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.
(Obviously I’ll cook more than is on this list. Namely vegetables!)
Fiesta Time Chicken Flautas
Bacon Wrapped Chicken
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
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
Parmesan Chicken Strips
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?