Meal plans

Meal Plan for March: Week 4

IMG_1316 We had a ball outside in the warm, almost hot weather last week! It looks like it will be another unseasonably warm week coming up so we’ll again be spending plenty of time outside. We’re supposed to be getting a load of dirt to fill our raised garden bed and I’m excited to plant some lettuce and peas!

With how warm it is I’ve been trying to adjust to warm weather cooking again. I’m used to preparing lots of soup, chili and other comfort foods and I’m having a hard time making the switch as fast as the weather has changed.

Also, I can’t help but mention that in another month we should have a central heat and air conditioning system installed in our house! I absolutely cannot wait! I’m not a fan of hot weather (I really do try not to whine too much about it!), and it gets so hot and muggy here in middle Tennessee. Even with a central A/C system it would be nice to keep the cooking heat outside on a grill, which we will hopefully have one day this summer.

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:

Breakfast

  • Yogurt and granola x3 (of course!)
  • Scrambled eggs and oranges x2
  • Baked oatmeal and smoothies x2

Lunch

  • Leftovers x4
  • Salad with chicken x2
  • Quesadillas

Supper

 

What is your favorite warm weather food or dish?

Meal Plan for March: Week 3

IMG_1669 I’m a day late! We had a busy weekend (David was working, lots of church stuff, etc.) and today I’ve been trying to catch up. We’re supposed to have gloriously warm weather all week so we just might have a picnic or two to celebrate the coming of spring.

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:

 

Breakfast

  • Yogurt and granola x3
  • Oatmeal and smoothies
  • Scrambled eggs and oranges x2
  • Pancakes and oranges

Lunch

  • Salad with hardboiled eggs, oranges x3
  • Leftovers and smoothies x2
  • Almond butter and jelly sandwiches, oranges x2

Supper

  • Quesadillas, guacamole and leftovers
  • Rice, red beans and cornbread
  • Hamburgers and salad
  • Beef stew and biscuits
  • Tacos
  • Pizza
  • Salad with chicken and cornbread croutons- I made these last week and we really liked them!

 

What about you? Any outdoor plans for the week?

Meal Plan for March: Week 2

Since January I’ve been doing the bulk of my grocery shopping a month at a time. I still get milk and eggs every week, and produce through my health food store every two weeks. It’s been very nice to just spend a few hours getting my lists together and orders in and then mostly forgetting about it! I’ve also managed to lower our food bill each month. I think that’s mainly due to David coming home for lunch, so we’ve been eating more inexpensive lunches. I got a big case of oranges, 10 lbs. of lemons and a 25 lb. bag of oats from Azure Standard so we’ll be eating lots of citrus and oatmeal the next few weeks.

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Russian Rye Bread-recipe coming soon!

While I’m planning out our meals a month in advance, I do still change our meals around based on what we feel like eating. I’ve mostly stopped planning on having a certain meal on a certain day. Instead, I  just have seven breakfasts, lunches and suppers planned and choose based on what we feel like eating and how busy my day is. This is the plan for this week:

Breakfast

  • Yogurt and granola x3
  • Baked oatmeal and oranges x2
  • Scrambled eggs and toast
  • Pancakes, smoothies and oranges

Lunch

  • Leftovers and smoothies x3
  • Salad with hardboiled eggs, oranges x2
  • Almond butter, banana and honey sandwiches
  • Quinoa-waldorf salad with chicken, oranges

Supper

  • Leftovers, quesadillas, whatever I come up with for Sunday!
  • Rice, red beans and cornbread
  • Roast, potatoes and carrots
  • Chicken-noodle soup and Russian rye bread
  • Tostadas and guacamole
  • Pizza
  • Salad with chicken

 

What are you planning on cooking this week?

Meal Plan for February: Week 4

Do you ever look back on a week and think, “Did I actually accomplish anything?” That’s what I’m thinking about right now. Jonathan did end up getting Joseph’s cold, so I spent lots of time smashing garlic for poultices, rubbing essential oils into his back and chest and just reading books and snuggling. Add in the usual laundry, cooking, dishes, etc. and there is my week. Now that both boys are healthy I’m hoping to spend some more time in the kitchen this week. David’s grandpa gave us a bag of pecans he picked up and shelled, so I’m trying to decide what to make with them. I rarely buy pecans anymore since they’ve gotten a bit pricey, so it will be a nice treat! Any ideas on what to use them for?

IMG_0874 Applesauce Muffins

Here’s our meal plan for the week:

Sunday

  • Steel-cut oatmeal with pears
  • Out to eat
  • Scrambled eggs and biscuits

Monday

  • Yogurt and granola
  • Almond butter, honey and banana sandwiches
  • Salad with coconut tilapia

Tuesday

  • Baked oatmeal
  • Salad with hard boiled eggs, smoothies
  • Fried rice

Wednesday

  • Baked oatmeal
  • Leftovers
  • Beef stew

Thursday

  • Yogurt and granola
  • Salad and smoothies
  • Enchiladas

Friday

Saturday

  • Pancakes, oranges
  • Leftovers, salad
  • Rice and beans, quesadillas, smoothies

Meal Plan for February: Week 3

Our winter here in Tennessee has been fairly mild so far, but we always get a cold snap in January or February and it is here! If you live up north you’ll laugh, but 16 degrees for middle Tennessee is COLD! I plan on spending as much time inside by the wood stove as possible. Joseph spent the last week with a nasty cold so I’ve been spending most of my time making garlic poultices and herbal oil blends, and then cuddling my little sick baby. He also cut his third tooth so it was a rough week for the poor guy. Hopefully he’ll be better soon because I have plenty to catch up on in the kitchen.

Thankfully, Jonathan hasn’t gotten sick (yet!). Every morning he asks for yogurt and granola so I’m going to make some this afternoon. Then we can have several quick and easy breakfasts this week. I also need to make yogurt, bread and chop a big bowl of salad for the next few days.

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We’re drinking quite a few smoothies because my kefir grains are growing like crazy. And we love smoothies, even though it's so cold!

Here’s our meal plan for the week:

Sunday

  • Breakfast burritos
  • Tacos at the in-law’s (I’m bringing some simple brown rice with peppers and onions)
  • Leftovers

Monday

  • Oatmeal, oranges
  • Salad with hard boiled eggs, smoothies
  • Spaghetti, salad

Tuesday

  • Yogurt and granola
  • Almond butter and banana sandwiches
  • Valentine’s day! We always stay home and eat a nice meal after the kids are in bed. This year we’re having steaks, mashed potatoes, salad and something chocolate for dessert.

Wednesday

  • Yogurt and granola
  • Salad with leftover steak
  • Bean soup and brown rye bread

Thursday

  • Scrambled eggs and toast
  • Leftovers, smoothies
  • Tostadas (with leftover roast from last week) and brown rice

Friday

  • Pumpkin scones, smoothies
  • Quesadillas (with leftover rice and refried beans from Thursday’s supper)
  • Homemade pizza

Saturday

  • Pancakes, oranges
  • Salad, leftovers
  • Breakfast for supper-biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs

 

What is your plan for Valentine’s day? Any healthy(ish) chocolate recipes you want to share?