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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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Yummy Fall Breakfast

Homemade Oatmeal Cereal

Ingredients

1/2 cup old fashioned oats (aka 5 minute oats)

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I roll my own oats from Oat groat. I buy my oat grout in bulk out in Lancaster, PA. I borrow my mom’s oat grinder to make my oats.

Don’t have old fashioned oats? You can use any kind of oats, it just might take longer to cook depending on the kind of oats you use.

  1. Place oats in magic bullet (i used the coffee grinder blade), pulse for 15 to 30 seconds or until finely ground.IMG_4766
  2. Store the oat powder in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer or in a cool dark place for up to 3 months.

Making the cereal

  1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of the ground oats (I had to double the recipe, Tristan is a big eater).
  2. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then occasionally for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy.
  3. Add cinnamon, butter, salt and maple syrup to taste. 🙂 Seriously this stuff is good, Tristan never leaves any for me to finish though!

One concern with making your own baby oatmeal is that it doesn’t contain iron. You can add pureed dates for added sweetener, but also dates are high in vitamin A and Iron.

The hardest part about this baby oatmeal cereal is it takes FOREVER to cool down. Just be careful not to burn your babies mouth. Test it on your lips before giving to baby.

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Tristan enjoys his breakfast using his boon spoon. I love the double sided spoon, rubber tipped on one side, metal on the other. The rubber side is flat which makes getting every last bite so much easier.

Whole Grain Quinoa Baby Cereal

1 cup whole quinoa (not ground into a powder) – again, I buy this bulk in Lancaster, PA

2 cups water

  1. In a large pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add 1 cup of quinoa
  3. Cover the pot, reduce heat and simmer approximately 15 minute or until liquid has been absorbed. Let stand for five minutes and then “fluff” a bit.
  4. You may add spices such as cinnamon, ginger and vanilla, and also fruits, veggies and/or other foods that are age appropriate for your baby.

If your baby likes his food smooth, just throw the cooked quinoa in a blender and puree.

Don’t stop there. Make quinoa for the whole family to enjoy! We add a little Bragg’s liquid aminos, butter and sesame seeds.