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?

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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?

Meal Plan Monday: Week One of the Aldi Test

Meal Plan Monday

Okay, now that you are scratching your head confused wondering “What the heck is the Aldi test?” I will feel free to enlighten you.

For the past few months, on alternating Saturdays, I have trekked (sometimes with Josh…only twice with Muffin and almost not survived the experience) an hour away to Longview to our nearest Aldi.  I had been a few times before in Houston and Dallas, and, of course, had been enchanted with the stories of individuals in the Pinteresting Blogosphere who have saved a ton of money at Aldi in the past.

…And, now, I’m hooked!

However, I will wax poetic about Aldi in tomorrow’s Tip Tuesday post.

But, now, for details about the Aldi test.  Since I go to Aldi every other week, I’m going to try, for the next two weeks (this week and next week) to plan out my meals and shopping for the next two weeks and plan meals around what is in the house and what I can mostly buy at Aldi.  Now, there are a few outlying supplies that I will buy at Kroger, but my goal is to not shop at all at a grocery store in the intervening week.

How is that possible?

I plan to buy bread and long storage veggies that will last into the second week.  Salads and perishable stuff will be used in the first week, but frozen veg will be used the second half of the shopping cycle along with canned veg.

We will see how this works.  Fingers crossed!

I know there are people who shop every month and every two weeks, but this is new for me.  It will require strict adherence to the meal plan and a ton of foresight.  Of course, the following week is Thanksgiving (American), and that only requires the foresight to know what I’m bringing to my mom’s.

So, what’s up for the first week?  Well, here we go!

Saturday:  Dr. Pepper Pork Chops (Debbiedoo’s), rice, green veg (canned)

Sunday:  Easy Pepperoni Pizza Lasagna (Kraft Recipes), green salad, garlic bread

Monday:  breakfast for dinner (Josh is home, so he gets to cook!)

Tuesday:  Slow Cooker Creamy White Chicken Chili (The Chunky Chef–a recipe that arrived in my inbox just the other day!), cornbread

Wednesday:  anniversary dinner out (Happy 9th anniversary to the most wonderful man in the world!)

Thursday:  leftovers or hot dogs

Friday:  pizza

Saturday:  Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole (Kraft) with some form of green veg

Sunday:  Meatloaf and mashed potatoes, green veg (canned)

What is your week looking like?

Meal Plan Monday: A New Recipe, Several Old Ones, and a Surprise!

Meal Plan Monday

Good Monday morning, blogosphere!

Yes, I do tend to have a Garfield-type hangup about Mondays, except in one aspect:  Monday is Meal Plan Monday, the most awesome day ever!

Even though I’m writing this on Saturday, so I still feel really jolly and weekend-i-fied.

I completely drew a blank for much of this week’s meal plan.  Yes, I know I could have consulted the craziness that is my meal plan for October, but I knew most of that was new stuff, and I’m trying to only try one new dish a week.

I mean, I’ve been trying for three weeks to do a Tip Tuesday post about Muffin’s lunch meal planning, and I haven’t gotten there yet.  What is the likelihood I can handle more than one new dish a week?

So, without further ado, here is the plan: (I will editorialize by each one)

Saturday:  Chick-Fil-A-style chicken nuggets, veg sticks, fries

Sunday:  Baked Ziti with Two Mozzarellas and Parmesan Cream Sauce, salad

Monday:  Oma’s Meatloaf, greens, and poutine (a huge surprise for Josh with real white cheddar cheese curds I found at the “good” Kroger)

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Tuesday:  Taco Tuesday complete with LEGO movie, chips, salsa

Wednesday:  breaky Wednesday (probably pancakes)

Thursday:  Do I really have to say it?  Leftovers!!!

Friday: Pizza of some variety

Saturday:  fried rice, eggrolls, and fortune cookies 🙂

Sunday:  Tourtiere (if the weather is cool enough), maybe another round of poutine

What’s on your meal plan for this week?

A Catch-Up Post: Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves

In our family, we like meatloaf.  We love barbecue sauce.  And we adore cheddar cheese.

When I came across the Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves recipe on Life in the Lofthouse, I was super jazzed…for a number of reasons.

Reasons #s 1-3 are listed above (meatloaf, bbq sauce, and cheese).

Reason #4 is that I have not had a fail on any of the recipes from Life in the Lofthouse.

Reason #5 is that mini as equates to food means portion-controlled and fast cooking.  Meatloaf takes over an hour if we make a full sized one, so the second half of that reason is super great!

This recipe, needless to say, is Muffin Approved.

Muffin Approved

Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves

Adapted from Life in the Lofthouse

1/2 pound each ground turkey and ground pork (This is the main deviation from the original recipe)

1 beaten egg

1/4 cup barbecue sauce, plus another 1/4 cup barbecue sauce for brushing on the loaves (1/2 cup total)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

salt and pepper (pepper must be freshly ground)

2 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed into tiny cubes

Set your oven to preheat at 400 degrees.  Line a half-sheet pan with foil.

Mix until just combined all ingredients except 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce in a medium bowl. Divide and shape into four loaves.  Place each on the baking pan.  Spread barbecue sauce on the top of the loaves.

Bake for 20 minutes until done.

Enjoy the sweet, cheesy, slightly spicy, meaty goodness!  Note:  We served ours with seasoned-battered fries (from frozen) and pickle stalks.

Meal Plan Monday: A Low-Key Meal Plan Week with a Recipe Do-Over

Meal Plan Monday

After the oh-so-epic-fail of last week’s meal plan, I’ve tried to find a way to get back on track.  I’m being kind to Josh who is slow-cooker-ed-out.  Only one slow cooker recipe appears on the menu.  After the failure with the Chicken Parmigiana slow cooker meatloaf, I’m going to try to adapt his Oma’s meatloaf for the slow cooker.  I will chronicle the results here…fail or not.  It’s the world’s simplest meatloaf recipe…and, in this case, simplest is best.

Seriously, if successful, and I can reproduce this plate of happy without heating the kitchen?  Score!

Another notable recipe this week is one that I tried Saturday evening with the LFam but did not photograph.  It’s easy…peasy…and cheesy:  the pizza grilled cheese that only involves five ingredients:  bread, butter, bottle of pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni (although we used salami).

And…I’ve been Kuh-Raaaaving tacos.  Especially with the Alton Brown taco potion.  Done.

Anyway, here’s the plan.  And, contrary to what some people believe, a plan is set in stone and subject to the whims of the winds outside (and many many other things).  In other words, plan and actuality may be quite different.

I’m becoming more than a bit cantankerous in my old age.

Monday:  Pizza Grilled Cheese, veggies, fruit

Tuesday:  tacos a la Alton Brown’s taco potion

Wednesday:  Oma’s meatloaf in the crock pot

Thursday:  pancakes and bacon

Friday:  leftovers, pizza, or out

Saturday:  Chick-Fil-A Chicken nuggets, fries, hushpuppies

Sunday:  grilled pork chops, creamed corn, grilled garlic bread

As usual, I will be linking up with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday.

What’s cooking for you this week?