Category Archives: Meal Planning

Asking for Readers help, please!


Hello 🙂 Wondering if you guys can share some of YOUR favorite side dish recipes?? I, maybe others too, struggle with coming up with a side dish for dinner some nights. Is there a salad your family really likes? A side dish that goes great with grilled meat? What do you serve with burgers? Grilled chicken? Fish? Etc.

We like the Seven Layer Salad that I just shared, BUT the main ingredient in the dressing is mayo! So I don’t make it too toooo much! Grilled veggies are on the menu a lot, but that is not the kids favorite.  Mashed potatoes and a veggie, well that’s good too. But….I don’t know…… just wondering if YOU GUYS have any suggestions or favorite recipes to share with all of us!!!!

Go ahead and share it in the comment section OR send an e-mail ~ . I will try to make it and share with the other readers!!! 🙂 Looking forward to hearing from you!!!



What’s for dinner next week??!?! (A few Pinterest picks!)


Last post I talked about “meal planning”, a friend asked about  a 1 week meal plan. I really liked that idea, I have done it one other time ~ them promptly forgot about it! I was going to try to make it something I did occasionally. Whooops!!! Let’s try it again!!

I will include a grocery list as well.  THIS post will be unique, FULL of Pinterest recipes, have you heard of Pinterest? HAHAHAHAAHAHA. Right?!?!? It is pretty cool. Here is favoritefamilyfoods Pinterest page.  Most of the below recipes will be new for my family ~ some unique and some pretty basic ones! Sound fun?? I will update recipe successes and fails in a few weeks! (You too!! Let me know what you try!)

Here are 6 meal options and a few extra nummies!! Happy Cooking ((and baking!!!)) Sunday noon is not included in here. Sunday night is usually leftovers or nachos or pizza, so that is also not included. I do not always use all 6 meals I plan for, as we might have a leftover sporgazboard night!!! (OR time gets away and suddenly grilled cheese in on the table. It works.) That extra meal(s) will just roll to the next week!

Let me know if you are cookin’ with me next week!!! Or EVEN just picking a few things to try! Either way LET’S have fun!!!

The Extras~
Loaded M&M Cookie Bars
Shredded Wheat Snack Mix
The Best Cinnamon Swirl Bread ~ I am planning on making a half batch. (For lunches or breakfasts.)
Cinnamon Rolls (for Sunday morning)

Meal Option #1
Baked Chicken Fajitas
Butter Baked Rice
Spicy Cauliflower Stir-Fry  (honest, not sure if the kids will like this….I might have good ol’ can of green beans too!! 😉 )

Meal Option #2
Chicken Marsala
Potatoes (prepare as your family enjoys!!)
Roasted Broccoli

Meal Option #3
Parmesan Meatloaf
Pasta?!?!? to serve under the meatloaf?!?! Maybe. Not sure yet.
Salad (Subbing in mandarin oranges for the strawberries)
Naked Pizza ~ (great name! HA!!) I am thinking I am going to try it with dried seasonings (NOT fresh basil), more my families style.

Meal Option #4
Cheesy Ranch Chicken
Southwest Chicken Chop Salad

Meal Option #5
Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese
Cheesy Garlic Fries In Foil

Meal Option #6
Pepperoni Pizza Loaf
applesauce or salad

THANKS to those who shared some of these recipes with me! 🙂 Looking forward to trying them out!!! 

~Now the grocery list. You will have to let me know if anyone uses this, or finds it helpful. REMEMBER, YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE MOST OF THIS STUFF IN YOUR HOUSE. Don’t be scared by its length!

~ IF making the full batch of bread, you will need 18 c. flour JUST for that. Keep that in mind.

~ Forgive me if I have forgotten anything. I have tried hard not too.

~ I did not add applesauce or salad ingredients to go with the pizza roll. So add that if you want too!

~ A little heavy on the chicken this week….it was on sale!!! 🙂


thyme, salt, pepper, parsley, garlic salt, oregano, garlic powder, sea salt, crushed red pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, basil, Italian seasoning

olive oil, oil, butter, cornstarch, sugar, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, flour (A LOT, if making the full batch of cinnamon bread), powdered sugar, yeast, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, mayo, hot sauce, honey, ketchup, mustard, soft spread butter, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice

pasta sauce, bread crumbs, 1 env. Italian dressing mix, 1 env. Ranch dressing mix, 1 env. taco seasoning, Ranch dressing, Marsala wine, 14 oz.(ish) beef broth, 14 oz. (ish) chicken broth, Ramon noodle pkg, walnuts, long grain white rice, 8 oz. sliced pepperoni, 1 can mushrooms, 1 can mandarin oranges (if not using strawberries), picked pepper rings, small can black olives, 15 oz. diced tomatoes, 4 oz. can diced green chilies, tortillas, whole wheat bread, Oreos, M&M’s (1/2 c.), can of black beans, tortilla chips, 15 oz. pizza sauce, spoon size shredded wheat, popcorn, pretzels, mixed nuts (or peanuts)

about 4 lb chicken (boneless skinless chicken), 1 lb ground beef, 1 lb. ground turkey

1/2 c. Italian cheese blend (or mozzarella would be fine), 2 c. shredded mozzarella, 2-3 c. shredded cheddar, 8 sliced cheddar cheese (or 1 more c. shredded), fresh Parmesan cheese, sour cream

corn, Rhodes bread dough, vanilla ice cream

fresh mushrooms, head of lettuce, head of Romaine lettuce, green onion bunch, strawberries (if not using mandarins), 2 limes, 3 green peppers, red pepper, 2 onions, cilantro bunch, 1 or garlic bulbs, head of cauliflower, head of broccoli, fresh basil (if using), fresh chives (if using), 4 Roma tomatoes, 2 avocados, 1 lb red potatoes, potatoes (whatever you use to make your mashed potatoes + any extra ingredients needed for those!)