Monday, January 18, 2010

Meal Plan for Haiti

Hello all of my fellow meal planners! It has been SOO LONG since I have been able to share with you, and so much has happened! I now have 3 children: Ruby 7 mo., Sophie 2 yrs. and Addie 3 yrs. Needless to say my life has been flipped upside down! I haven't had much time to myself, and when I do it is typically filled with housework, cooking, catching up on house projects, church activities, grocery shopping or sleeping! As I am writing, 1 of my children is peacefully asleep, the other is talking herself to sleep and the 3rd is playing with her cousin. I am hoping I can get this typed out before I am needed! I am so glad to be back blogging, and thank you for your continued support while we are all adjusting to life with new babies!

This week's meal plan is a bit different. Instead of making a meal plan to go grocery shopping with, we are going to use up what we have in our house. I would like to place the same challenge before YOU with a goal in mind: Contribute what you would of spent on groceries this week (or next!) to a fund to support Haiti. As we know they are in great need and any contribution would be beneficial. $10,$20 or more! Now I know you may have to go to the grocery store for fresh produce, milk, eggs, bread etc. But try to make your meals this week with main ingredients you already have. If you have Soup, eat soup. Cheese and bread, cheese toasties, chicken and b-bque sauce... you get the idea!

This is a great way for your family to make a sacrifice/contribution together. What a great way to teach young children to give!

I am choosing to give to the Red Cross, but there are lots of great organizations out there to give to as well!

Here is my meal plan for the week based on what is in my freezer/cupboards/fridge:

Monday: Mini Meatloaves w/ Green Beans; dessert: chocolate pudding
Tuesday: Baked Chicken Nachos with Black Beans & rice; dessert: Sopapillas
Wednesday: Quesadillas (with leftover chicken from yesterday)
Thursday: Brinner (Breakfast for dinner): Pancakes, eggs, Toast & baked apples
Friday: Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce, Garlic Bread and veggie
Saturday: Cheese Toastie or Grilled P.B., jelly and bananas; dessert: Coffee Cake

Here are a few more ideas of main courses that take few ingredients for your meal plan:

Italian Baked chicken (Italian dressing and chicken baked at 350 degrees for 30 min.)
Ramen Noodles (yes, I know... but it is cheap and you could potentially send a lot of $ to Haiti vs. spending $10 on an entire meal)
Canned Soup
Rice w/ Veggies/chicken
Pasta w/ Italian dressing & chicken
Skillet Burgers

We would LOVE to hear who all is taking up this challenge with us.

Please leave a comment and let us know who is IN!

1 comment:

Ethiopianmomma said...

Of course we are in! Here is my meal plan based on what I have in my pantry.

Monday~ Cauliflower Soup
Tuesday~ Parmesan Grilled Cheese and Avocado sandwiches.
Wednesday~Tomato Alfredo
Thursday~ Pancakes
Friday~Pinto beans and cornbread
Saturday~Vegetarian Stir-Fry

I am using all items I currently have so that we can donate. It is amazing HOW MUCH I can make with what I already have. And, none of this is breaking into any of my freezer meals.

Looking forward to hearing from more readers! Thanks for the idea, Sarah!