Sunday, September 18, 2011

Weekly Meal Planning, Week of 9.19.11

I had the hardest time coming up with a meal plan this week. First of all, I was incredibly busy at work, and the last thing I felt like doing when I finally had time to relax after the boys were in bed was sit in front of the computer, choosing meals and writing out a grocery list. And secondly, I was just feeling uninspired. You'd think I would be the opposite of that, what with it being fall now and the start of a new "food season," but it is what it is. I even had to ask Joe for help this week, and didn't end up deciding on a plan until Friday night. Now that I have, though, I'm really excited about all of these meals.

Monday: Cream cheese chicken, green beans, rolls. I've seen this dish called "angel chicken," and I've seen it called "Italian chicken," but no words are sweeter to me than "cream cheese," so that's the name I prefer. ;) 

Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread. This meal was selected by Joe. I haven't shared the particular meatball recipe I'm going to use this time yet, but it's Joe's favorite. I make spicy sausage meatballs and pan-fry them, then finish them in sauce. I'll definitely share the recipe this time. 

Wednesday: Sweet pork tacos with cilantro ranch dressing. I found this recipe on Pinterest and was immediately drooling. Pork roast marinated in brown sugar and Coca-Cola, then drizzled with a yummy creamy dressing? Yes please! I think the boys will really love this one too. 

Thursday: “Whatever” night. Joe has a softball game, so it’ll just be the boys and me. In our house, this usually means I eat a couple of eggs and toast, and the boys have peanut butter and honey sandwiches, pretzels, and yogurt. Quick and easy. 

Friday: Hawaiian pulled BBQ chicken sliders, chips. When I told Joe about these sandwiches, he made a face. I'm betting that once he tries them, he'll love them. And even if he doesn't, I know I will! I'm using King's Hawaiian rolls for the sliders. 

Saturday: Baked chicken chimichangas and Mexican sour cream rice. I had these chimis on the meal plan a few weeks ago, but didn't end up making them for whatever reason. They sound incredible, so I'm really excited to try them! I'll make a double batch of the rice, so we have enough for this meal and the next night's. 

Sunday: Taco wonton cups and Mexican sour cream rice. I didn't mean to put so much Mexican food on the menu this week, but once I noticed it I'd already made out my shopping list and I wasn't about to go back and change it all around. Besides, it was a happy accident, because Mexican food is my favorite. This recipe uses cupcake pans and wontons, and I'm sure these will taste just as delicious as they look. So cute, right?


amanda @ fake ginger said...

I've got that cream cheese chicken on my menu this week too! It's one of hubs favorites.

Allison said...

I'm totally struggling with meal planning this week, too. We were out of town until 9:00 Sunday night so I didn't have time to do any grocery thinking or shopping over the weekend (making me miss out on the triple fuel points at Kroger, I hate shopping during the week. Blech.

Amy said...

Those Hawaiian bbq chicken sandwiches are my favorite! I posted about them a few months ago. They totally rock.

When I'm feeling uninspired, I go to my Pinterest boards and something will always call to me.

Amy @ A Little Nosh