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Malissa’s Monday Meal Planning – October 26th

October 25, 2009

We had a great time on vacation, but I’m so glad to be home. The happiest place on earth was not the happiest place for my digestive system, so I’m thrilled to be cooking at home.

Monday – Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Soup and salad (dried cranberries, feta cheese and the mâche lettuce that I love thanks to Kim!)

Tuesday – Chicken Teriyaki and edamame

Wednesday – Breakfast for dinner – I know pancakes aren’t that hard to make from scratch, but Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle mix fell into my cart. So, we’ll have the pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup, fruit, and scrambled eggs.

Thursday – Chicken Curry Salad

Friday – Steak, hot dogs, and corn on the grill

Saturday – Leftovers

Sunday – Butternut Squash Soup – I heard it on good authority that Kim has a great butternut squash soup recipe. Maybe she’ll share it with me – hint, hint!

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Malissa’s Meal Planning – October 6th

October 6, 2009

We’re going out of town later this week, so it’s an abbreviated week of meals and I’m attempting to use up the perishable food in my house.

Tuesday – Broccoli Beef Noodle Stir Fry from Steamy Kitchen (I’m really excited to get her new cookbook!)

Wednesday – I have some bacon and potatoes, so baked potatoes might be on the menu. However, if I get a chance to pick up a few extra ingredients, I’d love to try this Thick and Creamy Potato Bacon Soup.

Thursday – Taco salad and I’ll grill up any veggies I have left.

Baking – Our friend, Louise, made the most wonderful pumpkin bread for Kim and me last night. It was vegan and had some added healthy ingredients (flax seed, maybe). But the most amazing part is that my girls gobbled it up today AND they chose it over cookies for dessert! Kim and I are hoping to score the recipe for ourselves and to post here.

Malissa’s Meal Plan – September 29th

September 29, 2009

It’s Malissa here again with my meal plan for the week. All right, I have to admit I modified my original plan. I had a lot of running around to do tonight due to a vehicle that’s getting fixed, so we ended up with takeout for dinner. I wish I’d had the foresight to put the crock pot meal on for tonight’s meal!

Tuesday – takeout

Wednesday – Coconut Curry Chicken and Baked Coconut Brown Rice

Thursday – Spaghetti and Gremolata Mealballs – We often use Costco’s frozen meatballs, which I think are tasty. But, I’m going to try making meatballs from scratch this week.

Friday – Hearty Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage – Ooh, I think I’ll try Farmgirl Fare’s Beer Bread too!

Saturday – CrockPot Chicken Makhani and Rice

Sunday – Continuing with the success of breakfast for dinner and my love of all things pumpkin, Pumpkin Spice Muffins and omelets

Malissa’s Meal Plan – September 22nd

September 22, 2009

 Guest Post: Here’s another week of my meal planning. Perhaps one of these weeks I’ll get my act together and have this done on Sunday night. Your week starts on Monday…mine starts on Tuesday. Tomato tomahto, right? 🙂

Tuesday – Chili and Cornbread

Wednesday – Sautéed Shrimp with Warm Tropical Fruit Salsa – You’ll probably see this on my menu plan frequently. This is a family favorite as it has lots of our favorite foods: my kids love mango and shrimp, my husband is a big fan of anything with coconut, and my love of mango is only surpassed by Rainier cherries!

Thursday – Herb and Chili Flake Buttered Chicken – Yes, this is on the menu again. It’s always a big hit and I found a good deal on whole chickens while at the grocery store.

Friday – Tacos – We’re having a big playgroup at our house, so I’ll have this on hand for lunch. I’m hoping there will be enough left for dinner.

Saturday – Dairy Free Biscuits and Gravy – It’s the ever popular breakfast for dinner! This recipe is from our latest episode. I seem to be using a lot of Kim’s great recipes this week. Do you think that means she’ll come cook them too?

Sunday – Cheeseburgers, strawberry smoothies, and Sweet Potato Fries

Malissa’s Meal Planning – Sept 15th

September 15, 2009

Guest Post: I’m at it again! Last week’s meal plan was pretty successful, although I did stray from the plan slightly.

Tuesday: Soup and bread – I have a lot of veggies in my fridge, so it’ll be mystery soup consisting of those veggies, chicken stock and beans.

Wednesday: Whole wheat pumpkin pancakes, eggs and fruit – My kids’ picky eating habits always keep me guessing, but they love almost all breakfast foods. My favorite pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks and they’ve inspired me to find a pumpkin pancake recipe.

Thursday: I’m looking for a Pork Tenderloin recipe and thinking I’ll try this one – Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin. If you have a good recipe, I’d love to hear about it. The only problem is my picky husband, who doesn’t care for bbq sauce, mustard, or onions! I’m actually not sure if it’s harder to cook for him or the kids. 🙂

Friday: Dining out!

Saturday: The kids love to make their own pizzas. We often get the Boboli pizza crusts and let the girls add their own toppings, but I’m going to try making everything from scratch using this recipe for the sauce and dough.

Sunday: Leftovers

On the baking front, I’d love to find a good granola bar recipe. Any suggestions? I’ve yet to find the sweet spot where my kids enjoy the granola bar and I think it’s healthy enough. They really like something with the texture of Quaker Chewy Granola Bars. I don’t mind putting chocolate chips in the bars, but would like to cut out the other sugars. I like that the Quaker ones don’t have high fructose corn syrup, but I want to start baking our own so we can avoid the partially hydrogenated oils and preservatives.

Malissa’s Meal Planning – September 8th

September 8, 2009

Guest Post: With Kim’s encouragement, I thought I’d try my hand at meal planning. I can’t tell you how many times I look in my pantry at the witching hour and hope for some magic meal to appear. It’s also possible I go to the grocery store without recipes in mind and end up making multiple grocery store trips once I know what I’m making. I think my husband and kids will really appreciate me getting more organized about our meals!

I think this will take a couple of tries to figure out how to incorporate leftovers and my family’s busy schedules into the meal plan. Here we go:

Tuesday: Herb and Chili Flake Buttered Chicken and corn on the cob – I’m testing out this roast chicken recipe for Kim. And of course she made it for our family recently, so I’m sure they’ll be honest if it doesn’t taste quite as wonderful as when Kim prepared it.

Wednesday: Tortilla Soup and bread – I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for quite some time.  And, I’m hoping we’ll have leftover chicken from Tuesday or maybe I’ll roast two birds.

Thursday: Date night – no cooking for me!

Friday: Grilled Salmon, couscous, and Roasted Zucchini with Garlic – We make this salmon recipe all the time; it’s so yummy and simple to make.

Saturday: Phyllo Wrapped Cod and Caprese Salad – The cod recipe is another that I’m testing for Kim and I have it on her authority that it’s a great recipe. I believe “OMGBBQ” was the first thing I heard from Kim after she created this dish! The salad should be fantastic as it is peak tomato season in my small garden.

Sunday: Leftovers