So what's for dinner?

I’m starting a new category for my blog posts called “What’s for dinner?”  The idea is to post my 2 week meal plan and share some recipes.  I don’t know about your house but around here we frequently have this conversation around 4:30-5:00:

“What’s for dinner?” 
“Food.”

Let me just tell you, the kids don’t consider that an acceptable answer.  Although I did read about a lady who wrapped all of her frozen goods and labeled them “food” so whenever they couldn’t decide on dinner they would just grab some “food” and be surprised!  That wouldn’t work so well here because we’d end up with a pound of bacon, a single serving of edamame and an orange.  (yes, we have oranges in our freezer)

That brings me back to my plan.  I am horrible about meal planning but when I actually do sit down and plan out my meals – and shop accordingly – amazingly my life runs so much smoother.  Ok, at least the meals run smoother.  Hopefully we can be partners in this endeavor.  I need you to hold me accountable and demand a meal planning post every two weeks.  In turn, I’ll provide you with at least 10 (give or take a few) dinner ideas. 

We’re already into week 2 of our meal plan but I’ll go ahead and share last week’s meals along with this week’s meals.  Here goes…. oh, and you’re on your own for sides!

Last Sunday: Tacos (make a huge batch of taco meat as we’ll be using that in another meal)
Last Monday: Pizza night (make it, bake a frozen one or have it delivered)
Last Tuesday: Spaghetti (be smart and make extra for another meal)
Last Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken (use your favorite recipe)
Last Thursday: Meatloaf (we had leftover mashed potatoes on hand for this one)
Last Friday: Ice-cream!  (ok, we have small group on fridays and we were on to bring dessert.)
Last Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday (yesterday): Taco Soup (anyone on facebook knows we cheated and made this earlier in the week) (this is where you’re using the extra taco meat)

That brings us to this week:
Monday: Pizza night (we go for something easy on Mondays as we frequently have meetings on this night)
Tuesday: Church Thanksgiving Potluck (we’ll be bringing a brownie dessert)
Wednesday: Baked Chicken (normal Wed’s are crockpot meals as we have church)
Thursday: Baked Spaghetti (did you make extra spaghetti last week??)
Friday: Small group night again
Saturday: Leftovers

This plan was fairly simple and easy on the checkbook.  We’ll mix it up a bit next time with the recipes but the schedule will be the same:
Mondays – easy night
Wednesdays – crockpot
Fridays – small group
Saturdays – leftovers
Sun., Tues., Thurs. – varying recipies

If you have a favorite recipe or a meal plan that you’d like to share please, PLEASE feel free to share it in the comments or link to your blog.

I found the original taco soup recipe.  I’ll share that along with how we tweek it for our family:
Original version:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can whole kernel corn ,drained
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes – mexican style
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning mix -(opt.)
  • 1 pkg. original hidden valley ranch dressing(dry)
  • 2 1/2 cups water or more, to make soup broth
  • Brown ground beef and onions in a large pan, drain off fat.  Add remaining ingredients and simmer.

    My version: (btw – this is great in a crockpot too)
    Use leftover taco meat (however much you have on hand)
    1 to 2 can(s) pinto beans
    1 to 2 can(s) black beans
    1 to 2 can(s) kidney beans
    (the above ingredients vary depending on how much meat I have on hand.  less meat = more beans)
    Corn (only if we have some on hand)
    1 can crushed tomatoes (no chunks for our family)
    No extra taco seasoning if we’re using leftover taco meat.
    A couple of tablespoons of the ranch dressing (dry)
    Water added until desired broth consistancy.

    Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream and corn chips or corn bread.

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