Sunday, April 26, 2015

Menu Planning Monday

I am going to begin this post with a picture to which you moms of toddlers can relate.
Sometimes I don't care where he eats, I am just happy he is eating!!!  This defines my little man lately.  He has about five things on his menu: "beets" (aka grapes), edamame, cheese, chips, and goldfish.  Healthy right?  BUT, this being my third time braving toddlerhood, I know next week it'll be five different foods, and I just may be able to wrangle him back into his highchair.  We'll see.

And since we're checking in on Camden, how about a little haircut action?
So big.  Something about his haircut makes his features stand out more, and I can't even get over how much he reminds me of Carson now.  But, how did he get so big???

On to meal planning.  It's been a while since I have posted our weekly meals, and I have missed the organization and sense of being prepared that I feel when I take the time to plan out my weekly meals.  Sunday night we are grilling hot dogs on the grill (even though it feels like winter has returned--WHAT IS UP???).   I am making a big pot of homemade mac and cheese to go with our dogs, so we will have that to eat for lunches and as a side Monday night when we have a ball game.  Here is the plan...

Macaroni Monday

Meatballs (recipe from the side of the parmesan cheese container--only ingredients are ground beef, parmesan cheese, garlic, egg, and parsley--my kind of recipe).  I'll probably mix in some kind of veggie puree for good measure.
Leftover Skillet Mac and Cheese (FYI, I shred my own block of cheddar cheese instead of using processed)
Steamed Edamame

Taco Tuesday--Fish Tacos

Trader Joe's fish nuggets, broccoli slaw, and special sauce {cilantro (to taste--we like about 1 Tbsp), ranch (1cup), lime juice (1 tsp), and chopped jalapeno pepper; blend ingredients well).
Sweet Potato Puffs (Alexia brand in freezer section)

Wednesday--Chicken Sausage with Apples Over Farro

Thursday--Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder with Apple Relish and Egg Noodles

Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder with Apple Relish and Egg Noodles

Friday--Pork Sandwiches

Pork Barbecue Sandwiches with leftover pork from Thursday night.  All I'll need is some buns.
Apple slices and carrot sticks.

What are you having this week?  Do you have any quick, creative meals for rushed weeknights?


  1. I can totally relate. My little guy's menu is bread, applesauce, yogurt, bananas and taco shells with cheese. He was upset this past Sunday that I had the audacity to put meat on that taco shell. He doesn't trust ground meat or any type of sauce and so I'm left with making banana/applesauce/green smoothies and telling him it's applesauce in a cup. As for quick creative meals, I do a lot of pizzas by keeping pizza dough on hand. It's easy to use up leftovers and vegetables and try to leave one corner of it with just pizza sauce and cheese for Mr. Pickity.

  2. I understand, Megan! We joke that our youngest is a vegetarian. :) Good idea on the pizza dough. Do you make your own?

  3. I totally stole your menu for the week! I went to Trader Joe's for fish nuggets and came out $100 poorer! LOL I blame it all on you. I was sent over here by my friend Blythe.

  4. You absolutely made my day, Jenny! Thanks for reading my blog. TJs is dangerous like that. But so totally worth it! ;). Did you like the fish nuggets?

    1. We are actually having them tonight. I made the sauce and it's melding in the fridge right now. I made the pork shoulder dish a couple of nights ago and MAN was it good! Instead of a raw relish I simmered some diced apples in a bit of the pork juices. Everyone gobbled it up. I didn't have enough leftovers to make pork sandwiches!

    2. Update: We've had the fish tacos twice now and they've been a big hit with the whole family. Yay for ingredients that don't freak me out AND convenience!

  5. So, so glad, Jenny! You reminded me we need to have those again! My friend Amber suggests Trader Joe's corn salsa with the fish nugget tacos too. I still need to try it. Maybe in next week's menu! :)