This Weeks Menu

With New Years Eve smack dab in the middle of this week, I have no idea how dinners are really going to play out. There’s even a chance that I may go visit my parents for a few days over New Years since the mister has a DJing gig that night so I’d be alone anyway and he also wants to paint our brand new built in window seat that was installed this week and doesn’t want me in the house during the day/s it takes to do that (best thing ever to come out of this pregnancy so far is getting out of helping with fumey projects like these! JK. Sort of.) Anyway, nothing is planned yet so I’m still not sure and figured I should at least get some meal ideas just in case I’m home/cooking.

After these past few days of cookies and delicious baked goods and snacking all the time I kind of can’t wait to have some basic and healthy(er) meals again this week. And then we can get fully back on track for the rest of the new year right?

Monday: Pasta with Chicken and Light Cream Sauce

Tuesday: Cheesy Quinoa & Broccoli

Wednesday: -New Years Eve-

Thursday: Caribbean Shrimp with Spicy Pineapple Rice

Friday: Butternut Squash Soup

Saturday: Out

Sunday: Bang Bang Chicken

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This Weeks Menu

I can already tell this week is going to be another hectic one. All I want is a nice relaxing, slow, lazy week, and you would think that with a Monday holiday this week, there would be a chance of the next four days being that. But no, I know they won’t. All the meetings and things that I would have normally spread out between Monday and Tuesday are crammed in for Tuesday now, including two things rescheduled from last week. Wednesday, the Mr is being sworn in as an official citizen of this fine country, so we’ll be out for the afternoon and will probably do a late lunch/early dinner that day with family and friends who come to celebrate. After that the week should return somewhat to normal for the next couple days, but I know that there will be a lot of catching up on work and everything. I am going to try to stick to the plan and eat good meals each night and take the time to cook. I picked fairly easy things that should be quick to put together and satisfying to eat.

Monday: Chuck steak & potatoes

Tuesday: Chicken Tikka Masala

Wednesday: Out

Thursday: Quinoa Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries

Friday: Brown Sugar Baked Chicken Legs

Saturday: Fettuccini Alfredo

Sunday: Homemade Bacon Pizza

This Week’s Menu

We’ve been so busy lately that it’s been easy to go way too many days in a row without cooking and eating a real good balanced meal. I’m trying to make a conscious effort to eat meat for dinner, with vegetables, even though the only thing I ever really want these days is carbs on carbs on carbs. While I have been entirely happy as a clam living off of pizza and cereal (all the kinds!) this really needs to stop. Or at least be balanced out by good quality dinners. I made an effort to buy meat at the store the other day to put in the freezer for upcoming dinners, and then *actually* take it back out to defrost in time to make it for dinner. [Yesterday I may have scarfed down two bowls of rice chex while the chicken cooked, and then wasn’t even hungry when it was ready, but that’s neither here nor there– at least I cooked it!]

Working with restaurants like I do, I end up ‘going out’ for dinner way more often than a normal person. Usually it means that I either have a late meeting and will eat while I am there so won’t cook when I get home, or I bring something home from the restaurant to eat later, so I still don’t cook. I’m not actually going out out multiple times a week!

This weekend my aunt, uncle & cousins are going to be in town, so I’m not sure if I’ll actually end up cooking or not. But I like to plan as if I will either way, and we’ll see how it really pans out!

MENU

Monday: Pan seared steak, roasted vegetables

Tuesday: Honey mustard chicken

Wednesday: Out

Thursday: Pasta with pesto

Friday: Out

Saturday: Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Sunday: Sweet & Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

Freezer Meals For Postpartum Days

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I’ve been working on compiling a list of freezer meals that I can make in the next couple of months to have on hand for February and the days/weeks/months beyond, when we may not feel like cooking much and will be too busy with our new little bundle to bother. I keep seeing all these lists that make it seem super easy, like “14 Freezer Meals In 1 Hour” and getting all excited, but then when I look at the meals included, almost none of them actually look good or like something we would want to eat. I don’t care how easy it is, I’m not going to start making those crock pot or casserole recipes that call for a can of cream of mushroom soup. I know I’ll be a tired zombie right after baby, but I’m not willing to let all health go out the window and those ‘cream of’ soups are so bad for you. It’s shocking how many of these recipes call for it.

Anyway, I have found a couple new recipes that look good and worthwhile, and I’ve also added a few tried and true recipes that I know we like and that freeze well to the list, and this is what I’ve come up with so far.

Postpartum Freezer Meals:

White Chicken Chili Looks delish. I love chili but the Mr doesn’t like tomatoes so this white one looks like the way to go.

Corn Black Bean Burgers This is a favorite around here. Healthy and yummy.

Indian Chicken Burgers These look good. Another way to eat chicken in an easy to hold format!

Stovetop Mac & Cheese Everyone loves mac & cheese. This one looks like a winner.

Beef Burritos I would do these without the rice I think.

Broccoli Cheese Soup Yum this looks like a cozy February meal.

Coconut Lentil Soup This is already another favorite in our house. Filling and freezes great.

Spaghizza I know I shouldn’t plan my postpartum meals around pregnancy cravings, but I haven’t been able to get enough pepperoni pizza lately and I just have to believe this will still look equally as amazing after the baby.

Buffalo Chicken Taquitos These look so flavorful and also easy to hold/eat while you have your hands full.

Sausage & Peppers I’d do a variation of this, cut everything up and freeze in a bag, then just thaw and sautee to eat.

Now I just need to decide if I will take everyone’s word on these recipes, or if I should try them all out before I make a batch to freeze, to make sure they’re good! I might need to try that mac & cheese one this week either way 🙂