DINNER TIME DECISIONS: Week 4




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Dinner time decisions are best made in advance, but sometimes we need a little help.  
Each week I'll feature 7 days of meals using Cook Once / Serve Twice concepts.
In addition, I'll share my thought process 
so you can learn ways to stream line your dinner time decisions
...or just use mine! 

{NOTE: I post my meal plans the week after I followed them.  
This way I can show you pics of finished dishes AND 
I can show you how I adjust my plan as the week goes on.
...YEP, we don't always follow the plan but the plan helps me get going in the right direction!}

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What's in my freezer?

Meals Ready to Cook already in the freezer: 

Other things I cooked ahead to make meal prep faster and easier:
 Proteins I can use for meal planning:
  • Whole, cut up chicken
  • Chicken breasts
  • 1 large steak
Anything else:
  • assorted frozen veggies
What's in my fridge that needs to be used before it becomes 'cash in the trash'?
  • shredded cabbage
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • cucumber  
  • squash
  • broccoli             
What do the grocery store sales have to offer this week?

Just shopping for the basics this week so I can save on the grocery budget.


What seasoning blends do I have on hand or can make up fresh with spices and herbs I have in the pantry?

Still have a full pantry of seasonings! {story here}
  • My Favorite Roast Seasoning Blend
  • Simple Spaghetti Sauce Blend
  • Italian Meatloaf Blend
  • Old Style Meatloaf Blend
  • Bacon Cheddar Meatloaf Blend
  • Basic White Sauce Blend
  • Kansas Style Dry Rub Blend
  • Lemon Pepper with Garlic Seasoning Blend
  • Basil and Garlic Seasoning Blend
  • Southwestern Style Seasoning Blend
  • My Secret Seasoning Blend
  • Taco Seasoning

What does my calendar say about my Dinner Time Decision making?

Days I need dinner ready when I walk in the door:
  • Wednesday (quick turn around between Food Bank time and choir practice at church)
  • Thursday (in Dallas for a lunch meeting...that will put me home later than normal)
Days I have time to cook:
  • Tuesday is a good day to cook
  • I've got time on Friday too
Days when dinner will need to serve more people: 
  • Monday was Labor day so I planned for friends to be here...plus Matt will be home from college for the weekend. 
Days when dinner will be for fewer than normal: 
  • Wednesday thru Saturday of this week...just 3 of us.  

NOW HERE'S THE PLAN!

MONDAY
Secret Swedish Meatballs
(used the meatballs I had in the freezer)
Steamed Veggies

TUESDAY
(made the pasta and added some chicken I sauteed on the stove top)

WEDNESDAY
Pot Roast with Creamy Gravy
(used the 'dinner's in the bag' I had in the freezer)
Simply Creamy Slaw
Instantly Delicious Mashed Potatoes
{the slaw and the mashed potatoes were made from blends I had bagged and stored
for a fast fix on a night like this!}
{Sometimes dinner is dinner...and not a photo spread!  Yep...this is a typical fix it and set it out kinda' night!}
THURSDAY
Orange BBQ Chicken
(one of the pre-bagged dinners I have in the freezer)
Rice
Tossed Salad
Yep...that was the plan for Thursday, but last minute change of plans
found me having a date night with hubby after lunch meeting in Dallas.
So... kids were on their own.
I'm sure they ate...something...probably.
 Oh sure they did!  I noticed the missing frozen pizza from the freezer the next day {grin}
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
Hamburger Patty
(just put preformed patties in the oven at 400 and bake 8-10 minutes on each side)
Creamy Mushroom Gravy
Sauteed Corn with Mushrooms and Cilantro

SUNDAY
Family meal out.
Aahhh!


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