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Meal Plan Monday

Meal Plan Monday - 1

We have a busy week ahead and a slightly different schedule with all that is involved with the State Nordic Ski Meet Competition and a Friday and Monday off of school for an extended President's Day break.  

Last week we were able to extend and feast on leftovers of the ginger peanut rice noodle meal I made on Monday and Thursday we ended up packing up a big picnic for a day at the section meet, when we got home instead of making a meal I made a big batch of stovetop popcorn.    So, sloppy Joes are still in the rotation!

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Our weeknight family meal plan - February 11-14.

Monday:  Sloppy Joes (using a ground venison with this recipe)

need:  tomato sauce, onion, ketchup, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper, hamburger buns

**read my interview with Maya Wilson HERE

Tuesday: Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage (I will be making a variation of this recipe.)

need: Italian sausage, onion, garlic, canned tomatoes, broth, dried basil & tortellini.

Wednesday:  Rice Bowls

need:  chicken, taco seasoning, brown rice, chili beans, cheese, cilantro, avocados, green onion, cheese & tortilla chips

Thursday:    picnic lunch for the ski meet and stovetop popcorn!!!

Friday-Monday: -- LONG WEEKEND!!!  

 

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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! 

Have great week friends!


Meal Plan Monday

Meal Plan Mondaypictured above: Beef Stew & Jo Jo's Biscuits from the Magnolia Table Cookbook as recommended by Maggie Martin.   I made a big double batch of this last Wednesday when school was canceled.  We ate half and I froze half so I would have an easy go-to meal in the freezer when I need it.

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I am getting into a routine of sharing my meal plans for the upcoming week.   I know so many of you are challenged, like me, with this ongoing chore, working to prepare nutritious weeknight meals that already before your kids fill up on after-school snacks.   Read more of my ramblings on this topic HERE.

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! 

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On the family agenda this week:  parent-teacher conferences & a ski meet.

Our weeknight family meal plan - February 4-8.

Monday: (Trying something NEW!)  Ginger Peanut Hoisin Noodles with Chicken  (from The Alaska from Scratch Cookbook)  

**read my interview with Maya Wilson HERE

need: cilantro, green onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, peanut butter, chicken, rice noodles, honey, peanuts, limes, red pepper, ginger, carrots

Tuesday:  Sheet Pan Dinner With Bratwurst and Roasted Vegetables

need:   baby potatoes, brats, brussel sprouts, onions, peppers, hot dog buns

Wednesday:  Sloppy Joes (using a ground venison with this recipe)

need:  tomato sauce, onion, ketchup, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper, hamburger buns

Thursday:  Chicken Noodle Soup

need:   noodles, stock, celery, chicken, dried parsley, carrots

Friday:  Chicken Enchiladas (didn't get to this one last week-)

need:  cooked chicken, tortillas, enchilada sauce, rice

 

Have great week friends!


Meal Plan Monday

Calzones

calzones!   (see notes at the end of this post)

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I am getting into a routine of sharing my meal plans for the upcoming week.   I know so many of you are challenged, like me, with this ongoing chore, working to prepare nutritious weeknight meals that already before your kids fill up on after school snacks.   Read more of my ramblings on this topic HERE.

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! 

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On the family agenda this week:  parent-teacher conferences & a ski meet.

Our weeknight family meal plan - January 28 - February 1.

Monday:  Lasagna Soup  (from Alaska from Scratch)  **read my interview with Maya Wilson HERE

need:  lasagna noodles, Italian sausage, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella

Tuesday:  Sheet Pan Baked Parmesan Pork Chops

need:   baby potatoes, thick cut pork chops, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs & asparagus

Wednesday:  Chicken Enchiladas

need:  cooked chicken, tortillas, enchilada sauce, rice

Thursday:  Crock Pot Venison Chili & Cornbread Muffins

need:   ground venison, chili beans, canned tomatoes, sour cream, cornbread

Friday:   Chicken Tender Ceasar Wraps

need:  tortillas, frozen chicken tenders, romaine lettuce, caesar dressing, 

Weekday Lunches:   Calzones!!   I have been making a big batch (18+) calzones on weekends for school lunches and second suppers for my growing children (and husband).   I originally thought they would make it through the week.   They have been gone by Tuesday.   Calzones are working for our family.   I am finding making a double batch of pizza dough, rolling out balls of dough, filling and baking them into calzones is a satisfying and cost effective way to feed my family.   I am going to be experimenting (and sharing) the variations I create from week to week in this space as well.

dough:  I double THIS RECIPE and make it using the dough setting in THIS BREADMAKER.

Calzones of the week:   BBQ Chicken   - filling:   cooked chicken, bbq sauce, provolone, red onion 

Have great week friends!

 


Meal Plan Monday

IMG_3063I set aside some pretzel knots from the (4x) batch I made this weekend to have with our soup on Monday (recipe link below)

I am getting into a routine of sharing my meal plans for the upcoming week.   I know so many of you are challenged, like me, with this ongoing chore, working to prepare nutritious weeknight meals that already before your kids fill up on after school snacks.   Read more of my ramblings on this topic HERE.

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! 

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Our weeknight family meal plan - Jan 21-25.

Monday: Chicken Noodle Soup with Soft Pretzel Knots

need:  cooked chicken, dried parsley, chicken stock, noodles, carrots, celery

Tuesday:   Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas with Spanish Rice

need:   steak, peppers, red onions, cilantro, avacados, spanish rice mix

Wednesday:   Crock Pot Porketta Sandwiches

need:   porketta & brioche buns

Thursday:  Power Bowls (with fajita and porketta leftovers)

need:  leftovers & brown rice

Friday:   Burgers & Salad

need:  frozen burgers, canned relish and pickles, buns, lettuce/salad mix


Meal Plan Monday

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I am getting into a routine of sharing my meal plans for the upcoming week.   I know so many of you are challenged, like me, with this ongoing chore, working to prepare nutritious weeknight meals that already before your kids fill up on after school snacks.   Read more of my ramblings on this topic HERE.

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! 

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We are heading into the first full week back after winter break.   Our daughter had an out-of-town ski meet this last Saturday so week took the opportunity to stock up at Aldi's.   Here we go!

Our weeknight family meal plan - Jan 7-11.

Monday:  Meatball Subs & Salad

need:   frozen meatballs, pasta sauce, deli rolls (Aldi's), & salad (mix).

Tuesday:   Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin Dinner

need:   pork loin, baby potatoes, brusel sprouts, mushrooms, onions

Wednesday:   Crock Pot Venison Chili & Corn Bread

need:  ground venison, canned chili beans, canned garden tomatoes, onion, plus cornbread ingredients from my go-to Moosewood Cookbook Recipe.

Thursday:  Chicken Caesar Wraps (*inspiration from J0)

need:  frozen chicken tenders, tortillas, caesar salad (mix)

Friday:  Chicken Tacos

need: chicken, taco seasoning, tortillas, olives, tomatoes, lettuce, avocados, sour cream, chips and salsa

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Lunches & Breakfast Prep:  Calzones (pictured above).   Making and baking a big batch of calzones on the weekend has been a hit with the kids for their lunches. 

Last weekend I also made a double batch of homemade bagels (24 total) from the recipe Alana Chernila's Homemade Kitchen cookbook.   I froze half of them so we will be enjoying them for breakfasts this week.

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I would love to hear what you are cooking too!  

Post a comment or shoot me an email.

Have a great week!


Meal Plan.....Wednesday


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I am getting into a routine of sharing my meal plans for the upcoming week.   I know so many of you are challenged, like me, with this ongoing chore, working to prepare nutritious weeknight meals that already before your kids fill up on after school snacks.   Read more of my ramblings on this topic HERE.

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! 

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IMG_2796The kids and I are returning to school mid-week after winter break.    It is time to get back into the routine of cooking and eating regular meals (we have been doing a lot of snacking the last week!)

Our weeknight family meal plan - Jan 2-4.

Wednesday:   Crock Pot Pork Tacos with coleslaw inspired by a recipe in Alana Chernila's Homemade Kitchen cookbook

need:  pork shoulder, green chilies, garlic powder, oregano, tortillas, radishes, coleslaw mix, vinegar, mayo, tortillas

Thursday:  Power Bowls  inspired by a recipe in Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow

need: leftover pork, leftover cole slaw, brown rice, eggs, black beans, cilantro, sour cream

Friday:  Quiche

need:   eggs, bacon, pie crusts, asparagus, cheese (my pie crust recipe is also from Alana Chernila's Homemade Kitchen cookbook)

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I would love to hear what you are cooking too!  

Post a comment or shoot me an email.

Have a great week!


Meal Plan Monday

Meal Planning - 1Ashley English's book Year of Picnics.

I am getting into a routine of sharing my meal plans for the upcoming week.   I know so many of you are challenged, like me, with this ongoing chore, working to prepare nutritious weeknight meals that already before your kids fill up on after school snacks.   Read more of my ramblings on this topic HERE.

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.  I appreciate your ideas and inspiration.  (Thank you to those of you who posted comments or sent me an email last week!)

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We have a busy week ahead as a family.  This week I have after school meetings, and the boys have their music concert and there is a skeet.  And it is the crazy week at school before Christmas break!

I am anticipating low energy for this mama after school and being proactive with weekend meal prep so I do not have to use too much energy getting meals on the table during the after school witching hour .    

Our weeknight family meal plan - December 17-21

weekend meal prep:  bake potatoes, make crescent dough, make lasagna roll dinner, *make pizza dough bread maker (I double this recipe), make and freeze calzones.

Monday:   Venison Chili with Twice Baked Potatoes

inspired by a meal suggestion in Ashley English's book Year of Picnics.

need:  potatoes, cheese, butter, chives, chili beans, onions.

Tuesday:  Taco Crescent Ring

As recommended by Stacy,  I will be making a variation of this recipe.

need:  homemade crescent dough, ground beef, taco seasoning, tomatoes, lettuce, black olives, green onions, lettuce, sour cream

*I have a great recipe for homemade crescent dough from Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should (and Shouldn't) Cook from Scratch to Save Time and Money that I will use for the dough.

Wednesday:   Lasagna Rolls  (a variation of this recipe) & Caesar salad

need:  lasagna noodles, mozzarella cheese, pesto, Italian sausage, canned garden pasta sauce, lettuce, salad dressing, croutons

Thursday:  Fried Rice & Wontons

need: pork sausage, brown rice, eggs, frozen peas/carrots & frozen wontons

Friday:  Quick Calzones

need:   pizza dough, pizza sauce, pesto, pepperoni, parmesan and mozzarella cheese.   

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I would love to hear what you are cooking too!  

Post a comment or shoot me an email.

Have a great week!

 

 


Meal Plan Monday


Meal Plan Monday - 1 (1)Last week I shared some ramblings about my weekly chore and challenge of meal planning.   I know so many of you are in the same arena, trying to prepare nutritious weeknight meals that already before your kids fill up on after school snacks.  

My Sanity Saving Strategy for Weeknight Meals: Here's How

I had some good feedback from my last post, so I am going to continue to share my meal plan for the upcoming week so that you might get some inspirations - or better yet, maybe you can give me some good ideas!  (Thank you to those of you who posted comments or sent me an email last week!)

Here we go:

Monday:  Steak and Chicken Sheet Pan Fajitas with Spanish Rice

(inspired from Jo's comment on my last post and from this recipe feature that I wrote for Minnesota Parent magazine last April)

need:  peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, steak, Spanish rice mix

Tuesday:  Meatloaf Muffins,  Mashed Potatoes & Garden Green Beans

I am going to try an adaption of this highly rated recipe this week.  Using some of the herbs that I have dried and stored from our summer garden and some store bought pork/hamburger grind and some venison

need:   carrots, onion, pork/beef grind,  saltines, potatoes

Wednesday:   Pasta Bar

Twisting a recommendation for "pasta boats" from Jo's comment on my last post to a pasta bar idea.

need:  ham, mushrooms, bacon, broccoli, chicken, red sauce, alfredo sauce, broccoli, parmesan cheese, pesto, noodles

Thursday:   Crescent Bacon Breakfast Ring

Using up eggs is always a great option when we have laying hens.  I am going to try this recipe this week: https://www.jocooks.com/recipes/crescent-bacon-breakfast-ring/

I have a great go-t0 recipe for homemade crescent dough from this book that I will use for the dough.

need:  eggs, bacon, green onions, peppers, cheese, crescent dough

Friday:   Mini Sub Sandwiches

need:  Sarah Lee Center Cut Hoagie Rolls, lunch meat, cheese, lettuce, and extras

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I would love to hear what you are cooking too!  

Post a comment or shoot me an email.

Have a great week!

 


Meal Plan Monday

November - 1Meal planning is not my favorite thing to do.   

Our family eats a lot, more than the average anyway.   High metabolism combined with active, growing children make a chore out of planning and preparing enough food (without restocking at the grocery store several times a week).  

It is a daily challenge to prepare a nutritious meal that it is ready before my kids fill up on after school snacks.  I have shared some ramblings on this topic in this piece I wrote for mothering.com:

My Sanity Saving Strategy for Weeknight Meals: Here's How

I know you may be facing similar challenges so I thought I might as well start sharing a little bit about what I will be cooking at our house from week to week, so that you could get some inspiration - or better yet maybe you can give me some good ideas!

Here's what I am planning on cooking this week:

Monday:  Rice Bowls

brown rice, a can of chili beans, pan fried steak strips, lettuce, cilantro, guacamole, tomato, cheese & chips

Tuesday:  Burgers & Salad

frozen chicken burgers, frozen turkey burgers, buns, pickles, & green salad

Wednesday:   Pasta & Salad

rigatoni noodles, crumbled Italian sausage, parmesan cheese, garden pasta sauce, frozen breadsticks, & green salad

Thursday:   Fish Tacos

baked Alaskan cod fish, tortilla wraps, coleslaw, & tomatoes

Friday:   Fried Rice

brown rice, frozen peas and carrots, scrambled eggs, orange chicken, & cream cheese wontons

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I would love to hear what you are cooking too!