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Meal Plan Monday

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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 8-12------

Lasagna Rolls (I made these over the weekend)  & caesar salad

need:  lasagna noodles, cheese, ricotta, Italian sausage, romaine lettuce, croutons

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Coconut-Lime Pork Tacos with Black Beans and Avocado   

These were so good we're having them again this week - thanks Kel for the recommendation!

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

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Venison Brats & Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries (with leftover chili)

need:  brats, yellow potatoes, sweet potatoes, hot dog buns &  leftover chili

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Savory Sandwich Ring with homemade relish & cranberry preserves

need: deli meat & cheese, lettuce, tomato, relish and cranberry preserves

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Spicy Shrimp Burrito Bowls

need: shrimp, black beans, corn, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, spices

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Have great week friends!

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