I have been on some what of a roll with meal planning again- and since we are trying to work the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University program I have to be intentional about my grocery budget anyways- which means I really have to meal plan. Summer is always much easier for me to blog my meals plans because I love the veggies and fruits that are available which give us such a variety of side dishes to have. Historically looking at my blog you can see I do better at blogging my meal planning this time of year and then taper off and quit blogging it come holiday time- I still meal plan I just don’t always blog it…anyways- Meal plan blogs will be back for now.
What I hope to see evolving in my meal plans are:
Improved planning that includes lunches or at least leftovers that can feed Jason AND myself for lunch the next day
Improved consistency- even if it means we are eating the same stuff each week at least I am planning it out.
Improved use of planning to the sales- I really have no pantry space and I want to be efficient with the staples I have in there –and while we have a deep freezer- we routinely are tossing freezer burned meat that is 6 months old and was at the bottom and forgotten under the big box of eggos and the bag of potstickers. I really prefer meat that is fresh or only frozen for a week or 2 at most anyways–So I need to do better at not grabbing a butt load of meat cause ITS ON SALE and we HAVE A FREEZER—that said I need to do better at portioning it out —we got lazy and were throwing the full trays of meat directly into the freezer….which means I have to thaw 9 chicken breasts and we eat chicken all week…so I need to do better at those things.
Right now planning and shopping on Wednesdays for the following Thursday- Wed seems to be working for my schedule so thats what I have been doing–that may change come summer but for now thats what it is.
Mississippi Roast (crock pot)
potato and green beans
fries and fruit
Brunch French toast casserole and bacon and eggs
Maybe something with mom and dad for “linner”
FUN FRIDAY NIGHT OUT– maybe a few cocktails and an appetizer at the karaoke bar after the comedy club
Hot dogs- pasta salad and grilled zucchini
boys raviolis for dinner (fend for themselves)
J2 at Taryns wedding
pot stickers? (if we get to costco)
Copy Cat Olive Garden Five Cheese Baked Ziti Al forno and garlic bread
Jas and Connor at science camp
Mom and Ty Red Baron Pizzas
Last weeks hits:
Laloosh’s Asian Meatballs are a big winner here- boys even gobble them up
I follow the recipe except I use 2 pounds of ground turkey and it yields 35 ping pong sized meatballs which satisfies me the hubs and 2 teen boys which served with a little jasmine rice- everyone is usually hankering for a snack after this one though so I may try adding in egg rolls or pot stickers next time to stretch it
We LOVE Herbed Basmati rice or what we call “wife rice” cause that’s what our friends who gave us the recipe call it.
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/herbed-basmati-rice-10000001654642/ I cheated and used 2 of the 90 second Uncle Bens basmati rice packets in the microwave rather then cooking regular basmati in chicken broth and this totally was still really good –the fresh herbs and the cheese and pine nuts just really make this so yummy.
See hundreads of other Meal PLans at OrgJunkie’s Meal PLan Monday- here http://orgjunkie.com/2014/04/menu-plan-monday-april-2814.html