Meal Planning, Pinterest Style – Recipes Included

Meal planning with Pinterest as my Guide

 

Planning is not my specialty.

Meal Planning is a foreign concept.

Eating at my house is like playing Russian roulette with slightly less risk.  I haven’t killed anyone with my meatloaf.  Yet.

I lack of organization and planning.  Being a positive person, I say I am spontaneous.  Spontaneity doesn’t work in the kitchen unless your kitchen happens to be right smack in the center of a grocery store.

I often find myself scrounging through my kitchen cabinets around five o’clock in the afternoon wondering what in the world I’m going to create for dinner.  By that time, my kids are feigning starvation and grumbling so loudly I pray the Lord sends manna from heaven and rescues me from this endless kitchen battle called cooking.

What does a person make with 3 cans of varied beans, pasta with no sauce, and salad dressing?

Nothing good.  That’s what!

About a month ago, I decided to reform my spontaneous ways and do a little meal planning.  So I wrote down every meal I know how to cook.  I was hoping for thirty, but I made it to around twenty-eight dishes.

That included a frozen pizza.

Cardboard pizza confession aside, I still surprised myself.  Not that many years ago, my list would have consisted of about three meals, frozen pizza included.  I’ve come a long way and I have multiple burn marks from my oven to prove it.

Unfortunately I haven’t looked at that list since the day I wrote it.

Scratch the list.  I needed new recipes anyway.  So my daughter and I sat down with Pinterest and planned out a few meals.  I even made a grocery list.

I should probably admit that I don’t cook every single night of the week.  I mean, we eat a lot of leftovers.   Almost ever meal creates leftovers and I would hate to waste them (or cook again, depending on my honesty level).  Some nights we also eat a can of soup and a sandwich.  I guess it’s debatable whether that falls into the “cooking” category or not.  My point is that I cook a few full meals a week and then we eat off the scraps on the other nights.  It works for us, and for our budget too.

 

Meal Plan

(Obviously I’ll cook more than is on this list.  Namely vegetables!)

 

Fiesta Time Chicken Flautas

chicken FlautasSource & Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Chicken RecipeSource & Recipe

We’ve made these before and they are SO delicious.  It’s a favorite meal and almost a meal by itself.

I’ll only make a vegetable as a side.

We’ll want to eat way too much of this chicken to ever miss a starch.

Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

Crockpot Beef and Broccoli:  RecipeSource & Recipe

Easy Ravioli

Recipe:  Easy RavioliSource & Recipe

I’ve made this meal before too and it’s so stinkin’ easy, perfect for the night I don’t want to cook.

As a bonus, I happen to have a frozen jar of leftover homemade spaghetti sauce in my freezer.

I’ll use that!

Butter & Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes

Recipe:  Butter & Brown Sugar Sweet PotatoesSource & Recipe

Parmesan Chicken Strips

Parmesan Chicken StripsSource & recipe

Easy Meatloaf

easy meatloaf recipeSource & Recipe

I make this meatloaf all the time and we all love it.

I do not, however, use the red sauce, but sometimes I’ll open a jar of brown gravy.

Tip:  Make meatloaf in a muffin tin for easy portion control.  Besides, it’s just plain fun to have individual round meatloaves.  And they are crispy!

For the life of me, I cannot fathom how I cooked without the internet, and I’m afraid to ask FringeMan to comment.

So, this is my Meal Planning, Pinterest Style.  We’ll be trying a few new dishes and repeating some well-loved recipes.

I’d love for you follow me on Pinterest!

 

Now tell me, have you tried any new recipes lately?

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I am forever on the lookout for new recipes: I get so tired of cooking (and everyone gets so tired of eating) the same things. I am a planner and an organizer but the schedule or the budget or my lack of enthusiasm for cooking has a way of interrupting my menu plans. I recently found the cookbook Make it Fast, Cook it Slow by Stephanie O’Dea and it has many recipes I have marked to try (I have Pomegranate Beef cooking today). I also have found Mama and Baby Love’s Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes to be a great asset for busy days. Preparation is minimal and the ones I have tried have been family approved. (http://www.mamaandbabylove.com/freezer-cookbook/ ) Thanks for the new recipes–I can’t wait to try them!

  2. says

    Yes, we made chicken pillows. So easy (made even easier by using a rotisserie chicken) and so good. We tweaked it a little by adding freshly grated parmesan cheese to the chicken mixture and then using 1/2 italian breadcrumbs and 1/2 panko. Also I would recommend for the gravy you use the low sodium soup or gravy mix or it will be way too salty. You can find the recipe here http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2011/04/chicken-pillows.html.

    And you’re welcome.

  3. says

    Over the years my taste buds have changed…chalk one up to old age, but there are certain things I just never get tired of and that’s comfort food. Maybe it’s ’cause I’m from the South and Texas at that, but I could eat meat loaf OR Tex-Mex every single night of the year. Throw in a pot of butter beans and I’m in hog heaven…literally.
    BTW…I must be planning on living to be a 122 ’cause it’s gonna take me that long to try and prepare every stinkin’ recipe I’ve pinned…not counting desserts. Make it 168!

    • says

      Deb, I’m definitely a fan of Tex-Mex. I wasn’t always, but my husband brought me over to the spicy side. ;-)

      I haven’t tried making butter beans. I’ve tried all kinds of other beans – red, white, black, mixed, black-eyed peas, but not butter beans. I’ll have to try them. We are big bean eaters. Cheap & easy!

      I have a few desserts to try from Pinterest too. Maybe I’ll share those soon! I can’t decide if Pinterest is good for me or bad for me. On one hand, it makes me a better cook, but on the other, it makes me eat more! :-)
      ~FringeGirl

  4. says

    I am in a “season” of trying new recipes and loving it. I was always afraid to try new things so I didn’t. But somewhere I found some courage and am really starting to love cooking!

    Over the weekend I made homemade peanut butter/honey granola and it is the most delicious thing! On Tuesday I made chicken quesadilla’s for the first time. So easy and yummy!!! One of my favorite new recipes is Baked Swiss chicken. It is so easy and delicious that I’m going to include the recipe because it is just YUM!!!!

    chicken breasts
    1 can cream of chicken soup combined with 1/4 cup of chicken broth
    swiss cheese
    dry stuffing mix (I’ve used both herb and chicken flavored)
    melted butter

    Top each chicken breast with a slice of swiss cheese
    Spoon soup/broth mixture over the chicken
    Top with as much stuffing mix as you’d like.
    drizzle melted butter over top (If I remember I used about 1/4 c for 3-4 breasts)

    Bake at 350 or so for about 35-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

    Enjoy!!!!

    I can’t wait to try the bacon chicken and the crock pot beef and broccoli. I am blessed with a kid that loves broccoli and this is my favorite! :)

    • says

      This sounds good Vicki! This reminds me of a recipe I make with pork chops and stuffing. You make the stuffing (like it says on the package), then you place the pork chops on top of the stuffing, season, and sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce. Then you cover and bake. It’s so yummy.

      I bet your recipe is better though, because you’ve got swiss cheese!

      Thanks for sharing your recipe. I’ll definitely try it. Do you just put the stuffing in dry or premake it?

      ~FringeGirl

  5. says

    I read your post out loud to my husband this morning because it sounds SO like me!! :) Heading to follow your Pinterest board so I can repin some of those recipes! The meat and broccoli crockpot meal looks yummy & easy!!

  6. says

    I haven’t tried anything new lately, which I need to, but with sports in full swing I’ve been using my crockpot a lot. Weirdly enough we have been eating better on the busy sports nights than we do on the other nights! Basically I think it’s because I’m getting everything prepped right before the kids get home and rattle my nerves the way they do!

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