This Once a Month (or so) recipe came around last fall when my daughter was struggling to have breakfast and suffering from migranes if she didnt. I drive the kids about 25 miles one-way for school – to the “good” school district – and getting them motivated to leave the house is not an easy feat. 15 and 10 are not good ages to get moving in the morning. I will say the 15-year-old does much better than the 10 year-old – most of that must be vanity and the fear of going to school without doing her hair and changing her outfit 10 times.
I make these in big batches, sometimes doubling or tripling the ingredients so I can have a ton of 1 cup portions in the freezer. They heat up well, great when you throw Continue Reading
Last week’s menu went okay – it was a struggle – lots of baseball & softball things got in the way. This week isnt a lot better, but I think we can still do it.
I’m going to try my crock pot a bit more this week. I didnt get to make what i had planned for it last week, so will move that forward. I’ve also been reading up on $50 a week menus. This intriugues me, and it’s a bit of a challenge. Maybe I’ll make it a 30 day challenge? My one concern is these menus seem to be starch heavy because starch is cheap. I’m trying to cut back on starch – so maybe my challenge will be a $50 a week healthful menu.
I’m actually alone Friday and Saturday night – everyone is at an archery shoot. I think I’m still going to cook though and maybe freeze the leftovers.
Here’s my plan for this week:
Saturday 6/23 – Low Fat Mexican Fiesta Chicken– This Crockin’ Girls recipe looks good. It says serve w/ Minute Rice or barley. Barley or Quinoa sounds good – brown rice too.
Sunday 6/24 – Grilled Pork Chops & Grilled Zucchini
Monday 6/25 – Stuffed Shells – I think the idea of a meatless Monday sounds good. I’ll put these together and heat on the grill to keep the oven off!
Tuesday 6/26 – Grilled Chicken, Corn on Cob, Pasta Salad
Wednesday 6/27 – PB&J’s, Pasta Salad, Fruit – Maddie has a double header tonight and I’ll pack us a picnic
Thursday 6/28 – Crockpot Bacon Ranch Chicken – Didnt get this one done last week so will try this week.
Friday 6/29 – Beef Fajitas with Cilantro lime brown rice
Saturday 6/30 – Frozen Leftover U-Pick (I’ll freeze meals from leftovers and then everyone can pick what they want.)
I haven’t been doing very well with my menus lately. We’re running a lot with the kids to baseball and softball and it seems like we aren’t eating dinner until 8 or 9 pm every night. I hate that, its SO unhealthy!
That being said, I’m going to plan a better menu with make-aheads and crockpot items for the weekend and next week and see how we do. It’s going to be a crazy one.
- Friday 6/15 – Jambalaya & Corn Bread (I have a recipe for this – will post when I get photos)
- Saturday 6/16 – Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
- Sunday 6/17 – BBQ Ribs, Corn on Cob, Potato Salad. There’s a free concert tonight I want to see – might do this picnic style.
- Monday 6/18 – Baked Chicken, Potato Salad, Fruit – Doing these Picnic Style – Baseball Game tonight
- Tuesday 6/19 – Make Ahead Grilled Chicken Burritos – Recipe will follow. Taking these Picnic style – Softball Game in Meeker, Baseball an hour away
- Wednesday 6/20 – Spaghetti Night – we’re all home tonight!
- Thursday 6/21 – Crockpot Bacon Ranch Chicken from the Crockin Girls – Love their easy recipes & we have 2 practices tonight, so need something ready to go when everyone’s ready to eat.
- Friday 6/22 – Grilled Pork Chops with Baked Beans and Stuffed Artichokes
Well, there it is. Should be do-able, but we’re going to have to see. Sometimes I lose track of time working and forget to actually start making dinner until it’s too late and we need to leave for a game or practice. We’ll see how it goes!
We’re out of town for Memorial Weekend, so we’ll have meals through Thursday planned. We’re going to our cabin and I might precook and plan meals for that, so will post another set of “transportable” foods for the weekend.
Saturday – Grilled Pork Chops, roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts, blackberry or peach cobbler with homemade cinnamon ice cream for dessert
Sunday – Grilled Shrimp, Roasted Corn Salad, Baked Beans. I found a crock pot beans recipe I want to try and freeze the rest. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Monday – Breakfast casserole – this is really different from anything I’ve done before but it looks yummy!
Tuesday – Bacon Cheeseburgers
Wednesday – Spaghetti & Meatballs, Fresh Salad & French Bread
Thursday – Pizza – white for me and pepperoni for the kids & Todd. I LOVE pesto pizza with mozzarella, artichokes, and spinach – yummo!
We’ve been crazy busy, and I haven’t been helping myself out and creating menus. Time to get back on the wagon! Here’s what we have planned for this week:
Monday – Got some nice Ribeye at the market – will pair those from the grill with brown rice and quinoa stuff I found at Costco (easy and tastes pretty good) and salad and corn.
Tuesday – Grilled pork chops, leftover quinoa, salad and assorted veggies
Wednesday – OMG Chicken. My good friend Danielle pinned this recipe to my shared wall on Pinterest. I have some leftover greek yogurt and a big pile of grated parmesan, so I’ll give this one a try tonight. I have a head of green leaf lettuce from my Bountiful Basket and some tomatoes and peppers, I’ll make a salad and maybe bake or roast some potatoes on the grill.
Thursday – Sloppy Joes – Believe it or not, we love Manwich here. I’ve made them from scratch, but the kids really only like Manwich, and its cheap, so I’ll give in on that convenience food. I have some Alexa Sweet Potato fries in the freezer to pair with this. Will make a salad or steam up some frozen veggies, too.
Friday – Breakfast night! Pancakes, bacon and eggs – easy peasy. I usually buy pancake mix, but I doctor mine up with a splash of vanilla extract and some cinnamon. I have strawberries in the freezer so might make some strawberry syrup for these.
Saturday – We MIGHT play poker Saturday, if so I generally just make a few appetizers. I want to try something new, so I might try these spicy shrimp and avocado bites that my friend Erin pinned to my board. They look yummy!
Sunday – Lazy day I think, will be warm so grilled Nathan’s Famous with mac and cheese sounds awesome. We’ll see if that mac and cheese is homemade, or not…..sometimes you want the neon orange stuff, its comfort food 🙂
This week we’ll have to see how it goes – I have a lot of work to get done and Maddie has a late band practice one night. Last week we had to improvise Thursday night – Maddie went to a Soccer game and I got home later than usual. Todd started breakfast for dinner before we got home and had the bacon all done – so we didnt get to try Alton Brown’s Gyros. We’re going to do those Monday night this week. Here is the plan.
Saturday 4/21 – Homemade Pizza. I use Wildtree pizza dough mix and it was dead easy. Mix it up – knead for 2 minutes, let rest for 10 minutes, roll out. I’ll set out italian sausage, pepperoni, sauteed mushrooms, cheese and sauce and let everyone build their own.
Sunday 4/22 – Grilled Chops, basted with honey, soy and garlic. I’ll serve with roasted brussels sprouts and Maddie wants me to try a parmesan potato dish from this month’s Taste of Home.
Monday 4/23 – Tonight we’ll try to do Alton Brown’s Gyros again. I’m super excited and found some nice Pita (a rarity around here.)
Tuesday 4/24 – Hamburgers on the grill with grilled zucchini and summer squash. Yum!
Wednesday 4/25 – This is usually pasta night, but this is Maddie’s late band practice so I might grab a rotisserie chicken on the way home.
Thursday 4/26 – Day 2 rotisserie chicken and noodles. I have the frozen dumplings we like in the freezer right now so that’s a great plan.
Friday 4/27 – Skillet Rosemary Chicken. I modify this recipe some – I don’t have rosemary handy so might do something slightly different. Honestly the chicken is great without the herbs, and I have lemons left from last week’s veggie box so that should work well.