Meal Plan for the Week of June 9

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Plan your meals for the week to save time, money, and the inevitable “what’s for dinner?” question.

soft tacos

We’ve got two family birthdays as well as summer vacation and a few outings in the plan this week. So, it’s imperative that I have a meal plan. I went without one this week and while it wasn’t horrible, it certainly could have been better.

Especially when fielding the “What’s there to eat?” question.

By Friday night I was feeling OVERWHELMED by life and spent awhile contemplating a run for fried chicken. I thought about the expense. And then I thought about the junk that they put into it. So, I picked myself up and went to fight the good fight in the kitchen. The result was the tacos you see above.

It all worked out fine, but if I’d had a meal plan, I would have had to fight with frozen ground beef in the skillet, and I would have had a ready answer for the myriad of folks who asked me, “What’s for dinner?”

I’ll be hosting a twitter chat later this week with Lynn and Laura. We’ll be chatting about meal planning and how it benefits us so much. I hope you’ll join us! Follow me @fishmama and check the #goodcheapeats stream at 1 pm PST on Thursday.

In the meantime, here’s the plan for the week:

As you know I’ve created a meal rotation for breakfasts and lunches. This worked fairly well last week except for the days when we had run out of a key ingredient. Note to self: shop better.

butternut squash pancakes

Breakfasts for Summer

All served with seasonal fresh fruit.

Lunches for Summer

All served with seasonal fresh fruit and veg.

Dinners for the Week

Includes two birthday dinners and one outing. All served with fresh fruit and veg.

So, that’s our meal plan for the week.

What are YOU having?

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  1. Here’s our menu for the week: I made a few new things this past week so I’m just keeping it simple this week.

  2. I cant help you with your meal plans but I can offer you a way to deal with frozen hamburger meat for tacos so that its not a fight… Cover your block of frozen hamburger meat with water, add the spices you prefer & bring to a quick boil.. Scrap & chunk off pieces of hamburger meat from the block and boil until the majority of the water has evaporated. You can pour off extra water if you wish, but we always just let most of it cook off. This is how its made in the area of Texas/Mexico were I was born & raised.

    • That’s what we do. too. We put in about 3/4 a cup of water for 2-4 cups of frozen ground beef and leave the lid on for the first 10 minutes, it kinda helps the block of frozen hamburger steam through and it falls apart quicker. My husband Bob swears by a wooden spoon, but I use a potato masher to beat it into submission. Then keep the lid off, and let the water cook off and the meat brown up a little more. I like to keep ground beef, taco seasoned ground beef, ground sausage and a combination of chorizo/soyrizo cooked, frozen and on hand to make meals quickly. Right now, all I have is one 3 cup container of ground beef that I plan to use this week. I totally need to stock up again. I usually try to restock one a week, as needed, so y’know how it’s always something, this is probably that something this week. ;D

  3. Harriet says:

    Last weekend I did a freezer meal cooking session. Made 16 meals for the crockpot and froze them. They have been a life saver so far. I sure hope to have the time/money/energy to do it again in 2 weeks. With baseball season winding up this week, our 3 nights away from home will be over and I can plan better.

  4. Here’s what I have planned, though I’m not always good at sticking with the plan. ;D We grocery shop on Thursday, so here’s what I have for now.

    Breakfast – Cereal and Milk (No One Around Here, Except Me, Wants Anything Different and That’s Why Wednesday Night is Breakfast Comes To Dinner – We Call It Waffle Wednesday, and I Make My Favorite Breakfast Foods Then, Like Omelets, Waffles, Pancakes, Hash Brown Skillets, Etc.)

    Lunches –
    Monday –
    # Bob and the Twins – Sandwiches, Leftover Cole Slaw, Fruit, Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
    – I’m Having Smart Ones Chicken Parmesan and a Side Salad with 0 Point+ Balsamic Dressing

    Tuesday –
    PB&J Sandwiches, Campfire Trail Mix (Small Pretzel Sticks, Chocolate Cheerios, Mini Marshmallows, Graham Squares Cereal, Chocolate Chips, Reese Pieces), Fruit

    Wednesday –
    Italian Sandwiches on Homemade Focaccia (Salami, Capacola, Proscuitto, Shaved Asiago/Parm, Baby Greens and Giardiniera [For Those Who Want It]), Pasta Salad, Pepperoncini, Mini Bags of Chips (Hoping to Make It a Picnic at the Local Park)

    Dinner –
    Monday –
    Roast Chicken, Potatoes, Roasted Green Beans with Tomatoes and Bell Pepper, Dinner Rolls with Butter and One of the Following – Rhubarb Crumble, Ice Cream or Homemade Chocolate Caramel Pie

    Tuesday – Doritos with Taco Meat, Shredded Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cheddar, Avocado, Red Onions, Ranch Dressing and Salsa

    Wednesday – Pumpkin Waffles with Toasted Pecans and Cranberry Sauce, Bacon/Sausage, Juice

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