Weekly Menu Plan #42

Weekly Menu Plan #42

It's my own version of a pantry challenge for the month of December! I'm trying to plan our meals as much as I can from things we already have on hand so I can spend our grocery money on baking supplies and stock up on other items that are greatly discounted this month. Not a true pantry challenge but still interesting. What's on the menu this week?

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Weekly Menu Plan #25

I love menu planning and seeing other's dinner plans! I'm weird like that ;) As I've shared before, being in the kitchen is my happy place so I love finding meals that are new but I also never forget our favorites! These will link to the author's original recipe unless it's my own recipe/creation that I don't have a link for... yet.

Sunday: Double Crunch Honey Garlic Pork Chops - Hooo baby are these delicious! This is one of the first recipes I ever found on Pinterest and it's been a hit ever since. We love serving these with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans because they go great with the sauce. Instead of buying precut pork chops from the store we buy one of the huge pork loins from Sam's Club and cut it ourselves into a couple roasts and lots of thin chops. It's a huge money saver!

Monday: One Pot Enchilada Pasta - After making black beans and enchilada sauce last week for my food prep I knew I needed to make this dish. It's easy and full of flavor. Plus it goes over well with the kids which makes it a total winner in my book!

Tuesday: Drip Beef Sandwiches - It's my last container from the freezer ::sad face:: but that only means I need to make a fresh batch again soon! I found some mini steak rolls on mark down at the grocery store last week so I stuck them in the freezer to be ready for these. Yum!

Wednesday: BBQ Chicken Quesadillas - When we stopped at an Aldi while on vacation I loaded up on tortillas. They are only $0.99 for a 10 pack which is an excellent deal! I'll throw a bunch of chicken breasts in the slow cooker with BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Ray's is our favorite) and then fill the tortillas with cheddar cheese, BBQ chicken, and pineapple (for a couple of us). Served with a side of salad and french fries. Yum!

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Homemade Pizza and Movie Night

Saturday: Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole - All the cheesy bacon goodness of bacon cheeseburger mixed with tots? Amazing! This will actually be a new recipe for us to try but when I read it to Micah we both agreed it needed to get made. I'm excited to try it!

 

What's on your menu this week? Any new meals or all time favorites make the list?

 


Food Prep Week 1 - Refried Beans, Black Beans, Enchilada Sauce {Recipes}

Food Prep Week 1 - Refried Beans, Black Beans, Enchilada Sauce {Recipes}

I mentioned in my Monthly Goals for August that I want to spend time each week prepping food for the freezer and pantry that will make life easier once school starts. I don't really like making full meals for the freezer. I've done it and it's handy but there are only a few meals I've found that I enjoy as freezer meals as much as their freshly made counterparts. 

Instead of making freezer meals I make meal components. These are often items the get bought as canned or boxed foods that I make homemade and stick in the freezer or pantry until it's time to use them. This week I'm making refried beans, black beans, and enchilada sauce. All of these get used very frequently in our house. I like having refried beans for burritos, as a dip for tortilla chips, and I've even used them as the "sauce" on taco pizza! Black beans are the easiest on the plan this week since all I have to do is soak the beans, cook them until soft, and then divide into freezer containers. Enchilada sauce is our go-to sauce for breakfast pizza and we also use it for enchilada pasta as well as regular enchiladas. 

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Weekly Menu Plan #12

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I love menu planning and seeing other's dinner plans! I'm weird like that ;) As I've shared before, being in the kitchen is my happy place so I love finding meals that are new but I also never forget our favorites! These will link to the author's original recipe unless it's my own recipe/creation that I don't have a link for... yet.

Sunday: Sandwiches and chips - This seems like a really lame meal for Mother's Day but we had a giant platter of sushi for lunch so we probably won't have much of an appetite. But we also got several kinds of lunch meat and cheese, lots of veggies and spreads, and various kinds of chips so it's not like its a totally boring meal. And homemade brownie/coffee ice cream sundaes for dessert. Yum!

Monday: Waffles of Insane Greatness - Here they are again! Parker requested them so on to the menu they went. 

Tuesday: Enchilada Pasta - I love how easily this dinner comes together. This time it will be a meatless version but I'll load it up with black beans, chili beans, and corn. 

Wednesday: Crock Pot Steak Bites - This will be a new recipe for us. We bought some meat from my parents when they bought half a cow so our freezer is stocked with various cuts of beef. This sounded like a super yummy way to use up a round steak! I'm thinking mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli on the side sound great as well. 

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: My family will be in town to celebrate my little brother's college graduation so I'm not sure what is on the menu yet!

Saturday: Another night with family, another night that I don't have planned yet! If you need some ideas check out my Drool Worthy Meals board on Pinterest!