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!




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!





Meatless Monday Deliciousness

30 01 2012

Some days dinner needs to be quick, but delicious...

So we tried this guy out today as gardener.  Let me tell you in 12 hours, he did miracles.  It was well worth the money.  So that inspired me (for some reason) to make cornbread.  Well, technically I was thinking about making rolls with the soup tomorrow.  Then I started thinking that cornbread would be very good with it.  Then I thought, “Why wait until tomorrow?”  I could make it now.  So I did.  I used this recipe from here.  I uh, misread baking soda for powder, but I added some cream of tartar and it worked out deliciously.  Very sweet almost cakelike, but melt in your mouth yummy with butter.  The recipe said to bake for 25 minutes, but in a muffin tin it only took like 18 minutes in my oven.

Golden Sweet Cornbread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

I also made Hamburger Helper with Crumbles, which is a meatless meal staple, and a lovely salad of romaine, tomatoes, celery, carrots, and bacon bits.  Yes, bacon bits.  Did you know that most bacon bits are made out of textured soy and not animal products?  Yah, it was kind of hard to eat the first few bites until I reminded myself of that.  For more info, please click here.





~Meatless Monday Tacos~

23 01 2012
 
Taco fixings with our new platter. Thanks Angie!
 
Oh how I love Meatless Mondays.  I know that everyday for me is meatless, but this is the one day that Mario joins me in meatless dinner.  Typically, we have comfort type foods to indulge Mario in this endeavor.  Lots of hamburger helper or veggie corndogs.  So today, we decided to go out on a limb and replicate the tacos we had at Dan and Amber’s house last year.  That was the day that Mario finally began eating one meatless meal a week with me.  So, it all began with crumbles and a  packet of taco seasoning.  On the side, cheddar cheese, romaine lettucs, grape tomatoes, sour cream, and vegetarian refried beans.
 
Too good to be vegetarian!
 
Two tacos later and I’m stuffed!
 
P.S. Thanks Angie Beltran for the lovely platter!  It was a wedding shower gift that works perfectly here!!!




Day 1

16 01 2012
Meatless Monday- Veggie Corn Dogs and Waffle Fries

So Day 1 of our Resolution.  I know that it is Jan. 16, but we are procrastinators around here.  Mario and I spent our day off separately visiting friends.  I was with my wonderful friend Crystal’s house visiting my Goddaughter Santa Lucia and Mario was visiting his friend Angel.  Afterwards, we had to make a Target run for cat supplies.  Mario raced after his usual chocolate chip cookie and I went with him.  While in line, he stated “We should have dinner here”  I had to remind him that we spend nearly $100 yesterday on groceries to avoid eating out. 

 
Dinner was pretty simple.  Veggie corn dogs and waffle fries were both take and bake (Take out of box and bake in oven) meals.  Done in 20 minutes.  So easy, but good.  We buy Morning Star Veggie Corn Dogs….SOOO GOOOD!  And I don’t even like corn dogs.  Will do again 🙂