Massive Meal Plans!

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Arianna and Greg are blessed with this uncanny ability to sleep in most of the day while I am at work, but it’s like they have this secret code for the weekend.  They let me sleep in a little, somewhere between 8 and 9, and let me have about 30 minutes of personal time to either check my Frontier (which I haven’t done in weeks) or scrap book (and 30 minutes is NEVER enough).  But after that time is up, Arianna is banging on her door yelling something about her babies (this morning it was, “Mama, they hurt!!!”) and only Mama can hear the yells and knocks.  So I go to her room to see what she needs (today I asked her what hurt and she said “My Ellies”) and solve the issue (her stuffies, big bekt/blanket, and boppy were in a closet, a result of allergic reaction proofing the room on Thursday, so we had to let them loose) then get her dressed and take her downstairs (today I have the help of Greg since they let me sleep in a good bit later).  Yesterday though, Arianna was on a huge kick to go to Giant Eagle.  Why? She feels that she is too old for her high chair so she sits at the table and eats her breakfast.  I was reviewing the ad to see what we needed for the week and she needed to see an ad and make a list too.  She didn’t want to stop, so I decided to take stock of the pantry and freezer and make meal lists.  I realized that either thanks to foodperks or coupons I have a very full stash of food and should make the most of what we have before we totally forget we have it.  Thus, the list of meals until October 10.

One thing to preface this list is that it is somewhat limited by the following facts:

  1. We are eating mostly beef, pork, or meatless dishes due to my pregnancy driven chicken sickness.  This baby does not like chicken.
  2. The dishes are either quick and easy for Greg to prepare while caring for Arianna during the day or casseroles/slow cooker recipes that I can pull together nights before and he toss in when ready.
  3. We know what we like and we stick with it.  It doesn’t mean it’s always healthy, but it means that we eat what we want.  With a baby in a belly and an husband with an incredible metabolism, it works for the here and now.
  4. We have a lot of events planned for the fall plus we do dinner with my parents at my Grandma’s house every Friday, so this list isn’t really a HUGE list of meals, but a thought process of how and where we will be eating.
  5. Some of these meals make great leftover portions when cooking for two, so it is highly possible we will see a shift in meals through the month of October.

So, if you have come looking for great ideas or innovations, you may not find them here; however, I do have a great store house of recipes for slow cooker meals as well as other favorites once I can do chicken again that I will try to post soon.

Here it is, the list of meals!

Week 1

Sunday: Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes, and Corn (my first pork roast ever…)

Monday: Sloppy Joes, Noodles, Green Bean Casserole

Tuesday: Homemade Pizzas from shells (10/$10 at Giant Eagle ‘til Wednesday AND 10/$10 Pepperoni!)

Wednesday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches (leftovers from the pork), Rice or side dish

Thursday: Dinner out (doctor day)

Friday: Family Dinner

Saturday: Bus stops, Tailgate BBQ

Week 2

Sunday: Island Brunch, Wedding Dinner

Monday: Bus stops

Tuesday: Kielbasa, Homemade Mac & Cheese, Carrots

Wednesday: Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread

Thursday: Chicken Casserole (yes, I will attempt some chicken…) and Beer Bread

Friday: Family Dinner

Saturday: Kennywood

Week 3

Sunday:  Roast and vegetables

Monday: Burgers, Corn on the Cob

Tuesday: Lasagna

Wednesday: Leftovers (it is bound to happen with the roast and lasagna)

Thursday: Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Taters

Friday: Family Dinner

Saturday: Reunion (will need to make a dish to share, not sure what that will be yet)

Week 4

Sunday:  Dinner Out (celebration!)

Monday: Mexican Night—most likely Tacos and Rice

Tuesday: Tater Tot Casserole (thank you Kim for reminding me! Greg has been missing me making this!)

Wednesday:  Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans

Thursday:  Stromboli

Friday: Family Dinner

Saturday: Skillet Meal Fajitas

Week 5

Sunday: Pork Roast and Rice

Monday: Chili and Cornbread

Tuesday: Baked Potato Bar, Beer Bread

Wednesday: Steak Salads (Pittsburgh Style with Fries of course!)

Thursday: Bacon, Pancakes, and Hash Browns

Friday: Homemade Pizzas with homemade dough

Saturday: Family Reunion (will need to make a dish, not sure what)

Week 6

Sunday: Idlewild

Monday: Kielbasa and Pierogies

Tuesday: Ari’s birthday, Dinner Out

Wednesday: Baked Ziti Casserole

Thursday: Cheese Steak Sandwiches and Fries

Friday: Shepard’s Pie and Mashed Potatoes

Saturday: Ravioli

And that takes us to Arianna’s party day! So I know the list isn’t spectacular but it is easy and will hopefully keep us from grabbing pizzas or running to get take out.  Enjoy!

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