Saturday, January 30, 2010

Guest Meal Planner - week of Jan 31

This evening as I was sitting down to do the meal plan, I asked my husband and 5 year old daughter for ideas since we have 5 leftover cooked chicken breasts. My daughter decided *she* wanted to make the meal plan for the week. Whoo hoo! Mission accomplished. I have successfully trained her in the ways of meal planning.

Actually it was pretty cute, because not only did she want to choose the meals for the week, she also wanted to write them down. See the picture? That's her handwriting. And in case you can't interpret kindergarten handwriting, here's what we're having:

  • Sunday - pea soup
  • Monday - taco soup
  • Tuesday - chicken tacos
  • Wednesday - bbq chicken pizza
  • Thursday - gumbo
  • Friday - leftovers
  • Saturday - leftovers
Most of these meals involve leftover chicken, except the pea soup which is from the Soup Swap. I'm going to be so sick of chicken by the end of the week....good thing I'll be hitting the city of Chicago to meet up with my sister for some bridal planning bonding (and eating out!). She's the bride, not me. I'm the matron of honor. That makes me sound old, right? Ahhh, well I am old. Guess that works. ;)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Meal Plan week of 1/24/10

Have I mentioned that I love Homemade Gourmet? Probably, but it's worth repeating. Right now, all the soup mixes are on sale at 15% off regular prices...and just because it's a soup mix doesn't mean that you have to make soup with it. The website has a recipe search and there are tons and tons of variations for all the mixes. Yippee!

You can even order online and skip the whole party thing (but then you wouldn't get to sample stuff!). My friend Sherri has a website, even if you don't think you want to order, check it out!

Here is my meal plan for the week:

Sunday- burgandy beef tips (crock pot, amazing!)
Monday- salmon soup & salad
Tuesday-WW lasagna in the crock pot
Wednesday- Homemade Gourmet chicken in the oven
Thursday- pea soup & bread
Friday- leftovers
Saturday- pizza

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Soup Swap!

Yesterday, January 23rd, was National Soup Swap Day. My friends and I participated by gathering at my house for the 3rd annual Soup Swap. It's so much fun, and I hope to be able to continue this tradition for many years to come.

Essentially, each guest brings 6 individual containers (1 quart each) of one kind of soup or stew. Freezable recipes are best, so not usually cream soups or potato. We do a "Telling of the Soup" where everyone says a little something about the soup they brought; special ingredients, if it's organic, family story behind it, etc. Then we draw numbers and take turns selecting a soup from the table - until all the containers are gone.

I give prizes for First Picked (the first soup to be completely taken) and Last Picked. This year, I made a No-Knead bread from the book Kneadlessly Simply (by Nancy Baggett - could that be a more perfect name for a bread author?!?). It was the multi-grain recipe and I made 3 batches to use as door prizes, and as a taster at the party. By the way, if you bake, you absolutely must check out this book, it's amazing and will change the way you bake bread!

At the end of the party, we each ended up with 6 quarts of homemade soup to take home. Fantastic!

Here's what everyone brought: (sorry, I always forget to take pictures!)
  • buffalo chicken soup (mine)
  • chicken noodle
  • Texas chili
  • chicken & noodles #2
  • cabbage soup
  • vegetable beef
  • minestrone (last picked winner)
  • creamy salmon soup (first picked winner)
  • vegetable beef #2
  • split pea

The cool thing is that even when you have 2 or more of the same named soup, each person's recipe is as unique as they are you still get something new every time you reach into the freezer for a quick dinner and hearty lunch. I love soup swap!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Meal Plan for the Week

Ahh, you know me so well. Yes I *am* on another kick. I always seem to have something that I'm raving about...something that I'm "totally doing right now". LOL, and this month it's meal planning for the future. I hope to work myself back up to monthly meal planning, but for now I'm just taking it week by week.

Over the weekend, I had a Homemade Gourmet party. I'm impressed! I love the idea of buying a pantry staple of a seasoning mix (it comes with a tub and a!) and then being able to use it for over a dozen different meals. Talk about multitasking, there are many recipes on their website to help you figure out how to create awesome meals in minutes.

Speaking of, they even sell a 4 Meals in 4 Minutes kit....that was the demo my rep. did at the party. I bought chicken and a roast, she brought the seasonings and recipes. I now have 4 meals in my freezer for this week...but the best part is that each "meal" is really 6 chicken breasts, so for our family I can stretch that into THREE meals. I am so clever! Ha ha ha...

Anyway, we made freezer bags of italian chicken, garlic basil chicken, garlic lemon chicken and grandmother's sunday roast. Cool!

Here's my meal plan for the week:
Sunday (yesterday) : italian chicken
Monday: leftover linquine with clam sauce (thank you Tastefully Simple!)
Tuesday: white chicken chili (using Sunday's leftovers)
Wednesday: grandmother's sunday roast, bbq in the crock pot
Thursday: chicken spaghetti (with more leftover chicken from Sunday)
Friday: leftover bbq roast, probably made into burrito style something-or-another
Saturday: out to dinner (I hope!)

Each meal will be accompanied by a veggie and a salad...we're working on eating more veggies, so trying to eliminate bread and cut down on the pasta. I'm also doing weight watchers, and every single meal will fit nicely within my points plan. I only get 22 per day, so I do have to be careful.

I feel so organized!! Meal planning, Homemade Gourmet and Tastefully Simple all rock!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

And welcome to 2010!

I don't make resolutions.
I used to. I even had this cute system where I'd put all my resolutions on paper and seal it in an envelope, and at midnight of the new year I'd read all my prior year's resolutions. But for the most part, I'd just end up feeling bad about all the things I *didn't* accomplish - instead of looking at what I did accomplish. So several years ago, I banished resolutions as we know them.

Instead, I just have "plans". Plans can change, which means things are flexible and fluid. And that also means, if I need to focus on something else instead of one thing I had hoped to change, I don't have to beat myself up for it next new year's eve.

One plan I have this year is to try and post at least once a week with something interesting that people will want to read about. And I'd love a few more followers too!

So with that said, here's a post for the new to a good start already! :)