealing.  It is likely they like the same spice/food combinations as you and there will be more recipes you like.  I have also used the same to rule out several cookbooks after trying a few recipes from them – if we don’t like 3 or 4, I am pretty sure we are not going to like the next 20.

*- denotes new-to-us recipes

Breakfast:

  1. Shakes
  2. Cream of Wheat
  3. Gluten Free Coconut Flour Pancakes
  4. Chocolate Chip Monkey Muffins
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Strawberry Hand Pies

Lunch

  1. Eat out
  2. Pulled Pork Sandwiches, homemade fries
  3. Meatball Curry*, rice, vegetables
  4. Salad
  5. Dad’s Meatloaf with Tomato Relish, Herbed Bulgar-Lentil Pilaf*
  6. Herb Crusted Pork Chops, Lentil-Quinoa Salad*
  7. Sandwiches on Croissants, yogurt, fruit, chips, and Lentil Cookies*

Dinner

  1. Eat out
  2. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup*
  3. Slow Cooker Lentil and Brown Rice Tacos (meal from last week we never made)
  4. Herbed Lentils with Spinach and Tomatoes*, brown rice
  5. Pizza
  6. Vegetable Lentil Stew*, Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread
  7. Leftovers

meatloaf rice peas beets

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Jan 122015
 

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

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Every year when the weather turns cold and dreary, we find ourselves trying new recipes.  It helps had some excitement to our day, and we have time since we are not spending it outside on other activities.

A few weeks ago I found myself facing a week with extra meat in the freezer and no clear plan of what to do with it.  I knew it needed to be used up, but my creative juices were just not flowing.

“What do you do with a bit over 1 lb of already cooked ground beef?  We have already  had spaghetti and soup and curry …. Oh, beef and peas.  If only I knew how my mother-in-law made it.  Her’s is so much better than mine; she always knows which spices to use.”

With that, I took to the internet and found a recipe that looked promising – Kheema Indian Ground Beef with Peas.  I was lacking only 1 spice, but with lunch an hour away I forged ahead away.  The result was delicious and a definite addition to our meal planning rotation.

Kheema Indian Ground Beef and Peas

I also had extra pork to use, but did not want to make more Chinese BBQ Pork.  I found a partial bottle of BBQ sauce in the fridge and more in the pantry.  With such success with the ground beef and peas, I decided to try the same for pulled pork.  Using this Pulled Pork Sandwich recipe from the Food Network, I added seasoning to the meat while cooking and sauce at the end.  This was placed in the freezer for a future meal.

Feeling like I was on a roll, I looked for a new coleslaw recipe to use as a side for one of our dishes.  The recipe was not out of this world, but a good basic one that used ingredients I had on hand.  That is always important when you wait till right before a meal to look for a recipe.  Not that I would ever do such a thing.  🙂

grocery shopping cart produce milk

Last week I knew I had several cuts of meat in the freezer, and for lack of a desire to go grocery shopping, I decided to use them as my menu – I chose one each day to use and that was that.  Yes, I stayed out of  the grocery store.  No, I did not always have supper or lunch made on time.  By the end of the week, my husband was frustrated with the late timing of the meals.  Seems having a plan has become a habit/desire for even him.

One of the recipes I tried last week was Company Pot Roast.  It was like Beef Bourginion met a pot roast.  Loved the quickness and simplicity of the meal. The flavor was great and everyone loved it.

Company Pot Roast with Title

 

Several days last week also brought bad weather.  George had a day off in the middle of the week.  We used this opportunity to teach him how to make french toast.  Not only did he learn how to make it, and helped do so, but he also flipped the toast all by himself!  🙂 He thought he was big stuff.  In reality, he was actually doing a good job and being a help.

He also learned that if you touch the griddle with your finger, it does hurt and you will get a blister.  In his surprise at being burned  he dropped the spatula on the griddle and hopped around.  I saw what he did, but thought I would let him learn yet another lesson.  After making sure he was okay, and giving the appropriate amount of hugs and reassurances, I turned his attention back to the griddle.  I explained at plastics melt and can catch fire, that you need to be careful with them around heat.  I turned over the spatula to show him the back of the handle, which had been sitting on the edge of the griddle and which now sported a gouge.  This is something I had done before and was not mad at him about, and I told him as much.  It will be another visual reminder to a lesson (hopefully) learned.

kid flipping french toast

When looking to make this week’s menu, I revisited the site of the Kheema Indian Ground Beef with Peas recipe.  When I find someone who has a recipe I like, I look through their others, hoping they also share similar likes as we do.  Two looked like they would be simple enough to try for this week – Mum’s Everyday Red Lentils and Lebanese Meat-Stuffed Pitas.  Another recipe was added to next week’s meal plan.


Breakfast:

  1. Shakes
  2. Cereal
  3. Muffins
  4. Eggs, toast
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Eggs, croissant, bacon

 

Lunches:

  1. Eat Out
  2. Superfast Salisbury Steak, barley, beets
  3. Leanese Meat-stuffed Pitas
  4. Dad’s Meatloaf with Tomato Relish, beets, corn
  5. Chinese Style BBQ Pork, rice, peas, vegetables
  6. Herb Crusted Pork Chops, beets, peas
  7. Pizza

 

Supper:

  1. Peanut butter sandwiches, cottage cheese, banana
  2. Mum’s Everyday Red Lentils
  3. Falafel, side salad
  4. Slow Cooker Lentil and Brown Rice Taco
  5. Salad
  6. Pulled Pork Egg Rolls
  7. Leftovers/Salad

 

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Dec 292014
 

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

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After being gone for over a week, I really was not sure what I would have in the house to make a menu this week.  With our oven now working again (YIPPEE!!) I knew I wanted to make muffins for the freezer, so that took care of several breakfasts.  We also have our normal staples in the house, so soups were an easy add to the menu.  A few of the other items I had picked up on sale before we left or they only need a few items added to them to complete the meal.

Before we left, I also realized exactly how many potatoes, regular and sweet, were in the house.  These really need to be used or else they will go bad, so I am trying to add them as sides, or even the main dish in upcoming weeks.  I found a recipe for Twice Baked Breakfast Sweet Potatoes that I plan on trying next week.

With both kids and my husband still on vacation this week, I need to do a grocery trip early in the week.  At first I was not looking forward to taking both kids with me, then realized my husband would be home.  Perhaps we could make a day of it in Big Town.  He could take them to the library while I shop, or even just stay home with one of them.  It is amazing how different kids with different attitudes can either make the trip difficult or manageable.  I can do it with both of them, it just takes longer and more patience.  Those who take 4 or 5 kids with them shopping AND come home with all their intended items make me stand in awe.

grocery shopping cartWe were visiting my family this past week in the area I grew up.  I am always amazed at how it looks so different as an adult than as a child.  I did a quick shopping trip while there to pick up a few items for my mom and for myself (I was planning a quick get together with friends).  As I thought through town, which is about 10 time bigger than our Small Town but more isolated from any Big Towns, I realized there were 4 choices of stores.  1 was local owned but the most expensive, 1 was a Big Box Store, and the other two were more value priced but I was not sure of their stock variability (i.e. would they have what I was looking for?).

Knowing our prices where I normally shop, I was sure I would spend way more than I would have otherwise.  As I was going along, I had this in mind and tried to look for ways to reduce prices. I was able to find ground beef marked down a bit (though still $1+ per pound more than I wanted to pay), bought store brand canned beans (as I did not have time to soak dried ones to use), and bought the “price saver”milk.

The milk was an interesting item to shop for, as I almost fell prey to their display.  They placed the brand milk at eye level on most of the shelves  The shelf that was one up from the bottom had the store brand, which was about $.50 cheaper.  The very bottom shelf though, which you could barely see, had the “price saver” milk that was over $1 cheaper than the brand milk.  While still $1 more than I normally pay (hence my shopping cart  in the picture above, from a recent trip at a store in Big Town, containing several gallons), it was the best price.  50% more for an item is better than 150% more.

I know that if we were to move to this area, which is not at all on the foreseen plan, my shopping habits would change and I would again have to search for more economical ways to save.  After all, it took me a year or two to figure out my current method, and that even changes as life circumstances and seasons change.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Oats and Flax

Breakfast:

  1. Visiting Family
  2. Shakes
  3. Chocolate Chip Monkey Muffins
  4. Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Oats and Flax
  5. Muesli Fusions Breakfast Cookies
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Eggs, croissants, fruit

breaded pork chop with peas cornbread muffins and carrot sticks

Lunches:

  1. Visiting Family
  2. Herb Crusted Pork Chops, potato salad, vegetables
  3. Healthy Slow Cooked Tikka Masalapotato salad
  4. Chinese Style BBQ Pork
  5. Sticky Blackberry Barbecued Pork Ribs, oven baked sweet potato fries, remaining potato salad
  6. Salad
  7. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Lentil soup and cheddar biscuits

 

Supper:

  1. Traveling (eat out)
  2. Bree’s Lentil-Tomato Soup
  3. Falafel, potatoes with paprika sauce
  4. Tangy Black Bean Soup
  5. Pulled Pork Egg Rolls
  6. Slow Cooker Lentil and Brown Rice Tacos
  7. Date Night /  sandwiches


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Dec 072014
 

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

 

Last week’s meal plan went pretty well, though several items were bumped due to picking up fresh meat from the grocery store.  I decided to use those items, rather than freezing them and defrosting other items.

I am not sure if it is just where I live, or if it is because the change of seasons is bringing about a change in the menu, but I am having a hard time finding good sales on meat.  Not only that, but the prices seem to have increased.  So, when I do find a good deal, I tend to stock up on it.  This is how I ended up with just over 20 pounds of ground beef in my freezer a few months ago.  I walked into the grocery in Small Town, saw they marked down the ground beef to $.99/lb, and bought all of it right on the spot.  Thankfully a friend was also as thrilled as I was, so we split the meat.  I believe we have a pound or two of it in the freezer, pre-cooked and ready to go.  Let’s just say spaghetti was on the menu a lot this past month or so.  It worked out well as I also had quite a stock of noodles and had just finished canning tomato sauce.

I was down to only 🙂 6 or 7 boxes of spaghetti noodles after all the spaghetti we have had, so I have begun looking for more to restock the supply.  Once it gets back to 25 or so boxes, I will be able to stop looking for the year.  My “buy price” is $1, though last winter I was able to get it for $.75/box, and that was for the good stuff.  I am patient about this, as noodles are not a high price item anyway, so I will buy a few boxes of the cheaper noodles when they dip below $1, but not fully stock up.  If I can get the wheat noodles, ‘healthy’ noodles, or the ones with veggies in them, for $1 or less then it will be time for me to stock up and stop spending time looking for a better deal.

Finding a meat sale is really the money saver and so worth the extra time to find the sales.  If noodles normally cost $1.20 and are 50% off, then you have saved $.60.  If meat is normally $6.99/lb and is 50% off, then you save $3 for each pound you buy.  Always buy meat on sale if possible.  It will give you the biggest savings on your grocery bill.

This week is going to be a busy one.  Monday is basically the only day I have nothing outside the home to do.  I was hoping to go shopping at the discount grocer to pick up bacon bits and a few other items, but am not sure when I will get a chance.  I really do not want to have to go with Jack AND Olaf,so we will see how it turns out happening.

With the change in schedule to having Jack back home for lunches, a crazy week of people coming here and us going there, I am looking for some slow cooker meals to make life a bit easier.

I am also planning to make several muffins this week to add to the freezer and as a “Thank You” for a group of college students who make our Sunday afternoons easier most weeks.  (They work at the restaurant we eat out at.)  Turns out the muffins will be good timing for them, as Finals Week begins next week.

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Breakfast:

  1. Pancakes, bacon, coffee
  2. Shakes
  3. Eggs, Toast, Fruit
  4. Peaches and Cream Oatmeal
  5. Shakes
  6. Creamy Oatmeal with peanut butter
  7. Croissants, eggs, baconIMG_20140816_092253084

Lunches:

  1. Eat Out
  2. Chocolate Chili (leftovers)
  3. Salad
  4. Grilled Peaches and pork, side salad
  5. Healthy Slow Cooked Tikka Masala, rice, sliced tomatoes
  6. Spicy Pan Fried Sirloin Steak with noodles, beets, peas
  7. Pizza

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Supper:

  1. Leftovers
  2. Tomato Soup, grilled flat bread
  3. Falafels, side salad
  4. Crepes, fruit
  5. Lentil-Tomato Soup, corn bread muffins
  6. Sandwiches (Date Night!)
  7. Black Bean Soup, corn bread muffins

 

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Dec 012014
 

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

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Ingredients for Chocolate Chipotle Chili

The meal plan for this month and this week did not exist this morning, hence no early posting of said meal plan.  Instead, this week’s meal plan was written up while waiting at the tire store.  This month’s meal plan will have to come at a later date.

That being said, these were meals I knew we had the majority of ingredients in the pantry already.  Today’s chili meal came about because I realized, while sitting in the tire store with my car up in the air, that I had not sat out the pizza dough to rise.  Sometimes that is how the menu plan rolls around here.

While the photo above shows all the ingredients for the chili, I was able to pull already chopped onion out of the fridge, peppers from the freezer than had been diced and frozen earlier this year, as well as previously cooked beef and beans out of the freezer.  It made the making of the chili go very quickly as I just dumped and brought  to a boil.  This saved me from the easy way out – eating out for lunch.  I love it when earlier preparations save me money later.

Breakfast:

  1. Visiting Family
  2. Shakes
  3. Eggs, Toast, Fruit
  4. Peaches and Cream Oatmeal
  5. Shakes
  6. Creamy Oatmeal with peanut butter
  7. Croissants, eggs, bacon

Lunches:

  1. Visiting Family
  2. Chocolate Chili, crackers
  3. Salad
  4. Sandwiches (croissants, salami, cheese, tomato, onion)
  5. Breaded Pork Chops, beets, peas, rice
  6. Beef Stew, corn bread muffins
  7. Steak, Au Gratin Potatoes, vegetables

Supper:

  1. Eat Out (traveling)
  2. Dutch Pancakes with fruit
  3. Sandwiches
  4. Pizza
  5. Salad
  6. Tomato-Lentil soup
  7. Falafels, side salad

croissant breakfast

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Jul 132014
 

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

3 weeks without posting my meal plan may have left you thinking I have not actually done this vital planning for our family.  Contrary to the evidence, that is not the case.  The menu planning has been active and well in our household.  It was the step in posting it for others to see that was lacking.

Somehow, that last step is what actually makes it seem “real”.  Is my meal plan an actual plan if I am the only one to see it?  Yes, I post it on the fridge.  In a household with 3 learning or non-readers and a husband who doesn’t take time to look, though, I’m pretty much the only person who takes note of the plan.  Since I make all the meals, I guess it does not really matter if anyone else sees them … I just love the fact that it all looks so nice and orderly printed off.  Oh how I ENJOY a great list.

Simon is still here and I am learning likes and dislikes.  Compared to George and Jack, who have food issues related to their pasts, Simon is odd: he does not over eat, actually has foods he does not like, and can control himself around “free” food. So this is what it is like to have a “normal” kid.  🙂 I am learning his appetite is not as large and George and Jack, but neither is his energy level.  I try to make something I think he will like at every meal, but am still learning.  He did not really like the beef stew I made two weeks ago, but ate a bowl full of beef curry and rice last week then asked for more.  The difference was the form of meat – chunks versus ground beef.  These are small things that most parents learn over time and may not even realize they are learning.  I feel like I am on a crash course in “Learning Simon”.

Breakfasts:

  1. Traveling
  2. Cereal
  3. Cereal
  4. Bread Pudding (crockpot)
  5. Shakes
  6. Hot Rice Cereal with Nuts
  7. Traveling

Lunch:

  1. Traveling
  2. Pizza (one homemade, one frozen)
  3. Breaded tenderized meat, steamed carrots, peas, potatoes with paprika sauce
  4. Dad’s Meatloaf with Tomato Relish, shredded carrot salad, oven baked sweet potato fries
  5. Sweet and Sour Chicken, beets, corn
  6. Red Lentil Dal, cornbread muffins
  7. Husband – on his own/sandwiches, Everyone else – at activity (they are serving lunch)

Supper:

  1. Watermelon, PB&J sandwiches
  2. Eggs, toast, grits, fruit
  3. Tomato soup, cornbread muffins
  4. Spaghetti and Meatballs (using leftover meatballs)
  5. Falafel, leftover carrot salad and veggies
  6. Leftovers
  7. Spicy Pan Fried Sirloin Steak with Noodles

Desserts/Snacks:

  1. Bananas Foster – crockpot

 

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Jun 292014
 

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

Well, it finally happened.  We added another member to our household, via foster care, in a matter of an hour or so.  And it was only that long due to .. well, things.  Sorry, can’t share further details.  The driver also had trouble finding the house, which is what happens when you go from a BOLD color to a neutral one, which makes the house numbers blend in. We can no longer say that we are the X colored house.  We really need house numbers that actually show up.  Anyone have luck spray painting their “metal” house numbers and it turning out okay?

What does this have to do with the menu planning?  Since I am not sure how long we will have an extra family member this week or how interactions will turn out, I’m going to try to keep it to things that won’t take long to make.  “Try” being the key word.  I’m also not sure of food likes and dislikes.

(Left to check my menu plan online)

Well, Happy Birthday to me!! Okay, not really my birthday, but it sure felt like it when I checked the meal plan on Plan To Eat.  Apparently I did myself a favor last month and filled in all but 3 meals for this week.  Even better, 5 of the planned meals involve a crockpot.  I am going to rearrange a few, but this makes the planning so much easier.  I’ll even print off a shopping list to make sure I have what is needed.

**10 minutes later – come on, I’m tired, my brain is a bit slow.  And I realized there was a holiday this week, thereby forcing me to consider if we had plans and oh, wait, my husband will be off work**

All done.  I decided not to make too many changes, but instead to go with what is normal for us.  There is no use setting up false standards, food wise, that we won’t really follow after a week or two.  There is always an apple or banana for later if the kid/s gets hungry.

An asterisk (*) before a dish/recipe means it is a new one for us to try.

Falafel and salad

Breakfasts:

  1. Shakes
  2. Cereal
  3. Chocolate Chip Monkey Muffins
  4. Cereal
  5. Shakes
  6. Hot Rice Cereal with Nuts and Raisins
  7. Eggs, toast, fruit

Lunch:

  1. Eat out
  2. Dad’s Meatloaf with Tomato Relish, El’s Potato Salad, beets, steamed carrots
  3. *Albondigas (Meatball) Soup
  4. Superfast Salisbury Steak, rice, peas, beets
  5. *Azorean Spiced Beef  Stew
  6. *Restaurant Quality Crockpot Tomato Soup
  7. Sandwiches, fruit, chips

Supper:

  1. Leftovers
  2. *Breakfast Risotto
  3. Falafel, Fresh Veggies Over Couscous
  4. Eggs, toast, fruit, grits
  5. Salad
  6. Salad
  7. Leftovers

Have you tried any new recipes recently?  I am looking for some to add to our menu rotation and would love some suggestions.

couscous salad with lemon juice

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