Freezer Clean out Meal Plan

Ahem—Hello? Anyone out there?

Looks like the last time I blogged “regularly” was when we were dual posting our vlogs here 2 years ago. Worse the last time I MEAL PLAN blogged was in 2016??

Ok.

Returning to my roots to feel some sense of normality over the busy schedule of life. If I am honest about it, we have eaten out about 75% of the time over the last 6 months or so. That was even with a few weeks of Hello Fresh thrown in there as well (if you count all of the networking and lunches with friends etc that we do) If I need to have any type of “control” over food again then I need to start by getting my butt in the kitchen and cooking (baby steps, I am not gonna try to cook “healthy” or any type of specific diet plan foods- I am just gonna meal plan again and get back into that routine..and then once that feels normal again I can look at the content of the meals)

So without further chit chat—here are the meals planned for the next 14 days. I started with a freezer audit and went from there shooting for a goal of getting us as close to fall break as I could.

19th Thur- Sausage Skillet
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/245932/easy-smoked-sausage-skillet/

20th Fri- Fried “rice” and eggrolls (just something to tide us over as we will prob go out after the Campo game for drinks and appetizers)
https://damndelicious.net/2016/03/30/10-minute-healthy-cauliflower-rice/

21st- Saturday we will be in Prescott for the first marching band competition of the 2019 season- so will be eating out.

22nd Sunday- Steak Sammies and corn on the cob and pasta salad

23rd– Monday Sausage Link Egg Casserole (I have a ton of breakfast sausage links in my freezer and I need to get them used up.)
https://www.johnsonville.com/recipe/sunrise-casserole.html

24th– Tuesday  Gammage Night- The first show of the 2019 Gammage season is Miss Saigon-We loved having season tickets last year so did it again this year- with everyone being so busy now it’s nice to have 1 night per month that we know that we will all be doing something together–it will be a rush since Connor has band practice until 5pm on Tuesdays so we will have to just get to Tempe and probably driving thru somewhere.

25th– Wednesday Spaghetti and garlic bread night


26th-Thursday- Chicken Potato and Green bean sheet pan- Mom made this for us camping recently and it was delicious and super easy so throwing it in the rotation
https://cheesecurdinparadise.com/italian-chicken-potato-and-green-bean/

27th– Friday- Home coming game ?? out?? Gonna play this day by ear but definitely planning on eating out.

28th-Saturday-  Turkey Tenderloin  mashed taters and broccoli- I freaking love my air fryer, very happy with it, dare I say probably more so than my instapot??
https://berrymaple.com/turkey-in-air-fryer/

29th– Sunday- RIBS corn on the cob and homemade mac n cheese- Family if you are reading this you are invited over for some smoked ribs on this Sunday – the Cardinals play at 1:05 (against the Seahawks)

https://thecozycook.com/paula-deen-macaroni-and-cheese

30th– Monday- Tuna Noodle Casserole
https://www.dashofsanity.com/best-ever-tuna-noodle-casserole/

1st– Tuesday- Chicken taco night
https://gimmedelicious.com/2019/01/12/chicken-tacos/#wprm-recipe-container-14166

2nd Wed- Frozen Pizza night

Hope this inspired some of you!!

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Feeding my Family until Thanksgiving

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Turkey day 2015 is 11 days away— YAY!! But we still need to eat between now and then- and since I have failed miserably in the cooking and grocery shopping department lately (meaning we have eaten out gobs and gobs the last month or so) I have to return to my good ole reliable fixer of the budget- MEAL PLANNING.

Below are 10 meals in no particular order that I hope to make between now and Thanksgiving- I am posting this here for all my friends that miss my weekly meal plan posts. Maybe you need someone else to just figure out the answer to “what’s for dinner” for a little bit- well here is my gift for your 😉

Enjoy!

Meal Plan to Thanksgiving (and a bonus meal for what to do with left over turkey_

1– Cheesy Green Chile Potato chowder with bread from the bread maker
 
2– Pesto Chicken with sauteed or baked squash and Italian noodles
3–  Sloppy Joes with fries and mac n cheese
4– Cafe Rio Pork tacos and spanish rice (crock pot)

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/05/my-favorite-cafe-rio-copycat-recipes.html

5– Pumpkin Stuffed Shells and garlic bread
6– Cream Cheese Red Sauce Enchiladas and taquitos
7– Chicken Alfredo Biscuit bake
8– Crock pot CHicken Parm over noodles with bread sticks
9–  Slow cooker Beef and Broccoli with egg rolls
10– Thai Peanut chicken and Asian noodles
***Knock Knock-
Who’s there?
A BONUS!!
What to do with the left over turkey:

Our first Blue Apron!!

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Our friend Kim has been getting Blue Apron deliveries for awhile now and had a free week to give away so we decided to go ahead and try it out for ourselves.  So upfront it should be know that this week’s delivery was free to us.  We do intend to try it out at our own cost for a few weeks to give it a go for an extended period of time and see how well it fits our family. If you do not know what Blue Apron is- just check out the link- its basically delivery of fresh ingredients for unique seasonal recipes.  It is a subscription box service and for our family only the second of such services we participate in (the other being the Dollar Shave club where we have razor refill blades mailed to us every month) Also- I am posting this prior to even cooking anything in it because I am so excited to share–I will update with a review once I get back from DC later this month and link it here.

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The free trial she had we were given the option to choose either 3 meals for 2 people or 2 meals for a family of 4. Since it is our first go at it and since I am prepping to go out of town I decided to try the 2 meal option and we will figure out dinner for the boys on these nights separately.  It is delivered in a refrigerated box so the ingredients are packed as close to shipping as they can to guarantee freshness.

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It came in a neat cooler bag with cold packs. Everything pre-portioned, which makes us feel like tv chefs that have our own minions doing prep for us!! I freaking LOVE this!!

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 I also think that this will help Jason with preparing dinners more often as I recover from my knee injury– he loves to cook and I think the prep is what always sends both of us into “let’s just grab take out” mode on those more exhausting days.  I think this may prevent that some! Not to mention the portion control factor that I think is going to really benefit the Fit Family Fun goals we have been focusing on this year.

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When I signed up I selected to not have any meals with lamb (personal preference), Seafood or shellfish (allergy) or mushrooms (anaphalactic allergy) so that does create some challenges when the protein meals are seafood or mushroom related- which kind of happened this first week- we do not have any “meat” meals because they were either seafood or mushroom heavy.  However, we are still super excited to try out some stuff we likely would never have tried before because it would have been too costly to go buy the individual “odd” ingredients (spices and extras come labeled as “knickknacks”) or because it “sounds too fancy or weird.

This week we will get to try:

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All of which we are really looking forward to. Like I said- I am leaving for a trip to DC this Thursday so these meals will help me to not have to grocery shop prior to my trip except for a few smaller things for the boys.  Jason will get the next delivery on Saturday while I am gone and him and Connor can try some of those delicious looking dinners out- (I am jealous- next week there is steak, turkey meatballs and spaetzel- so hopefully they save at least one meal for me to try out of that when I get home late Monday night)  So I will post a review of the meals and cooking process when I get the chance after I return.

So excited!  Thanks Kim and Blue apron!!

Anyone else try it out? What are your thoughts on it?

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Meal Plan- Beginning of November

Had a couple of home runs when I made a few snacks for Small group– I didn’t blog those on the meal plan because they were impromptu but I think they both made their way into the “When entertaining” list for good after the reactions I got from them
People were just falling over themselves to eat these Rotel Cups and they were SUPER easy and affordable but look more like a fancy hors d’oeuvre and I also made this yummy and again super easy caramel apple dip for both small group and our Halloween driveway party.
Here is the plan for roughly November 3rd-17thish 🙂
Monday
 
Jambalya and garlic bread
 
Tuesday
 
Baked Ziti
 
Wednesday
 
Warm Curried Asian Chicken Salad
 
boys get raviolis or their choice for dinner since they are not fans of this.
 
Thursday
Mexican Meat with tortillas, beans and spanish rice (freezer stash)
 
Friday
 
Pesto Chicken with sauteed or baked squash and Italian noodles
 
Saturday
 
Crock pot Chicken Noodle Soup and fresh bread from bread maker
 
 
Sunday
 
Mississippi Roast taters and green beans
 
Monday
 
Sour Cream Chicken Enchilladas and spanish Rice
 
 
Tuesday
 
Skillet Lasagna with garlic toast
 
Wednesday
 
Deli Sammie buffet for Jason’s birthday
 
Thursday
 
Fajita night!!
 
Friday
 
Sloppy Joes and fries and Fruit
 
Saturday
 
Grilled Chicken Fettucini Alfredo
 
Sunday
 
Cheesy Green Chile Potato chowder with bread from the bread maker
 
 
Monday
 
Island Pork tenderloin
See hundreds of other Meal Plans at OrgJunkie’s Meal Plan Monday
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End of October Meal Plan

Akkk I have gotten busy and not been posting my meal plans.  Since we are so busy the last 2 weeks of October I decided to go ahead and bust out a meal plan that covers us through the end of the month and a few days into NOVEMBER– did I really just type that?? I am planning meals in NOVEMBER already? How has this year already flown by so quickly? Anyways this will allow me to just quickly click links to add to my grocery shopping lists as needed so thats one task down at least 🙂
I need to go pull the banana bread out of the oven so without further delay—here is our meal plan everyone say YAY!
Monday
 
 

Tuesday

 
Chicken White Bean Chili for Parent Council social (frozen pizzas for guys)
 
 
Wednesday
 
Creamy Pumpkin Pasta and garlic bread 
 
 
 
Thursday
 
 
 
Friday
Date night OUT 🙂 boys at sleepver
 
Saturday
 
LINNER before going to Paz De Cristo to serve (Outreach weekend for Sun valley)
Sweet and Sour Chicken with fried rice and pot stickers
 
 
Sunday
 

CrockPot Chili Verde Con Carne on flour torillas maybe some esquites with it as well

 
Monday
 
Chile Parm Chicken with noodles and green beans
 
 
Tuesday
 
Warm Curried Asian Chicken Salad
 
boys get raviolis or their choice for dinner since they are not fans of this.
 
Wednesday
 
Sour Cream Chicken Enchilladas and spanish Rice
 
 
Thursday
 
Good Old fashioned Spaghetti and garlic bread (Jason gone volunteering at Crowder Concert)
 
Friday
HALLOWEEN PARTY!!
Burgers on the grill 
mummy dogs (as requested)
and a few halloween treats TBD
 
potluck so whatever others also bring to share 🙂
 
Saturday
 
Eating out–we will be helping seester move and have book club so its a busy day etc.
 
Sunday
 
Cheesy Green Chile Potato chowder with bread from the bread maker
 
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Weekend catch up and meal plan

BugRepellant

We did some yard work after the rains this weekend and were just attacked by bug bites-I wish we had thought of this before getting eaten alive- Now we know- mixing up a batch to try before we go out on a walk or anywhere outside again.

Good news is that a little bit of peppermint oil and homemade thieves spray took the itch away quickly for us!

Before the downpour on Saturday afternoon we were able to enjoy a lovely Arizona Fall day and headed down to Desert Horizon nursery to look for a few new plants for the front yard planter.  They also have a farmers market there that actually sells produce– imagine that (unlike the “farmers markets” that are just mini boutiques with home based business product booths that hardly has any produce at all- I am speaking to you Gilbert Farmers market. We were immediately greeted and could tell right away that the family owned business was filled with pride– I love that little nursery and will be back often! We decided on a  few lantana shurbs in orange and red:

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After that we were famished so headed to In and Out burger to fuel up.  For some reason we were all giddy and goofy and just plain happy.

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It was great since little did we know the stresses that would hit us later in the day when the rains came.

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I love the rain— L.O.V.E. everything about rain….

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….except that it wrecks havoc on properties when it rains the way it has been raining here in AZ recently.  When your job is to “manage properties” havoc wrecking is not good. Not Good at all.  Praise God we only had one of the 4 sub-ground level apartment units in your portfolio experience any issues this time around.

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Issues that Jason was able to keep minimal by going on site himself since the tenants were out of town to bail out water and get remediation happening quickly. He likely saved that owner several thousands of dollars by being proactive and not just waiting until the tenant was home and could let us know if there was any damage.

All in a days work right?

Anyways- in all of that- it was great to be prepared and have dinners planned and shopped for so at least one area of stress was lower than normal.

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Here is this weeks meal plan:

Monday

Onion Chicken noodles and green beans (tried and true recipe)

http://www.frenchs.com/recipe/frenchs-crunchy-onion-chicken-RE1309

Tuesday
Sloppy Joes, fries and fruit (tried and true recipe)
Wednesday
Picnic at the Concert (food trucks?)
Thursday
Mongolian Beef and white rice with some asian side yet to be determined (new to me recipe)
Friday
Roasted Veggie Mac N Cheese with break sticks
Saturday
 
Pork tenderloin with chimichurri, baked potato and grilled asparagus
Sunday
Tortellini Soup with garlic toast

Meal Plan 9/22/2014

Perhaps if I start using my crock pot we can trick the weather into not heating back up and instead plummeting back down into “Autumn” like temps 🙂 After all it is now officially “Fall” so we should usher it in with some good ole comfort food even if the desert still wants to flirt with 100 degrees.

On a side note we got a Foodsaver and Jason had tons of fun playing with that today 🙂 Hopefully it will help our grocery budget and our horrendous food waste problem. Here is to hoping!

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With out further ado- here is what we will eat- maybe not in this particular order but at least the jist

Monday

Beef Stew with corn bread (new to me recipe thought I would try something else out)
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-beef-stew-i/

Tuesday

Peanut Chicken and teriyaki noodles with egg rolls
http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/20-minute-thai-peanut-chicken/8b265af7-f749-4b31-b996-6ac5736715c9?sc=20+Minutes,+20+Meals

Wednesday

Pizza Night

Soak beans for crock pot next day

Thursday

Bean burritos and taquitos with spanish rice
http://penniesandpancakes.blogspot.com/2012/09/crockpot-refried-beans-019-per-cup.html#.VB-tXPldWSr

Friday

Chicken Stuffed shells with garlic toast
https://gerouxcrew.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/chicken-stuffed-shells/

Saturday

Mississippi Roast, mashed taters and green beans
http://bergecentral.blogspot.com/2011/01/mississippi-roast.html

crock pot taters- http://www.kitchentreaty.com/unbelievably-easy-crock-pot-garlic-mashed-potatoes/

Sunday

Brinner

On the Weekends, We Linner

Typically on Saturday and Sunday we only eat twice. Some sort of breakfast midmorning (since we sleep in at least past 8am) and then a bigger meal around 3pm.  We call it linner (lunch and dinner) and it works for us.

Today’s linner was steak.

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We. are. Stuffed.

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I marinated these two huge ribeyes in a mixture of 1/4 cup each of balsamic vinegar,  soy sauce, Worcester sauce and 1 tsp of minced garlic, 2 tsp of dijon mustard and salt and pepper.

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They soaked in that goodness until about 2:30 while we did some household chores.

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Then Jas grilled them up real nice.

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When he grills I “do the inside stuff” and I had made the pasta salad last night before heading to bed.

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So I threw some frozen corn, homemade taco seasoning,  garlic, green onions, lime juice, a dab of mayo and cotija (feta) together into some “esquites” which is a mexican street salad and also my absolute fav.  way to eat corn next to straight off the cob.

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Yummy!!

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So whats for linner at your place this weekend?

Meal Plan 9/12

Image courtesy of http://weddingswithinsight.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/theres-no-poutine-in-hong-kong/
Image courtesy of http://weddingswithinsight.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/theres-no-poutine-in-hong-kong/

Friday
Fajita Night

Saturday
Marinated Rib eyes with Esquites Corn and red potatoes
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/The-Best-Steak-Marinade/Detail.aspx

Esquites (Mexican corn salad)
corn, green onions, taco seasoning, lime, mayo, cotija

Red potatoes
http://www.marthastewart.com/332662/roasted-red-potatoes?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/produce-potato-recipes

Sunday

Crockpot BBQ chicken hoagies
http://www.poofycheeks.com/2014/01/4-ingredient-crock-pot-bbq-chicken.html

pasta salad

peaches

Monday
Cheesey Kielbasa Bake and garlic bread
https://gerouxcrew.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/cheesy-kielbasa-bake/

Tuesday

Hamburger Steaks and Gravy with green beans and grands
http://www.thecountrycook.net/2011/08/hamburger-steaks-and-gravy.html?m=1

Wednesday

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
http://www.food.com/recipe/chicken-cordon-bleu-casserole-cooking-with-paula-deen-magazine-453980