Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Meal Planning 10.18.10

I cannot believe that we are half-way through October already. Time is definitely slipping through my fingers lately, and I want it to slow down, just a little, while simultaneously speeding up to when this baby is due to arrive. Can someone arrange that for me? Thanks.

It feels like another surge of nesting has hit me, but unfortunately the surge of energy that is needed to accomplish everything I have to do has not accompanied it. My house is a bit messy after a very busy weekend, and I want to make it sparkly clean and get dinner to the table in a reasonable amount of time. In order to make this happen, I focused on quick meals when planning this week. The only non-quick meal I have on the plan is for Sunday, and that's because I'm big on one big family meal per week (not like we don't eat dinner together every night, we have to have one fancy meal happen every week). Anyway, on to the plan!

Monday: Ham, Cheesy Potatoes, Peas, Salad

This may not seem quick, but it is. Mostly because I made it yesterday to take to Aaron's grandma's house and we have leftovers. We all ate a ton, but still have a ton left, so it's making its appearance again tonight. The recipe listed is exactly the same as the one I use; the only modification I make is to use cheddar cheese soup because I like them as cheesy as possible.

The refrigerator is high on my "Make Sparkly Clean" list, so I'm emptying as much out of it tonight as I can. There's also a pumpkin pie in there with my name on it. This dinner is going to be FANTASTIC.

Tuesday: Eggplant burgers (with some made into smaller patties for Gabbie), French fries, Carrot sticks

We have one more eggplant from the CSA to use, and we've eaten enough baba ganoush lately to supply a small village. This sounded like an interesting way to use up the eggplant, so we're going to try it.

Wednesday: Quesadillas, rice

All other leftover veggies are going into quesadillas this night. I like them with zuchini, mushrooms, and onions. Gabbie prefers straight up cheese and refried beans. Aaron will eat anything, and that's why he's awesome.

Thursday: Pork chops with Saurkraut, mashed potatoes, broccoli

This one is a crock pot meal. I put down one can of 'kraut, top with pork chops, top with another layer of 'kraut, a heavy sprinkle of brown sugar, and a peeled, cored, quartered apple or two, then serve it over mashed potatoes. Yum!

Friday: Pot stickers, rice noodles, edamame

I still have quite the stock of frozen pot stickers, and since we love them we're diving in once again. I'll probably make some sort of sauce for the rice noodles and edamame, and most likely it will include soy sauce, chicken broth, and scallions.

Saturday: Out

Aaron's mom is going to be in the state, so we're heading out to visit her on Saturday. My job will be to make the food run, so I hope they don't mind eating according the whims of a pregnant, prone-to-sudden-strange-cravings, woman.

Sunday: Chicken Cacciatore, Noodles, Peas

I saw this recipe this morning and added it to our plan. It looks fantastic, and I can't wait to try it!

Finally, on to what the toddler is eating for lunch this week:

Monday: Waffle w/pear butter for dipping, yogurt, strawberries (this is called a "we need you to actually eat something today" kind of lunch)
Tuesday: Bean and Cheese quesadilla, green pepper slices, mandarin oranges
Wednesday: Eggplant patties (assuming she likes them), peas, yogurt, grapes
Thursday: English muffin pizza, applesauce
Friday: Apple Pumpkin muffin, grapes, cucumber slices, cheese cubes

Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday Meal Planning 10.11.10

Meal planning (and cooking) was really easy this week because I have a refrigerator and freezer FULL of leftovers that need to be used. Seriously full. As in, I got too excited about the whole "freezing meals for when the baby comes" thing and we need to eat stuff so we can start all over again.

Here goes:

Monday: Leftovers - either Chili or Chicken Pot Pie, veggies

We had chili and cut up fresh veggies for football on Saturday, and Chicken Pot Pie last night. You would think that it was cold up here this weekend, but you'd be wrong. We ate all these fall comfort foods on a nice, hot weekend. Truth is, I had a lot of ground beef and cooked chicken to use up, so these were made.

Tuesday: Chicken Enchiladas, Spanish Rice, Refried Beans

I made these a while ago, and they were delicious. They were also quite a bit of work, but well worth it. (Someday I will get to posting the back-log of recipes I have waiting!) We're rounding out the meal with Gabbie's two favorite things lately: Spanish rice (a-roni) and refried beans. She'll probably get a tortilla and some shredded cheese too.

Wednesday:  Southwestern Baked Cauliflower Cakes, Chili

Our (family, top-secret) chili recipe makes a ton, so we're all sure to be sick of it by the end of the week. I'm mixing things up by adding in the cauliflower cakes so we have something new to eat.

Thursday: Potstickers, Rice Pilaf with Edamame

I love potstickers. The huge bag of frozen potstickers in my freezer has been calling my name ever since I put it in there, so now I'll finally break out a few. Mmmm....

Friday: Pizza

Because obviously I'll be tired after the long week of cooking. Actually, if I get up the motivation, I may make it from scratch. I mean, I already have the dough in my refrigerator, so what excuse do I have to not make it myself?

Saturday: I have no idea what to make for the game this weekend. Any suggestions?

Sunday: Out

We're out of town at a baptism for the day, so I'm sure we'll be well-fed.

Toddler Lunch Ideas:
We're in the middle of another round of the severe won't-eat-anythings, and they're nearly killing me. It probably doesn't help that I am Very Pregnant, and therefore my mood likes to fluctuate rapidly.

Monday: Waffle, yogurt, strawberries
Tuesday: Soy dog, cheese cubes, peas, pear sauce
Wednesday: Pasta and sauce, broccoli, strawberries
Thursday: Bean and cheese quesadilla on a whole wheat tortilla, carrots, pear sauce
Friday: Mini whole wheat bagel, cream cheese for dipping, deli meat, cucumbers, apple slices


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