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This Week’s Menu Plan (and a new 15-Minute Freezer Cooking experiment)

In the middle of our chaotic and messy freezer cooking session last week!

Breakfasts

Bananas (grabbed on the way to church as we were rushing out the door; yes, aren’t we so organized?!)
Carrot Cake Waffles with Vanilla Whipped Cream (recipe coming later this week; I concocted it this past week using this recipe as inspiration and we all decided it was very yummy.)
Toasted bagels, scrambled eggs
Steel Cut Oats with dried cranberries
Cookie Dough Baked Oatmeal
Granola
Cinnamon Roll Biscuits, scrambled eggs, fruit

Lunches

Hamburgers, twice-baked potatoes, fruit salad
Hard-boiled eggs, pasta, peas
PB&J, carrot sticks, apple slices
Annie’s macaroni & cheese, peas
Tossed salad hard-boiled eggs, feta cheese, and dried cranberries
Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake, tossed salad
Southwest Roll-ups, Mexican Rice, tossed salad
Corn & Cheese Chowder in Bread Machine Bread Bowls, sliced apples
Lime Chicken Tacos, Mexican Rice, steamed veggies
Dinner out
Dinner with extended family x 2

Snacks

Chocolate Bottom Banana Squares
Fruit/veggies
Cheese/crackers

15-Minute Freezer Cooking

(I’m trying something new this week and am devoting 15 minutes on Monday through Thursday afternoons to making one item for the freezer. I’ll be blogging about these mini freezer cooking sessions so you can see how it goes for me!)
Chocolate Bottom Banana Squares — Monday
Cookie Dough Baked Oatmeal — Tuesday
Lime Chicken Tacos — Wednesday
Homemade Baking Mix — Thursday

What’s on your menu this week? Share details and/or your link to your menu plan in the comments.

Sometimes, you just have to give yourself grace… and order Subway! :)

You know how I ran a guest post all about the benefits of menu-planning last week? Well, I totally dropped the ball on menu-planning for the first two days of this week.

I had all these great visions of maybe doing an Eat From the Pantry Week and blogging about it. But I didn’t make it very far with that idea–especially after I opened my fridge and freezer and found no motivation whatsoever to pull together meals.

In fact, for the sake of complete honesty here, I’ll tell you I’ve not showered in two days nor have I made it out of my pajamas. (You will be very happy to know that I did change into another set of pajamas, so at least I had clean pajamas on, if that counts for something! :))

There were some delays with our flights coming back from Relevant and we didn’t end up making it home until after 9 p.m. on Sunday evening. So my plans for getting things unpacked, laundry started, and a to-do list made for Monday morning went straight out the window.

I slept in on Monday in an attempt to catch up on multiple nights of little sleep, got up late, and then Monday was a blur of playing catch-up and homeschooling. I had an idea for dinner, but 5 p.m. came and went without me pulling anything out of the freezer to thaw.

So guess what I did? Oh yes, I know it goes against everything I’ve preached here again and again… but I called Jesse and asked if he could pick up Subway.

I know, you probably just fell out of your chair. But it’s true.

And I decided I wasn’t even going to feel guilty about it. Instead, I enjoyed the yummy sub and decided to switch Friday night’s usual dinner out for Monday and call it even. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do and give yourself grace for doing it, instead of feeling like a failure.

However, I did make myself pull together a last-minute menu plan for the rest of the week this afternoon so that I actually had a plan at 5 p.m. tonight! Here’s my very simple menu plan for this week:

Breakfasts

Granola bars
Cereal x 2
Steel Cut Oats with dried cranberries
Pumpkin Ginger Waffles
Toasted bagels, scrambled eggs
Granola

Lunches

Hard-boiled eggs, pasta, peas
Carrots, hard-boiled eggs, granola bars
PB&J, carrot sticks, apple slices
Macaroni & Cheese, applesauce
Tossed salad hard-boiled eggs, feta cheese, and dried cranberries
Leftovers x 2

Snacks

Fruit/veggies
Chocolate Banana Bread
Cheese & Crackers

Dinners

Subway 🙂
Barbecue Chicken, potatoes, steamed veggies
Chicken Parmesan Casserole, Easy Italian Breadsticks in the Bread Machine, fruit salad
Cheesy Chicken & Rice Bake, steamed veggies, fruit
Cheese Ravioli, leftover breadsticks, fruit salad
Dinner at extended family’s house
Dinner with friends (we’re bringing a fruit salad)

Freezer Cooking

Pumpkin Ginger Waffles
Homemade Applesauce
Cheesy Chicken & Rice Bake

What’s on your menu this week? Share details and/or your link to your menu plan in the comments.

This week’s abbreviated menu


Since the Relevant conference is Thursday through Saturday of this week (I’m so excited about it I can hardly contain myself!), our weekly menu is a little different.

I’ll be flying out early Thursday morning and not getting back until Sunday afternoon. Except for some snacks I’m bringing for traveling, all of my meals are provided at the conference. Jesse will be flying out for part of the conference since we are giving a joint workshop on The Business of Blogging and the children will be staying with family during that time.

So, I’m only planning meals for five days this week, since the rest of the meals will be taken care of. I made sure to plan very simple and easy meals since I’m determined to actually arrive at the conference rested up and relaxed, instead of frazzled and exhausted like I did last year. 🙂

Breakfasts

Cinnamon Roll Bread, fruit, scrambled eggs
Johnny Cakes (a homeschool project since we’re studying about early American history. Let’s hope these are better than last week’s hasty pudding recipe!)
Granola bars
Cereal x 2

Lunches

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup, crackers, cheese, apple slices
Cheese Quesadillas, apple slices
PB&J, carrot sticks, apple slices
Tossed salad hard-boiled eggs, feta cheese, and dried cranberries
Lunch out for children & Jesse

Dinners

Dinner with extended family
Parmesan Chicken, Twice Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli
Frito Chili Pie, steamed corn, fruit salad
Cheesy Beans and Rice, fruit salad
Crockpot Tortilla Soup, fruit

What’s on your menu this week? Share details and/or your link to your menu plan in the comments.

This week’s menu plan

Oatmeal with chocolate chips and raw sugar–yum!

Breakfasts

Granola bars
Oatmeal
Hasty Pudding (we’re memorizing Yankee Doodle in school this week, so we’re making this!)
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins (from the freezer), fried eggs
Steel Cut Oats, fruit
Morning Glory Muffins (from the freezer), scrambled eggs
Homemade Biscuits with Homemade Apple Butter, turkey sausage, scrambled eggs

Lunches

Macaroni & Cheese with Beef
Rice and beans, carrot sticks, apple slices
Tossed salad with feta cheese and dried cranberries
Egg salad sandwiches, carrot sticks, apples
Cheese quesadillas, grapes
Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Parmesan Chicken, Twice Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli
Frito Chili Pie, tossed salad, fruit salad
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup, Soft Italian Breadsticks, apples, carrot sticks
Cheesy Beans and Rice, fruit salad
Dinner with Extended Family x 2
Dinner out

Freezer Cooking Session (I’ll share more details and pictures on how this goes on Thursday.)

Chocolate Banana Bread
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Soft Italian Breadsticks (recipe emailed in from reader Amy, if it turns out well, I’ll post it)

What’s on your menu this week? Share details and/or your link to your menu plan in the comments.

This Week’s Menu Plan

Homemade Applesauce in the Crockpot

Breakfasts

Granola bars
Hard-boiled eggs, juice
Granola, fruit
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins (from the freezer), fried eggs
Steel Cut Oats, fruit
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Morning Glory Muffins (from the freezer), scrambled eggs

Lunches

PB&J, Apples
Macaroni & Cheese, carrot sticks, apple slices
Tossed salad with feta cheese and dried cranberries
Egg salad sandwiches, carrot sticks, apples
Cheese quesadillas, grapes
Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Lasagna, toasted rolls, tossed salad, fruit
Macaroni & Cheese with Beef, frozen veggies, fruit salad
Lasagna (yes, we’re having it twice this week; my mom gave me a huge pan of it as a birthday present since it’s my favorite!), toasted rolls, frozen broccoli, fruit salad
Frito Chili Pie, tossed salad, fruit salad
Dinner with Extended Family x 2
Dinner out

Freezer Cooking Session (I’ll share more details and pictures on how this goes on Thursday.)

Easy Crockpot Apple Butter
Cook up Pinto Beans to freeze, Make Frito Chili Pie
Macaroni & Cheese with Beef,
Homemade Applesauce (I’m going to do this on a separate day since I only have one crock pot.)

What’s on your menu this week? Share details and/or your link to your menu plan in the comments.

This Week’s Menu Plan

Build Your Own Haystacks

Breakfasts

Pumpkin Scones (from the freezer), bananas
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins (from the freezer), fried eggs
Pumpkin Pancakes (from the freezer), scrambled eggs
Steel Cut Oats in the crockpot
Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal
Easy Morning Glory Muffins, scrambled eggs, fruit

Lunches

Chicken noodle soup, rolls, fruit
PB&J, carrot sticks
Macaroni & cheese, frozen veggies, fruit
Salad with hard-boiled eggs, feta cheese, dried cranberries, toasted rolls
Homemade Pizza Pockets, carrot sticks, apples
Leftovers x 2

Snacks

Granola bars
Fruit/Veggies
Pumpkin Pie Hot Cocoa
Easy Morning Glory Muffins

Dinners

Build Your Own Haystacks, fruit salad
Barbecued Chicken in the crockpot, twice-baked potatoes, frozen veggies
Macaroni & Cheese With Beef (from the freezer), Easy Morning Glory Muffins (from the freezer), frozen veggies
Ham & Cheese Pockets, fruit salad, frozen veggies
Dinner with extended family x 2
Dinner out

Freezer Cooking

Ham & Cheese Pockets
Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

What’s on your menu this week? Share details and/or your link to your menu plan in the comments.