Meal Planning: Dec 18 – 25

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Easy dinners are the name of the game. Until Christmas later this week, of course. Then we’re going to feast!

As I mentioned yesterday, we’ve got lots of great food in the pantry and freezer, particularly of the bread, vegetable, and grain variety. I’m adjusting my original monthly plan to reflect what we have in our storehouses, hopefully making the most of what we have as well as avoiding any more grocery expenses this month.

I’ve kept to easy dinners that hubs and older children can help make. But, we’ll be feasting on tamales and tri-tip over the Christmas holiday on the weekend. Yum!

Here’s our meal plan for the week:

18. Dinner out! We missed it last week due to illness.

19. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Veggie Dippers

20. Soup Night, Garlic Bread

21. Beans and Rice with Toppings

22. Pasta bar: lots of noodles, two kinds of sauce, bread, salad – Recently, I discovered that I could roast vegetables, add some tomatoes and spices, and blend it all up for pasta sauce. Ok, folks have been doing that for eons, the “discovery” is that my family, especially the picky members of the crew, didn’t even bat an eyelash!

23. Pizza Night, Oranges

24. Tamales, Rice, Beans, Salad

25. Grilled Tri-Tip, Scalloped Potatoes, Steamed Veg, Rolls

What’s cooking at your house this week?

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  1. I will be having dinner at your house this week. What time do ya eat? LOL

  2. I love all your sneaky vegetable ideas….but what will you do when all the Fish Kids are old enough to start reading your blog? 🙂 I used to finely chop broccoli and hide it in meatloaf. DH asked what the green stuff was, and I told him parsley. Is that still a lie, even though it was for his own good????

  3. Mon: Pasta Night
    Tues: cubed beef over rice, spinach salad
    Wed: chicken, quinoa and veggies
    Thurs: sandwiches
    Fri: taco night
    Sat: appetizer/munchie christmas eve
    Sun: ham, potatoes, lefse, squash, green beans, etc.

    • @Jane, great plan. The lefse reminds me of my grandma. She had a lefse business at the holidays every year.

      • @Jessica, most people here in So Cal don’t have a clue what it is! It wouldn’t feel like Christmas if it wasn’t on the table. I had a friend last year use purple potatoes and she ended up with purple lefse!

        • @Jane, now THAT sounds like fun! LOL

        • @Jane,
          Lefse!! This MN girl can’t find lefse in my new home of Louisiana. I’ve been without it for three Christmases already. Thinking of making my own this year if I can find the time. It was a staple at my Grandmother’s on Christmas Eve every year.

  4. Sounds like a great meal plan, however the picture at the top doesn’t look like any of the dinner plans, unless it’s a fancy version of grilled cheese which would be fine with me. 🙂 Could you share the recipe?

  5. Your tamales look good! Have you ever used anything but lard? I have a hard time using that. I’m curious how butter would do. I know your recipe listed a few options but wondered if you had tried them with butter. Thanks!
    God bless,

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