Menu Monday

This upcoming week is BUSY!  I’m overwhelmed just looking at my calendar.  In an attempt to keep myself sane, I put together a pretty simple meal plan.

Breakfasts:

Breakfast strata, coffee

Eggs, spinach, peppers, & onions, coffee

Oatmeal with peanut butter & banana

Lunches:

Leftovers

Cottage cheese & fruit

Salad

Dinners:

Salad with deli meat & cheese

Crock pot white chicken chili, cornbread, & salad

Grilled chicken, asparagus, & salad

BLT with eggs, salad

Homemade hamburger helper & salad

Leftovers

Pulled Pork BBQ, corn, & salad

Extra meals: Mexican casserole

A few notes about the meal plan:

This breakfast strata is one of my very favorite meals.  I typically only make it for special occasions, but it’s been on my mind for several weeks now.  I have a playgroup on Monday mornings, so I decided to make it for the group this week!  The recipe calls for part eggs and part liquid egg whites.  I just use 6 eggs.  I’ve also used goat cheese in place of the brie.

My crock pot white chicken chili recipe changes every time I make it.  Basically throw together white beans, chicken broth, chicken, peppers, celery, onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Cook until chicken is done.  Then shred the chicken.  Mix it all up.  Top with cheese, sour cream, chives, cilantro… whatever floats your boat.

My homemade hamburger helper is also one of those toss together recipes without a lot of structure.  Brown your ground beef with an onion and garlic.  Add in a little butter, milk, water, oregano, paprika, chili powder, and uncooked pasta.  Bring it to a boil.  Cover, turn down the heat, and simmer until pasta is done.  Then stir in some cheese and chopped parsley.  Sometimes I add in chopped spinach for an extra veggie.

For my pulled pork, I literally throw a big hunk of pork into my largest crockpot.  Then cook until the meat shreds easily.  Add in bottled BBQ sauce for convenience or make your own if you have time.  My kids LOVE BBQ.  Always a big hit in our home!

 

Also, I want to give myself a pat on the back because my grocery budget is on track to be MUCH lower than usual.  This week’s groceries was the most I’ve spent in one shopping trip because I was out of all meat.  I buy our meat from Costco, so we will have extra to freeze after making these meals this week.  Yay for meal planning and sticking to lists!!

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