Simple Meal Plans & Real Life – March 10

We’ve been working behind the scenes on some exciting new additions to the Weekly Meal Plans.  I can’t wait to share with you, but I’m not quite ready yet.  I will say, I think you’re going to love it!

Last week started off with snow and ice and ended with highs in the upper 50s.  Crazy Kentucky weather!  Our dinners ranged from newly created recipes to simple things like pancakes and sausage.  We also had grilled cheese and tomato soup for one meal, which tasted great on a snowy day.

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.

Traditional Plan

Slow Cooker Plan

1. Maple Apple Chicken 
2. Refried Beans without the Refry ( For bean and beef burritos)

Simple Meal Plans & Real Life — March 3

It’s a new month, with new Weekly Meal Plans!

And we are edging closer to spring, even if the weather doesn’t quite feel like it yet.

Last week was my week to cook for lots of different company.  We had planned to have dinner with a family from church on Sunday, but they ended up having to cancel Saturday night because of sick kids.  I had already made a lot of food though, so  the seven of us feasted on pulled pork, hash brown casserole and Texas sheet cake.  And we had plenty for leftovers on Monday night too.

On Tuesday night, we had one of the slow cooker freezer meals I had stashed in the deep freeze.  This time it was Hawaiian Meatballs.  I am officially in love with slow cooker freezer meals!

Wednesday night I hosted book club.  I cooked a big pot of Velma’s Chili and a batch of Goat Cheese Biscuits.  For dessert we had Brownies with ice cream and wild berry sauce.  So good!  And that made enough to have again on Friday for lunch when my parents and uncle came to bring the new pantry.

Thursday night I tested a recipe for a client.  Unfortunately, it was a huge flop.  I hate it when that happens, but when you’re trying new ideas and recipes, you’re going to have the occasional flop.  Back to the drawing board for that one.

This week, I think things will be more normal for our dinners.  I’m hoping to test some more new recipes though.  Fingers crossed that I have better luck!

Look for the full story with lots of pictures of our new pantry coming early next week.  I’m in love with it!

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Simple Weekly Meal Plans

The beginning of the month is a great time to try our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the planning 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.

Traditional Plan

3. Rotisserie Chicken

Slow Cooker Plan

1. Philly Cheese Steak Soup in the Slow Cooker
2. Complete BBQ Chicken Dinner
3. Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
4. Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos
5. Honey Hoisin Chicken
6. Ham Caribbean
7. Pear Tart with Cream Cheese Icing

Simple Meal Plans and Real Life – January 20

It’s a little early in the year for this (aren’t we all supposed to be super-charged, high energy, and goal oriented in January?), but I’m already in a recipe slump.  That’s probably not a great thing to admit since I’m a food blogger.  But I’ve had some trouble coming up with ideas for new recipes to share here.  It’s a phase, and one I’m sure will pass.  I’ve been through this before, so I know it’s temporary.

I’m sure it has a lot to do with the fact that I started the Whole 30, quite the Whole 30 and at least for this week I need to watch my intake of high potassium foods.  Frankly, it all leaves me a little tired of food in general.

That said, I’m so glad I have a freezer stocked with the January Slow Cooker Freezer meals.  That’s the menu that you see posted below in the Slow Cooker Plan section.  We’ve already had the Beef Stew and let me tell you, that was phenomenal!

And I do have one idea for an easy slow cooker soup recipe that I’m going to be testing this week.  Fingers crossed that it turns out well!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

If you find yourself in your own version of a cooking slump, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the planning 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.  This week includes the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Plan!  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Slow Cooker Plan

1. Slow Cooker Potato Soup

2. Easy, Shredded Taco Beef in the Slow Cooker

3. Chicken Broccoli Divan in the Crockpot or Oven

4. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore (as pork)

5. Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken

6. All day Beef Stew

7. Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

 

Traditional Plan

1. Healthier Sausage McMuffin Casserole

2. Chicken Tortilla Soup

3. Pan Fried Shrimp Sandwiches 

4.Angel Chicken

5. Beef Tacos

6. Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese 

7. Apple Cinnamon Skillet Monkey Bread

Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – November 4

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Every week I swear to myself that I’m going to take notes on what our dinners are each night.  When I start to write these posts, I can never remember what we’ve eaten!  I end up wracking my brain to remember, when I could just jot it down each day.

Some of you may be thinking to yourselves, “Doesn’t she follow her own meal plans?”

The answer to that is yes and no.  I do shop with the lists for the plans.  Last week, I shopped with the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Plan and tested all those recipes on Saturday.  I was able to put 7 meals in the freezer with just 1 hour of work!

But, I didn’t want to use all of those meals in one week.  And I’m always testing new recipes.  The great thing about the plans is that they use common ingredients.  If you shop with the lists, you’ll have what you need to make lots of different dinners.  It’s nice, because sometimes you just want to veer from the plan for whatever reason.

Okay, back to last Saturday.   I made all the meals on the slow cooker freezer plan.  I also made a meatloaf for Peter’s birthday dinner and put it in the freezer.  I created a new recipe for Spiced Apple Cider Slow Cooker Oatmeal.  And made a big pot of chili for that night, which we ate on Sunday after church too.

Whew!  That was a lot of cooking in one day.

On Monday, I had another recipe to test, but I used one of the freezer meals to make it.  Peach BBQ Pork Sliders with Apple Cole Slaw was the result.  Yum!

On Tuesday, Jim was out of town.  We had the rest of the bbq, along with French fries and a wedge salad.

Wednesday night, I used another of the slow cooker freezer meals.  I love these things!  It’s so easy to dump them in the crock and turn it on.

Thursday was Halloween.  More importantly, it was Peter’s 19th birthday!  We had meatloaf, cream cheese mashed potatoes, broccoli and spinach salad.  We usually end up with a bunch of candy, in addition to the cake, but trick-or-treating got postponed for bad weather.  It was nice to spread out the sugar rush a bit.

I did make chocolate cake with chocolate icing.  Cake stands are pretty, but mine is not very stable.  Too much weight on one side crashed the cake to the counter, which we all thought was hilarious!  It wouldn’t have been nearly as funny if I was serving people other than my own family.

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And yes, they did laugh at me for taking a photo before putting the cake back on the plate.

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.  November features your easiest Thanksgiving ever, with easy recipes to keep you spending more quality time with your family instead of the kitchen stove.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Slow Cooker

Traditional

Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Plan – Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life Oct. 21

This is the week with our slow cooker freezer meals plan.  I was able to put all of these meals together in just under an hour.  If you’d like to watch a video of the assembly process (the video is only 9 minutes long), you can find it here.  I love having these meals stashed away in the freezer!

The Weekly Meal Plans for November will also include a week of slow cooker freezer meals.  And because you have access to a whole month at a time, if you join now, you’ll get both October and November.  Big bang for your buck!  You can find out more about Weekly Meal Plans by clicking this link.

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Last week, I tested the recipe for Slow Cooker Corn Chowder.  I also created a recipe for ALDI that turned out fabulous.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

Jim was traveling again.  There were several nights that we ate left overs instead of me cooking a new meal.  Having a big pot of soup at the beginning of the week is great for that.

I shared this photo of a sunrise on Instagram earlier this week. Doesn’t it look like God signed His name in it?  Can you see the big G and what looks like a signature behind it?  So cool!

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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. Breakfast for Dinner 
  2. Baked Chicken and Summer Vegetables 
  3. Shrimp Tostadas 
  4. Ravioli with Tomato and Onion Sauce 
  5. Pizza Steak Sandwiches 
  6. Cheesy Hamburger Soup 
  7. Apple Crinkle 

Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – Oct. 7

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You can find out what’s on the Weekly Meal Plans for this week by scrolling to the end of this post.

This has been kind of a quiet week around here.  Jim and Peter have been in Sydney, Australia.  They’ve had a fantastic trip.  Yay for Facetiming!  We were able to talk to them nearly every afternoon/when they got out of bed in the morning.  The 14 hour time difference meant I was cooking dinner while they hadn’t eaten breakfast.

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As always, I’m fascinated by the food.  Peter said they have a chain there called Pie Face, where they sell meat pies.  He seemed to like them pretty well.

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While Jim and Peter had meat pies, those of at home had typical American fare.

All the nights have run together for me, but I know we had a pasta dish with chicken and parmesan cheese.

Of course, I made pancakes one night.  That’s a supper tradition when Jim is out of town.

We tried out one of the October Slow Cooker Freezer Meals, Chicken ala King.  I served it over cornbread.

I tested a new recipe that the kids loved.  I can’t wait to share how to make Slow Cooker Korean BBQ Haystacks.  Recipe coming soon!

We also ate leftovers a few times.  With only 3 of us home for dinner on most nights, the food went farther.  (Or is it further? Grammar people, help me out!)

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.

All Slow Cooker Plan

Traditional Plan

  1. Oven Baked Chicken Tacos 
  2. Not Your Momma’s Tuna Noodle Casserole 
  3. Beef Tips and Gravy 
  4. Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches with Creamy Ranch Slaw 
  5. Asian Salmon 
  6. BBQ Ribs 
  7. Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Caramel

Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – September 23

We’re still focusing on freezer meals in the Weekly Meal Plans.  I’ve got a sneak peek at this week’s plans at the bottom of this post.

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Last weekend, we celebrated my birthday a little bit early.  We went to the apple orchard on Saturday.  The weather was gorgeous!  Just the right amount of cool to hint at fall, but not enough to feel really cold.  And the sun was shining bright.  We bought a lot of apples, apple cider, apple cider donuts and decided to eat lunch there too.

Our original plan was to go out for lunch on Sunday for my birthday, but we’d spent so much on Saturday I decided to cook instead.  I made a classic pot roast with potatoes and carrots.  I really thought I had already shared the recipe with you, but I can’t find it on my site, so I guess I never posted it.  And I didn’t take any photos on Sunday either.  But soon, I’ll make it again and post it.  It is so good!

Jim made my favorite cake – Mom’s Layer Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting from the Cake Mix Dr. Cookbook.

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He did refrain from adding 46 candles to the cake!

Monday night I created the recipe for Popcorn Chicken Parmesan.  It was a hit!  Such an easy way to have a fantastic meal and it only took 15 minutes to make.

Tuesday was my actual birthday.  Isaac had a soccer game, so we ate sandwiches on the sidelines.

Wednesday night I made tostadas.  I was in a hurry, but I was trying to create a new recipe.  My creative juices weren’t flowing well though and we ended up with taco meat on tostada shells.  Super simple and quick.

Wednesday was also the day that my Stitch Fix box came.  This was the first box that I kept everything.

Stitch Fix 8

 

I loved everything they sent this time, but my favorite by far is the jeans.  I still can’t believe they actually fit.  Jean shopping is normally a huge hassle for me.  I have to try on 10-20 pairs before I find one that fits.  They all have a huge gap in the back of the waist.  I hate shopping for any type of pants, because it just takes so long.

But I pulled these from Stitch Fix from the box and they fit perfectly!  I wore them the rest of the day and my kids kept telling me that they really liked them.  That never happens!  It was fun to hear them complement me.  I never would have chosen the color either.  It’s darker than it looks in the picture.  And I had a surprising number of tops that coordinate with the burgundy color.

I’ve already scheduled my next fix and requested more jeans.  You can find out more about how Stitch Fix works here (that’s my affiliate link).  I love using the service, because I really hate to shop.  Stitch Fix is like shopping without actually going shopping.

Thursday night, I felt like a hypocrite.  There were only 2 people going to be home for dinner, with 1 more coming in late.  We’d had a long day of classes and practices.  So I decided we would grab fast food.  I’m not sure why this should make me feel like a hypocrite, since I’ve never claimed that we don’t eat out.  But since I do run a blog called Eat at Home, I always feel funny when I give in to my lazies and hit the drive through.

It’s Friday afternoon as I write this.  We’ve got another soccer game tonight.  I’m debating whether I should make something to eat on the sidelines or make something to have once we get home.  It will be late though and I don’t know that I want to wait that long for dinner.

#DinnerDilemma Twitter Party and Slow Cooker Giveaway

hamilton beach 6 quart slow cooker

 

This Twitter party had to be postponed last week, so we’re going to be having it this Monday 3pm Est.

I love this slow cooker!  Actually, I’ve never used it, I just wanted one for a long time.  I’ll be giving away 2 of them, along with an assortment of Libby’s products to two participants in the #DinnerDilemma Twitter party.

I’d love for you to join us on Monday 9/23 at 3pm EST.  We’re going to be talking about all kinds of things to help get dinner on the table each night, from recipes, to bulk cooking, to side dishes and more.

Be sure to follow @LibbysTable and me, @TiffanyAKing on Twitter.

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.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!  And September is our focus on stocking the freezer, including the week where you cook 7+ Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in just 1 hour!

Slow Cooker Plan

3. Slow Cooker Beans for the Freezer aka Refried Beans without the Refry (served in toritalls with cheese as bean & cheese burritos)

Traditional Plan

  1. Chicken Pot Pie
  2. Beef tacos (using beef [prepared like this
  3. Ham Caribbean 
  4. Honey Pork Chops 
  5. Chicken Gyros 
  6. Scrambled eggs with muenster cheese and ham 
  7. Frozen Marble Mocha Loaf

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

The Easiest Way to Eat at Home – Weekly Meal Plans {Traditional and All Slow Cooker}

Starting today, you can now have the Weekly Meal Plans with Grocery Lists emailed to you.  You’ll get both the Traditional menu and a new All Slow Cooker version too.  Find out more here!

Here’s a sneak peak at this week’s Traditional Menu.  Click here to get the plan, grocery list and cooking tips emailed to you.

2.  Baked Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
4.  Salsa Verde Steak in the Slow Cooker, taco fixings, chips and salsa
5.  Sweet and Sour Meatballs over Rice, favorite green veggie
And here’s a sneak peek at the All Slow Cooker version.  We’ll be substituting pork for the chicken in the Honey Hoisin Chicken recipe.  Occasionally, the Meal Plans will have new recipes or variations that aren’t on the blog.

3.  Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker, favorite green veggie, baked sweet potatoes
5.  Honey Hoisin Pork, favorite veggie, steamed rice
6.  Chicken Tacos, taco fixings, salad, chips and salsa

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