Monday, March 17, 2014

This Week's Meal Plan [scratch-made or starter-helped]

Mike and I have learned to go with the flow at our house.  Up until 7 months ago, there were 5 people living in this house.  What did that mean?  Nothing was ever really clean, you were never really alone, and time in the kitchen was at a minimum.  We learned to cook very quick meals and get out of there!  We never made fully frozen or pre-prepared meals, but usually had some help with some boxed meal-starters.  Now that we're by ourselves, we're trying to branch out and make some from-scratch meals, but, to be honest, we're about 50/50.

On Sunday nights, we throw our meal plan together with the awesome Pinterest-inspired meal board I made, and Mondays after work, we grocery shop together.  

I really like the way we do things.  We cook meals together and never spend too much time in the kitchen on any given week.  On average, we cook 5 nights a week, eat leftovers a 6th night, and have some sort of plans [dinner out, dinner with parents, etc.] on the 7th night.

Here's what we're eating this week:

Monday: Chicken Fried Rice
All you need is Rice A Roni Fried Rice, 1 pound chicken, 2 eggs, 1 cup peas.  I follow the "chicken fried rice" on the back, but instead of cooking the chicken in the rice, I cook it with a little Soy and Teriyaki sauces.  Total prep and cook time: 30 minutes

Tuesday: Lasagne Bianca
Full recipe here.  Total prep time: 1 hour and cook time: 30 minutes

Wednesday: Shrimp Scampi
All you need is a package of Gorton' frozen shrimp scampi and linguini.  Simply boil the linguine, cook the scampi in a large saucepan, and mix the two together.  Top with parmesan cheese, if you wish!  Total prep and cook time: 20 minutes

Thursday: Butternut Squash and Chicken Soup
Full recipe here.  Total prep and cook time: 1 hour

Sunday: Homemade Pizza
We get the dough from Bertucci's, some cheese, and jarred sauce, and pop the pizzas in the oven at 350 for 12-15 minutes or so!


Sweet Love and Ginger said...

I like this we do a meal plan every week too, of course I'm indecisive so I always end up switching what we eat on Monday with Thursdays or something. At least it helps with the grocery bill, and the diet.

Carly said...

I love your meal board! I tend to do really good with meal planning some weeks and others I completely fail!

Julie said...

I meal plan every week as much as I can. My newest thing is Keith is supposed to decide Sunday nights and last night was like pulling teeth, he couldn't decide. We will see how long this lasts, ha!

Rebecca Jo said...

My mind would explode if I was this organized about dinners.

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

Such a cute meal board! Love Chicken fried rice.

Jen said...

All of these meals sound amazing!!!!

Hope @ Hope in a Blog said...

Butternut squash soup...YUM!!! Xx.

Kristin said...

Oh pizza… :) The making of any great menu plan.

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