Weekly Meal Plan 9/20/15

Happy Sunday, ya’ll! It has been a lovely weekend here in the ATL. Yesterday we spent time together with family and friends. A few weeks ago, I had a dream that my sweet Lizzie and I went to Outback Steakhouse. We ordered the Bloomin Onion, steak, lobsters, shrimp, dessert, drinks; a martini for me and a Shirley Temple for her. I decided that it would be great to go out and celebrate that dream and make it a reality! We went with a couple of dear friends and we had a great time!




Today was also a great day. Got to sleep in some, spend some time with my family, go to the gym, and relax and be lazy on the couch. Soon, I am going to have to pry myself off the couch and cook dinner. Before I do that, I thought I would give you the run down on my menu for the rest of the week. I’ll check in later tonight or tomorrow with the outcome of my dinner 😉

Sunday- Pan Fried Rainbow

Monday- Lamb Chops- the girls went crazy for them last time, so I got some at the butcher shop yesterday. Thinking of a new recipe, maybe…https://funfoodiefamily.com/2015/09/10/cast-iron-lamb-chops/

Tuesday- Baked Ziti https://funfoodiefamily.com/2015/03/29/easy-baked-ziti/

Wednesday- Sweet Chili Chicken

Thursday- Leftovers/Clean out the fridge

Friday- Date Night…Sushi?

Creamy Chicken and Rice and Meal Plan for 2/22/15

Can you believe the weekend is almost over? Fun weekend with the family, time to myself, and an awesome yoga class this morning. It just goes by way too fast…

Here is what I made tonight-

Creamy Chicken and Rice


6-8 chicken Thighs (or 4 chicken breasts)
1 package Arborio Rice
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1 small container sliced mushrooms
1 glass white wine
1 container low sodium chicken broth
1 handful of chopped herbs- sage, tarragon, and parsley
about 1/3 cup half and half (could use heavy cream and milk)
salt and pepper to taste


Warm up your box of chicken stock in a pan.
Brown up your chicken in a hot large dutch oven in a bit of olive oil. Salt and pepper both sides of your chicken- take out and set aside
Turn down to med.heat. Add your chopped onions in the pan with a bit more olive oil. Cook about 5 minutes. Add in your garlic and mushrooms and cook for 5 more minutes. Stir gently. Add in your wine. Stir and reduce about 5 minutes. Add in your rice. Stir well. Add in your chicken stock. Nestle your chicken in to the rice. Turn down to med-low heat and cook rice and chicken until cooked through, about 30 minutes. Rice should be soft and chicken should be falling apart when you stir the mixture at the end. Stir occasionally to prevent rice from sticking to the bottom. Add the herbs and half and half in at the end. Stir to combine and serve with crusty bread and a side salad or another veggie.


Monday- Gorditas


Tuesday- Crockpot- BBQ Pork

Wed- Leftovers/ Clean out the fridge night

Thursday- Chinese Night with Miss Mandy!

Friday- Family Night Out- Greek? Mexican? Indian?

Weekly Meal Plan 2/1/15

Hope you guys are having a great weekend! Here is my meal plan for this week. What are you guys eating?

Sunday- Bean and Cheese Burritos with Green Chilis- so easy…up on the blog later tonight

Monday- Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin, mac and cheese, corn, and salad



Tuesday- Grandparents taking the girls for dinner while I go to Zumba and hubby goes to hockey. Not sure what I am going to make for myself. Maybe a veggie lasagna or shrimp and veggie pasta?

Wednesday- Thai Sweet Chili Chicken and Veggie (mushroom, onions, peppers)  Kebabs, Naan Bread

Thursday- Chinese Take Out Night

Friday- Mexican

Weekly Meal Plan 10/19

Hope you all are having a great weekend! Here is our family meal plan for the week! If your life as as crazy as mine, I know it is hard to plan the week in advance. But, even if you just plan for 3 or 4 out of the 7 days out of the week, that is better than nothing!

Sat- Chicken with creamy mushroom sauce
Sun- Chili and cornbread
Monday- Brats and baked beans
Tuesday- Just me and the girls…who know? Maybe Chinese? Maybe breakfast for dinner? Maybe whatever you want that we have night? =) Maybe I should post these hodgepodge nights as a post to show how we can still all eat together, just different. Not short order cook, just warm up what we have, a can of Annie’s Spagetti O’s, or a plate of eggs and cheese with toast.
Wednesday- Out to dinner after B’s gymnastics awards
Thursday- late class…food on the road
Friday- Chicken Friand

Thinking about meal planning and saving money

Tips for your shopping trips to the local grocery store… I was watching Rachel Ray and got inspired by this. I do have a hard time believing Rachel really needs to be mindful of her budget. Really? She is Rachel Ray, for goodness sake!

When I go grocery shopping, I do make a general list of my items for dinners for the week. BUT you always need to be open minded when you go grocery shopping to get the best deal. Sometimes I have a game plan, but I may change my mind as I shop and see what is on sale.

1. Produce: Wow! Asparagus is cheaper than green beans? Get them and add them to your meal instead. Organic or not? Check out this http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/dirty-dozen-foods#slide-1 My thing is quality vs. value. If any berry can be bought organic without breaking the bank, do it! Any veggie or fruit with skin you eat, buy organic. If it is not in your budget, just make sure you wash carefully. Organic vs. conventional does not have any greater nutritional value, but I think organic just tastes better.

2. Meat and seafood section: Where you spend the most but can save the most. Look for the deals of the week. If I am going to buy chicken thighs for a recipe, but chicken breasts are 2 for 1, I will get that instead. I always get sustainable fish or I don’t buy it. http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx I look for organic meat. It is better for our environment and the animals, but I can’t break the bank for it. Choose wisely. I love to shop at our local butcher shop instead when I can.

3. Dairy: I believe organic rules supreme. It just taste better! It is more costly, so like meat, just choose wisely. My girls are drinking less and less milk, which may not break the bank too much to buy organic. Not too many coupons are for dairy, but there are some out there. BE CAREFUL! Most are for yogurts with added sugars and high fructose corn syrup. Just gross…once you have some Choboni or other awesome yogurt, you won’t go back. It doesn’t have to be organic, just delicious. I love getting plain or vanilla flavored and add my own fruit and granola. Organic butter is a splurge; It tastes better by a landslide, but Land O’ Lakes is pretty close. I stock up on that when it is on sale.

4. Eggs: Farm fresh eggs are always better. Organic farm fresh eggs can’t be beat. But when eggs are not the star, the cheap ones from Publix will do. For a while, we were able to get farm fresh eggs for $2.00 per dozen from a family friend, but that has fallen through. We were wondering how much we would sacrifice to get those eggs from someone else. I say at most $4 for a dozen for eggs that will be the star of a dish. Otherwise, regular eggs will do. I have found them at Wal-Mart, Fresh Market, and Whole Foods for less than $4.

5. Canned foods: 4 words…Canned meat is GROSS! Stick to tomatoes, beans, olives, and the occasional veggie or fruit. Canned tuna smells and looks like cat food.

6. Frozen Foods: Ice creams, puff pastry, pies(not too bad, right?), and your favorite guilty pleasure is ok. I love Amy’s Frozen Meals. I buy frozen French toast sticks for my girls. Steam fresh veggies are pretty awesome.

My favorite things to have on hand…
Some kind of canned beans
Canned tomatoes
Boxed Chicken and Beef Stock
bread crumbs; Panko and Italian
a couple of grains; rice, quinoa, Farro, couscous
a couple of different kinds of pasta

Dairy thickeners: mascarpone, sour cream, cream cheese, Greek yogurt
Liquid Dairy: Milk, buttermilk, heavy cream, half and half
Cheese: A variety…hard- parm or pecorino , soft- Brie, Feta, Goat, melty- fontina, American, swiss
Fruit: Berry, citrus, tomato
Veggie: Onion, garlic, green, pepper, mushroom, carrot, celery
Spreads: mayo, mustard, ketcup, hot sauce, soy sauce or other Asian sauces
Other- salsa, hummus, olives,

Freezer: Veggies, fruits, meats, French toast, fries, raviolis, leftovers/casseroles, leftover chicken or seafood parts for stock, homemade stock, ice cream

Snacks: Pirate Booty, popcorn, tortilla chips, pita chips, granola/fruit bars, fruit snacks

Spices, etc- sea salt, pepper, all purpose seasoning, Worchesturie sauce, cinnamon, oregano, garlic salt, onion salt

Baking: All purpose flour, cornmeal, cocoa powder, corn starch, baking powder, baking soda,

Hope this list helps! Feel free to add to it!