Weekly Meal Plans

I don’t do special meal planning (gluten free, low sodium, etc).  I just try to come up with meals that A) Use very little to no tin canned foods.  B) Give my family a filling and nutrient filled variety of foods. C) Keep my grocery budget as low as possible.  I strongly dislike recipes that call for a bajillion ingredients or take a long time to prepare as I have a lot on my plate like 99.9% of you do!  So here is my recipe plan for this week:

  • Tortellini with Meat Sauce:  Fry burger (turkey for healthier choice) or sausage. In a pot, boil water.  Add in two bags of tortellini and stir occasionally.  When tortellini is all floating, it should be done.  Drain and then return to pot.  Add meat and two jars of spaghetti sauce.  Cook over low heat until sauce is thoroughly heated.  Top with grated parmesan cheese. 
  • Shrimp with Wild Rice:  Prepare shrimp for baking (thaw, shell and/or detail).  Melt butter in a bowl, add minced garlic, freshly ground pepper and a few squirts of lemon juice.  Toss shrimp in bowl until well coated and then place on greased cookie sheet.   Place in pre-heated oven at 435 degrees.  Depending on thickness of shrimp it could take 8-15 minutes to cook thru.  I do cheat and make boxed wild rice but if you want to make wild rice from scratch click here for recipe.  Serve with either stewed tomatoes or string green beans.
  • BBQ Chicken:  Place thawed chicken in Crock Pot, cover with BBQ sauce.  Set on low, cook for 8 hours.  Serve with mashed potatoes and corn.
  • Cabbage Rolls:  With cabbage on sale thanks to St. Patty’s Day I knew it was the perfect chance to make cabbage rolls.  The recipe I use can be found here
  • Taco Salad:  Grilled Chicken cut in strips over a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, green chilies and crushed Doritos.  Add sour cream, salsa and jalapenos if desired.
  • Ham & Pineapple in the Crock Pot:  Place thawed ham in Crock Pot.  Slice up fresh pineapple and cover ham with the slices.  Pour in enough pineapple juice to cover the bottom of the Crock Pot.  (Either buy pineapple juice or juice fresh pineapple.  If you do use canned pineapple just pour in juice & pineapple).  Set on low.  Cook for 8 hours.  Serve with baked sweet potatoes.  Save leftover ham for next day’s dinner!
  • Omelets: Oh yeah, I love breakfast for dinner. We use eggs, ham, cheese and whatever fresh veggies we have on hand to make up yummy omelets. Serve with toast or a side of fresh fruit.
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