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Hello, and Happy Monday! I know, Mondays usually suck. On top of that, yesterday was Mother’s Day which means we probably gave ourselves permission to put off a bunch of chores (errr, meal planning and food shopping?) until today.
Fear not for I am here to help! Ha. Below is my super easy meal plan for this week along with the shopping list.
A few reminders:
- I’m not a big fan of cooking, and while I’m not completely terrible at it, I’m no ninja in the kitchen. These recipes are fool-proof.
- I’ve got a couple picky eaters. These recipes are usually a hit with them.
- You’ll notice many of my recipes come from Gina Homolka’s SkinnyTaste website. This is because I LOVE her recipes – they’re healthy, easy, and full of flavor!
- If there is chopping, dicing, and/or slicing involved, I will absolutely buy the ingredient already in that state, if it’s available. Huge time saver!
The Meal Plan
Monday: Skinny Mushroom Stroganoff
If I’m not working from home, I usually try to leave work by 4:30 pm to avoid some rush hour traffic and get a head start on dinner. Unfortunately for me, I’m at work today and have meetings until 5 pm. So, I needed something super quick to whip up tonight. This is PERFECT, and there is usually enough for leftovers (for my family anyway – we have 2 half people; A 1 year old and a 4 year old who eats just enough to qualify for dessert)!
Tuesday: Sheet Pan Fajitas
What’s easier than throwing a bunch of ingredients on a sheet pan and tossing it in the oven?! I love sheet pan recipes. They’re easy to clean up and I don’t have to stand by the stove doing stuff. Just put it in the oven and walk away. I usually pair this with refried beans, which is also easy – just put them in the microwave.
Tip: My local food store always has sliced red peppers, green peppers and onions pre-packaged in the produce section. I buy that along with cheese that is already shredded. I also have a jar of minced garlic in my fridge.
We made it through half of the week! That means we’re treating ourselves (in the sense of not having to cook!) and having leftovers from Monday night!
Thursday: Pepper Steak with a Side of Rice
Easy and tasty – ‘nuff said. You can usually buy the beef sliced already, and I’m not picky with my rice so I buy the rice that comes in individual bags and is boiled on the stove.
Friday: Take out night!
Let your partner do the calling. Sit back and relax (If you’re a mom of little ones, like me, then hahahahaha).
Saturday: Instant Pot Honey Teriyaki Chicken with Roasted Green Beans
This can also be made in the crockpot, which is how I usually make it. The recipe gives instructions for this as well. I forgo the sesame seeds (picky eaters) and green onions (picky eaters AND chopping is involved).
Tip: I find that cooking chicken breast on low in the crockpot makes it a little too dry. Cooking on the high setting seems to work better.
Since we’re having rice with the Pepper Steak, I’m going roast green beans in the oven.
For the roasted green beans, I buy the French green beans so they’re a little skinnier. I think this helps them to come out a little crispy! I line a baking sheet with foil and spread out the green beans. Then I drizzle 2 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil over it and sprinkle salt, onion powder and garlic powder over it. I toss it and then stick into the oven (pre-heated at 425 degrees) for about 20-25 minutes.
Jackpot! We usually don’t like the way leftover chicken reheated tastes, but for whatever reason, we’re ok with it if it was made in the crockpot!
My favorite cookbooks:
3 yellow onions
sliced Cremini mushrooms
sliced baby Bella mushrooms
minced fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish
1 green pepper
2 red peppers
1 yellow pepper
green onion (just enough for topping)
1 bag of French green beans
3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
12 oz top round beef, trimmed
8 taco sized flour tortillas
unbleached all-purpose flour
crushed red pepper flakes
Extra virgin olive oil
Fat-free, less-sodium vegetable broth
soy sauce (liquid aminos for paleo or whole30)
16 oz Reduced-fat sour cream
Shredded Mexican cheese
White wine or sherry