The Diary of a Nouveau Soccer Mom: Meal Planning Monday

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Meal Planning Monday

We've really been trying to eat at home more, and in the process, I realized we need to do a slightly better job at menu planning, since we've been to the grocery store about 8 times in the last two weeks. No big trips, mind you, but $5 here, $10 there, a gallon of milk, one onion, etc. So a couple of nights ago, we sat down, planned out the week, cross-referenced the pantry and the fridge and made a trip to Kroger. Other than milk and fruit, which I like to buy fresh, we might be grocery-shopping-trip-free till next week!

So, without further ado, this week's menu!

Sunday - Pork chops with cream sauce, rice, maple carrots - this is Faith's absolute favorite meal. Brown the porkchops in a pan, then transfer to a baking dish. Mix together a can of cream of mushroom soup, a can of milk, and powdered ranch dressing (really!), and pour it over the chops. Bake at 350 for about an hour or so. For the carrots, bring carrots to a boil, then simmer till desired texture (F&B like them soft). Remove from the heat, drain, and add a pat of butter and a few teaspoons of maple syrup. Stir to coat, then let stand for a couple of minutes to let the syrup soak in.

Monday - Crockpot lasagna, garlic bread (new recipe)

Tuesday - Citrus chicken stir fry with rice - one of Shaun's favorites, recipe is on my bento blog

Wednesday - Layered meatball bake with stuffing (new recipe)

Thursday - Beef stew & potatoes in the crockpot

Friday - Enchilada casserole with refried beans - another favorite, link is where I'm trying to catalog favorite recipes

Saturday - Stuffed baked potatoes for after church

I also just baked a fresh batch of devil food cupcakes that we can use for desserts this week, and I have two bananas that are just the right condition for banana bread, so hoping to make some of that too.

I'm linking up to Menu Plan Monday on OrgJunkie, because I need all the help and inspiration I can get!


  1. This is my struggle, too -- good for you. I find great deals at Kroger and usually only go on Saturdays! I went to school in Dallas (SMU) and taught school out there for several years. It's nice to find your blog - I'm your newest follower. Come to mine and say hello!

  2. BTW -- the meatball bake looks GOOD! I post a recipe every Wednesday and I may have to give this one a try.



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