Weekly Menu Plan {March 2, 2015}

Weekly Menu Plan-March 2, 2015 | MealPlanningMagic.com

My kids started swim clinic this week in preparation for summer swim team so our weekday evenings have just gotten busier! Clinic days are up to three times a week so I’ll be adding lot of slowcooker and super easy meals to the menu plan over the next several weeks to make dinner time a little less hectic (hopefully!). Next week is Spring Break for us so I won’t be posting a weekly menu plan as we’re going to remain flexible that week. But here is our weekly meal plan for this week:

Monday: Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup (this is one of our FAVORITES and so, so easy to make). I have some spinach to use up and some tortellini in the freezer (subbed for the fresh called for in this recipe)
Tuesday: Fajitas (from freezer) marinated with fajita spice blend topped with fixings that I’m trying to use up like avocado, tomato, cheese, peppers & onions and sour cream/plain yogurt.
Wednesday: Raspberry Chicken (from Dream Dinners) with Rice and roasted green beans
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Out to Eat
Saturday/Sunday: Spring Break starts so we’re winging it!

Menu Inpsiration

If you’re looking for some menu inspiration, be sure to check out my Pinterest boards. I pin lots of new finds from around the web to my boards almost daily so you’re sure to find lot of inspiration. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up in a couple of weeks (we’re not Irish but still like to celebrate with some fun menu items) and Easter and Passover are just about a month away also. I’ve got my St. Patrick’s Day and Easter/Passover boards at the top of my Pinterest account so they’re easy to find but be sure to spend some time looking around at all the other boards, too!

Meal Planning Magic's Pinterest Boards - March 2015

What’s on your menu plan this week?

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Simple Thai Chicken Pizza with Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce { #MysteryIngredient Challenge }

Thai Chicken Pizza with Spicy Peanut Sauce | Recipe at MealPlanningMagic.com
Y’all! I am excited to let you know that I am part of the Peanut Butter & Co.’s YumSquad and that means I get yummy samples of their peanut butters (lots of varieties!) and other things sometimes too. So when they came to me recently and asked if I’d like to be part of their Mystery Ingredient Challenge, I was a little nervous but said yes! My fears were realized when the mystery ingredient that arrived with my peanut butter was sriracha. You guys, I do NOT do spicy. I am a super wimp when it comes to spicy stuff (yes, even living in Texas). Thankfully my husband loves Sriracha and puts it on all kinds of foods (sometimes I ask him to at least try what I’ve made before he drizzles on the sauce!)

Thai Chicken Pizza with Sriracha Peanut Sauce | Recipe at MealPlanningMagic.com
Yum Squad #mysteryingredient Challenge
So he helped me brainstorm some ideas for the challenge. Sweet and spicy—how about a cupcake or brownie? I said. Nope, did not sound good to him. How about some sort of sauce? I asked. Hmm…we’re onto something there. Remember, the challenge meant that I had to use one variety of peanut butter WITH the Sriracha sauce. Since we all like Asian foods, he said how about a Thai pizza? And Thai Chicken Pizza with Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce it was.

When doing some research, I found several recipes online for Thai Chicken Pizza but they all seemed to have a mile-long list of ingredients. I scaled this one back to simplify it a bit and changed a few things to make it my own. We had a winner! My husband loved it and the rest of us liked the non-spicy version that I made too. This pizza was SO yummy and super easy to make, I know it will become a regular part of our menu rotation.

Here’s how to make it!

Simple Thai Chicken Pizza with Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce { #MysteryIngredient Challenge }
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Serves: 8 pieces
  • 1 thin pizza crust (such as Boboli or other pre-baked crust; I used an organic brand I bought at Costco)
For Sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 5 tablespoons Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 ½ tablespoons rice wine vinegar (2 ½ tablespoonsapple cider vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1⁄2 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Using a microwave safe bowl combine garlic, ground ginger, peanut butter, honey, vinegar, soy sauce and sriracha sauce. Microwave for 1 minute until peanut butter is melted. Stir with a whisk until all ingredients are blended.
  3. Remove pre-baked pizza crust from package and spread on peanut sauce. Sprinkle on cheese and cooked chicken. Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare other vegetables.
  5. Remove pizza from oven and top with green onions, carrot, cilantro and peanuts (if desired).
  6. Cut and serve immediately while warm. Enjoy!

I have to say, the challenge ended up being fun and helped me think outside my usual “recipe box” to come up with a new dish!

Simple Thai Chicken Pizza with Spicy Peanut Sauce | Recipe at MealPlanningMagic.com
You can find Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butters and products at most major grocery stores. I’ve also seen a pretty good variety at Target. You can also shop their store online where they have a TON of different varieties to choose from. Plus, they always have all kinds of coupons or deals going on on their website and Facebook page so be sure to check them out!

Disclaimer: I am a part of the Peanut Butter & Co. Yum Squad and received product from them to facilitate my recipe that I’m sharing here. All opinions are my own.

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Weekly Menu Plan - February 9, 2015 | MealPlanningMagic.com

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