Menu Plan Monday

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Monday

Coconut Shrimp, Fries & Broccoli

Day #5 of potty training meant that I had ZERO energy to prepare food. So, I went with frozen coconut shrimp that simply had to be put on a pan and put in the oven. A side of frozen fries and frozen broccoli completed the easy trifecta.

18 minutes and minimal effort later, we had a hot supper that was tasty and mildly nutritious.

Tuesday

Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans

I got the meatloaf recipe from Pinterest years ago.

We like it because cooking the meatloaf in muffin tins means that they cook faster and there’s more of the crusty edge, which everyone knows is the only reason to eat meatloaf at all.

I definitely don’t pipe the mashed potatoes on the top of the mini meatloafs. They just get scooped on the side of the meatloaf.

Also, in case you’re wondering, if you accidentally add vanilla greek yogurt instead of plain greek yogurt to your mashed potatoes, no one notices. Or, at least, no one says anything.

Finish this meal off with some frozen green beans and you’re set.

My favorite way to cook green beans is to the put them in a microwave-safe bowl, add a splash of water and put a lid almost entirely on the bowl. Cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. Drain off the water, then add a little butter, salt and pepper and toss together. Sprinkle a little bit of grated parmesan cheese, place the lid back on and toss to coat. Even my kids eat these.

Wednesday

Homemade Pizza, Salad & Apples w/ PB

I am doing the Simplicity Challenge this month and today’s task was cleaning out the fridge. In doing so, I found a half jar of pizza sauce and a bagged salad that expired TODAY, so that’s the origins of today’s meal.

Mini Naans make homemade pizza a breeze. And fun for the kids. AND they help us adults with no self-control (ahem…) with portion control.

Throw some sauce, cheese & veggies (or pepperoni for the kids) on the Naan, Broil it for 4 minutes and supper is done.

Easy peasy.

Thursday

Breakfast Casserole & Blueberry Muffins

I don’t impulse buy at the grocery store. If something’s not on my list, I don’t buy it.

Except this one time.

I found this seasoning packet on the end cap at the checkout and was intrigued.

It sat in our pantry for a few weeks because 1) I kind of forgot about it and 2) I didn’t have an occasion to make breakfast for supper in the crockpot.

Then we cooked some bacon a little too long – we are chewy bacon people – and the leftover over-crispy bacon seemed to be the perfect reason to add this breakfast casserole to our menu.

It couldn’t have been easier to assemble. The hard part is that it has to cook for 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low. That makes it a hard breakfast meal because it requires waking up really early to start it and it makes it a hard dinner meal because you’d have to be home during the day to start it.

Friday

Pizza & Smoothies

Does anyone else agree that Domino’s reward program where you get points for each ORDER (vs. each pizza) is dumb?

Moving on…..

Easy Smoothie Recipe

  • Liquid (I try to find one with veggies that’s not loaded with sugar)
  • Yogurt (we mix plain greek & plain vanilla)
  • Spinach or Kale
  • Frozen Fruit (partially thawed)

Saturday

Out To Eat

My husband and I took a day just the two of us to do some shopping and and our Annual Goal Planning.

Sunday

Snacky Supper

Otherwise known as fruit & veggie prep for the week disguised as supper. Or junk food disguised as a meal.

Snacky Supper came from my determination to not be so crabby that the weekend was ending. And it is a tradition that is here to stay.

Our current Snacky Supper Menu Consists Of:

  • Meat & Cheese & Crackers
  • Veggies & Hummus
  • Fruit
  • Pigs in a Blanket
  • Mozzarella Sticks (from the freezer section)
  • Queso & Tortilla Chips

Do you have a meal that you do the same every week and has become a tradition in your house?

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