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Here’s one way to make menu planning a little easier… April 11, 2013

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let someone else pick the ingredients! :)

We recently joined a CSA for a local farm.   This was the first week of getting a box of goodies.  In the box this week:

  • Kale
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Peach jam
  • Strawberry jelly
  • Pepper relish
  • Pecans
  • One lonely green pepper

Recipes we’re making with it this week:

Wednesday: Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad with Bacon and grilled chicken — pretty good, we loved the strawberry/kale combination

Thursday: Pinto beans and cornbread with pepper relish; Kale Salad (with dried fruit/nut/homemade vinaigrette) — we used almonds, craisins, and golden raisins

Friday: Eating out!

Saturday:  Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup — aka a remade Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

Sunday: Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini

Monday: Grilled Bratwurst/Peppers/Onions & Corn on the Cob

Tuesday: leftover soup

Hoping strawberries are ready next week but thinking it’ll be a little longer… I’m glad to be back on track with cooking again!



Updates and some new recipes! September 2, 2012

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Well, I am back to menu planning but haven’t updated here in a while.  Trying to make even more dietary adaptations here, so look for relatively low-carb meals (I’m not following any particular commercial diet, but keeping meals to under 45 carbs… which has been a challenge).  Outside activities (and time away from the house) are ramping up too, so this is the place to come for crockpot meals!  I have so many meals pinned from Pinterest that I want to try too!

Last week’s notable meals (done with minimal planning, so they don’t even merit their own post) :)

Multigrain Waffles, with 1 cup of blueberries added to the batter.
1 blueberry waffle (1/6th of recipe) + 1 TBSP light cream cheese
2 links turkey sausage
410 calories/47 carbs/24 protein/14 fat/5 fiber

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore
1 serving + 3/4 cup Ronzoni Healthy Harvest wheat linguini + 2 TBSP freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
335 calories/42 carbs/23 protein/10 fat/7 fiber

Now to figure out a menu plan for next week!


Lentil Soup/Stew January 10, 2012

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Wish I could remember who I got this from so I could give credit!  This is so quick and easy (and healthy too, I love when I can cook with all fresh ingredients!)


1 pound Lentils, dried
4 cups Chicken broth, reduced sodium (1 box)
4 cups Water
3 stalks Celery, diced
3 Carrots, diced
2 medium Onions, diced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tsp Parsley, dried
1 tsp Basil, dried
1 tsp Oregano, dried
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
Large pinch Red pepper flakes
  Black Pepper to taste
  Table salt to taste (I don’t use any)


Throw everything into the crock, and stir. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Near the end of the cooking time, give it a stir and add more water or broth if you want it soupier.

Serves 12, 1 cup/serving


Menu Plan 1/9-1/15/2012 January 9, 2012

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Monday: Lentil Soup (I need to add the recipe to this page!) with Light Oat Bread

Tuesday: Spaghetti Italian with salad

Wednesday:  Mediterranean Chicken with mashed potatoes and honey roasted carrots

Thursday: Leftover Buffet

Friday:  Taco Soup

Saturday: Breakfast for dinner

Sunday: lunch — Leftover Buffet (again, I know, that’s what happens when you have tons of soup!); dinner — potluck @ small groups

Linking up with again!


Menu Planning 1/2-1/8/2012 January 1, 2012

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Monday: leftover chili + leftover macaroni and cheese = chili mac!

Tuesday: Beef Stew in the crockpot (have to have something easy to get back into the normal routine!)

Wednesday: Taco Bar (or Taco Salad)

Thursday: eating out at Red Robin

Friday: Leftover Buffet aka whatever you can find in the refrigerator!

Saturday: date night, yay!

Sunday: Dollar Sunday @ church (meaning, who knows what I’ll be eating?) and either leftovers or potluck for supper


Menu Plan 11/7-11/13 November 8, 2011

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Monday: eating out!

Tuesday: Roasted Winter Squash Soup with Light Oat Bread

Wednesday: Bubble Up Pizza Casserole (new recipe for us, I’ll post if we like it!)

Thursday:  Bacon Jack Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Friday: Leftover Buffet

Saturday: Breakfast for Dinner (eggs, cheese grits, whatever else sounds good!)

Sunday: eating lunch @ a friend’s; eating supper @ small group for church (nice to have a day with no cooking!)

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Menu Plan 8/29-9/4 August 29, 2011

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Finally back to menu planning… and I added in breakfasts for the week as well!

Monday: Pancakes
Tuesday: Crockpot Oatmeal (we can pretend it is autumn, right?)
Wednesday: Homemade Egg McMuffins
Thursday: Leftovers from oatmeal or Cheerios, berries and milk
Friday: Triple Berry Smoothies

Monday: Spaghetti Italian with French Bread
Tuesday: Chick Fil A before soccer practice! :)
Wednesday: Tender Barbecue Chicken, mashed potatoes, honey roasted carrots
Thursday: Leftover Buffet
Friday: Dinner on the road…

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