Weekly Menu Plan #66 + a look at the weekly grocery shopping for our family of 7

Weekly Menu Plan #66 + a look at the weekly grocery shopping for our family of 7

Not a huge week for fresh produce as prices weren't amazing (other than the apples!) so we stuck to a few basics and will be eating mostly the few types of frozen veggies we have left. I'll have to do a stock up of some of those asap. I am pretty excited to have salad again for lunches though. 

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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 #23

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: Pulled Pork sandwiches - It's a cook out with extended family. A good portion of my side of the family hasn't seen us in about a year! That means the last time they saw the little guys they were barely crawling let alone running around the yard. We are going picnic crazy with pasta salad, potato salad, fruit, and cupcakes. Yum!

Monday: Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers (Chili's Copycat Recipe) - We used the recipe for these chicken crispers a few weeks ago when we made Sticky Fingers Wraps. The breading is light and crispy while the chicken stays incredibly juicy. 

Tuesday: Burgers - I'm thinking of doing some gourmet style burgers topped with grilled pineapple or fried eggs. 

Wednesday: Pizza Quesadillas - We like to call these "Pizzadillas." These are a huge hit with the kids and they are perfect for letting them help in the kitchen. Sprinkle on a light layer of cheese on the tortilla, add your toppings, another sprinkle of cheese, and a second tortilla. Grill each side until toasted and the cheese is gooey. Serve it with a side of warm pizza sauce!

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Homemade Pizza and Movie Night

Saturday: Cuban Sandwiches - Micah discovered he LOVES Cubans a year or so ago and it's almost always what he orders when we go out. I realized that we have amazing pulled pork left from the Father's Day meal at our church so we are going to make our own Cubans at home! 

What's on your menu this week? Do you ever recreate restaurant favorites in your kitchen?