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Meal Plan

I eat to live. Some people live to eat.

I have been married for 5 years, and one of my biggest struggles is planning and preparing dinners for my family. I am solely responsible to feed my husband and children. Unfortunately I am not yet the Proverbs 31 wonder woman.

The repetition of thinking “What shall we eat today?” can drive a person crazy – especially when the freezer is not stocked with meat, the pantry is empty and the cook is worn out! Hey, that’s me, so if you’re with me, let’s make things go smoothly with meal planning so we have time to craft, smell the roses, giggle with our children and greet our husbands at the door with a kiss and smile when they get home from work!

I’ve organized my meal plan into categories of types of meat. You can (or will be able to) click on each recipe i.e. Italian Chicken and it will direct you to the recipe to follow. I have provided a grocery list at the bottom of each recipe so you can make sure you have all the ingredients you need.

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Meal Plan

Chicken

 

Beef/Venison

Ground Beef
  • Salisbury Steaks
  • Meat Balls
  • Ground Beef Oriental
Steak
  • Skillet Chops
  • Pot Roast
  • Pepper Steak* Goes well with Yellow Rice
  • Cheese Steak

 

Pork

  • Ham Balls

 

Fish

 

Side Ideas

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Quinoa
  • Creamy Rice
  • Yellow Rice* Goes well with Pepper Steak
  • Potato Wedges
  • Spaetzle -Homemade German Noodle Easy and kids love it!
  • Alfredo Sauce – over Penne noodles.
  • Rice-A-Roni – Homemade Version -My recipe
  • Tuna Sketties
  • Tuna Mac
  • Mac – n – Cheese

 

Baked Goods

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Chicken Bacon Casserole

Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day spent with those you hold dear. I am personally grateful for the sacrifices made for my freedom! Since I was relaxing with my family yesterday, this is “Monday’s” blog post, enjoy.

For those of you like me who are not fond of casseroles, you have got to try this one! Credit goes to my sister-in-love Rebecca for creating such deliciousness. She has a gift!

Ingredients:

  • 3 free range organic chicken breasts
  • 1/8 cup Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz Alfredo sauce – or homemade Alfredo sauce (1/2 cup cream, 2 TBSP butter, 1/4 cup Romano cheese)
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/8 cup scallions, snipped
  • Rosemary, Salt and garlic powder to taste.
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, fried and crumbled

Start out by cooking the chicken, or use leftovers from the night before.

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I cut my chicken into little cubes and then cook it in boiling water for a couple minutes.

img_1246My little helper Paisley, enjoying her fresh snap peas from Mema and Poppops’ garden. 😊

While the chicken cooks put all your ingredients into a 9×13 Pyrex baking dish.

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As you can see I separated the scallions because I won’t bake that with the rest of the ingredients.

img_1274TIP: Keep scallions in a cup of water to use again and again.
Mix everything together and pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until heated and cheese has melted. Stir several tomes through out cooking.

Feeds about 4 people. Serve over cooked rice or noodles.

I have lots of lettuce right now so I will have a salad with my casserole.

Can’t wait till the hubby comes home and we can eat dinner out on the patio. 😃

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Homemade Alfredo sauce and Grilled Chicken

Bonus Post – I didn’t plan to post about my dinner plans for this evening but it was so yummy I had to share.

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Italian Grilled Chicken:

  • 3 free range organic chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing, wish bone brand.
  • 1/4 cup grade A or B maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Put everything in a bowl and marinade for at least an hour. Then grill for about 3-4 minutes per side.

Alfredo Sauce

  • 1 pound organic noodles of your favorite kind.
  • 2 cups organic cream
  • 1/2 cup organic butter (one stick)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Romano cheese
  • Salt to taste

Heat cream, butter and cheese in a sauce pan on medium heat stirring constantly with metal whisk. Cooking until noodles are done.

Cook noodles as directed on box.

Pour sauce over noodles.

Served with homemade applesauce and sourdough bread. Yummy dinner if I can say so myself. 😊