Monday, April 8, 2013

Our Meal Plan: 4/7 - 4/13

Remember that survey that y'all filled out for me back in January? One of the things that was requested several times were posts with our meal plans. I really didn't think our meal plans would be all that interesting...and then I realized that I really enjoy reading others' meal plans to gain a little inspiration! So no promises that I will successfully get this post up every week, but I'll sure try!
If you are looking for some of the strategies that help us decide what to eat every week, make sure you check out our Meal Tip Series!

Sunday: Banana Protein Pancakes and Cheddar Bacon Veggie Scramble
Monday: Taco Salad
Tuesday: Frozen Lasagna for the Family, Mom is going to a monthly Bible study that includes dinner
Wednesday: Green Chili Stew, Salad, and Jalapeno Cheddar Bread
Thursday: Moussaka, Pita Bread, and Greek Salad
Friday: Walnut Encrusted Tilapia, Salad
Saturday: Leftovers

What are you having for dinner this week? I'd love to get some inspiration from you!

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  1. Do the kids usually eat what you and Sean eat? I know kids can be fussy and some parents end up making separate meals for the kids but it doesn't look like this is the case for you? :)

    1. Yes, they do! When we are having something that I know they don't love or that is new, I always make sure to include something I know they like as well. My theory is that if I keep introducing new and different foods to them as kids, it might help keep the pickiness to a minimum later on. far that hasn't proven true with Abby, but I'm not giving up yet!

  2. Well...I don't exactly have a meal "plan" but for our family of 7 this last week we made up 60 burgers and buns (froze) and 3 doz. bacon, potato and egg burritos. I also have found that it is very cost effective to buy rotisserie chicken at Sam's and debone and freeze. (Walmart is $1 more per Chicken and they are considerably smaller) Then I have chicken ready to go for salads, nachos, tacos...whatever. Takes 2 mins to thaw out a qt. bag in the micro. Plus, their chicken is gluten free..if that matters to anyone. A rotisserie fryer is $4.99 and it's all cooked for much less mess than cooking 4 big fryers at home plus having to clean up the mess. Anytime I cook...savory or sweet (mostly cookie dough), I double, triple or even quadruple so that I can freeze and have ready on busy days. Really helps.
    Also...I've made our own laundry detergent and really didn't care for it. I guess our kiddos get their clothes much dirtier than others, but I find it does not take out stains very well...even when they have been pre treated with stain remover. I gave it another try, but this time, after I make a batch of the homemade stuff, I then pour in a large bottle of the commercial laundry detergent of my choice and mix well. It still cuts the price WAY down, and I find it cleans much better.

    Sure whish I had had your cooking/shopping wisdom years ago! You're doing an awesome job!!

  3. Aw, thanks for the sweet encouragement! I pick up as much as I can from more experienced moms, and then figure out the rest by necessity. :)

    We use Costco (like Sam's) all the time. They have great deals on their rotisserie chickens! Yummy! I like to cook up 10-15 chicken breasts at a time when they go on sale, dice them up, and freeze them in 3 cup portions. Just like you, I've found that they make the quickest meals! In fact, I just used my last package tonight for the Taco Salad. :)

    Homemade laundry detergent is on my list of things to try! My SIL gave me a sample of her DIY laundry detergent that I"m looking forward to trying this week!


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