Today, I’ve decided to change things up a little bit and share a little bit of my week and how the Meal Plans work out in real life for us.
Last Saturday, I printed off the Traditional Plan for March 25. I was a week ahead of the schedule. I guess I’m ready for March to be over!
Jim has been gone for 3 weeks on a business trip. He gets back on Saturday (I’m writing this on Friday, so I can have some family time with no blog work this weekend.) I am soooo ready to have him home again!
Whenever he is gone, I end up making pancakes for dinner. I’m happy to report that in three weeks, we only had pancakes twice. Current favorite: Peanut Butter Pancakes.
No, those weren’t on the Meal Plan.
Here’s the thing about using a Meal Plan – you can use it as it’s listed, making every meal on the plan. That works some weeks. Or, you can switch thing out and change things, using the plan as guideline. Here’s how I used my plan that way this week.
I printed the list and scribbled a few extra things in the margins. I knew right away that I would be swapping out two meals. I’ve got an awesome pot roast recipe I want to share with you, so I planned to make that. And I knew I would be creating a recipe based on Spicy Jalapeno Cream Cheese.
On Saturday, we unexpectedly ended up with five people for dinner. My daughter and her boyfriend were both here. She usually is working on Saturday evenings, so I hadn’t thought either of them would be around. I figured that out about 30 minutes before time to eat. We had ravioli, but I cooked it on the stove instead of in the slow cooker.
We’ve fallen into a nice pattern on Sundays. Church, then dinner and often some card playing. We’re always looking for fun card games. If you’ve got a favorite, leave me a comment so we can try it out! I made that fantastic pot roast for dinner. It cooked in the oven while we were at church. I’m hoping to share the recipe soon, but I’m not sure the photos I snapped turned out. I may have to make it again and do a better job of the pictures.
On Monday, my youngest woke up with a fever. I think we had Peanut Butter Pancakes that night.
Tuesday I battled a migraine. I did win, but it left me with very little dinner energy. I made this statement on Facebook:
Lots of you agreed with that sentiment too! I had planned to make Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry, but I just couldn’t face it. So I went with one of our favorite 15 minute meals – Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Pasta. We ate the broccoli with it.
Wednesday night, my youngest was still sick. My boys came in quickly from class and work and needed to eat and get on the way to youth group. I made the ham and crescent rolls, but swapped out the potato casserole for macaroni and cheese.
On Thursday, I loaded up the slow cooker with all of this:
Delicious! I’ll be sharing the recipe for Creamy Jalepeno Chicken Taco Filling on Tuesday this week.
As I write this, it’s Friday. I’ve already been to the doctor with my youngest, who worked her way into bronchitis. My oldest daughter also went to the doctor today. And my youngest son woke up with a fever. *update – Sunday morning my oldest son woke up with a fever. Here’s hoping Jim and I both stay healthy!*
So we didn’t follow the meal plan. But I wouldn’t have wanted to go through this week without a plan. It gave me meal ideas and reminded me of what was in the pantry. Sometimes, you just have to modify things.
Here’s a little of what you’ll find on the Weekly Meal Plans this week. If you want the complete grocery list, side dishes, cooking tips and all delivered to your inbox, check out the Weekly Meal Plans page.
All Slow Cooker Plan
- Chicken and Brocoli Stir Fry
- Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole
- Ravioli in the Slow Cooker
- French Dip Sandwiches
- Crockpot Chicken A La King
- Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup
- Nutella Rice Krispie Treats
- Homemade Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
- Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice
- Tilapia and Veggies Baked in Foil Packets
- Stuffed Shells
- Greek Pita Sandwiches
- Harvest Apple Pot Roast
- 1 Minute Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Apples