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Monday, September 3, 2012

Meal Planning September 3-8

Hello Readers,

It's 1 am and everyone is sleeping, but I know the minute I go to bed, my twins are going to wake up and want food, so I'm just going to wait up for them.  So I've been planning on meal planning again, but I'm just so darn lazy, but not today, errr tonight, ..this morning?  Either way, I have a few ideas that may help inspire me, and hopefully you as well.
So I don't know about you, but my husband will eat basically anything I cook, I make sure not to make things he doesn't like of course, but he's willing to try things, and sometimes I think he lies and says he likes it.  He's a good guy.  So since he likes anything I cook, he doesn't really request meals, and doesn't much participate in meal planning, which is good and bad.  Good because I can have full control over it, and what woman doesn't want full control?  Bad because I want him to help because let's face it, sometimes meal planning gets difficult.  So anyways, I asked him tonight to tell me ONE thing he wants to eat, and he said that he wanted some sort of beef stew and so I decided to look in my crocking cookbook for one since I don't have most of the ingredients for a traditional beef stew (stew meat, carrots, potatoes, celery etc.) on hand.
So on Monday, (tomorrow), I'm going to make:
Hearty Beef Stew (not my name)
1 Pound ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (16 oz) Package frozen vegetables
2 cups southern style hash brown potatoes
1 (14 oz) jar marinara sauce
1 can beef broth
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce

Brown beef and garlic, then put everything into the crock pot and cook low 4-6 hours.

(Shortly after I started writing that recipe down I fell asleep, so it's now afternoon the next day).

Tuesday:
Bacon & Broccoli Mac
http://www.macaroniandcheesecake.com/2011/09/revolutionary-mac-cheese.html
And I'm going to add bacon and broccoli, why?  WHY not?  Mmm sounds grrreat.

Wednesday:
BBQ Chicken
This is one of my go-to recipes that I blog about a lot, but I'll give you the recipe:
Chicken breasts
1/4 c vinegar
1/4 c brown sugar
red pepper flakes (eyeball it)
garlic powder (eyeball it)
enough bbq sauce to reeallllly cover the chicken

crock on LOW for 4-6 hours.  LOW, or you'll get caramelized bbq sauce burnt on the bottom of your pot.
I'll serve them on buns.

Thursday:
Tin Foil Salmon
Now it's not really much of a recipe, but you put salmon down on lemon then butter on top and wrap in foil and bake 25 minutes 300 degrees.  I'll probably put some dill and pepper on the salmon first, and I'll probably end up having to cook it longer than 25 minutes.  But it will be fabulous.

Friday:
Stuffed Pepper Soup
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/12/stuffed-pepper-soup.html
I found this recipe from someone on my Cooking For Your Family board on Babycenter.com, and I'm extremely excited to try this.  I've made stuffed peppers twice before.  Once unsuccessfully, once successfully.  But I want to give this recipe a try to see how close it comes to tasting like the real thing.  Plus, I love soup.

This is my projected meal plan for the week, it may vary, I get pretty tired after taking care of the babies, but at least I'm trying!

Happy meal planning,

Meg

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