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Weekly Menu: Week 41 (10/7/13-10/11/13)

Were you absolutely lost without a menu last week? I didn’t think so. I knew you could do it on your own. We were away from home for the entire weekend for a wedding, so there was no cooking on the schedule. Or grocery shopping for that matter.

I actually dragged my hung-over husband out on Sunday afternoon to buy produce and necessities. I can’t lie…it was a little fun watching him “recover” while I calmly shopped for pears and milk.

This week, I have a plan. There is an extra recipe or two thrown into the mix this time because my freezer is honestly looking a little bare. I’m not panicking just yet…despite the fact that my dear son will be born in 33 days or less.

33 days or less.

Wow.

OK, now I’m ready to panic.

I have plans to make a couple of off-menu recipes this weekend, because in my short-lived jaunt as “Bento box lunch packer“, I’ve realized that my little muffin of a daughter LOVES her ‘special treats’ that pop up unexpectedly. I purchased a Wilton Mini Pie Press AGES ago, and have yet to use it, so I’m going to see how it handles apple-pie-making tomorrow. I bought that pie press way before kids were even in the mix, and now I’m wishing that I had an even smaller version (since my girl doesn’t really need a pie even as big as the mini press I have). I might try to procure a smaller one, but for now I’m going with the one I have.

Incidentally, there are some absolutely adorable pumpkin-shaped cookies floating around my Pinterest feed.

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Yeah, I won’t be making those. They’re so cute, but that’s just a little too ambitious for this pregnant lady.

However, I will be making these:

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I’m going to shred some ham and add it between the potato layers, since Big Daddy will not likely accept a meat-free meal–especially one involving potatoes of any variety.

I didn’t pick regular recipes that are overly complicated. I tried to keep it as simple as possible, considering that there are 6 new recipes this week.

New Recipes:

Recycled Recipe:

Here’s a link to all of the recipes, the menu, and the grocery list. I did away with the plan because I’ve listed what day to make which recipe on the menu…so “the plan” sort of felt like overkill.

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!

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Weekly Menu: Week 34 (8/19/13-8/23/13)

It just occurred to me that today is Sunday, and I forgot to post the menu.

I honestly had it finished on Friday, and even did my own grocery shopping and everything…but forgot to post it here for you.

Oops. My bad. So hopefully I didn’t screw up your life too much this week. Don’t worry–I haven’t cooked anything yet this weekend either.

So, with that in mind, I’ll cut right to the chase…

New Recipes:

Recycled Recipes:

You can get the full deal (menu, grocery list, recipes & plan) in the August folder in this 52 Menus | 52 Weeks box.com folder.

Have a great week everyone!

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Weekly Menu: Week 22

First, I want to apologize for the goofy mishap last week with the menu. I didn’t have time to work on it throughout the week on my workday lunch breaks, and when I got home on Friday, I realized I had no access to my computer at work. It’s a long, boring story, but I had accidentally deactivated remote access to my work iMac…wop, wop… So–there’s no actual menu file from last week (because I honestly don’t have the time to go back and make it), but you can get every one of the recipes I used on the last menu from my Week 21 Pinterest Board.

So that’s out of the way…

HI! It’s Week 22! Are you ready? I’m not feeling overly-motivated! Or rather, I’m anticipating a severe lack of cooking motivation this weekend because it’s a THREE! DAY! WEEKEND! Exciting stuff. I’m going to keep it pretty simple. I have quite a bit of food stored in my freezer–here’s a little inventory:

  • 1 pan of Spicy Chicken and Spinach Enchilada Stuffed Shells from last week
  • 1 pan of macaroni & cheese from I couldn’t even tell you which week…it’s been in the freezer for a minute
  • 12ish Sweet Peanut Butter Muffins from Week 20
  • 6 portions of Vanilla French Toast from every single week, since I make it every Saturday with leftover bread
  • 8ish Banana Banana Muffins from Week 19
  • 12ish Spinach Lasagna Rolls from Week 17
  • 6 individual portions of Carrot Cake Oatmeal from Week 19
  • 6 Low Sugar, Whole Grain Blueberry Orange Muffins from Week 17
  • 1 Braised Beef Roast (for tacos) from ages ago, that never made it into the crock pot

So…I have quite a bit to choose from, and breakfast is pretty well covered in our house at the moment. For that reason, I’m basically leaving the breakfast meals untouched this week, and I’ll just repeat what I did last week (and incidentally the week before). However, I am running low on oatmeal, so I’m going to make a batch of Blueberry/Raspberry Baked Oatmeal this weekend so I can have it on-hand in the freezer (and baby girl can eat it one day during the week).

Monday is a holiday, so I technically don’t have to make a menu for the baby, since she’ll be home. However, it makes my life much easier if we have a menu in place so that I don’t have to scramble for her meals. Even though I don’t meal plan for the weekends, I usually have at least a mental plan of what we’re going to eat on the weekends as well. I guess it stresses me out less if I’m somewhat prepared.

Surprise! This week, I’m most excited about the Hoisin Pork with Rice Noodles.

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…which means that meat is back in the game, friends! I love me some second trimester!

Here are the new recipes for this week:

Here are the recipes that I am pulling from my freezer (but make sure to add them to your grocery list if they aren’t stocked in your freezer already):

Here’s the full menu (including all of the recipes as pdf attachments), the grocery list, and the game plan.

I hope that everyone has a FANTASTIC, LONG, WONDERFUL holiday weekend!

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Weekly Menu: Week 20

Happy Friday!!

I’ve seriously waited all week for today. It’s finally the weekend!

I’m starting to feel normal again. I hate to jinx myself, but I think that I am slowly approaching that wonderful “honeymoon” phase of my pregnancy. The “morning” sickness (which was really more of an “all-day” sickness) is happening less and less frequently, I haven’t been wanting to curl up in a ball on the sofa at 5:30 each day, and miracle of all miracles…I ate BEEF last night!

But then I had debilitating gas pain until approximately 2AM. So, there’s that.

Someday meat might return to the menu, but I’m clearly not ready yet.

I was informed this afternoon that a quick glance at my recent pins on Pinterest shows primarily pictures of pasta and various other forms of carb deliciousness.

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And…that is a very valid point. But there are some bird feeders and gardening ideas thrown in there for good measure!

This week is no less carb-centric, so I’m going to apologize in advance.

New Recipes This Week:

From the Freezer This Week:

I Don’t Have This Left in My Freezer, but Maybe You Do (yep, I just made this a category):

Here’s the full menu in pdf format, the grocery list, and the plan!

I hope everyone has a fantastic cooking-free week! =)

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Weekly Menu: Week 19

I am honestly TRYING to break my pregnant self out of the carb-fest that I’ve been on for the past several weeks. However, my body really has a different idea. Eating is still posing some significant challenges at the moment.

  1. I still don’t want to eat meat (this lasted my entire pregnancy last time).
  2. Chicken literally makes me gag.
  3. Salad is iffy.

I have problems. Which means that you have problems too, if you’re following my menu. If you’re trying to be ‘bikini-ready’, you’ve surely come to the wrong place. However, I’m trying to keep you (and my poor protein-deficient husband) in mind when I plan the weekly menus. If it was only about me, the menu would look like this:

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Mmmmm.

But! I can’t do that to you guys. Instead, I’ll only sorta kinda carb bomb you.

I’m also trying to branch out a little bit on the toddler front, and give the little one some different variety. She does eat a very nutritious diet, but I’d like to make sure she’s trying new food often, and I sometimes feel like I have a hard time keeping it interesting.

So this week, we’ll try hummus. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t tried to give her hummus yet. I suppose I just never have it in the house because my husband hates it. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Coupled with my pregnancy-related malfunctions, I’m also having a problem motivating myself to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I’d much rather be enjoying the warmer weather, digging in the garden, strolling the baby, and playing at the playground. As a result, you may have noticed that I started making only 3 dinner meals per week, and I’ve also scaled down on the number of recipes in total that I make each weekend.

Incidentally, this will probably come back to bite me in the butt when my freezer starts to look a little sad and empty…but I’ll suffer the consequences later. I’d rather enjoy the weather.

The menu this week is pretty easy, so this is a good week to get started if you’re just jumping in!

That’s it! Pretty easy, right?

Here’s the full menu for the week, the grocery list, and the plan.

Have a great week!

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Weekly Menu: Week 16

Another week is upon us!

This week’s menu is heavy on the freezer, so I hope you’ve been keeping up! Why is it heavy on the freezer, you ask?! Well…because Mama’s feeling lazy! And we might as well use that food in the freezer–that’s why it’s there, right?!

There are FIVE freezer pulls on the menu this week:

  • Vanilla French Toast
  • Mini Pizza
  • Apple-Pear Bran Muffin
  • Spinach Lasagna Roll
  • Baked Oatmeal

 

If you haven’t stocked your freezer with all of these recipes yet, that’s OK. Just improvise until you get them all stocked in there. Most of these are sort of the staples that always remain in my freezer, so when I get ready to run out, I add it into my schedule to make more. Actually, I make Vanilla French Toast every single Saturday with the previous weeks’ leftover bread and eggs! It’s a great way to ensure that I always have it in the freezer.

The star of last week for me was the Blueberry-Raspberry Baked Oatmeal.

oatmealSo delicious! I’ve made a mental note that next time I need to add a crumbly topping to it prior to baking it, because that would make it even more delicious.

Here’s this week’s menu:

And the recipe list (starred recipes are from the freezer):

 

Here’s the full pdf version of the menu for 4/15/13-4/19/13 (if you click on this link and then “download”, all of the recipes are attached to the pdf), the plan, and the grocery list!

Have a fantastic week!

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Weekly Menu: Week 15

I’m happy to report that, unlike during week 13, I only had one menu casualty last week. The Breakfast Muffins never happened, but that was perfectly fine, since I had plenty of previously-frozen Apple-Pear Bran Muffins.

Oh, the benefits of stocking your freezer never end!

Besides the fact that I had plenty of food to feed my family all week, the highlight of my week was definitely my birthday on Tuesday (!!!), and the celebration that ensued on Wednesday. My sweet husband took me out for Dim Sum and to see Adam Levine…I mean…Maroon 5. It was a great night, and tons of fun.

The beautiful thing was that my lovely daughter had food to eat for dinner while we were away. Since I had my menu planned, I was also able to pack her Thursday daycare food on Tuesday evening so that I didn’t have to make it on Wednesday when we got home at midnight. Or on Thursday morning when I was severely sleep-deprived. I can only imagine what I would’ve packed on Thursday morning.

This week I’ve made it a point to add things to the menu that you can eat during the week and also freeze for the future. Out of the 6 new recipes, 5 of them can potentially be frozen for the future. Just remember that if you plan to double (or triple) a recipe so that you can stock your freezer, you also have to increase the ingredients on your grocery list.

 

No slow cooker meals this week, but only because I wasn’t in the mood for anything that I came across.

It may sound selfish, but I’m probably the most excited about making (eating) my stuffed cabbage rolls.

Stuffed cabbage

Yum.

They’re one of my favorites, and I love the fact that the recipe makes so many, so I’m able to freeze one pan for later.

Here’s the menu for 04/08/13-04/12/13 the game plan , and the grocery list.

Just remember that items from the freezer are not included on the grocery list, so if you want to make those to stock your freezer for the future, be sure to add them to your grocery list! If you don’t want to make those items, and just substitute something you have on hand instead, that’s OK too. Eventually, you’ll have the same items stocked in your freezer as me, and you won’t have to substitute at all.

Have a great week!

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Weekly Menu: Week 3

I was slowly figuring out the process of menu planning still–this was only my second week of trying to ensure that my kid was fed 3 meals and 2 snacks per day. I wish someone told reminded me that I was eventually going to have to FEED her! I kid. Since we did Baby Led Weaning, she has been “eating” since around 5.5 months, but when she started daycare (at 9.5 months old), she was a full-on ‘3 meals a day’ girl already. I couldn’t just send her with baby food and call it a day–she needed real, healthy food!

[insert ‘overwhelmed, first-time mom’ expression here]

Tuna noodle casserole was a major fail in terms of feeding it to the baby. She was not a fan of the taste or texture of tuna, and every time she would put a piece in her mouth, she proceeded to promptly spit it directly out. It was entertaining at home, but I didn’t realize that I should have been sending a backup for her daycare meals in case she hated something that I sent for her. I learned that fairly quickly…but not without a few days of grumpy baby-ness.

Here’s the menu:

For this menu, I added the recipes into the pdf, so if you click print, you’ll actually get all of the recipes printed out as well.

If you want to see all of January’s menus at once, they’re on the January Page.

Recipe links are as follows:

You’ll probably notice that I started to add little instructions to myself within the menu so that I could have little reminders of when thing were supposed to happen throughout the week. This was what I did before I typed up an actual plan–now put notes on the menu AND type up a plan.

Again, no grocery list and no plan…because I just wasn’t there yet.

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