Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Back to the Grind~Weekly Meal Plan

For two glorious weeks we were on a break from reality. The girls had a break from school and my husband either had time off or worked from home. I did follow a menu plan, but not like we do on our normal schedule. But now holidays are officially over. The girls are back to school, activities have started up, and events are quickly filling up the calendar. That means I must get back into the habit of writing out our bi-weekly menu or else no one eats dinner. I am also going to get back in the habit of sharing our meal plan. (Or at least try to!)
Our normal weekly routine is going to be changing for a while because my two oldest daughters are in a musical production with their Performing Arts school. We will have rehearsals several times a week, including Saturdays, from now until the end March. So for our first 2 weeks back into reality here's what I have come up with.

Smoothies ( I got a new Ninja- so much fun!)
Cereal (Cherrios or Rice Krispies- no sugary cereal)
Overnight oats
Scrambled eggs and toast

PB&J's for the kids
Grilled "Cheese" Bites for the Little One (She eats Veggie Shreds cheese slices)
White Bean, avocado, carrot, and cuke sandwiches
Baked potato with salsa
Chicken sandwiches (all made up and in the freezer)

Wednesday: Beef Stew with crusty bread ( I need to share this recipe)
Thursday: Vegan Pad Thai
Friday: Clean Eating Minestrone Soup (it's already in the freezer)
Saturday: Slow Cooker Stout Chicken Stew (New recipe)
Sunday: Homemade Chicken Tacquitos
Monday: Easy Italian Chicken
Tuesday: Slow-cooker Swedish Split Pea Soup (New Recipe)
Wednesday: Beef and Black Bean Enchiladas
Thursday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and veggies
Friday: Stromboli (homemade pizza sauce in the freezer)
Saturday: Moroccan Stuffed Peppers

Homemade Party Mix (Recipe to come today)
Apples and peanut butter
Fruit- bananas, tangerines, oranges
Popcorn with Olive Oil

Emergency Meals:
My freezer is stocked with homemade soups, stews, and sauces for those nights we need to deviate from our planned meal.
Spaghetti with meat sauce
Vegan Moroccan Stew
Beef Stew
Minestrone Soup
Kale Pesto (Makes a great EASY meal when served over pasta)

Most of my meals are either done in the slow cooker, can be made in the morning and heated at dinner, or put on the stove early in the day and left to simmer for a couple hours. I also made sure to include a couple of meatless meals per week.

Now I am off to enjoy my Very Berry smoothie:-) If you like smoothies check out the recipes for the Green Monster, Soothing Blueberry Banana, or Cat's Purple People Eater

Do you do a weekly meal plan to help keep your week more organized and to help save on your grocery bill?

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