Meal Planning ~ A One Week Menu (March) ~ PLUS a few new recipes, scroll down to find them!

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Meal Planning. Hum.

Some of us figure out what we are eating for dinner at 5:00 pm. Some of us figure out what we are eating 5:00 am….. a week ago.  Some of us figure it out that day. Some of us figure it out while we are in the store. Some of us figure it out when we look in the fridge to see what there is. Some of us figure it out the day before.

Whenever you “figure it out” is fine, it probably works for you! If someone would make me figure out dinner at 5 pm, THAT . same. day, I would probably stand there like a dip with my chin on the floor. NOT knowing what to do.

I thought it might be fun to share a menu plan and a grocery list. Maybe it will help you on a BUSY week. I know it will help me! Let me know if you like this or not, then I know better if I should do it again! THANKS!!

Some notes as to how this will flow.

  • I am not going to assume you will follow this “plan” exactly, we all cook our own ways, I just thought it might be fun. Feel free to sub in your families favorite meal in place of one of these. 
  • I plan (usually) 5 meals per week. That leaves room for a leftover night and a “hey honey can we have____?” night. Should they arise. If there are no leftovers or no requests, then I have a file of stand by recipes in my mind. (Ex. ~ box o’ noodles and jarred sauce or eggs and toast. 😉 )
  • If you have a busy day, then meal planning allows you to prep dinner for the busy day on a less busy day. Usually there is some aspect to every meal (if not all of it) that you can do a day or two ahead. I am including a grocery list. Just in case that is helpful.
  • I am really not good at the “serving” amounts. I make one batch (unless marked otherwise) of each of these recipes for my family, this will usually leave us with some leftovers.
  • I will label this as “March” because I cook differently as per season.

The Menu!!

The “extras” ~ cause we all NEED ’em!
* Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ we all need a sweet!
* “Buttermilk” Pancakes.
* Lunch Box Sandwich Rolls ~ recipe below.

Dinner # 1.
* Slow Cooked Chicken Caesar Sandwiches. (I double this recipe for my family.)
* Olive Floret Salad.

Dinner # 2.
* Crock Pot Lasagna ~ recipe below.
* Strawberry Lettuce Salad.
* Garlic Toast ~ recipe below.

Dinner # 3.
* Bacon Cheese Topped Chicken.
* Butter Baked Rice.
* Vegetable side of YOUR choice!

Dinner # 4.
*Ranch Pork Chops.
*Mashed Potatoes (however your family enjoys them!)
* Kid’s Favorite Green Beans.

Dinner # 5.
* PIZZA!!! (Feel free to use your family’s favorite!!!)

Some New Recipes!!

Crock Pot Lasagna

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Crock Pot Lasagna 

Grab the recipe here. It is really easy.  Really good. (Feel free to “doctor” up the jarred sauce a bit ~ if that is your thing.  I also added some onions and green pepper to the beef.) (This recipe seems flexible enough to add the things your family enjoys ~ ex. spinach, meat free, homemade sauce. Just be sure there is enough liquid to cook the noodles!!) Thanks Mandi for a yummy recipe!

Garlic Toast 

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I am sure you have all already been making this your whole life. BUT just. in case. it is new to you, here is the recipe!!!

* You can use really any bread ~ french bread, sandwich bread, hot dog/hamburger buns, bagels, english muffins, and on and on!!!

* You can top with Italian Seasoning and/or mozzarella cheese as well!  You REALLY cannot go wrong!

* This Garlic Toast is fantastic served with Italian dishes or soup.

Garlic Toast 
bread of choice
butter
garlic powder
Parmesan cheese

Spread your bread on one side liberally with butter, sprinkle with garlic powder and top with some Parmesan cheese. Broil till browned. Serve. Enjoy!

Lunch Box Pinwheels

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Another recipe that you can make your “own”!! Add whatever meats, cheeses and spices that your kids will enjoy! I usually try to keep it simple, so as not to scare them!! You can also include a dipper ~ such as Ranch Dressing or Pizza Sauce.

Yields 12 Pinwheels.

Lunch Box Pinwheels 

Dough:  
1/2 c. warm milk
1/4 c. warm water
1/8 c. olive oil
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. wheat flour
1 TB. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. yeast

Filling: 
1/2 lb. deli ham
2 c. cheese  (I use a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella)
sprinkle of oregano.

Topping: 
Parmesan cheese
sprinkle of Italian seasoning

Prepare the dough, I like to use my bread machine. Or use your mixer or knead by hand. To mix by hand ~ Combine the warm milk and water, add the yeast. Let set for 5 minutes.  Add the oil, salt, sugar, and 1 c. flour. Mix. Add the rest of the flours and knead for 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.

When dough is done, roll it into a rectangle (about 12″ x 14″ or so). Spread the cheese, then top with ham and sprinkle with oregano.  Roll up (like cinnamon rolls) ~ cut into 1″ slices and place (cut side down) on a greased cookie sheet.

Cover (I use plastic wrap that I sprayed with cooking spray) ~ let rise for 30-40 minutes. Till doubled. Bake @ 375° for about 15-18 minutes. Either serve right away or cool to pack in lunches.

Grocery List!!

I have listed everything, (hopefully) down to the salt and pepper. I am sure you have a lot of this stuff already ~ so your list should not be THIS long!!!

(If there is not an amount listed behind the ingredient, then the amount needed is not more than a few tsp’s or TB’s.)

Pantry Items. 

yeast (1 1/2 tsp.)
brown sugar (1 c.)
white sugar (about 1 3/4 c.)
baking powder
baking soda
vanilla extract
cream of tartar
salt
pepper
flour (about 8 c.)
wheat flour (1/2 c.)
corn meal (3 TB.)
vegetable oil (about 1 1/2 c.)
olive oil (about 1/4 c.)
peanut butter (1/4 c.)
shortening (butter or regular ~ 3/4 c.)
chocolate chips (about 1 c.)
Peanut Butter chips ~ found by chocolate chips (about 1 c.)
vinegar
red wine vinegar (2 TB.)
soy sauce
black olives (about 1/2 c.)
Italian Dressing (1 c.)
1 env. dry Italian Dressing Mix
1 env. dry Ranch Dressing Mix
Caesar Dressing (1-2 c.)
Dijon mustard (1/2 c.)
honey (1/2 c.)
parsley (dried is fine)
paprika
Italian Seasoning
garlic salt
Ramon Noodles ( 1 pkg.)
walnuts (1 c.)
long grain rice (1 c.)
1 can chicken broth (or 2 bouillon cubes+ 1 3/4 c. water)
1 can cream soup
pizza sauce (amount depending on how much sauce you like, I would grab 2 cans ~ the 15 oz. size)
1 lb. box of bow tie pasta
2 jars of spaghetti sauce
1/2 c. white wine (or 1/2 c. chicken broth)
lemon juice (1/2 tsp.)

Refrigerated Items.

eggs (2)
milk ( just over 2 c.)
1 lb. butter
cottage cheese (1 large container)
Feta cheese (1 c.)
Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/2 c.)
5-6 c. mozzarella cheese
2 c. cheddar cheese

Meat. 

8 chicken breasts
1/2 lb. deli  ham
1 lb. Italian Sausage
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey or chicken)
4 pork chops
bacon (8 strips)

Bread. 

8 buns
bread needed for Garlic Toast, any kind

Produce 

head of cauliflower
head of broccoli
2 c. cherry tomatoes
2 med. carrots
Romaine lettuce
8 c. ice burg lettuce
1/2 c. green onions
2 c. mushrooms
1 head of garlic
(veggies for pizza, opt.)
(vegetable side dish, your choice)
(potatoes for your kinda mashed potatoes)

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About Bobbi

I am a wife to my wonderful husband. I am a mom to 5 wonderful/busy/crazy/noisey/happy snappy boys. My hobby is cooking and baking, I love to read recipes and organize the recipes I have. I enjoy making food for people and sharing recipes. My husband is not picky and will eat almost anything, my kids are not quite as easy, they can be picky eaters, which has lead me to try to make more “favorite family foods”. I am hoping that through this blog some of my friends and family, or anyone for that matter, will share their favorite recipes too!!! Feel free to email me at favoritefamilyfoods@hotmail.com if you have any questions, suggestions or recipes you would like to share. I look forward to hearing from you! Bobbi

8 responses »

  1. Bobbi , that bacon topped chicken looks fabulous!!!!I like your menu share—good ideas and good go togethers!!

  2. Do the little boys know how fortunate they are to get those kind of yummy sandwich substitutes…all your meal ideas sound delicious! Makes my mouth water ! 🙂

  3. Love the meal plan idea, Bobbi! I’m definitely a planner too – but sometimes it’s just tough to come up with good, different ideas. . . Thanks for these! I’m all for a meal planning series! 🙂

    • Thank you and thanks for enjoying and commenting! Like I said, if it is well received then I will enjoy sharing a Meal Plan every other week or so. 🙂 I hope others have enjoyed as well! 🙂

  4. Oh Bobbi!!! This is fantastic for me!!!!!! I could use this. I search out meal plans but just don’t know about the recipes. I know I can count on good ones from you. I look forward to more meal plans. Thank you!

    • Oh, Trish, thanks for your confidence in me, though I feel it is un-deserved. I always wonder and enjoy hearing if people make the recipes and if they like or do not like. I wondered if people would enjoy this meal plan thing, glad you do, look for another one in a week or two. THANKS!!!!!! a lot!!!!!

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