Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Meal Plan Monday. On a Wednesday.

Spring break was a glorious chance to get the family together in the middle of backwoods nowhere.  A few days in a cabin with lazy mornings followed by hiking and horseback riding in the afternoons.  Bonfires and toasted marshmallows in the evenings.  I love when you tuck the kids into bed at night knowing they've had a day packed with family fun, sunshine, and exercise.

The part where mama woke up on the last day with the kind of foggy headache the tells of an oncoming cold? Not my favorite.  My husband and oldest daughter woke up the same.  By noon we were sliding down a high speed slide into the land of snot and sinuses.  Instead of Sunday being a day of rest and recovery from a great vacation, we each commandeered a box of tissues, a hot tea,  and a spot on the couch. Cue the whining.

The good news is that it was fast moving, and by Tuesday I was back to (mostly) normal.  So here I am on Wednesday, finally passing along the menu plan.  Which took much longer than normal to come up with due to my foggy cold laden brain.  But a girl can't grocery shop until she knows what to buy, so menu plan I did.  Shopping on Tuesday.  Sharing the results? Today.  You're welcome.

This week's menu seems to feature a lot of comfort foods. I guess my cold influenced my planning quite a bit!  Also included are low effort crock pot meals, as I will be out of the house a lot this week, so need something that is quick and easy to get on the table in the evening.  As always, I fill in sides both based on sales at the market, and on my mood for the day.  All entries are subject to change based on mama's mood and market availability. ;)

Breakfast: Alexia Saute Sweets and green smoothie
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly on gf bread
Dinner: White bean turkey chili and corn cake

Breakfast: Turkey sausage and Alexia Harvest Sautee
Lunch: leftover chili OR sunbutter and apples
Dinner: Hard Cider Pork Roast, roasted cauliflower, mixed berries

Breakfast: Pork sausage and blueberry muffins
Lunch: Pepperoni sticks OR leftover pork roast
Dinner: Beef Stew (new recipe), pasta, green beans

Breakfast: Baked apples with quinoa granola topping
Lunch: leftover beef stew OR beef hot dogs
Dinner: Dal Palak, quinoa, peas, sliced oranges, cornbread

Breakfast: GF poptarts and protein smoothie
Lunch: sunbutter and apples
Dinner: Rustic Shrimp Stew, flatbread

Breakfast:  Waffles with berry syrup
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: Irish Cottage Pie, strawberries

Breakfast: Bacon, hash browns, sauteed veggies
Lunch: turkey burgers
Dinner: Italian sausage, sauteed peppers and onions, southern fried cabbage

As always, links provided are to the original recipe for your reference only.  I live by food bloggers, but do modify most recipes to suit the dietary restrictions and personal tastes of our family.

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