Week 5 Meal Plan

19 02 2012

Here is our week in meals for you!

Sunday: Italian wedding soup with homemade rolls!  Very yummy, but Mario was not a big fan of the veggie meatballs this time.

Italian Wedding Soup (vegan)

 

Monday (NO SCHOOL): Chicken Parmesan.    Yes no more Meatless Mondays because Lent begins on Wednesday.    We will be enjoying Meatless Fridays for the next few weeks!

Chicken Parmesan!!!

 
Tuesday: Burgers and fries (Same roll recipe as above!)
 
Wednesday:  It was corn dogs and mac & cheese, but now it will be eating out with friends for Ash Wednesday.  It happens.
 
Thursday: Pot Pies (frozen dinner night)
 
Friday: Was date night…now will be corn dogs and mac & cheese night
 
Saturday: Unstuffed peppers, but Mario is trying really hard to change this to something else…..He isn’t into it, but I love it!




Chicken Fettucini Alfredo

16 02 2012
The Carnivore Version

This was my first attempt to make ahead alfredo sauce.  No, actually it wasn’t.  I made this recipe for the wedding shower back in December.  Sorry this week has been short of posts.  Most of the dinners were repeats that I already posted the directions.  This one was kind of a compilation of old recipes. 

First thing: Garlic toast was leftover hamburger buns with garlic butter, Italian seasoning, and parmesean.
Second: Cook noodles according to box directions….easy.
Fourth: Bread-Parmesan topping from here!
Fifth: Carnivore version-Cover with Italian Dressing Seasoning, Italian Seasoning, and Parmesan before cooking.  Cook chicken tenders cut into pieces in skillet. 
Sixth: Add salad on the side.
 
YUM!  Mario loved it.  He wants to have it again and again.  I think next time I will make the sauce ahead and jar it.  Then add to noodles day of meal.




This Week’s Meal Plan!

12 02 2012

Wow, I think that every time Mario snagged us another dinner invitation this weekend I rolled my eyes.  Not that I do not want to spend time with my friends, but I just keep seeing dollar signs rolling away in my brain.  Wedding-itis I think it is called.  But no problem.  We came to some agreements.  First meal plan for the week had to be simple and inexpensive.  Done.  Second, the total cost of our meals could not be greater than $20.  We will see how that goes.  That is excluding the tip (and my margarita on Wednesday! Hehehe!)  I also prepped ahead so much today, it will really make my week EASIER!!!

Here is our plan!

Yum on a bun! So good!

Sunday: Hamburgers, homemade buns, and french fries.

Monday: Veggie corn dogs and baked mac and cheese. (Mac and cheese already prepped!)

Tuesday: Taco Night (2nd meatless night this week!) with refried beans (already prepped too with all of the taco fixings!)

Wednesday: Eating out with friends at Aunt Chilada’s!

Thursday: Chicken Fettucini Alfredo (Chicken already cooked!) with salad and rolls

Friday: Eating out with Fr. Vince and friends!

Saturday: Eating over at Crystal’s house!

This is what my sink looks like now after prepping the week's meals all at once. I ran out of measuring cups about 2/3 of the way through!





Getting Organized!

7 02 2012
Baked BBQ Chicken & Mac ‘N Cheese

So this week I undertook an additional endeavor to our meal planning.  I like to call it meal organization.  I have been reading and recently subscribing to a website called Once a Month Mom for a while.  The whole purpose behind the site it to get organized, do huge cooking days, and freeze enough meals to feed any family for a month.  While I aspire to this, I have not yet committed to a whole month’s cooking in one day.  And I have not convinced Mario that this is a good idea either.   But someday, this will be reality.

 
Instead this week, I have been prepping ahead night by night to make my day easier the following day.  On Sunday when I got home from grocery shopping, I began making soup.  While I was doing this, I thought that I should go ahead and make the stuffed shells for Monday.  Very easy…..well, it wasn’t too difficult just a little bit of prep that lasted the entire 1 1/2 to 2 hours that the soup was on. 
 
I also did another task I had been aspiring to…Salad in a jar.  I had made single salads for next day consumption in a jar previously, but this time I went ahead and got the entire week’s worth of salad ready.  Three days in and still crispy!  Yum!
 
On Monday night, I felt like I had lots of time handy so I decided to prep ahead the mac and cheese for Tuesday and make French bread.  Ugh, I know.  It was a bit of work, but it had tasty outcomes!  I had frozen a piece of last week’s BBQ chicken for Mario so today all I needed to do was nuke and serve.  It took approximately 5 minutes in the microwave, but I don’t think he even noticed it was frozen!!!  Upon reheating the mac for dinner, I poured an additional 1/4 cup of milk over to prevent it from drying out.  Mario loved it.  It was funny too because last night he mentioned switching meals on Tuesday and Wednesday “to make it easy.”  But it was done!  Hahaha!
 
On Wednesday, I got a well deserved nap!  No prep aheads today because dinner tomorrow is frozen (not homemade) pot pie for Mario and an Amy’s tamale dinner for me. 
 
Thursday and Saturday should be easy, but I will have to get the pizza dough ready and the refried beans cooked.  The rest will be mega simple.
 
I like it!




~ A Sunday with My Love~

5 02 2012

Overall, this Sunday was a nice, peaceful day spend with my fiance Mario.  There were a couple of places we didn’t make.  We had planned on seeing Ivan show his dog Lola this morning at a dog show at the fair grounds, but didn’t make it.  Lola is not just any dog, she is a champion dog that is on her way to being grand champion.  She is a girl with attitude!  We also missed Mass this morning.  

Even though, it was a nice day just spent together.  We have been going so wedding crazy lately that most of our time together has been wedding focused.  The morning was spend just eating breakfast and together.  Then Mario started telling me what he wanted on our meal plan for the week, so I hurried to get a pen and paper.  We are doing some repeats from last week.  Mario really liked some of our choices.  I also told him that we had to be a little more frugal this week with our budget so that influenced our plan.

Here it is!

Sunday: Stoup (Mario named it this) with leftover frozen roast beef and cornbread muffins

Monday: Stuffed shells with veggie meatballs (Mario’s request) and garlic bread

Tuesday: BBQ chicken (leftover) and baked mac ‘n cheese

Wednesday: Frozen Pot Pies….well, Target had no veggie pot pies so I got an Amy’s Tamale Dinner. YUM!

Thursday: Pizza!

Friday: Date Night!

Saturday: Taco Night with Morningstar crumbles!

So when I made our grocery list, I noticed one thing….No Meat Required.  I hate to say this, well no I don’t.  Meat is expensive.  Buying it for Mario costs a lot of money.  This in itself was a money saver.  I like it!

Meatless Menu Planning!

 
Then we also shared a pizza deal at one of our favorite pizza joints zPizza.  Mario got a Hawaiian pizza and I got a Berkeley Vegan pizza.  Very Yummy!  This place is great.  They always have a vegetarian/vegan option and they also serve gluten free crusts for those who don’t do gluten. 
 
 
Hers to the left, his to the right.

After we went shopping, we decided to go back to zPizza because adjacent to it is Pink Spot.  Pink Spot is a lovely coffee/ice cream shop that always changes their flavors.  I love it!  Today they had my favorite, Red Velvet Ice Cream.  We came back because you know how Mario is with ice cream.  We decided that it would be best to get it and then go straight home.

 
 
 
Red Velvet Deliciousness!

Notice how many meatless meals this week- Monday and Saturday.  I love it!





Weekend Fun, Part 1

5 02 2012

Aunt Chilada's

 
Last Friday night, we went with Ivan to dinner.  Well, first we went with him to Ikea and Arizona Mills.  Then around 9, we were trying to think of a good place to have dinner.  Since we were around Arizona Mills, I suggested Aunt Chilada’s just down the street.  Ok, the real reason I suggested Aunt Chilada’s was because they have the best margarita’s in town.  Delicious!  The food is good too.  I got to have one of my favorite dishes that I never find vegetarian friendly~Vegetable Flautas!  YUM!  That with a pomegranite margarita that I shared with Ivan was dinner.  Yes, Mario was there.  He was the guy taking the picture!  We also shared yummy flan and sopapillas.  So good!




Day 17 Baked Ziti

5 02 2012
Never fails baked ziti

Baked cheesy goodness, that is what baked ziti should be called.  So easy, always good, totally delicious.  This is the dish my sister always requests when she comes over to my house.

The past couple of days have been hard on us.  No updates or posts.  Wednesday Mario had to take off work for personal reasons.  He was going to home at an unknown time.  Luckily he arrived just as this was coming out of the oven. 
 
Too easy Baked Ziti
1. Boil Noodles
2. Mix noodles with 1 container of ricotta cheese (regular size….8oz)
3. Mix with spaghetti sauce
4. Put in oven safe dish
5. Cover with mozzarella cheese
6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.