Friends, family members, and readers have asked me over and over again for some meal planning posts on my blog, so this week, I’m going to simply share our menu with you. In the future, I’ll also put together a post or two about meal planning. But for now, sharing my 10 day meal plan with you from time to time might be all you need to get your own creative juices flowing with your family’s meals.
I’m not sharing my menu because I’m SuperMom or I have a phenomenal meal plan this week. I’m sharing because I get in a rut sometimes and when I do, hearing someone else’s menu often reminds me of something I used to make and love that I’ve forgotten all about. I’ve also found some of my favorite recipes on various blogs that I follow. In fact, I like to try something new a few times a month. It keeps it fun.
This meal rotation started Thursday of last week and will get us through this week as well as stock our freezer for future meals.
Meals for 10 Nights
Pita Pizzas: Lasts one night. This is my go-to Wednesday night church rush meal. It’s quick, easy, simple to clean up, and everyone loves it. The bonus is that it’s also low calorie and heart healthy if you can find good pita bread at the store.
Italian Wonderpot: Lasts one night? I found this recipe on Pinterest and was intrigued because we love these flavors and I adore one pot meals (I wonder why?). This will be our first time trying it, and I’m adding meat to it, either chicken or italian sausage (or both). I’m also subbing out the vegetable stock for chicken stock I made and froze, and yellow onions instead of sweet onions. We’ll use basil from the back yard.
Rancher’s Roast Beef (slow cooker meal): Two Nights. I discovered this recipe a few months ago, and it instantly became my new favorite way to cook a roast. The pepperoncinis add a whole new flavor profile to the roast. You won’t be disappointed.
Spicy Turkey & Sweet Potato “gumbo”: Lasts two nights. I use the term “gumbo” here very loosely, only because the recipe’s authors called it a gumbo. We’re from South Louisiana, so this is not an authentic gumbo. But my brother-in-law cooked it for us once and it was amazing. So I’m calling it a Sweet Potato Soup and moving on with life. I think my Cajun husband will buy that.
Chili: Two nights+. No recipe to link to here, sorry, so find a good one on AllRecipes.com or use the 2 Alarm Chili Package and modify it all you want (That’s what I do). The goal here is to cook one, freeze three. I need to get back in the habit of freezer cooking again, and chili is the perfect way to start. In my opinion, there’s no reason to cook a small pot of chili when I could cook a ginormous one.
Breakfast for Dinner: Two nights. I try to plan this once a week, so while last week we had breakfast burritos because we had tortillas that needed to be eaten, there’s no telling what it will be this week. BFD is a big money saver for me. I always have grits, eggs, oatmeal, and fruit on hand.
Side dishes for these meals will either be a green salad, steamed veggies, and/or my homemade dinner rolls.
What’s on the menu at your house this week?