Monday, September 9, 2013

Meal Plan for the week of 9/9 and Lazy Weekend Chicken

Hello again everyone!  So, this week I have a bit more time and am going to lay out my meal plan for the next few days and go over the meal we made tonight.  

Monday 9/9 - Lazy Weekend Chicken
Tuesday 9/10 - Greek Pita Sandwiches
Wednesday 9/11 - Lasagna

Tonight we made the Lazy Weekend Chicken and it was so so good!  There is curry in it, but the curry flavor is very slight.  The curry just amps up the flavors that are mingled together. 

 This is the chicken dish before we baked it and then...
After we baked it.  Try this recipe.  You will love it.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September Goals and Meal Plan for the week of 9/2 with coupon help from this weeks deals!

Hello again everyone!  This last month was way too busy and the amount of stuff I had to do and get done made me so so fatigued.  I used all of my energy up each day and spent too many days borrowing from the next day.  This of course just made my pain worse overall.  You would think I would have learned this from all of my past experiences like this, but no.

Anyway, it is now a new month and a new chance to go in the right direction.  For September I have three major things that I am going to work on:

  1. Work on Meal Planning and Figure out a 4 week meal rotation that will work to repeat for a month or two.  Hopefully this will be something I can use again next Autumn.  I am also wanting to do this for each season to try to use produce that is in season at that time.  
  2. Work on "Spring" cleaning.  We have recently finished construction in our home and had a mold issue before that, so everything needs to be washed down or painted or put through the laundry.  
  3. Work on Balance in my life.  Eating a more balanced diet, exercising regularly, and getting on a better sleep schedule are all things I am wanting to make happen in my life.  
So to start off September, here is a meal plan for the first week with my grocery list and links to the recipes I am going to use.  

Wednesday 9/4 - Honey Soy Salmon with a side salad
Thursday 9/5 - Skinny Chicken Pesto Bake with Fresh Green Beans and Quinoa
Friday 9/6 - Smoothies
Saturday 9/7 - Beans and Steaks on the grill
Sunday 9/8 - Breakfast for Dinner - Pancakes?

My Grocery List:
Sweet Potatoes
Bagged Lettuce for salad (on sale at Cub tomorrow on BOGO)
1 Medium Tomato
Carrots for salad
Cucumbers for salad
Green Beans

Steaks (No Name Steaks from Cub on sale tomorrow for $10.99 for the pack)

Shredded Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese
Grated Parmesan Cheese

Canned Goods:
1 Can Coconut Milk
Tomato Paste
Vegetable Broth
Baked Beans (on sale at Cub tomorrow on 2 for $3)
Diet Coke (on sale at Cub tomorrow for $1.98 for a 12 pack of cans because I love Diet Coke)

Pantry Items that I already have & buy at Cost Co or Penzeys when needed (I keep our pantry and freezer well stocked):
Black Pepper
Curry Powder
Red Pepper Flakes
Ground Red Pepper
Pesto - I keep this made up in the freezer
Soy Milk
Soy Sauce
Brown Rice
Olive Oil
Frozen Broccoli 
Yellow Onions
Diced Tomatoes
Frozen Salmon
Frozen Chicken

So, we will see how this meal plan turns out!  Let me know if you enjoy seeing a meal plan and the progress on how it works out for my family.  Also, do you like the coupon help? 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Small Summer Vacation

Hello everyone!  I just wanted to let everyone know that I am going to take a small vacation from my blog.  There is a bit too much going on in my life right now, and I don't have enough energy to go around.  I hope you all unde
rstand and I will be back again on September 1st!!!

Picture credit: picture can be found here.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Easy Meal Mondays! Oatmeal Bake

Hello again everyone and happy Monday!  Today's recipe is for a oatmeal bake that is great for Sunday morning breakfast with your family and pairs perfectly with fruit and juice for a great breakfast.

Oatmeal Bake (recipe by Dawn Clifford)
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups oats
  1. Beat butter, brown sugar, and sugar until creamy.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Beat well.
  2. In another bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Mix slowly into another bowl.
  3. Lastly, stir in oats and mix well.
  4. Pat into baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees.  
Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you try this recipe!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Easy Meal Mondays! Lime Cottage Cheese Jell-O

Happy Monday again everyone!  This weeks easy recipe is a great item to bring to a potluck or barbecue.  Also, it may sound weird or even gross, but this is really really good!  I hope you enjoy it!

Lime Cottage Cheese Jell-O (recipe from Dawn Clifford)

  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 package lime Jell-O
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple (drained well)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 8 ounce tub of cool whip
  1. Dissolve Jell-O and sugar in boiling water.  Let stand until the Jell-O starts to set.  You can put it in the refrigerator to speed this up, however do not let the Jell-O set completely.  
  2. After the Jell-O starts to set up, stir in the cottage cheese, pineapple, walnuts, and cool whip.  Refrigerate until right before serving.