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Minnesota Parent - April

Meal Plan Monday

Meal Plan Monday - 1Happy April!  

I put strong value in family dinners.   It is a time that our whole family can connect, sit down together, have conversation and share a meal.

I do not want to portray the illusion that every family dinner in our household is calm and blissful.   Nor do I want to brush aside the effort it takes to plan, prepare, and time everything so that it works with a busy family's schedule.

I do want to emphasize that, however, that this habit, has paved the way for daily family connection in our family.  As much as it is a chore, the benefits make it all worth it.

I know too, the opportunity to spend this time with my four children around our family table is fleeting.  My children are growing up quickly.   I want to share this experience with them.

To make this happen I take some time each week for meal planning, which I am choosing to share with you as well!

I hope you get some inspiration by what I post. Regardless, this practice is beneficial for me, as it is creating a database of dinner ideas (all you have to do is click on the meal planning category tag on the sidebar to see all my posts on this topic).  

I also value your feedback and appreciate your ideas and inspiration as well! 

------Our weeknight family meal plan - April 1-5------

Coconut-Lime Pork Tacos with Black Beans and Avocado

need: ground pork, onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, oregano, paprika, coconut milk, pineapple juice, lime juice, avocado


Ginger Carrot Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Pears

need:  soup, good bread, cheese, & pears


Venison Chili and Cornbread Waffles

need:   ground venison, canned tomatoes, chili beans, shredded cheese, cornbread 


Spaghetti and Meatballs, garlic bread and Caesar Salad

need:  spaghetti noodles, sauce, meatballs (I made and froze these using venison and ground pork over the weekend),  garlic bread, romaine lettuce, caesar dressing, homemade croutons.


Crescent Dough Veggie Pizza

need: my go-to crescent dough recipe from this cookbook,  veggie dip, cheese, veggies (broccoli, carrots, onion, radishes)


weekday lunches:  calzones


Have great week friends!