Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thursday: Brinner (Breakfast for Dinner)

Hey fellow meal planners! Brinner is on the table tonight!

This is always a great back up when the week turns out busier than you expected and didn't make it to the store or realize- "Hey! I forgot that ONE little ingredient for the meal I had planned tonight... UGH!" Come on now... I know that hasn't just happened to me!

Typically everyone has eggs, bread, pancake mix (or a recipe) and some sort of fruit.... and

Bippity... Boppity...Boo! (As my daughter would say!)

You turned an empty table into a healthy, filling meal for your family with little stress!

No pictures or recipes today, but if you aren't in the mood for pancakes and eggs... check out these other great brinner recipes from your fellow meal planning mommies:

Stuffed French Toast


Breakfast Burritos


Apple Cinnamon Puffed Pancake

Breakfast Casserole

Waffles


I would love to hear from you~

Leave us a comment and tell us what your family's typical "brinner" meal consists of... we are always in need of new ideas!

Wednesday: Chicken Quesadillas

This is a meal I love and typically stock the ingredients on a regular basis. This makes a great lunch, dinner or snack!

Here is what you need to serve 4:
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast ( or your leftover chicken from yesterday!), 8 flour tortillas, 2 cups shredded cheese (your choice!)

Now here are some options that I like to include either in or on my quesadillas. Use as much or as little as you want:

Bacon bits, salsa, sour cream, tomato and lettuce (guacamole and black beans are also great with this!)

Step 1: Cook your chicken. ( If you already have cooked chicken, skip down to the next step)
I use my "George Foreman) to cook my chicken and quesadilla. If you have one of these, I absolutely recommend using this to make your quesadillas. If not, bake your chicken in the oven, stovetop, crockpot or wherever is convenient for you! I also like to add salt, pepper and (if I have some on hand) chipotle seasoning/taco seasoning to the meat.

Step 2: Once your chicken is cooled, shred it a part with a fork or dice it up with a knife

Step 3: Place 1 tortilla on your grill, add a handful of cheese, meat and tomatoes (optional).

Step 4: Don't forget the bacon, more cheese and the 2nd tortilla! Cook on George Foreman (or in skillet on medium heat) until the cheese is all melty and the tortillas are crunchy.

Step 5: Cut with a pizza cutter, add your sour cream, guacomole and salsa on the side.
Step 6: This was my daughter's quesadilla. She had just cheese and tortilla.

This was my quesadilla, it was HUGE. I only ate half and saved the rest. It was even better re-heated!

Meal Serves: 4
Cost of meal: $4.00 (only including tortillas, meat and cheese)
Cost per person: $1.00

Tuesday: Chicken Nachos w/ Black Beans

This is one of my husband's favorite meals and it is so simple! There are so many things you can do w/ the chicken you "marinade" and cook in the crock pot. Nachos, Tacos, open faced tacos, quesadillas... .it's up to you!


Here is what you need:



3 large boneless/skinless chicken breasts, 2 packets of taco seasoning, 1 cup water, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, black beans (any other toppings you like for nachos- sour cream, avocado, pico de gallo, salsa, lettuce, olives etc.)


Step 1: Put frozen or thawed chicken in crock-pot w/ 1 cup of water and 2 packets taco seasoning. Let cook on low for 6-7 hours. (check every once in awhile to see if more water is needed)




Step 2: Prepare your beans. If using dried beans, let soak in water for at least 6 hours. Drain, rinse and then simmer for 1 1/2 hours until tender.


Step 3: Once your chicken has cooked on low for 6-7 hours, take out and shred with 2 forks.


Step 5: On a foil lined sheet (it helps w/ the clean-up!) place a layer of tortilla chips, cheese, chicken and more cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Top with black beans and all your favorite toppings! This is a great meal to share with others, use as an appetizer or dinner. Always a winner!

POM Tea



Where as Sarah (Frugal Table) has a house full of girlie-girls, I have a house full of boys. Thus, while messing around last night with our blog I decided to claim Meal Planning Mommies in the name of all things girlie. Ok, not completely, but I did make the blog pink~ which is pretty darn girlie. The blog is the one area of mine not overloaded with cars, dinosaurs and science experiments gone awry. It is my girl space.
Now, I just need to infuse it with lavender and have it dispense coffee at my will.......

Here is a little treat in honor of Meal Planning Mommies official return from babyville.
Sarah and I are both back! Feeling great and ready to fire up the oven!

Every day when I put my boys down for their naps I start craving something sweet. You know what I am talking about! Don't pretend that I am the only one with my head in the pantry searching for that open bag of chocolate chip morsels. :)

I have found a solution that is both healthier than previously mentioned morsels and a delight year round.

Pomegranate Tea!

Here is what you do.

Step 1: Brew fresh tea.
Step 2: Add a hint of real pomegranate juice. Just a dab will do. Its good for you!
Step 3: Slice up an orange and squeeze some juice into your tea. Add the slice right into the cup and mix it around into your ice.

Go ahead and smell the orange. It will lift your mood and give you a burst of energy.
Sit down and take a moment to think, pray, breath, and enjoy your treat.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday: Mini Meatloaves and Green Beans

One of my fellow freezer co-op friends gave me this recipe and our family LOVES IT!

This recipe is super easy! It freezes very well too, just bake and freeze whatever is left!

Mini Meatloaves




1 lb hamburger
1 cup water
1 package chicken flavored stuffing
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c. BBQ sauce
1 tsp garlic powder

Step 1: Mix hamburger, water, garlic powder and stuffing together.







Step 2: Grease 12 muffin tins and preheat oven to 375.

Step 3: Roll meat mixture into balls and put into each muffin cup

Step 4: Make a small dent in the top of each one and add a little BBQ sauce in each dent.




Step 5: Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees

Step 6: Top each with shredded cheese and cook five more minutes.

I realized after we got done eating, that I didn't take a final picture! Sorry, I have to get back in the swing of this again. :<) Our family LOVED it and I stored the rest in the freezer!

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
Tacos
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!