Meal Plan Monday: Muffin’s First Full Week of Second Grade

Good Monday morning, meal planners!  This week and next week on the meal plan I have added in some things that normally I would be ashamed to put on a meal plan:  frozen prepared chicken strips and nuggets and frozen pizzas.

After a rough week of Muffin and me going back to school, I have realized there is no shame in shortcuts, especially if they are cheaper than the alternatives of going out to eat.

There’s a Tip Tuesday lesson in there somewhere, I think.

I am also going to Tip Tuesday a morning shortcut for all of us who have to get slugabeds out of bed, dressed, and ready for the day shortly.  Not quite yet, however.

So, this week’s meal plan is pure survival mode.

Saturday:  was supposed to be soup and grilled cheese but it turned into I had a big brunch and Muffin ate all day at my parents, so we ate popcorn for supper while we watched Despicable Me

Sunday:  chicken nuggets, fries, veg sticks and dip

Monday:  pancakes and sausage, fruit (leftovers from Sunday’s breakfast)

Tuesday:  white sausage rotel, “regular” rotel/queso, guacamole, and salsa with chips

Wednesday:  chicken strips (frozen), rice, canned veg

Thursday:  leftovers or hot dogs

Friday:  pizza (frozen), fruit

Saturday:  ziti, bread, broccoli

Sunday:  sloppy joes, chips, veg sticks and dip

What is on your meal plan for the week?

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Meal Plan Monday: The Back-to-Work Edition

Good morning, meal planners!  I hope the meal-planning bug has bitten you as the summer (as in vacation) comes to a close and students gather up bags and supplies (or fees, in our case) to head to school.

This is our meal plan for the week.  I hope I can follow it.

Saturday:  chicken and dumplings

Sunday:  Root Beer Pulled Pork (from Recipe Girl) on a hamburger bun, chips, carrot sticks and dip

Monday:  leftover chicken and dumplings (Muffin’s Meet the Teacher night)

Tuesday:  Taco Tuesday!  Muffin specially requested this

Wednesday:  leftover pulled pork sandwiches, carrots, cucumbers, or grapes

Thursday:  leftovers or hot dogs, chips

Friday:  mini pizzas

Saturday:  grilled cheese sandwiches and soup

Sunday:  chicken nuggets, fries, veggie sticks

What’s on your meal plan this week?

Meal Plan Monday: Please Do Not Heat Up That Kitchen!

Good Monday morning, Pinteresting Blogosphere!  If there is one thing I learned in all of the advance meal prep coming to fruition for my in-laws’ visit, it is this:  when premaking dishes in advance for recooking in the summer, make them ones that can 1) go in the slow cooker, 2) be grilled, or 3) go in the microwave.  As wonderful as knowing that the main dish for dinner was ready each night (other than baking/warming), the kitchen really got overheated each evening.

It.  Is.  Hot.  Here.

So I returned to the idea of the Please Don’t Heat Up the Kitchen New Recipe Challenge for inspiration.  If it can’t go in the slow cooker, in the microwave, or on the grill?  I didn’t want it.

With that in mind, this is what I decided:

Saturday:  chicken salad sandwiches (chicken poached in the slow cooker), Rainier cherries (yay!  Aldi sale for $2.49/lb.)

Sunday:  big salad and crackers

Monday:  grilled ribs, slaw, beans

Tuesday:  Crockpot Fajitas from Cooking Classy, Jumbo Pico Salad

Wednesday:  leftovers or hot dogs (because Josh is off Thursday)

Thursday:  grilled chicken thighs (thinking a variation of this recipe), rice, beans

Friday:  pizza from Johnny’s pizza

Saturday:  grilled hamburger and chips

Sunday:  grilled pork chops (from pork loin), microwave rice, broccoli

What is on your meal plan for this week?

Meal Plan Monday: Almost Time for Visitors!

Good Monday morning, everyone!  By the time this meal plan concludes, our guests (my mother-in-law and stepfather-in-law) should be on their way down to visit us.  We are excited for their trip, and have been planning it for months.  Muffin, especially, has all sorts of things he wants his Grandma and Grandpa Mark to do with him while they are here!

This is also the week that sees the official start to summer!  (Even though we have had summertime temperatures here in Louisiana for several weeks)

I hope your summer plans are going well, and that you are finding ways to keep your cool (both with your little ones and in the kitchen)!

So, without further ado, what we are planning on eating this week!

Saturday:  fried rice, egg drop soup (Gimme Some Oven)

Sunday:  chili

Monday:  frito pie

Tuesday:  taco burgers, chips, and salsa (with extra guac to dip)

Wednesday:  Baked Chicken Croquettes (Life in the Lofthouse), broccoli, rice, gravy

Thursday:  leftovers or hot dogs or sandwiches

Friday:  English muffin pizzas, corn

Saturday:  Ranch Chicken Enchiladas (Life in the Lofthouse), Jumbo Pico Salad (Pioneer Woman), rice, beans

Sunday:  Sweet Tea Fried Chicken (Growing Up Gabel), potatoes and gravy, mac and cheese, greens, biscuits, green beans

What is on your meal plan for this week?

Meal Plan Monday: A Combo of the Last Two (Failed) Meal Plans

Okay, so sometimes, even when it is summer vacay, things don’t go according to plan.  In shopping for the two weeks of meal plans at Aldi, I miscalculated–a lot!  Stuff that I thought was okay (chicken breasts) in the freezer were freezer burnt, and so the meal plan didn’t quite happen the way it should have.  For the past two weeks.  There were some awesome hits.  But there were spectacular misses.

So, this time, in making my shopping list and checking it thrice (including obsessively putting the items in order of where they appear in the store), I made sure to figure out amounts to purchase.

This is because, yes, meal planning is important, but if you don’t have the materials to execute the plan (whether time, cooking hardware, or food products) you are sunk. (Play appropriate game over video game music here.)

So, this is the new (and improved) meal plan (with the properly purchased food stuffs):

Saturday:  Sheet Pan Asian Stir Fry (with my personal amendments), rice, egg rolls

Sunday:  Sunday:  mini meatloaves (using Oma’s recipe but scaled down to muffin-size), green beans, mashed potatoes (thinking putting the mashed potatoes atop like cupcakes and frosting)

Monday:  chicken spaghetti (Six Sisters’ Stuff), garlic toast

Tuesday:  fajita rice (Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures), chips, salsa

Wednesday:  burgers and seasoned fries

Thursday:  leftovers or hot dogs

Friday:  pizza, corn

Saturday:  fried rice, egg drop soup (Gimme Some Oven)

Sunday:  chili

What’s on your meal plan for this week?

Meal Plan Monday: Welcome to June!

Meal Plan Monday

Welcome to the first full week of June!

All of our “summery” summer stuff starts this week:  the movies, going to the pool, all of our outdoor stuff on our summer bucket list, and lots of Mama-Muffin days!

This also is my opportunity to try new recipes and rediscover old favorites (and even try my hand at crafting a new recipe or two!).

All of that happens this week in the meal plan.

Saturday:  Sheet Pan Shrimp Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce, rice, egg rolls

Sunday:  mini meatloaves (using Oma’s recipe but scaled down to muffin-size), green beans, mashed potatoes (thinking putting the mashed potatoes atop like cupcakes and frosting)

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Monday:  grilled cheese and La Madeleine’s tomato-basil soup (otherwise known as the recipe that sparked a war)

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Tuesday:  taco burgers (a recipe I dreamed up in my mind), chips, salsa

Wednesday:  chicken spaghetti, garlic toast

Thursday:  leftovers or hot dogs

Friday:  mini pizzas, corn

Saturday:  fried rice, egg drop soup

Sunday:  Dr. Pepper pulled pork sandwiches (made using the same recipe as the Root Beer Pulled Pork but changing out for Kroger Real Sugar Soda’s Dr. Pepper “knockoff”), coleslaw, chips

What is on your meal plan for the week?

Meal Plan Monday: Happy Memorial Day!

Meal Plan Monday

Good Memorial Day morning!  I realize that I have dropped off the map, Pinteresting Blogosphere-wise, and I am honestly okay with that.  Recently, I experienced the true ugliness of cyberbullying that almost made me pull the plug (a few times, in fact) on all forms of social media in my life.

Friends and family asked me not to, so here I am.

And I’m happy to be back, truly.

So happy, in fact, that I’m planning a super-special blog post (at some point in the near future) about the importance (and near-extinction) of consideration of others in our everyday lives.  Yes, there is a brutal Thoughtful Thursday post percolating on the back burner of my mind simply waiting to boil over when I next turn my back.

But that’s for another day because this is not Thursday; it’s Meal Plan Monday!

Saturday, we ate out in a belated birthday dinner for my dad (as my aunt and uncle were visiting).  On Sunday, I finally FINALLY made the double batch of meatballs for meatball subs (when Josh’s mom visits) and spaghetti and meatballs for a rolling Sunday dinner of flickering lights courtesy of a flooding thunderstorm.

P.S. It is supposed to rain for the next several days (through next Monday).  I think once I post this entry I will be building an ark.

How is this week going to shape up?  See below!

Saturday:  Daddy’s bday dinner at Logan’s (one week late, but you know):  my mom and I had their grilled meatloaf which was super yummers!

Sunday:  spaghetti and meatballs (baked instead of in the slow cooker), grapes

Monday:  burgers and seasoned fries

Tuesday:  tacos

Wednesday:  Chick Fil A (last day of the month and we need to use the calendar card)

Thursday:  leftovers or hot dogs

Friday:  pizza rolls, salad (need to make these and make extra and freeze)

Saturday:  shrimp stir-fry with oyster sauce (but with different veg), rice, egg rolls

Sunday:  mini meatloaves, green beans, and mashed potatoes

How is your week shaping up?