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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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Tequila Citrus Shrimp

This recipe came to me from an old friend, Bert Jager.  We were friends in high school but inevitably lost touch because of school, moves, etc.  We got back in touch a few years ago via Facebook, proving that social media can be a force for good.  He is a fellow foodie and we have been swapping ideas back and forth for years.  When he messaged this to me last week I worked it into the Meal Plan for this week because it just sounded so yummy!  He got the original recipe from a Sammy Hagar recipe book (who knew?), but then modified it a bit. He sent me his modified version.  I modified it some more because I have more people to feed, and I like veggies with my meals.  If you want to see Bert’s original recipe, click here. Continue reading

Meal Plan for the Week of September 8, 2018

Whole chicken is on sale again this week, so two chickens are getting grilled, one souvlaki-style to have with Greek salad, and one just lightly seasoned, to be used for other meals during the week.  We are having a bit of a cool front (I’m not willing to call it cold) coming in, so I’m thinking soup won’t be amiss, and Tuesday is a busy day, so quick quesadillas will work well.  I have a seminar on Wednesday night and my husband is also out, so the kids are overjoyed that they’ll get to order pizza.  The oldest wants to be cooking more, so he will be making frittata on Thursday because it’s easy and easily adaptable to the ingredients you have on hand.  And that, my friends, is how this week’s plan evolved.
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Meal Plan for the Week of July 28, 2018

My younger son is off to camp this week, so I don’t have to take his dislikes into consideration!  Actually, he’s pretty good–there’s not much he won’t eat.  I am going to a potluck networking dinner on Monday night, while the other two men/boys are home, so there are two dinner options: one I’m bringing with me, one the boys are eating at home. Which are you going to choose?  On Wednesday night I am hosting an information session for friends at our home, so some-kind-of-take-out is in the plan.  Preferably something with quick and easy clean up.  There are more links than ever in this week’s plan.  It’s time to revisit old favourites that are usually baked in the oven but will be done on the grill instead.
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Meal Plan for the Week of June 23, 2018

You may have noticed I didn’t post a Meal Plan last week, and for that I apologize.  There were two reasons: 1) I created a Meal Plan knowing I was developing a cold, and promptly went to bed for about a week, and 2) when I finally got up and around my laptop had decided to stop recognizing that the Internet is a thing and wouldn’t acknowledge it, so even though I wanted to post, I couldn’t.  As a result of the first issue, even though I had developed the Plan with my impending sickness in mind and therefore easy-to-make meals, it didn’t get followed.  Those boys ate whatever they felt like making (cereal and sandwiches, I’m guessing).  As for the second reason, after a good 6 hours of playing and searching for the issue with the laptop, my husband found the problem and was able to rectify it.  This week we are repeating last week’s Lost Meal Plan, since it was a good one, and every now and then you want easy.
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