Meal Plans

Meal Plan #6

Looking for some variety of tastes this week, but chicken is on sale, so yes, that means two roast chickens.  I also feel like experimenting, though, with a couple of different flavours.  We will also be kicking it old school with a pork tenderloin recipe that comes from when I was a kid.  My mom used to make it for us, and then as now, it is an empty plate kind of meal.

I have linked the chicken and waffles recipe to an old recipe, Pan-Seared Haddock with Chili-Maple glaze.  The recipe gives you a guideline as to how to make the sauce, which, let’s face it, is the reason you’re eating chicken and waffles in the first place.  Use boneless, skinless chicken breast for this recipe, for maximum ease of use.

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Meal Plan #5

This week my husband is out of town for half the week, which means any taxiing around of children will be done by yours truly.  This means we need everybody and everything to be flexible and adaptable.  Primarily the meal plan.  Some days may need to be swapped. Some days everyone will be eating at different times. Some days I may not have the chance to breathe, let alone cook.

One night we will be having a selection everyone’s favourite food-in-a-box: chicken wings, nuggets, Chinese dumplings, potato skins, jalapeno poppers, etc.  It’s a mixed plate.  Every now and then, you just need to sink in and own that you want to eat a big pile of junk food in front of the tv for Family Movie night.  It’s so rare to have everyone home these days, that it’s kind of nice to be able to just stick a few trays in the oven and walk away so you can all catch up.

Roast Beef Dip sandwiches with mixed green salad are another quick fix.  The sandwiches are ready to go in about 10 minutes, with a simple, spicy beef broth dip, and mixed greens with blueberries, shallots, and Pecorino Romano.

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Meal Plan #4

Club packs of chicken pieces are on sale this week, so we’re front loading the week with chicken dishes.  It’s okay, we love chicken.  It’s so versatile and adapts well to so many different cuisines and flavours.  The plan is to roast a lot of Chili Lime chicken and then use the leftovers the next day in Quesadillas.

My son has his activity once a week.  It’s very energetic, so he needs some good fuel for energy, but not something that will weigh him down.  His choice is often some kind of sandwich, so this week we are having that good old classic, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, but with a little bit of a spin.

We have someone in our household who really hates mushrooms.  There is no “just pick them out”.  They cannot have come in contact with any of the other food, or nothing can be eaten.  It’s funny, but also frustrating, because some of us (Me!) looooove mushrooms.  Mushroom Hater is working one night this week, so we are jumping all over that opportunity to make one of my favourite pasta dishes: spaghetti in a garlic olive oil, with sauteed mushrooms (I like cremini with this), baby spinach, and a special surprise you’ll find in the recipe link.

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Meal Plan #3

Whole chickens are on sale this week, so we’re roasting two (seriously, this is my best time saving tip!), and having leftovers different ways for a couple of days.  And then I’m pulling in some old favourites to fill out the week.  I’m giving you the links this week!

The Cheesy Pasta Bake is such a great dinner on a cold night.  It’s total comfort food.  One of my favourite things about it is there is always enough for, not only leftovers for lunch the next day, but also for a container in the freezer for those busy days when you need a quick dinner that isn’t fast food.

I have recently discovered a store in our neighbourhood that sells food products imported from England.  They have a great selection–it’s where I go to buy my tea–and they have frozen, bowl-sized Yorkshire Puddings! You can bet I’m going to make use of those beauties.

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Meal Plan #2

We have a lot of evening activities with the kids this week, so we’re having a lot of quick and easy dinners–things that are either light enough to eat before the activity, or quick enough to be ready to feed hungry teenagers.  I’m still experimenting with the Instant Pot and not yet ready to try being creative with it.  This week I’m using a recipe from Skinnytaste.com for a Chicken Tikka.  I have included a link for a Bearnaise sauce recipe, which is basically a Hollandaise with tarragon added.  I don’t remember where the recipe I use came from, and to be honest, I will use a powdered sauce mix in a pinch to save time, but this is a classic recipe and the linked recipe adheres closely to the classic.  If you come across a Bearnaise that has cream in it, run the other way!  This is NOT Bearnaise!

And, yes, Naan Pizza makes yet another appearance.  The kids love it and always ask for it.  Its good fuel for before activities, and its super fast to make.  I just keep naan, tomato sauce, and cheese on hand.  Put it together and pop it under the broiler for a couple of minutes, and PRESTO–dinner is ready!  The will never go hungry if I keep all the ingredients on hand.

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Meal Plan #1

It’s a new year and I’m going with a new format for my weekly Meal Plan.  Just because my planning week starts on a Saturday, I realize not everyone’s does, so I am changing to a numbered day system.  I don’t really know that it will make that much difference, but we’ll give it a try.

Sunday night we are having a huge crew for dinner, so, since I’d rather socialize, and I’m still easing back into the kitchen activities, we are ordering from our favourite Chinese take out place.  Later in the week is a shrimp recipe my friend Bert sent me to try out.  I’ll take pics and post it on Instagram, and then I’ll post the recipe. Now, I got an Instant Pot for Christmas and I’ve finally taken it out of the box, so it’s time to experiment.  But it will be easy experimentation with one of my favourite slow cooker recipes, chicken and sausage.

Finally, I know I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus, but my goal for this year is consistency.  I will be posting later in the week explaining what happened and my goals for the year moving forward
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Meal Plan for the Week of October 28, 2018

So, I know I have been a little erratic in my posts recently, and I apologize.  I’ve been having an ongoing health issue that has made posting a little difficult sometimes.  I’m going to be having a surgery soon that will address the issue, but I am trying to stockpile recipes so I can keep posting while I am recovering. Meal Plans will consist of old recipes and new ones so I can have as many links as possible.  And, I know it’s shameful, but I don’t have the energy to deal with Halloween this year.  My youngest stopped going out a few years ago, so we’re sneaking out for dinner.  Sorry, kids!
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