This Week’s Menu Plan: November 14 – 20

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This week’s Menu Plan: November 14 – 20, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Eggs and toast
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Quesadillas and beans
  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches

Dinner:

Once again, I’d love to know what you’ve got planned for your meals this week. Let me know in the comment section below!

This Week’s Menu Plan: November 7 – 13, 2016

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Well, the verdict is in. Not having a menu plan means we don’t eat “proper” meals around here. I was feeling so drained last week that I was pulling random things out of the freezer and fridge and calling it good. While I don’t think we ate terribly, it could have been so much better if I had taken the time to plan a menu. Lesson learned…again. 🙂

 

Here’s the plan for November 7 – 13, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Eggs and toast
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Quesadillas and beans
  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches

Dinner:

What’s on your menu this week? Let us know in the comments!

This Week’s Menu Plan: October 24 – 30, 2016

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Have you guys tried the Click & Collect from Superstore? I’ve been having fun trying it out the last couple of weeks and I absolutely love it! Such a time saver. And money saver too, I might add, since I’m not picking up random things that I ‘need’ each time! I’m definitely sold on the service.

This week I’m doing something a bit different for dinners. I came across the My FreezEasy Make One, Freeze One Challenge, so I signed up! You get to choose one free meal plan. I chose the Traditional plan. The idea is to make one dinner and double it to add one to the freezer. But I’m only going to make one to eat each night.

Here’s the plan for October 24 – 30, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Soup
  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches

Dinner:

I’m doing the My FreezEasy Make One, Freeze One Challenge for four meals. My husband requested Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells.

What’s on your menu this week? Let us know in the comments!

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This Week’s Menu Plan: October 17 – 23

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What a blur last week was! I had no menu planned and we ate out entirely too often. Sometimes, life throws some things at you that requires cutting yourself some slack so the important things get taken care of. We were fed, not the most nutritious meals, but the important things got taken care of.

I’m feeling a bit more like I can tackle this week after my mini blogging break, especially since I have a menu planned! However, some things may get pushed off the list because we may have to do some hospital visits due to our situation last week. (Extended family health emergency.)

Here’s the plan for October 17 – 23, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches

Dinner:

MondayChicken in Basil Sauce
Tuesday: Tacos
WednesdayHam, mashed potatoes, veggies
Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie (freezer meal)
Friday: Hamburger Soup
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Dinner at parents

What’s on your menu this week? Let us know in the comments!

This Week’s Menu Plan: October 3 – 9

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Well, sickness hit our household which threw off most of my plans for dinner. Somehow, I managed to escape the sickness, but I’ve been busy tending to everyone else! However, looking at the list, I did make the spaghetti, Hashay and Sausage & Potato bake. Not too bad I guess.

This week I’ve got a pretty easy week for dinners because of Thanksgiving (read: I’m spoiled 😉 ) We’ve got dinner taken care of us for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I’m in charge of making dessert so I’m bringing my mini pumpkin cheesecakes.

Here’s the plan for October 3 – 9, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Egg salad sandwiches

Dinner:

MondayPeanut Chicken Pasta
Tuesday: Oatmeal Pancakes, bacon
Wednesday: Stirfry
Thursday: Meatballs, mashed potatoes, veggies
Friday: Weiner roast with family
Saturday: Thanksgiving dinner with family
Sunday: Thanksgiving dinner at parents

What’s on your menu this week? Let us know in the comments!

This Week’s Menu Plan: September 26 – October 2

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I’m happy to report that last week all of the meals I had planned got made! Now that’s progress! How did you do? Did you try any new recipes that were a hit?

Here’s the plan for September 26 – October 2, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

Dinner:

Monday: Spaghetti
Tuesday: Oatmeal Pancakes, bacon
Wednesday: Hashay
Thursday: Sausage & Potato Bake
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Snack Party plate
Sunday: Dinner at my parents

What’s on your menu this week? Let up know in the comments!

This Week’s Menu Plan: September 19 – 25

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You guys, I bombed last week’s menu plan. I think the only thing that got made from the list was tacos and that wasn’t even the recipe I linked to last week! (I found some precooked taco meat in the freezer, yay!) Other than that, we ordered Domino’s pizza, I made a bourbon chicken in the slow cooker, we had a “snack party” plate another night and the rest must have been leftovers.

At least we were fed, right? Ha!

 

Since most of the meals never got made last week, I’m just going to roll them over to this week. 😉

Here’s the plan for September 19 – 25, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

Dinner:

MondayOatmeal Pancakes, bacon
Tuesday: Cool Ranch Shredded Chicken Tacos 
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies
ThursdayFettuccine Alfredo, carrots
FridayBalsamic Beef Roast, mashed potatoes, veggies
Saturday: Out for our anniversary (yes, we didn’t even do this last week!)
Sunday: Dinner at my parents

What’s on your menu this week? Let up know in the comments!

This Week’s Menu Plan: September 12 – 18

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Well that was a whirl wind week! How about yours? My daughter started back to preschool and she’s now taking a ballet class once a week. Nothing out of the ordinary but I guess I did get used to having a more laid back summer! This coming week will be pretty much the same with school, dance and my husband’s last soccer game of the season. (I’m realizing that I may need to carve out a wee bit of time for something I would enjoy doing! We’ll see.)

Since I’m still learning how to juggle a newish baby, getting my daughter places, new routines and whatnot, I’m planning simple meals this week.

Here’s the plan for September 5 – 11, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

Dinner:

MondayBalsamic Beef Roast, mashed potatoes, veggies
Tuesday: Cool Ranch Shredded Chicken Tacos 
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies
ThursdayFettuccine Alfredo, carrots
FridayOatmeal Pancakes, bacon
Saturday: Out for our anniversary
Sunday: Dinner at my parents

This Week’s Menu Plan: September 5 – 11

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How on earth did we hit the end of summer vacation already? It just zipped by! We’re enjoying the long weekend by just spending time together and hitting up a nearby fair. It was the first time my oldest daughter has been and she had a blast!

Also, soup weather has hit! That makes me sort of giddy, because I love soup! There will be a couple of soups on the menu because of that fact. 🙂

Here’s the plan for September 5 – 11, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Grilled Cheese

Dinner:

Monday: Dinner at my parents (because we missed yesterday)
TuesdayZuppa Toscana
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies
Thursday: Potato Soup (from Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes), buns
Friday: Pizza (either this dough recipe or on Pita bread with pepperoni or ham)
Saturday: Cool Ranch Shredded Chicken Tacos 
Sunday: Dinner at my parents

7 Foods Perfect for Packing in Thermoses

Back to school season means it is time for back to school lunches! While you might think this means a year of sandwiches and prepackaged foods, think again. Thermoses are a great investment and perfect for adding flavor and variety to back to school lunches. Take a look below at 7 foods perfect for packing in thermoses so your child can enjoy a lunch that is fun, fueling, and healthy!

7 Foods Perfect for Packing in Thermoses:

Thermoses are a great investment and perfect for adding flavor and variety to back to school lunches. Take a look at these 7 foods perfect for packing in thermoses so your child can enjoy a lunch that is fun, fueling, and healthy!

1. Hot dogs.

Hot dogs store nicely in thermoses. Just add some hot water along with the cooked hot dogs and close tightly. They will say warm and be ready to add to a bun with all the toppings you want. This is also when those carry out condiments come in hand.

2. Pasta dishes.

You can add all sorts of pasta dishes to thermoses including Ramen noodles, spaghetti, ravioli, and alphabet noodles in broth. Add leftover dinner pasta or boil some pasta the night before so you just have to heat before adding to the thermos. Don’t forget a side of bread and butter and mini salad or some veggies to make the perfect lunch.

3. Soups and stews.

This is the perfect winter time lunch! Thermoses are great for chicken noodle soup, tomato soup, leftover stews, chili, and more. Just heat it and add it to the thermos for best results. Add crackers or a sandwich or even a mini fruit salad and you’re all set.

4. Meatballs.

Meatballs are a savory dish that kids will love. Heat frozen meatballs up and add them to the thermos, or heat meatballs from the previous night’s dinner. They pair well with pasta or pack some bread for a meatball sandwich. It’s a filling lunch sure to keep the kids going. Add a small side salad or some fruit to round out the perfect lunch.

5. Rice and beans/Rice and chicken.

Any combination of rice and beans or rice and chicken is perfect for a thermos. Heat before filling the thermos and it’s a hearty lunch idea the kids will enjoy. Make one of these meals for dinner and reserve some for lunch if you wish.

6. Burrito bowls.

Doesn’t a burrito bowl sound amazing? You can place burrito bowl fillers in a thermos for a tasty lunch with a festive spin. Toss in some heated Mexican rice, beans, ground beef or shredded chicken, shredded cheese, lettuce, and a dab of sour cream. Pack some corn chips to top the mixture with for the best lunch ever!

7. Hot chocolate

Pack some hot chocolate in your child’s lunch for an after lunch treat. You can even add a baggie of mini marshmallows on the side. This is a great way to warm them up before heading outside for recess during the cold winter months.

Are you ready to send the kids back to school with lunches that are fun and fueling? Buy a durable thermos and give these 7 foods for packing in a thermos a try. Your kids are sure to enjoy them and be the envy of the class!

What are your go-to lunches for back to school? Let us know in the comments below!