Oh Monday how I detest you! Another Monday means another start to a very busy week. Luckily, having a weekly meal plan keeps me organized and ensures that I have dinner on the table every night. Recently, I have been asking the kids to give me one meal that they’d like to see on our meal plan for the following week. This past week’s meal plan, seen below, included a quiche at my daughter’s request and Velveeta Mac and Cheese, which my son wanted. This helps me in coming up with meal ideas as well as ensures that there’s a dinner each week that I know that the kids will enjoy! Here’s a look at what was on our weekly meal plan this past week:
Saturday: It was just me and my daughter for dinner so we got Panera takeout.
Sunday: I made Slow Cooker Beanless Chili. My mom was in town and came over for dinner. I’m not a big bean fan but I do like a nice bowl of chili and this one fit the bill! I served the chili over rice and with a side of biscuits.
Monday: I made Ham, Cheese and Broccoli Quiche (recipe coming soon!). I served this with a Caesar Salad. My daughter had requested that I make a quiche and I came up with this one since it had all the ingredients that she likes. Plus, I had enough ingredients to make two quiches so my husband and I had breakfasts for the week.
Tuesday: I made Velveeta Mac and Cheese from a recipe from Food.com. It’s allegedly the same recipe right off the box (my box of Velveeta didn’t have a recipe). Yes, I bought and used the Velveeta block of cheese. Yes, the mac and cheese came out pretty tasty. However, cost-wise, my husband and I were trying to figure out if it was easier and cheaper to buy the boxed Velveeta shells and cheese. It’s a toss-up. We ended up with plenty of leftovers for lunches. I served this with a garden salad using peppers, radishes, onion and tomatoes from our CSA.
Wednesday: I made Crab Cakes from a recipe on allrecipes that I adapted. I served them with Simply Potatoes Mashed Potatoes and sautéed Swiss Chard from the CSA. The kids were not a fan of the crab cakes, but my husband and I enjoyed them. I rarely make homemade crab cakes and probably won’t again, since the kids didn’t like them.
Thursday: I made Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon and Potato Soup from Cooking Light, October 2016. Thursdays are crazy here with after school activities and piano lessons until 6 PM. So, there’s not a lot of time for me to make dinner when we get home, unless we want to eat super late. On Thursdays I either make a slow cooker recipe or premake dinner during the day and we reheat it when we get home. This recipe wasn’t a quick throw it in the slow cooker and forget about it recipe. It required cooking bacon, sautéing onion, carrots and celery and browning chicken all before being placed in the slow cooker. Then half-way through potatoes had to be added and chicken had to be shredded and bones removed. That being said, this was a tasty soup that we all enjoyed. It provided enough leftovers for lunch for the family on Saturday. #KidApproved
Friday: I made our usual homemade pizza. However, this week I made Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pizza from Closet Cooking for my husband and I. This pizza had all the flavors of spinach and artichoke dip, which I love, but it wasn’t my favorite in pizza form. Overall preparation wise it was fairly easy to put together, which isn’t always the case with specialty pizzas.
What are you having for dinner this week?