|Linking up with The Young Retiree and Taingamala|
One of my newer issues with meal planning is our gym time (or Saturday night church) combined with keeping the baby on schedule. We usually get home from the gym or church a bit after 6, and the baby needs to eat at 6:30 so that she can go to bed at 7:30. It's a bit of a scramble, but we often start giving her food before all of our dinner is ready. She generally eats what we do, but about 70% of the time our side dish is mixed vegetables (from the freezer aisle), and she loves those. They take less than 10 minutes to make, so that has been our solution lately! (And sometimes I pre-make dinner or use the slow cooker, of course.)
Instead of telling you what we're going to have this week (I need to go grocery shopping and do some planning today and tomorrow), I am instead going to tell you what we had for the past week!
Monday: Pork chops, dipped in an egg wash then breaded with Italian bread crumbs and baked in the oven in a bit of melted butter. Both Betty Crocker and Better Homes & Gardens cookbooks have easy pork chops recipes, if you're starting to think about it!
Tuesday: Leftover pork chops. We have been doing a small faith community for Lent and had to be there at 6:30, so I try to plan leftovers for those nights.
Wednesday: Sausage and pepperoni freezer pizza (DiGiorno--yum!)
Thursday: Chicken roll-ups, served over rice mixed with peas and carrots and topped with cream of chicken soup. I have seen some recipes for these on Pinterest, but they over-complicate it and kill it with extra and unnecessary types of cheese. Mine is just boiled-then-shredded chicken mixed with a little cream cheese (which I'm starting to think might also be optional) and then shoved into crescent rolls and baked. Throwing the cream of chicken soup over the top is what makes these really good, no matter what you put in the rolls. These are a big hit at our house, and one of my personal faves.
Friday: Went to our church's fish fry! That was an adventure, to say the least, but the fish was yummy.
Saturday: Hamburgers and tater tots. We can't own a grill (apartment livin'), so I made the burgers in a cast iron skillet. I even made a small "slider" for the baby.
Sunday: Leftover hamburgers, more tater tots.
Tonight we're having baked fish topped with a bit of melted butter and Season-All. We're going to the gym, and hey, fish is quick and easy!
Side dishes were either frozen mixed veg (I combined the peas and carrots with the rice on Thursday) or a salad. Baby likes croutons =) Out of the past 7 days, I only really cooked 3 nights, but we only ate out once. That's just the way I like it.
Oh, I forgot to mention dessert! After a self-imposed 2-week ban on eating sweets, I finally tried out the cake pop-making pan that my MIL got for Christmas and let me borrow. Here are a few of the sweet, sweet results:
|Chocolate cake on the inside. Yum!|