Our discussion this morning with friends centered around finding some balance amongst the everyday things in life. One way that we’ve found some balance in our home is by doing some meal planning. It takes a little bit of time over the weekend, but the payoff during the week makes it well worth it. Here’s our menu for this week:
- Pan-Fried Porkchops – this one from the Pioneer Woman. Can’t wait to try it!
- Mashed Potatoes – Make your favorite recipe, or pick up the refrigerated kind (just nothing boxed).
- Roasted Cauliflower – this one from Food Network is so good and easy! Even if you think you don’t like cauliflower I think you’ll like this.
- Sliced Tomatoes – They’re in season right now and add great color to your plate.
- Mexican Meatball Street Tacos – Don’t these just sound good? Looking forward to Tuesday. Here’s the recipe.
- Mexican Three Bean Salad – This is great and you pretty much just dump some cans of beans and a few other things together, then mix. Here’s the recipe.
- Corn – Take some frozen and saute it in some butter until lightly browned. If you really want to jazz it up add a little garlic and chopped red pepper.
- Take-out night or Leftovers
- Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta – Another tasty dish from the Pioneer Woman.
- Bread – Think you can’t make homemade bread? Thing again! Baguettes in 30 minutes. Trust me. These guys are easy and so tasty. You will love the smell in your house. Here’s the recipe with pictures and video.
- Pizza Night – make it at home and you can control the ingredients. There are some really easy crust recipes like this one, or you can buy the dough ready made (not the canned stuff). The trick for pizza is to pre-bake the crust until just golden, add just enough sauce (but not covered in thick sauce), cover in cheese (but still leaving room that you can see through the cheese to the sauce), then the toppings. If you put a lot of veggies on it, consider baking them first to remove some moisture so you don’t get soggy pizza.
- Veggie Sticks
After a couple weeks of Thanksgiving planning and then eating, I’m back to sharing my menus here with you all. Enjoy!
- Steak (grilled is my preferred cooking method for steak).
- Roasted potatoes
- Green beans
- Garlic bread
- Tomato soup. This is a homemade soup that is so easy to make you will not ever want to eat it out of a can again. I recommend this one from Michael Chiarrello. My alterations are not roasting the tomatoes (unless you really want to) and doubling (or more) the tomatoes.
- Bread. After getting a bread machine last year for Christmas, I haven’t looked back and love making homemade bread.
- Turkey Tetrazzini with Butternut Squash Sauce. Check out this recipe to use any leftover turkey you might still have.The great thing about this “light” version is that you’re not using anything “low-fat.” I’ll save the reasons for why this is good for another post. Instead it’s lightened up with other real food ingredients.
- Green Salad. Bored with your typical green salad? Throw some feta or goat cheese in it for something different.
- Left-overs or take-out night! Instead of waiting till the end of the week, give yourself a break in the middle.
- Shrimp tacos. Yum! These tacos from the Pioneer Woman look delicious! Can’t wait to eat them. My family prefers flour over corn tortillas. That’s the biggest change I’d make.
- Mexi-rice. There’s probably a recipe somewhere for this, but here’s all you have to do. Cook some white or brown rice. Then in a saute pan, melt 1 TB of butter over medium heat. Pour in 1/2 to 1 cup of corn kernels. Cook corn until it starts to brown. You can also add in onion, chopped tomatoes red pepper, etc. Whatever you like. Once corn is browned a bit, add the rice into the pan and cook with the corn for a few minutes and season with 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. Mix well and serve.
- Pineapple chunks. Serve some fruit with your dinner every now and then.
- Chicken Broccoli Wreath. This is a recipe I picked up from Pampered Chef a while back. You can tweak it here and there, but overall it’s a great dish and kids seem to like it too. If you can find them, buy Immaculate Baking Company crescent rolls instead of “regular” brands. You can also make your own “dill mix.”
- Green Salad.