Monday, July 14, 2014

Meal Plan for the Week!

Well, it's been a while. One day I will catch up on all the posts sitting in my "Drafts" box. In the meantime, we're enjoying the hot Alabama summer! God is so good and we've been able to spend lots of time with family and have even been able to catch up with good friends and see lots of folks we don't see on a regular basis. We stayed at the Compound for almost a week after the 4th of July and the kids have been back and forth too, taking turns at the Compound. But we don't have anything major coming up in the next few weeks, so we're ready to get back to normal, everyday summer stuff.  Like swimming and day trips and actually eating at home instead of on-the-go. 
And since most of our meals for the last couple weeks have consisted of pizza, 


Chick Fil A, 


 and/or birthday donuts, 


I thought I'd do our life spans a favor and give cooking a try.

I'm posting our meal plan for the week in case anyone needs some simple ideas. 
Key word being "simple." 
So if you're looking for something that will blow your culinary socks off, you will be disappointed. But it's summer, and its hot, and ain't nobody got time to be slaving away for hours in a hot kitchen after a hot day looking like a hot mess. --------------------->>>
Gimme them easy recipes. 
And a cherry limeade.






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MONDAY:  TACO SALAD, SOUR CREAM RICE

TUESDAY:  BBQ CHICKEN, BAKED BEANS, CORN ON THE COB, SLAW

WEDNESDAY: BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA

THURSDAY: PORK CHOPS, MASHED POTATOES,  ENGLISH PEAS, BAKED APPLES AND BISCUITS

FRIDAY: BREAKFAST! (EGGS, BACON, BISCUITS, FRUIT)
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And, because I have 18 loads of laundry to do and would rather put it off, here's a grocery list, organized by section:

PRODUCE:
lettuce for taco salad (I buy lettuce shreds in the package)
cilantro - 1 bunch
1 red onion, chopped
salsa (fresh or in-the-jar)
avocado - 1 or 2
1 bag coleslaw mix
fresh corn on the cob - enough for your family
fresh broccoli
potatoes (whatever kind you like for a side dish. I actually buy Ore Ida Steam n Mash potatoes in the frozen section; they are so good and take 10 minutes in the microwave! Add butter and you're done! )
4 apples (or you can substitute for a can of apple pie filling; see [*] below on Thursday's meal.
1 lemon
fruit for breakfast night  (whatever your family likes)

MEAT: 
1 lb ground beef
2 lb chicken breasts (or enough for each family member to have some for Tuesday AND you'll need some leftover chicken for the pizza on Wedneday, but only about half as much.)
pork chops - enough for your family
bacon

DAIRY:
shredded cheese - 1 bag mozzarella, 1 bag of Mexican style
8-12 oz sour cream
2 cans biscuits
eggs

BREADS:
tortillas (only if your kids would rather have tacos than taco salad on Mexican Monday)
thin pizza crust

BOXED/CANNED:
1 can chicken broth
1 cup uncooked rice
1 4oz can green chilies
1 can yellow corn
1 can black beans
1 can English peas/green peas
baked beans (enough to feed your family)
1 pkt taco seasoning
tortilla chips
BBQ sauce

FROZEN:
Steam n Mash potatoes (Ore Ida brand; only if you don't buy fresh potatoes)

STAPLES YOU'LL NEED AT HOME:
mayo, white vinegar, flour, sugar, butter, cooking spray, whatever you eat on your biscuits (honey, jelly, etc.)


Now for the recipes:

MEXICAN MONDAY:  Taco Salad and Sour Cream Rice
Note: You'll want to save some of the black beans, cilantro, and corn and lettuce for Wednesday's meal.
-For the taco salad: brown ground beef and add taco seasoning, cook until done. Drain and rinse black beans; store half of them for Wednesday. Slice up avocado, chop cilantro. Serve beef on top of lettuce with beans, chopped avocado/cilantro, Mexican style shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa. Crumble tortilla chips on top.
-If your kids like tacos, use the tortillas and fill them up with whatever ingredients they like.
-I haven't tried this Sour Cream Rice recipe yet, but I saw it on Pinterest and the link can be found HERE.

Baked Mexican Sour Cream Rice:
1 can (14oz) chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
4 oz diced green chilies
1 cup shredded monterey jack
1 can yellow corn, drained
1/4 c cilantro
1 cup uncooked rice

Preheat oven to 350. In a large pot, bring rice and chicken broth to a boil; reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 20 min. Meanwhile, spray a 1.5-qt casserole dish with nonstick spray. When rice is done, remove from heat and mix in sour cream, green chilies, corn, cilantro and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Spread into casserole dish. Cover with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until melty and bubbly.

TUESDAY: BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob and Slaw
-For the chicken, beans and corn: Take 1 chicken breast for each family member and sprinkle salt and pepper on them. Then place each chicken breast on a small sheet of aluminum foil. Spoon some BBQ sauce on each breast. Then open the baked beans and spoon some baked beans on top of the chicken breasts as well. Break the cobs of corn in half and place the 2 small halves beside the chicken breast. Fold your foil up and around the ingredients and seal at the top, essentially creating a little 'packet.' Place each packet on a large cookie sheet. Bake the sealed foil packets for 40 minutes on 400 degrees.
-Slaw: Mix coleslaw package with a little bit of mayo, some sugar and white vinegar (just eyeball the amounts; I don't like it too mayonnaise-y so I add little bits at a time) until you like the way it tastes!

WEDNESDAY: BBQ Chicken Pizza
-You'll need your leftover BBQ chicken from last night, some BBQ sauce, and your black beans, corn leftover lettuce shreds and cilantro from Monday. You'll also need the chopped red onion, mozzarella cheese and pizza crust. Take out your crust, spread a little bit of olive oil and a little bit of BBQ sauce right onto the crust. Top with your shredded BBQ chicken, chopped red onion, and cover with mozzarella cheese. Bake according to crust instructions or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove pizza, and as a cool topping, mix together lettuce shreds, black beans, corn and chopped cilantro; serve this right on top of the pizza! This is one of my favorites for sure!

THURSDAY: Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Apples and Biscuits
-You can do the pork chops any way you choose. Sometimes we grill them, sometimes we just sear them on the stovetop and finish off in the oven. Sometimes we dredge them in egg and flour and then fry them up in a skillet. Do them however you like!
-I serve these with mashed potatoes, English peas, biscuits and baked apples.
-For the apples: Core and slice 4 apples. In a mixing bowl, mix together:
2 T. flour, 2 T. lemon juice, 1/2 t. salt, 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1/2 cup sugar. Toss apples in this mixture and then put them in a sprayed glass cooking dish. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes!

*If you want an even simpler route, place your pork chops in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper; forget buying the apples and just grab a large can of apple pie filling instead; dump the entire can on the pork chops, and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until done! Serve with the taters and peas and biscuits. :) 

FRIDAY: Breakfast
Simple as it sounds: scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits with jelly/honey, and fruit! Enjoy!

Ok, make sure you read and double-check your lists because I probably left out some major ingredient by accident. I've read it until my eyes are crossed, y'all. ;)

Happy cooking this week!
And be sure to check my new Instagram account, @mamaneedsameal, for more tips and recipe ideas.

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