Meal Plan

Meal Plan 1

A couple of people mentioned they wanted to cook dinner during the week, but needed help with some easy ideas.  It is not an easy task getting healthy dinners on the table that everyone will eat after a full day of work.

I made this plan for 3 days out of the week to start.

Day 1(Monday): Slow Cooker Chicken Soup:

Cook on a Sunday. Let it sit in the fridge overnight. The fat will come to the top. Scoop it off. All you have to do is heat and serve for Monday’s dinner! Serve noodles on the side.
This recipe is for the slow cooker. It can also be done on the stove top.  It is cheap, healthy and delicious.

Slow cooker

Stove top

Day 2(Wednesday): Bowties with Broccoli:

This is easy and so delicious.  The kids love it.  If it is too many carbs for your liking, fill your own plate up with loads of broccoli and just a little pasta.

Day 3(Thursday):  Chicken, Rice and Beans:

Buy two cooked rotisserie chickens on your way home. Make any white or yellow rice that you have in your pantry.(Some rice only takes 5 minutes to cook).  Heat a couple of cans of seasoned black beans. In a platter layer the rice, then the beans, then shred the chicken and place on top. You can even have jarred salsa on the side for them if they like to put that on it.  This is a dinner I do once a week on the really busy nights because all I have to do is heat beans and make rice.

If you have more time you can prepare Mita’s salsa ahead of time as a treat!  If you want to fancy up your beans you can try Fancy Beans.  Otherwise, just keep it simple like I mentioned above and it will be delicious, filling and most of all quick!

***I always have bags of prepared salads for myself in case I don’t want the kid’s pizza or pasta.  One of my favorites are Eat Smart Sweet Vegetable Kale salad kit.  I can eat a whole bag myself!***

Of course if you’re pantry is stocked well it will help when planning your meals…⇓

Pantry Essentials

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I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic. Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet. Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky. Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb.... I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way... My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week. The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!

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