Menu Plan Monday plus Five Make-Ahead Meal Ideas [11-26-12]

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving holiday (that is, if you celebrated last week!) If you’ve still got leftovers hanging around in the fridge and are out of ideas of what to do with them, check out this article I wrote recently for Produce For Kids, Top 5 Ideas for Your Holiday Leftovers. Maybe you’ll find a new idea or two!

This past weekend we were visiting my inlaws and my brother-in-law (a fellow foodie) and I decided to go to the Barton Creek Farmers Market in Austin on Saturday morning to check it out. It was nice and had a great selection of all kinds of things! I got some fresh vegetables like dino kale, curly kale, purple/orange carrots, homemade strawberry cream cheese (from the dairymaker), broccoli and some homemade, gourmet whole wheat pasta. That’s what I’ve got pictured here. I’m excited to try the different flavors–especially the chocolate pasta as a dessert! In southeast Texas, we’re lucky to have most farmers markets open year-round.

I’m still in the mood, and actually have some time this week, to cook so I’m not diving full on in just yet to the freezer meals I made a couple of weeks ago. Will save those for those nights that are REALLY busy! Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

Monday: Peachy Turkey Meatballs, steamed rice and edamame
Tuesday: Soy Ginger Flank Steak (from freezer meals actually), sweet potatoes and roasted broccoli (bought at the farmer’s market)
Wednesday: Pizza Pasta (using fresh mozzarella we found on sale and pasta purchased at farmers market)–creation of my own using sauteed bell peppers and maybe mushrooms with pepperoni, diced tomatoes and cheese)
Thursday: Tuna Rollups or KFC Original Chicken copycat recipe (testing from a cookbook I’m hoping to review soon) OR Masala Chicken over steamed rice. Leaving this day up in the air because I’ve got several options so will depend on my mood and time that day. Ingredients are either already in the pantry or freezer or both.
Friday: leftovers
Saturday: leftovers
Sunday: Ham and all sides (I bought a ham before Thanksgiving when it was on sale so will try to make it a meal this weekend!)

I’m also sharing today a few of my favorite make ahead meal recipe ideas so that you can make one or two or all for your freezer for those busy nights this next month. I hope you’ll let me know how you like them!

This is the best picture I could get–it was so tender is just fell apart when I removed it

Slowcooker Rotisserie Chicken


Chicken & Cabbage Potstickers


Chicken Pot Pie

Slowcooker Spaghetti Sauce


Bourbon Flank Steak

What’s on your plate this week? For more menu planning ideas, check out all the links here at OrgJunkie.

4 comments
Alexa
Alexa

I just found your blog thanks to Sarah's tweet... and I really need some help! I've been wanting to do this for a long time for several reasons - the largest is to help me grocery shop and budget better because I'm spending waaaayy to much on groceries. My issues: 3 tiny little people who are extremely picky eaters. I do not want to be fixing separate meals, so I have to find meals they will enjoy so we can all eat together. They do not like soups, casseroles, or anything mixed... I can't wait to learn from your website!

Melissa
Melissa

Im a new follower, your menu looks so good! love the meatballs! =)

Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)
Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)

Welcome Alexa! Having picky eaters CAN be challenging for sure! I hope you will take some time to browse around my site and get some tips. I need to address the picky eater issue again...it's been awhile. My philosophy is the same food for everyone or you're not eating, but I know that's hard to implement sometimes! My kids now eat a huge variety of foods though--quite different than many of their peers. Hope you find some helpful ideas here!

Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)
Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)

Welcome Melissa! The meatballs are one of my family's favorites and so easy! Sometimes I prep them ahead of time and just store in the refrigerator until I'm ready to cook them. Easy!

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