Weekly Meal Plan 8/23/15

Hey guys! I hope you all are having a fabulous weekend! We are just relaxing this weekend. No games or any major plans!

Last night it was a girls’ night with my little ones. We ordered pizza (1/2 pineapple and 1/2 black olives and mushrooms), cheesy bread, and a Greek salad. The girls and I usually end up getting a veggie pizza of some sort. I will eat sausage or pepperoni on a pizza, but usually I lean toward the veggie pizzas. This meal hit the spot!

Phee and Poopaw (one set of grandparents) are visiting this weekend. We went out to dinner to our favorite local Mexican restaurant. I had a shrimp quesadilla and a cheese poblano pepper. 012 009

Reminded me to make these again… https://funfoodiefamily.com/2014/06/11/easy-baked-cheesy-poblano-peppers-chile-relleno/

Between the beginning of school, cheer practice and games, and the husband going out of town, this past month has been super crazy! I have been nonstop and crashed each night at an embarrassingly early hour. One of my friends with a Fitbit said we have walked a crazy amount of steps and burned tons of calories! Woohoo!

I haven’t really made a meal plan since last May. In the summer there is no need for one, but once school starts it is imperative! So I am going to do my best this week to start back in to my “normal” routine. Meal planning, cooking, and working out at least 3 days a week; a combo of solo cardio and weights, yoga/Pilates/barre classes, a day of running with my “Girls on the Run” group, and walks with Brutus is a must for my sanity. Plus, unwind time with my favorite books and shows each night are needed =)

Here is my meal plan for this week…

Weekly Meal Plan 8/23/15

Sunday- Chicken Tetrazzini
Monday- Steak, Potatoes, and Veggie
Tuesday- Tacos
Wednesday- Arroz Con Pollo (chicken and rice)
Thursday- Slow Cooker Beef and Peppers over Polenta
Friday- Clean Out the Fridge Night
Saturday- Family Night Out!

What are you making this week?

Weekend Wrap-up and Weekly Meal Plan

Hey guys! I hope you all had a great weekend. I know it has been a bit since I have checked in, We had some wild and crazy nights not conducive to cooking…

Wednesday night the hubby was out and the girls and I were craving pizza. Marco’s to the rescue! Greek salad, cheesy bread sticks, and one thin crust pizza with mushrooms and black olives; on half I added pineapple and feta for me. It hit the spot! I even had a little left over for some breakfast. Who doesn’t like cold pizza?

Thursday Miss Mandy came over. Standard Chinese dinner =)  I ordered shrimp fried rice with broccoli. Enough for leftovers the next day. We shared a bottle of red wine, of course! But more than anything, I enjoyed the friendship and conversation.

Friday was dinner out with my parents. Katie’s turn to pick…she chose Opa, a favorite Greek restaurant. No objections! I ordered the falafel platter. Everything there is amazing; lamb, chicken, tilapia, moussaka, gyros, etc… You just can’t go wrong!

Saturday was pretty awesome. The girls decided to let me sleep in. They even went downstairs and made their own breakfast! Love that Becca can pour cereal and milk! Then I went to a Zumba party at my gym. 2 hours of Zumba fun! Well, 1 hour 45 minutes. a few breaks to drink water and make sure my thighs were still attached to my leg bones. Then the girls and I joined my mom for our pool opening! So nice and relaxing! Even better? My mom took the girls to spend the night. Hubby was out for the evening, so I ordered Indian food (Cheese Naan, Veggie fritters and Samosas, and Butter Chicken), and caught up on all my TV shows all while sipping on my favorite Red. Heaven!!!!

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Today was equally awesome. Woke up to an empty house. Serenity.  I went to a yoga class, which felt so amazing after 2 hours of Zumba. Such an awesome stretch. Then I took a trip to the grocery store to get ingredients for this week’s meal plan.

Tonight- Chicken Thighs with Thai Curry Onion Gravy with Herbs

So I didn’t realize my chicken stock was actually Thai Curry chicken stock. No worries. It turned out AMAZING!

Ingredients- 4 chicken Thighs (or Breasts), 1 chopped onion, 3 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons flour, 3/4 container of Thai Curry Chicken Stock, fresh herbs, 1/2 cup chopped (basil, sage, oregano)

Directions- Heat cast iron skillet on high. Salt and pepper both sides of chicken. Brown each side in a tablespoon of olive oil, about 5 minutes per side. Take out chicken. Add in onions. Brown for 5 minutes. Add in about 1/3 cup of stock to deglaze pan. Add chicken back in and add in 1/2 herbs. Turn down heat to med.low. Cook for about 30 minutes until chicken is almost cooked through. Take out chicken.  Add butter and flour. Whisk. Add in stock a bit at a time until desired consistency. If you put in a spoon, the gravy should coat the back out it and look glossy. Add the chicken back in the gravy and simmer until done, about 5-10 more minutes.

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Monday- Pork Chops, Stove Top Dressing, veggie. Early dinner, late night yoga class.

Tuesday- Beef Enchiladas

https://funfoodiefamily.com/2013/07/05/beef-and-chicken-enchiladas/ Will all be assembled for Daddy to pop in the oven while I am shaking it at Zumba =)

Wednesday- Kielbasa, yellow rice, baked beans  Another easy early dinner so I can still make it to my yoga class

Thursday-  Daddy night with the girls…probably Five Guys or Chick-fil-A. I’m taking a Barre class, so I will probably eat some leftovers of some sort when I get home.

Friday- ???? Family dinner night out! Becca’s turn to choose…

1 more week of school!!!!!!!!!

Meal Plan 5/4/15

Evening friends! I hope everyone has had a great weekend. We just got back from seeing the new Avengers movie. It was pretty awesome, and I highly recommend it. Even if you have no idea about comic books (I am totally clueless), you will have a great time; fun movie for sure!

Something else that is pretty awesome? Only 3 more weeks until summer!!! Can’t wait to spend the days with my girls being lazy, going to the pool, gardening, and cooking on the fly. The last couple of weeks have been pretty crazy, so I have not really made a meal plan. The next few weeks will probably be crazy, too, but we need to eat at home. I need to cook for my sanity and our wallets. Here is what is on the menu for this week…

Monday- Pork Chops, Couscous, and veggie Maybe these??? https://funfoodiefamily.com/2014/08/05/sage-marinated-grilled-pork-chops/
Tuesday- Pasta Carbonara- always a favorite…new recipe…
Wednesday- Hummus Sesame Noodles- Say what? I saw this in a Rachael Ray Magazine. This is a mommy meal for sure!
Thursday- Honey Sriracha Wings Same idea as this https://funfoodiefamily.com/2014/06/04/honey-sriracha-chicken-legs/.
Friday- Chicken Sorrentini Pasta sort of like this https://funfoodiefamily.com/2014/10/26/shrimp-fettuccine-sorrentini/

I have this beauty chilling in the fridge for the perfect moment. Hoping tomorrow night will be beautiful so I can sit outside and read and drink a couple glasses. Have a great week! See ya real soon! CHEERS!
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Weekend Wrap Up, Taco Night, and Meal Planning

I can’t believe another weekend is coming to an end! Why does it always have to go by so fast???
Our weekend was pretty awesome. The girls went to their grandparents and had a blast! The hubby and I went to a cabin in the mountains with a few of our best friends. It was super relaxing and lots of fun.

We went to Helen, a cute little tourist town, with lots of shops and restaurants. We went to a little restaurant on the river and ate outside. The rain held up for the day and it was so beautiful. After that, my friend and I got a tattoo. I never really considered getting a tattoo, but after Lizzie passed away, I decided I wanted to get a small one in her memory. I decided I wanted it to say Lulu, my nickname for her. I got it on my wrist, so I could see it all the time and think of her. My friend decided to get one as well. These friends are so close, they are like uncles to the girls, so it was very meaningful to me that he did this. They are perfect.
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Later that afternoon and evening we played lots of board games and had a blast together. I made everyone tacos for dinner, and they turned out perfect. I made ground beef, shrimp, and salmon for a bit of variety. I basically just put my homemade taco seasoning on all 3 proteins.
https://funfoodiefamily.com/2013/07/23/homemade-taco-seasoning-mix/

I added it to the beef and cooked that first, since it takes the longest.
Then I added the rub to both sides of the salmon. I added the salmon, skin side down, to a cold pan with a bit of olive oil. This helps the salmon get a crispy skin. If you put it in a hot pan, the skin will most likely shrivel up and separate from the fish. I cooked the first side the longest, about 5 minutes, then flipped it and cooked it about 3 minutes on the second side. You still want it to be a little pink in the middle, so if it starts to turn white, it is overcooking.

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I added some shrimp to a bowl and massaged it with the taco seasoning. Then I added a little more olive oil in the pan with the salmon . I finished cooking the salmon and shrimp in the same pan. Less dishes!002

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Here is what is up for the rest of the week… Cleaning out the fridge and freezer and trying not to go to the store. We will see how long that lasts =) See ya later tonight for a new chicken dish!

Sunday- Moroccan Chicken and Couscous with a veggie
Monday- Veggie Fritatta
Tuesday- Fish Sticks, mac and cheese, veggie
Wednesday- Bean and Beef Burritos
Thursday- Miss Mandy over for dinner- Chinese?
Friday- Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Meal Planning 1/24/15

This Saturday has been amazing! Great day with my family and great night with friends… I just got back from dinner. I met some of my old friends for a girls’ night. Fun times with a bunch of lovely ladies that I used to teach with. Those were the “good old days” of my teaching career. My friends I grew up with fresh out of college. We went to bars together; we fell in love, got married, had babies; we went to grad school and more grad school; we all just bonded in a really special time in our lives. They were not all there, but each one holds a special place in my heart. I love you girls =)

Here is my meal plan for the rest of the week-

Sunday- Going to a birthday party for one of my BFF’s sons. Thinking of either using my “Kids eat for free” coupon at Chili’s or go home and eat bacon and waffles.

Monday- Pan fried fish, rice, and a veggie 023

Tuesday- Grandparents take the girls for dinner. I have yoga. Leftover pizza.
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Wednesday- Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings- So easy…can’t wait to share this with you!

Thursday- Baked Ziti from the freezer 013

Friday- Date Night- ??????

Hope you guys have a great week filled with fun, family, friends, and food!!!