OK, Liz…I accept your challenge. I will make it my personal quest to make sure that you and you son break your frozen dinner addiction. (Sorry Banquet, nothing personal. I’m sure your frozen meals are quite…umm…delicious.)
My weekly meals are quite simple, quick to prepare, and kid/husband friendly. I have 7 kids, and I discovered years ago that trying to please everyone’s personal likes and dislikes at every meal, is impossible. I figure if they eat my meals most of the nights, it won’t kill them to make themselves a pb&j or cup of noodles when they can’t bear to eat what I fix.
Now, I have a little confession before I continue. I only fix meals 5 days a week. Friday is my dinner & movie date night with my husband, so the kids get pizza. Saturday is just too unpredictable to plan for (that’s what I tell myself anyway) so we usually just wing it with something simple that I already have on hand, or some fast food.
So Liz, I’m only going to give you 5 meals a week, not 7. That basically implies you have my permission to give Banquet your business twice a week. Do I still get your secret Black Bottom Pie recipe? Please?
Here’s my formula for coming up with 5 meals a week. I have five basic categories, one for each night that I cook: Mexican night, crock pot night, breakfast night, Sunday dinner, and misc. night.
This weeks pics…
- Mexican night – we’ll stick with your taco idea this week since you already have the stuff. Here’s your 3 items – Tacos, spanish rice and chips & salsa or nacho cheese, if you prefer. Shopping list:taco shells, ground beef, taco seasoning, refried beans, lettuce, grated cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, taco sauce (green sauce is my personal fav.), spanish rice packet (the just add water and tomato sauce kind), tortilla chips, and salsa (or nacho cheese)
- Crock pot night – I have a secret love affair with my crock pot. If you don’t have one, or think that they’re only for old people, think again. They can be used to cook almost any meal and are such time savers. Just throw the stuff into the pot in the morning and by dinner time you have a delicious meal all ready to eat. The only catch is that you have to plan ahead. It’s OK Liz. You CAN do this! I’ll start you off with something easy. Here’s your 3 items - Scalloped Chicken (counts as two things, chicken and potatoes) and Green salad (left over from taco night) Shopping list: 5oz pkg. scalloped potatoes, 4 chicken breasts or 8 chicken legs, 10 oz pkg frozen peas or corn. Recipe: Put potatoes, seasoning pkt, chicken and peas or corn, and 2 cups of water into cooker. Cook on low 8 – 10 hours or high 4 hours.
- Breakfast night - We love breakfast for dinner (who has time to make breakfast in the morning these days?) Here’s your 3 items – French toast, bacon, and hash browns. Shopping list: bread, eggs, bacon and frozen hash browns. I like to add vanilla and cinnamon to my french toast mix.
- Misc. night -Let’s have pasta this week. 3 items – pasta & Alfredo sauce (add left over chicken if you have some from crock pot night), french bread, fruit salad. Shopping list – Pasta (whatever kind you like), bottled Alfredo sauce (or dry mix pkg), loaf of french bread (butter and add garlic salt), and canned fruit (mandarin oranges, pineapple), bananas, and small yogurt. Easy fruit salad recipe: Put mandarin oranges, pineapple, sliced banana, and yogurt in bowl and mix.
- Sunday dinner night - Let’s make a roast with potatoes, carrots and onions. Can be cooked in crock pot or oven. 3 items – roast, veggies, rolls. On Sunday dinner night we also have dessert. Liz, I’m counting on you for the pie recipe here. Shopping list: Pot roast meat, onion soup dry mix pkt. (I cover the meat in this), cubed potatoes, baby carrots, yellow onion, and pre-made rolls.
Good luck Liz and readers who are up for the Kate meal challenge. Enjoy!