Meal Plan Jan 8-14

Broccoli rice casserole or chicken spinach puffs

Chicken veggie pizza


roasted chicken

tortellini with tomato cream sauce

veggie pancit

mac and cheese

I know it seems weird that my meal plan runs Wednesday thru Tuesday.  I typically grocery shop mid-week, so I plan the menu the night before I go to the grocery store.  Yes, we eat a lot of chicken!  I have a whole board devoted to chicken recipes on Pinterest.  The original pancit recipe calls for pork but I am switching it a little and doing only veggies. I’m also leaving the chicken out of the chicken veggie pizza.  We have done at least one meatless meal a week for over a year now, but this year I am trying to work in meatless meals 2 or 3 times a week on a regular basis.  This week, I’ve got 4 planned.  The pancit, veggie pizza, mac and cheese and tortellini.  With the pizza, mac, and tortellini, we will also have a salad.

Also, some of those things listed above are meals that I have made for years, so I don’t use a recipe or I’ve posted before—like the mac and cheese.  We are on day two of no sugar as a family and so far there have been no complaints or uprisings.  I’ve made E “ice cream” with milk and frozen banana slices the last two nights.  He thinks it is awesome and I don’t think he even realizes yet that I’ve cut out sugary foods.  And we are eating tangerines like crazy around here for the last three weeks.  I am shooting for 5 fruits and/or veggies a day for each of us.  I think we are each at 3 right now.  I’ve found that the trick is that we have to start with fruits and veggies first thing in the morning.  This weekend I made 10 “smoothie packs” for this week.  (you can check out the source post here)  I didn’t add the nuts or the seeds this week.  I didn’t have the seeds and didn’t have any nuts that would work—I didn’t think salted peanuts were appropriate.  🙂   I put 1/4 C of oatmeal, 1C of frozen mixed fruit in a sandwich size ziploc.  Then I crammed in spinach to fill up the bag before zipping it closed.  They are filling.  Yesterday, I didn’t get hungry until about 1:00 and I had drank my smoothie at 7:30 while dropping the kids at school.  And even at 1:00 I just ate some cheese cubes and an apple.  I do think I need more sweetener for my taste though.  The milk I used was unflavored so I think I am going to try vanilla almond milk next week and maybe a little vanilla greek yogurt, if needed.  The Mr. was not excited about the green color of his shake.  “I don’t typically drink things that are GREEN.”  But he tasted it and then decided it wasn’t repulsive, so I take that as success!

Blessings friends,


Menu plan Nov 16 – 22

It’s supposed to be cold next week.  That means soup and crock pot meals are on the menu!!!

Saturday   Lasagna soup

Sunday      Ranch pork chops (crock pot)

Monday     Chicken enchiladas  (I make a double batch of these and then throw one in the freezer)

Tuesday     Chicken tomato soup (crock pot)

Wednesday    Grilled cheese sandwiches and any leftover soup

Thursday     Cracker Barrel chicken tenders

Friday       hmmm…don’t know…we’ll either go with some homemade pizza or pick something up

Blessings friends!


menu plan for Nov 3-7

I spent the entire morning scrubbing down the cabinets in my kitchen, cleaning the baseboards, scrubbing out the sink and microwave.  You get the idea.  It was exciting.  Then I spent the afternoon cleaning the rest of the house.  I know, you’re jealous.  Don’t hate me because my house is clean.  🙂

Here’s the menu plan for next week.  And a couple of breakfast recipes too!

Blessings friends,


SUNDAY    Chicken Schnitzel

MONDAY    Baked tacos

TUESDAY     wedge salads and steak

WEDNESDAY  Chickeny goodness (crock pot recipe)

THURSDAY     pizza

FRIDAY  ?? up in the air, we usually pick up take out on Friday evenings

Also making the following for breakfast this weekend (and any leftovers for breakfast during the week)

Baked oatmeal

Overnight waffles

Hash brown casserole (like Cracker Barrel)

menu plan for Oct 27-Nov 1

I discovered a while back how much easier the week goes if I have a menu plan.  Usually on Thursday night, I look at the calendar for next week to see what we have going, look at the weather forecast for the upcoming week, and then go through Pinterest to figure out what I will be making for dinner.  As I plan out the menu for the following week, I also make my grocery list.  I review the recipes I will be using and list anything I need from the grocery store.  I also take into consideration anything I have on hand and/or in the freezer.

With all that said…here’s the menu for next week!

Sun:  roast and veggies in the crock pot  Here is a FABULOUS roast recipe!

Mon:  Christmas day chicken served with cous cous and green beans

Tue:  chicken chili and cornbread (I actually have these already made and in the freezer)  The link to the recipe here isn’t the one that I use—I just wing it—but it looks alot like what I make.

Wed:  Homemade mac and cheese and salad

Thur:  chicken tortellini soup

Fri:  we are getting burgers and fries—or some other take out.  🙂

Blessings friends!