Meal Plan, February 19 – 25

Having already prepared my meal plans for the entire month has been such a help to me. That paired with a freezer’s worth of meals has made meal time prep really easy. Provided I remember to thaw!

There’s a little dance between making sure there’s room in the fridge and remembering to pull a few dishes from the freezer with enough time for them to thaw adequately. I’m hoping to get my moves synchronized this week.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

Tortas, Bean and Rice Salad
Herb Butter Chicken Tenders, Quinoa Pilaf, Veg
Jambalaya with Sausage and Shrimp, Green Salad, Beignets (Mardi Gras!)
Soup Night, Good Bread
date night – Pasta Night
Pizza Night, Veggie Dippers
Teriyaki Chicken Skewers, Rice, Stir-fry

What’s cooking at your house this week?

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  1. My husband loves jumbalaya, one of these weekends when he’s working I’m going to have to try this recipe. I say weekends because I’ll need time to cook a second meal for the kids and I – we don’t like jumbalaya :)

    Here’s our menu for the week

    http://www.wonderwomanimnot.com/2012/02/weekly-menu_18.html

  2. My plan for the week, and a question for everyone follows after it…

    Sun- grilled steak, fresh foccaccia bread to dip in balsamic and olive oil, salad.
    Mon – garlic-basil grilled chicken with caprese sAlsa – it is a MUST try:
    http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/garlic-basil-grilled-chicken-50400000113875/
    Tuesday – roast Chicken, mashed taters, sliced tomatoes and green beans
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/roast-sticky-chicken-rotisserie-style/
    Wednesday – cheese ravioli “stir fry” with leftover shredded roast chicken, zucchini, broccoli and tomatoes
    Thursday – shepherd’s pie, biscuits
    Friday – Hamburger “sliders”, waffle fries, veggie tray with ranch dip
    Saturday – chicken noodle soup with crockpot broth made from the roast chicken, asiago bread

    QUESTION: I love to cook. I love to try new recipes. I love to cook healthy. But I seem to have a problem as of late. When I am making my meal plan, I seem to be getting stuck in that rut – just relying on the most boring basic few recipes in the rotation. Tacos, spaghetti, pizza, etc. I would love to know if others go through this. Maybe I need to start starving myself right before I write out my meal plan – because I am never feeling really motivated when I do it. any thoughts? i want to introduce the family to new recipes but they all seem to be extensions of the same theme. Help! Maybe it is the mid-winter slump. :). I dont think I could do a monthly plan in advance – I doubt I would follow it. But I would LOVE to have it planned a month in advance!

    • I always find inspiration in cooking magazines. If you don’t want to spend the money, you could check your local library to see what they have. I love Fine Cooking and Bon Appetit.

    • @Kerry, I look at magazines and cookbooks (as mentioned), but I’m also hooked on food websites. The standard recipe websites, as well as some of the newer ones that are all pictures (until you click through for the recipe). I may modify the recipes to suit our family or budget, but seeing all those pictures at least gets me interested in food and gives me some new ideas. (Beware – LOTS of desserts on some of these websites. Keep the drool off the keyboard! *grin*)
      (Wasn’t sure if it was ok to mention websites by name, so didn’t.)

      • Lisa, feel free to mention those you like! As long as it’s not spammy (ie the person never reads here, but wants to spread their links), I don’t mind. Thanks for being sensitive to that. Pinterest is a good place for browsing, too!

        • Thanks, Jessica. Pinterest is definitely one I had in mind (but very addictive/distracting). Foodgawker.com is a sort of food version of that. (I’ve discovered a lot of new websites through using these.) Long time standby AllRecipes.com. (They have a search option for listing ingredients you do/don’t want to use, plus recipes-of-the-day.) And, although I don’t use a lot of brand names, some ‘brand’ websites offer tons of recipes & ideas (Fleischmann’s yeast, Bob’s Red Mill, Kraft, Betty Crocker.)

  3. P.S. – how do you make the herbed chicken tenders – I have read that you make them in advance. That sounds like something we might all eat? Thanks!

  4. Sunday: grilled chicken, rice, grilled veggies
    Monday: steak, baked potatoes, veggies
    Tuesday: Enchiladas
    Wednesday: Soup
    Thursday: stuffed shells
    Friday: Sandwiches
    Saturday: bean burritos
    All the proteins I have in the freezer so this weeks challenge is making these “point” friendly for weight watchers.

  5. I went for comfort food this week, plus some freezable dinners for some busy weeks ahead.
    http://www.randomrecycling.com/2012/02/menu-plan-feb-19.html

    I love the long weekend, it made it easier to get ahead of planning the meals for the week!

  6. I did some cooking this weekend to get a jump start on our week…mainly for our lunches because that seems to be the area I’m struggling in {ya know, right in the middle of our school day and the breakfast dishes are still in the sink} :)

    Here’s our plan…I went a little crazy on produce this week so we’ve got LOTS of fresh fruits and veggies to eat! http://forfreeyatake.blogspot.com/2012/02/weekly-menu-plan-219-225.html

  7. Our menu for the week:
    Mon: Enchiladas (leftover filling in freezer)
    Tue: Quick & Easy (leftover spaghetti & rolls)
    Wed: Pancakes, sausage/eggs, fruit
    Thu: Quick & Easy (?)
    Fri: Cod (cooked free @ groc store), rice, veg
    Sat: Meatloaf Muffins (precooked in freezer), mashed potatoes, mixed veg
    Sun: Homemade pizza

    It’s just me & my 5 yr old, so we keep it flexible. I have a list on the fridge for Q&E nights (pb sandwiches, soup, hot dogs, mac/cheese, leftovers, cereal, etc.) and I usually let him choose. Love that my grocery store will season/cook fish & seafood for free, while I shop, so I take advantage when there’s a good sale. (I wish fish wasn’t so expensive!)

  8. We had a good week last week and look forward to sticking to “the plan” in the week ahead – Please feel free to come check me out at –
    http://cdm-arewethereyet.blogspot.com/2012/02/menu-monday_20.html

    Thanks!
    Carol

  9. It’s a pasta heavy week in our house but here’s what we’re having…

    Sunday – Beef Stirfry – failed, beef too tough for my younger one
    Monday – Pasta with Tomato, Cream Red Pepper & Vodka Sauce
    Tuesday – Chicken Quesadillas – no recipe, my local supermarket sells premarinated chicken, super easy
    Wednesday – Italian Sausage Rigatoni
    Thursday – Meatball Soup and Grilled Cheese
    Friday – Mama’s Amazing Ziti – I used mild sausage instead of ground beef to give it more flavor
    Saturday – Out with kids
    Sunday – Chicken Cordon Bleu

    Check my blog for recipes
    http://seeingthetreesfortheforest.blogspot.com/2012/02/week-8-menu.html

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