Meal Plan Monday: Mama’s on her Own

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We did, and then we said goodbye to Scott for the week; he left yesterday to travel for work, and won’t be back until late Friday night!  He has been traveling pretty regularly lately, but 5 nights straight, and getting home late on the sixth is pretty unusual for us.  We get pretty spoiled with his schedule, since he owns his own business and can create a pretty flexible schedule.  So when he’s home during the week, I try to cook pretty decent dinners, but when he’s gone, all bets are off.  Most likely I’ll be wiped out by dinnertime, and who knows how the kids will be behaving, so I try to lower my standards quite a bit for dinnertime.  I joked to my sister in law that we’ll have frozen pizzas and breakfast for dinner every night!  But, I think I will try to step it up just a tad, but still keep dinners really simple.  With all that being said, here’s our menu for the week!

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup

An old standby, the kids love tomato soup and grilled cheese, and so do I!  I see the tomato soup more or less as something to dip my sandwich into, but the kids turn up their bowls and drink it down!  I usually buy cheap Campbell’s tomato soup, and then add a can of Italian-style diced tomatoes for a little more texture and a little more flavor.  I also use half water and half milk to mix with the condensed soup to make it a little creamier.  PLUS, this whole meal can be made in about 15 minutes!  Easy!

 Chicken Parmesan Casserole and Green Beans

I have made this dish one other time, and it was really good, but I plan on making it even easier this time!  It’s only 4 ingredients- chicken, pasta sauce, mozzarella, and breadcrumbs.  I plan on buying pre-cooked chicken fingers from the deli, a jar of pasta sauce, a bag of shredded mozzarella, and use the breadcrumbs that are already in my pantry.  You cut up the chicken fingers and place them in a baking dish, top them with the pasta sauce, then with the cheese, and then top it with the breadcrumbs.  Bake 20 minutes, and dinner is served!  So it’ll take 5 minutes to prep, and while it’s baking, I can open a can of green beans to simmer on the stove until the casserole is done.  It’s hard to make a better dinner that’s any easier than that.

Mini Corndogs, Baked Beans, and Coleslaw

This one is a gimme.  Frozen two-bite corndogs, a can of baked beans (I seriously do love Bush’s Baked Beans in some of their newer Cocina Latina flavors!), and some coleslaw.  Boom.  Dinner’s done as soon as the oven timer goes off.  I do like to make my own coleslaw dressing, very simple with a little mayo, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper, but it whips up just as quickly as a bottled dressing mix (I don’t like buying pre-made coleslaw because it’s so soggy).  Plus, who doesn’t like corndogs?  I think this one will be a crowd pleaser for my little crew.

Cheeseburger Flatbread Melts and French Fries

I saw this recipe the other day, and thought it would make a great dinner for a busy night.  But unlike this recipe, I am just going to buy some flatbreads from the deli section of my awesome Kroger!  I’ll pop the french fries in the oven, and while they’re cooking, I’ll saute the beef, pile it on the flatbreads, and top them with cheese.  The kids will love that they’re like little pizzas!

And I’m going to go ahead and leave one night open, since I’m pretty sure come Thursday or Friday night, making dinner will have lost it’s appeal, and we’ll need to get out for dinner.  Or, we’ll make it a leftovers smorgasbord!  Or, we’ll end up eating scrambled eggs, bacon and pancakes,  or who knows?  Maybe Chick Fil A will save the day. 🙂  But I’m not even going to plan for another dinner since I’m pretty sure it would never get made, ha!

And that’s it for this week!  I also wanted to share a blog post that I found on pinterest the other day, 30 Days of Soccer Night Dinners.  It’s not just for soccer moms, or even if your kids play sports at all, but it’s just 30 really smart recipes for when you’re low on time, or need to make a meal from pantry staples, or are just totally out of ideas and need some inspiration.  There are some great ideas that may seem common sense or second nature to some, but are fresh, new ideas for others.  It’s worth looking at to add a few new (and really easy) dinners to your rotation.

What are you making this week?  You know that I love new recipes!

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