Simple Meal Plans & Real Life – April 14

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post with how our dinners have gone over the past week.  I started to say that last week was out of the ordinary, but truly, every week is a little different than the one before.

What is true is that I kept things very simple for dinner last week.  The week before I’d created quite a lot of recipes, so maybe I needed a break.  Or maybe I was just being lazy.

We started off Monday by staying up to watch the NCAA Basketball game.  Such a good game, but so sad for those of us here in Kentucky.  And it made us pretty tired the rest of the week too!

Monday night we had Orange Chicken.  I added a fresh pineapple that needed to be used and it was so good!  We love this quick meal.

Tuesday night I created a new recipe for a client.  It will be posted on the blog next month I think.  You’re going to love it!  I know we did.

Wednesday is an evening that has everyone going in different directions.  It was mostly YOYO (you’re on your own).  I did make a skillet of Migas for Jim, Mia and myself.

Thursday night I had book club.  I picked up a rotisserie chicken for everyone else to eat.

Friday night we ate a quick dinner of tacos before driving Isaac to the high school formal dance.  It was held at the castle and we wanted an opportunity to look around a bit.  This place sat empty for years and years before finally being turned into a hotel.

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It’s not the kind of place you expect to see in central Kentucky, is it?

After we dropped Isaac off, we met friends at Graeter’s for ice cream.  The weather was gorgeous and we were able to sit outside to eat.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

If you’ve been looking for a way to save time on menu planning, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the organizing and thinking is done for you.  No grocery list making or side dish planning needed.  I love using these and when I don’t have to do any recipe creation, this is my preferred way to shop and cook.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Whole Foods Menu

  1. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  2. Sweet & Smokey Salmon
  3. Chicken Tacos
  4. Chicken Avocado Lime & Cliantro Soup
  5. Chicken Curry
  6. Veggie Pie
  7. Caramel Apple Pie

Traditional Menu

  1. Chicken, Plantains, and Spinach in Coconut Milk
  2. Steak Burgers
  3. Grilled Fish Sandwich
  4. Ham and Swiss Scalloped Potatoes
  5. Easy Pizza Rice Casserole
  6. Mexican Vegetables over Cornbread
  7. Brownies a la Mode with Wild Berry Sauce

Slow Cooker Menu

Simple Meal Plans and Real Life – January 27

We’re having real winter this year.  In Kentucky, we sometimes get to skip a lot of the snow and cold. (We do usually have our fair share of gray, rainy days that hover around 35 degrees though.)  But this year, it’s been one snow after another with a lot of cold thrown in for good measure.

I usually grocery shop on Saturdays, but this time I went on Friday.  First, because Saturday was looking way too snowy.  And second, because I wanted to test out our February slow cooker freezer week and shoot the video for it.

Because I knew I’d be loading up the freezer, I needed to make some room.  We still had several freezer meals from the January plan in there.  It was so nice to pop those in the slow cooker and know dinner was taken care of.  Once, I didn’t think of it in time and I made the soup on the stove instead of the slow cooker.  Those meals are flexible and I love it!

This week, I’m planning to test another slow cooker soup recipe.  If the recipe turns out, I’ll share it with you on Friday.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included. January had an extra week to give us a head start on getting back into a routine in the new year. You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Slow Cooker Plan

1. Southwestern Chicken Chowder 

2. Peach Pork BBQ Sliders 

3. Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken

4. Ham steaks

5. Easy Meatball Subs

6. Chicken Shwarma

7. Coconut Cream and Chocolate Dessert

Traditional Plan

1. Creamy Potato Soup

2. Lentil tacos

3.Kung Pao Chicken

4. Afrtican Pulled Beef Sandwiches

5. Chili

6, Lemon Chicken Baked on a Bed of Sauerkraut

7. Baby Cannoli Cakes

Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – January 6

A few months ago, I was trying to organize the pantry and I was frustrated with it.  The wire shelves drive me a bit nuts, even though I have a simple solution for them.  And there are only 4 shelves in the whole thing, even though it’s very tall and could handle more.  Things tend to get lost at the back of the shelves, just because it’s hard to see back in there.

So I called my dad, who is a genius.  He’s also a contractor and has designed and built many, many kitchens (and other rooms) over the years.  He immediately had an idea for making our pantry better.  And what started as a good idea has turned into a great idea.

Behold the first draft of the design:

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Dad is going to open up the front of the current pantry, because the inside is wider than the current opening.  Then he’s building pull out shelves with drawer fronts.  The top will be cabinet doors that open.  And on the right hand side of the moulding, there will be a pull out for spice storage.

We’ve already tweaked this drawing a bit to add another set of drawers and to resize a few of them too.  I can’t wait until it’s installed.  That will probably happen in January, if all goes as planned.  I’ll take lots of photos to share with you.

In other news, we’ve been eating pretty well so far on the Whole 30 plan.  Today, we had the Beef Stew I made for the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals week of the Weekly Meal Plans.  It was so good!  You can get that plan as part of the Weekly Meal Plans.  Keep reading for more info and a sneak peek at this week’s menu.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included. Members have access to the whole month at one time, so it’s easy to plan whether you grocery shop once a month or every week. You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Slow Cooker Plan

1. Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken

2. Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

3. Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce with Two Cheeses

4. Sloppy Slow Cooked Chicken Tacos

5. Italian Seasoned Salt Chicken in the Slow Cooker (as pork roast)

6. Mel’s Diner Chili

7. Nutella Muffins

Traditional Plan

1. Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

2. Copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken Strips

3.Wimpy’s aka Sloppy Joe’s

4.Pineapple Chicken

5. Beef and Bean Topped Potatoes

6. Pork and Gravy Sandwiches

7. Old Fashioned Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze

Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – December 9

This is the week for our Slow Cooker Freezer Meals.  I put all 6 of these dinners together in about 1 hour.  You can see the video here.  Members to the Weekly Meal Plans get the grocery lists, recipes and cooking tips for the slow cooker freezer meals and all the Traditional Plans too.

Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner?  Are you done with your shopping?  I am not!  I have been using an app on my phone to keep my ideas and present purchases organized (and secret!).  I bought it last year for 99 cents. It seemed sort of silly to pay for an app like that, but it’s made keeping track of gift buying so much easier.  I think the one I use is just called Christmas, but I’m sure there are others.  I highly recommend it if you use a smart phone.  The passcode keeps prying eyes out!

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This little Santa is one of my favorite Christmas things.  He’s part of a salt and pepper shaker set (my sister has the other one) that my Grandma had when we were little.  Gina and I rubbed the soft beards on them so much, that they are nearly fuzzless now.

I’ve got several new recipes to share with you this week.  Lots of good stuff coming to the blog! And there’s still time to enter the giveaway for a $500 VISA cash card too!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  December includes an awesome gift guide for easy gifts you can whip up in your kitchen that are sure to make everyone happy–even the dog! You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Traditional

Slow Cooker

Simple Weekly Meal Plans & Eat at Home Turns 5!

I can’t believe I’ve been writing this blog for 5 years.  It’s been a really good 5 years!

I’ve met lots of people and made new friends.  Turned a hobby into a business that I love.  Learned how to do all kinds of things, from using Photoshop to tweaking html code.

Thank you so much for reading Eat at Home, for trying the recipes, and for sharing your ideas.  I love hearing that your family enjoyed a recipe!

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This past week I did a lot of recipe creation.  I’ve got two new slow cooker oatmeal recipes to share with you soon.  And I’ve got ideas for several more too.  I’m on a roll with oats!

I also tried a new slow cooker soup recipe, which posted Friday - Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup.

Wednesday night I made Southwest Veggie Skillet.  I’ll be sharing that recipes soon too.  It was an easy meal that made use of what I had in the fridge and pantry.

On Friday, Isaac had a soccer tournament in Louisville. We knew he would play in two games, but we didn’t know what time the last game would be.  I guessed that we would be able to make it home for dinner, so I put one of our slow cooker freezer meals in the crockpot.  Unfortunately, the game started later than I thought.  The meal got saved for over the weekend instead.

We did get to stop for barbecue in Shelbyville, KY.  Yum!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  And October has a week of  Slow Cooker Freezer Meals, with a plan to make 6 meals in about 1 hour.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.

Slow Cooker Plan

Traditional Plan

  1. Sweet Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce 
  2. Summertime Tuna Tomato Salad 
  3. Pan Fried Steak
  4. 10 Minute French Dip Sandwiches 
  5. Cornbread Pizza 
  6. Salmon Patties 
  7. Cherry Squares

Real Life and Menu Plans – Traditional and Slow Cooker Plans for April 29

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Before we get to the real life stuff, I wanted to tell you about a new feature for the Weekly Meal Plans that we’ll be rolling out soon.  Starting with the May plans (next week), the grocery lists will be color coded so that you can tell which ingredient goes with which meal.  More detailed and more fun!

And big news for our family - our oldest daughter is now engaged!  This isn’t exactly a surprise to anyone.  We’ve seen it coming for a long time.  We’re very happy for her and for our future son-in-law <——How long will it take me to get used to saying that? Any advice for this new stage of life/wedding planning/grown up kids?

This week included lots of recipe testing for me.  Quite a few of our dinners were new recipes that I’ll be sharing here on the blog soon.  Since I knew I’d be testing new recipes, I didn’t shop with one of the Weekly Meal Plans this time.  I have to say, when I shop with the list and the meals are all planned for me I spend less time and less money.

Last Sunday, I made a new slow cooker meal that uses boneless pork chops and 2 other easy ingredients.  It was a hit and I can’t wait to share it with you.  I also made a simple dish of mashed sweet potatoes that I’ll be sharing soon too.

It’s so nice to come home from church to dinner that is already cooked.  Sunday was capped off with a soccer game.  It was sunny, but the breeze made it a little chilly for sitting outside.

Monday, we had a variation of one of our favorite 15 minute meals.  We love Orange Chicken, but the store was out of orange sauce.  I subbed Mandarin sauce and used red pepper and green onions with it.  Yum!

Tuesday, I tested another new recipe for the crockpot.  I think you will love it as much as we did!  It involves beef and pita pockets. So easy and so good!

Wednesday was gray and raining.  I decided it was a perfect day to try out a copy-cat Disney recipe for Strawberry Soup.  Yum!

I was in a huge rush, trying to write blog posts, put clean sheets on the bed and talk on the phone to my mom about Meredith’s Big News.  (Multi-tasking is highly over rated!)  The kids came in the kitchen and helped me pull dinner together.  I made the Strawberry Soup and photographed it.  Peter fixed the biscuits.  Meredith made scrambled eggs.  And Mia and Isaac set the table and poured drinks. We had it done in record time.

Thursday, I put Chicken Enchilada Soup in the crockpot.  It was one that was planned for a few weeks ago, but we didn’t get to it.  I love when the meal planning carries over.  Even when I don’t stick to the plan, there’s a benefit for the future.

This soup is one that can cook all day long and not be over cooked.  And it’s great for when you have to eat in shifts.  Since we’re all going in different directions with soccer practices and such, we’ll be eating at different times.

Finally, for my slow cooker fail – Friday night I put a 4 lb. bone-in pork roast in the crockpot to cook all night.  On Saturday morning, I realized that it had popped the lid up a bit and the roast was still oozing red from the middle.  I was unsure whether this would be safe to serve or not, so I asked on Facebook.  After some lively conversation and internet research, I decided I needed to start over with a new roast.  So much for getting a head start on the pulled pork for next weekend!

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  You can find out more about how to get them delivered to your inbox by clicking here.

Traditional Plan

  1. Asian chicken lettuce wraps
  2. Southwest beef rolls
  3. Shrimp Tacos
  4. Scramble egg-wiches 
  5. Sticky Coconut Chicken 
  6. Italian Sausage and Bean Soup
  7. Amish Oatmeal Cookies

Slow Cooker Plan

  1. All Veggie Vegetable Soup
  2. Southwest Steak and Cornbread Dressing
  3. Hashbrown casserole 
  4. Baked Chicken with Summer Vegetables
  5. Slow Cooker Chicken and dumplings with gnocchi
  6. Velma’s chili
  7. Amish Oatmeal Cookies

Real Life and Meal Plans – And a New Weekly Meal Plan Feature!

I’m so excited about this new feature of the Weekly Meal Plans.  Last week, I mentioned that I accidentally threw away my grocery list, which had the menu on it.  This week, I was able to print off our new Display Menu and hang it on the fridge.

I can’t even tell you how many times I checked the Display Menu to see what I should be cooking for dinner that night.  It’s so handy and beats looking it up on the computer (not that doing that is hard or anything, but…).

Last Sunday, we celebrated Easter.  I have a fantastic pineapple dessert recipe that I’m going to share with you tomorrow.  It was a great way to top off our Easter dinner.  Along with all those peanut butter eggs – yum!

We had to do our egg hunt inside this time, since it was raining.  My mom says that if it rains on Easter Sunday, it will rain 7 Sundays in a row after that.  It was looking like rain earlier, but it’s been sunny most of the day.  Here’s hoping she’s wrong about that!

Yes, that’s a little plastic cupcake instead of an egg.  Cute, huh?  And if you look closely, you can see our basketball goal hanging on the front door.  We’re classy like that.

On Monday, I put meatballs in the slow cooker.  I served them on garlic bread like open face meatball sandwiches.  So good!

On Tuesday, my son had soccer practice and the others were in and out around dinner time.  I pulled a quick meal together of chicken tenders in the skillet and broccoli.  Not on the plan, but I had all the ingredients in the fridge.

Wednesday, the boys had youth group.  Somehow, I’d gathered nearly 3 dozen eggs in my fridge (not from hens, just the grocery).  I decided to make an easy dinner of French toast and bacon, that would also use up the stale bread in the bread drawer.  Quick and easy.

Thursday is a busy day for us.  The kids all have classes and I also help at one of the homeschool groups.  I almost always load up the slow cooker with dinner so it’s ready and waiting when we get home.  This time, I tried a new idea for Teriyaki pork chops.  Recipe coming soon.  It was a hit and easy too.

Friday night brought more soccer practice.  I pulled together Chicken Tortilla Soup for dinner, but opted to cook it on the stove top instead of in the slow cooker.

Yesterday was grocery day again.  I printed off this week’s Traditional Menu.  I like to shop as fast as I can, and having that list ready to print and shop makes it all easier.

Last night, we went out to dinner with friends.  It’s so good to have time to catch up.  We left all the kids at home with pizza.  If you’ve got little ones and still have to line up a baby sitter, hang on!  It won’t be long before you can leave them on their own for a while.

Here’s a sneak peek at the menus for 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 Menu

  1. Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos in the Slow Cooker
  2. Round Steak with Vegetable Gravy in the Slow Cooker
  3. Open Face Slow Cooker Meatball Sandwiches
  4. Chicken Tortilla Soup 
  5. Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple 
  6. Chicken Curry in the Crockpot
  7. Cherry Oat Bars

Traditional Menu

  1. Baked Potato Soup
  2. Italian Sausage Enchiladas 
  3. Gluten free BLT pizza 
  4. Pork Chops topped with Pineapple, Green Pepper, and onion
  5. Honey Apple Ham 
  6. Bowtie Pasta with Feta and Lemon Pepper Chicken
  7. Cherry Oat Bars

Weekly Meal Plans for Your Family – March 18

There’s so much to love about the meal plans this week!

The Slow Cooker Plan has one of my favorite soups, one of my favorite chicken recipes and goodness-in-a-tortilla Pork Carnitas.  Not to mention, Chocolate Cobbler for dessert.  Yum!

The Traditional Plan has one of my favorite enchilada recipes, a vegetarian dish and more.  Plus chocolate cookies for dessert.  Scrumptious!

Make this your easiest month of cooking ever, by subscribing to the Weekly Meal Plans.  You’ll get complete grocery lists for both Traditional and Slow Cooker Plans.  You even get to choose to print the 3-4 serving versions or 6-8 serving versions.

I love being able to put dinner on the table and not have to plan and wonder what we’re having each night.  So easy!

At just $4 per month, it’s a no-brainer way to save time. 

Receive your first set of Weekly Meal Plans the same day you sign up!
Here’s what’s on the plans this week and when you subscribe, you’ll also get suggested side dishes as well.

All Slow Cooker Plan 

  1. Chicken Enchilada Soup in Slow Cooker
  2. Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples
  3. Mel’s Chili 
  4. Garlic Chicken with More Garlic in the Crockpot
  5. Beef and Bean topped Potatoes
  6. Pork Carnitas
  7. Chocolate Cobbler 

Traditional Plan

  1. Angel Chicken 
  2. Beef Bourgennoine 
  3. Light and Heathier Potato Soup with Ham Sandwiches
  4. White Enchiladas 
  5. Veggie Pie 
  6. Wimpy’s aka Sloppy Joe’s 
  7. Chocolate Drop Cookies

Slow Cooker and Traditional Weekly Meal Plans – week of March 10

There was such a good response to the new Small version of the Weekly Meal Plans that serve just 3-4 people!  Last week, we introduced this new option, doubling the number of Meal Plans you get when you subscribe to the weekly service.  At just $4 per mont, it’s a steal!

I shopped with the Traditional Plan this week and we had Pork Burgers for dinner.  It was nice enough on Saturday to grill them outside!

Keep reading, if you’d like a sneak peek at this week’s menus.

Do you want to save an hour a week in planning time?  Get the Weekly Meal Plans and Grocery List sent to your inbox! Get all the info by clicking here.

By subscribing to the Weekly Meal Plans you’ll get:

  • 4 Meal Plans each week – All Slow Cooker and Traditional with both 3-4 serving and 6-8 serving options for each
  • 6 dinners and 1 dessert for each
  • Side dish suggestions
  • Complete grocery list for each plan
  • Printable recipes
  • Cooking tips and timing tricks
  • Delivered to your inbox each week for just $4 per month
Receive your first set of Weekly Meal Plans the same day you sign up!
Here’s what’s on the plans this week and when you subscribe, you’ll also get suggested side dishes as well.

All Slow Cooker Plan

  1. Chicken Philly Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker 
  2. African Pulled Beef Sandwiches 
  3. Turkey Legs, Italian Sausage, and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker 
  4. Easy Pepper Steak in the Slow Cooker
  5. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker
  6. Slow Cooker Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
  7. Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Blueberry Coffee Cake

Traditional Plan

  1. Broccoli Soup
  2. Cheesy Rice and Meatball Skillet
  3. Kentucky Hot Brown Bake
  4. Pork Burgers
  5. Reuben Calzone
  6. Honey Lemon Pepper Salmon
  7. Coconut Cake

New 3-4 Serving Size Weekly Meal Plans!

Brand new on this week’s Meal Plans – new 3-4 serving sizes!

I’m really excited about this addition to the Weekly Meal Plans.  We’ve added a 3-4 serving size plan for both the Traditional and the All Slow Cooker Plans.  This means that each week, you’ll receive 4 plans to choose from!

The new smaller serving plans are the same recipes, only adjusted to feed a smaller family.  We didn’t just cut the ingredients in half.  Instead, we made adjustments so that you won’t have half cans of ingredients left over.  Where that wasn’t possible, we’ve given instructions for freezing or storing extra ingredients for the next time.

In the case of slow cooker recipes, it’s also best to use the right size crockpot.  Use a 5-6 quart slow cooker for the 6-8 serving size plans.  Use a 4-5 quart slow cooker for the 3-4 serving size plans.  This will help prevent overcooking your dinners.

If you have a smaller family or a family with very young kids who don’t eat much, you’re going to love the new 3-4 serving option!

Want to get the Weekly Meal Plans and Grocery List sent to your inbox?  Get all the info by clicking here.

By subscribing to the Weekly Meal Plans you’ll get:

  • 4 Meal Plans each week – All Slow Cooker and Traditional with both 3-4 serving and 6-8 serving options for each
  • 6 dinners and 1 dessert for each
  • Side dish suggestions
  • Complete grocery list for each plan
  • Printable recipes
  • Cooking tips and timing tricks
  • Delivered to your inbox each week for just $4 per month
Receive your first set of Weekly Meal Plans the same day you sign up!
Here’s a sneak peek at what’s on the Meal Plans this week.

All Slow Cooker

  1. Chicken and Dumplings in the Slow Cooker
  2. Easy Crockpot Beef Fajitas 
  3. Apple BBQ Pork Chops 
  4. Calico Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage
  5. My Favorite Cheater Meal – Tyson Crockpot Roast
  6. Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker
  7. Apple Crisp

Traditional Plan

  1. Italian Seasoned Salt and White Wine Pork Tenderloin
  2. Baked Spaghetti
  3. Pan Fried Shrimp Sandwiches 
  4. Beef and Black Bean Taco Bake
  5. Mini Deep Dish Pizzas 
  6. Cheesy Chicken Chowder
  7. Nutella Muffins
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