Okay…so Kathryn and Easton came to play yesterday and we got to talking about meal plans. She does one and I want to start doing one so she gave me some great tips! She takes her calculator and stick to a budget. So while she was over she helped me pick out some recipes and then we checked the kitchen and marked off what I already had (which is the biggest mistake people make and I’m guilty of it!) and made my shopping list. So for 5 meals (Sunday-Thursday), cleaning supplies, diapers, etc. I only spend $106! I was so proud of myself! The cleaning supplies and diapers will always increase your total so I was really pumped! So here’s my menu for the week!
Mimi Sue’s Chicken Spaghetti, Salad, and Dinner Rolls
I usually cook a large meal on Sundays and we all sit down and relax. It’s a nice tradition to have! This recipe usually makes a large pan so I bought some covered tins to freeze some for later. With it just being the 2.5 of us we don’t need that much and I don’t want to waste any…so this way we can have something to just pull out and cook another night.
Slow Cooker Ziti, Salad, and Garlic Biscuits
A New recipe from my 1001 Slow Cooker Recipes book found here. I paid $5.00 for this book and it’s been worth it! This recipe is something that I can prepare the night before and leave in the fridge. Then the morning I want to cook it just pop it in the crock pot and viola!
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Oven Potatoes
This is a new one we’re trying. My parents are coming as well so I hope it’s good! Oven potatoes are my rendition of chopped red potatoes smothered in spices and butter or EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), cover, and bake. Yum!
Oven Baked Sweet & Sour Chicken with Lomein Noodles
This is a new one for me also but Kathryn has made it before and says it’s FINE so I’m trying it!
Salsa Chicken with Mexican Rice
I’m trying a pineapple and peach salsa this time. I usually just use thick and chunky and smother the chicken, add a little water, and come home to heaven in a crock pot but I wanted to mix it up. I have L.I.G.H.T. (my monthly ladies meeting at church) so I wanted to make something easy for Jason to finish for him and Landon. I also have Zumba after so I probably won’t even get home until 10ish.
I usually leave the weekends open. We usually got to my parents one night or we grill out with friends or maybe get a date night! And here in the near future we will start going to the lake! Whoop Whoop! Can’t wait!