Monday, October 28, 2013

Menu Plan Monday: Two easy meals!

This week I've got to make this quick!

Dinner #1: Egg and sausage casserole ; cut up oranges; applesauce

Dinner #2: Crockpot chili (watch out if you don't like beans)- about the easiest thing ever- 1 can corn, 2 cans chili beans, 2 cans vegetable chili (Aldi), 1 can great northern beans, 1 can chili tomatoes, a few fresh tomatoes, and add a bit of chili powder, cumin, pepper, onion powder, garlic, and maybe some chopped onions
-currently ground beef is kind of weirding me out so I will make it on the side for hubbie to add to his

Dinner #3: out to eat for youth group

Dinner #4: Leftovers!

Back up plan: Baked chicken breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans

Find more and more varied plans at Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Menu Plan Monday: Fall Break!

I have been doing the end of trimester count down for my students for the past two weeks because the end is near!  They (and I) have a short week this week for fall break and then just a short while and bam we'll be switching classes again.  Crazy how fast it goes!  I have to say that is one of my favorite parts of my job is that there seems to be clear start and end times.  I'm not sure if I could handle a job that didn't have that.  I think I would have to make some self imposed project start and end times.

Anyway, I have been feeling soooo much better lately.  Seriously my first trimester I felt like a warmed over turd (excuse my French).  I just didn't want to move or do anything.  Last week I worked out (lightly) 3 times!  Last fall we purchased a Tivo box and it streams youtube, so I have been loving Colleen Riddle's 2nd Trimester Workout.  She's supposedly some type of pre/post natal specialist, so I like her videos better than my typical workout videos (which I have to modify) or some other prenatal workouts because they can be too easy.

This week will be a bit weird because of fall break, so here is a list of possible dinners.

Dinner #1: Chicken and Black Bean Tacos!  This recipe looks really easy, but delicious!  Aldi is running a special on tomatoes, so I might chop some fresh ones up.

Dinner #2: Easy chicken and vegetable fried rice

Dinner #3: Crockpot BBQ chicken, roasted red potatoes, broccoli

Find more menu ideas at Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Menu Plan Monday: Empty the Pantry/Freezer

This week for my menu I am going to try and use up some items that have been hanging around our freezer and pantry a bit too long.

Monday:  Spaghetti with Spinach/Tomato/Meat sauce(from freezer); broccoli; pineapple
-To make the sauce I pretty much browned about 1 lb of ground beef with chopped onion, then added a jar of Aldi spaghetti sauce, added some extra Italian seasoning/garlic, used my Magic Bullet to chop up some frozen spinach that I had hanging around from my smoothie stage, stirred in the spinach and voila!

Tuesday:  Chicken (crockpot? or Nelson's?); mashed potatoes/gravy; peas; chopped up apples

Wednesday:  Eat out- youth night

Thursday:  Chicken and black bean tacos; if you want to go all fancy try this recipe- otherwise I pretty much just chop up a chicken breast and cook it in a pan on medium high with some Mexicany (I like to make up words) spices- you know the like- cumin, onion, garlic, cayenne pepper, chili powder or I get really lazy and use a Mexican spice packet, then I just throw in the black beans and call it done.  I've got some chopped up green pepper in the freezer, so I think I might throw some of those in as well.  As far as sides go, maybe I'll have some more pineapple or chopped up apples and carrots/dip.

Extra option:  If for some reason none of these dinners seem appealing or we don't go out a night next weekend we could have meatballs- I have some homemade frozen ones that I made a while ago, but honestly they might sit in there a while because meatballs have been sounding particularly disgusting lately.  Who knows though, that could change.

Check out more menu plan ideas at Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I'm back... I hope!

Wow, it has been a while since posting and for good reason.  I find it is so hard to keep "good" secrets, and boy do I have a good secret to share.  I'm expecting and due next April!  Woo hoo!  I decided that during the first trimester it was really hard to share our menu plan because it was kind of weird because I was so tired and felt I could barely muster the energy to cook after a long day teaching or certain foods would suddenly gross me out.  Luckily I wasn't really sick, just a bit nauseous.  Now things are settling down a bit, so I'm hoping to get back to posting.  Looking forward to posts on menu plans and other things- however for those of you that love belly photos you will have to look elsewhere:).  I don't think I can quite be that open, however I love those who are. If any of you are expecting I highly recommend Alpha Mom's pregnancy calendar because it is hilarious!  See you tomorrow for menu plan Monday.


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