Hi Friends! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! We ushered in our Fall Break with a trip to our local small town Fall Festival, which was so much fun, and then took it easy the rest of the weekend. We have been SO busy lately, so we have been looking forward to Fall Break for an opportunity to relax! Anyway, we’ll be here a bit and gone a bit, but I still planned a decent little meal plan for the week. So here’s what we’ll be eating this week:
Spaghetti and Caesar Salad
We are keeping it easy this week, folks! I think spaghetti is the favorite meal of at least 2 of the 3 kids, so this will be a crowd pleaser. I like to buy very basic pasta sauce, then add ground beef, an extra can of diced tomatoes, a diced onion, a diced green pepper, and this time we’ll be adding 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms. Sure, I could get a fancier sauce with everything already added, but I like the addition of the fresh veggies. And I love Aldi’s pre-packaged Caesar salad, so we’ll be eating it alongside the pasta. Simple.
Crock Pot Cuban Black Beans and Rice Bowls with Cornbread
If you have been following my Meal Post Mondays for a while, you know that I am obsessed with Rice Bowls for dinner. They’re easy to eat and great for the kids because I let them pick and choose the toppings they like to add. I have made this crock pot black bean recipe before, and it’s delicious on it’s own! With sides of rice and cornbread, and a wide array of toppings for the bowl (I’m including lettuce, pico de gallo, cilantro, shredded cheese, pickled jalapenos, diced onions, and guacamole!) I don’t think anyone will miss the meat in this dinner!
Honey Baked Chicken with Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes
I collect cookbooks and have so many favorites that I go to on a regular basis (this one, this one, and this one are well-read, and well used!) but my Southern Living Homestyle Cooking Cookbook has pages ripped and stained, with notes in the margins and corners dog-eared because it has so many wonderful recipes that I go to over and over again. I am so excited to try the Honey Baked Chicken in this cookbook, which marinates a whole cut-up chicken in a mixture of soy sauce, honey, and spices, then bakes in the oven. I love a good roasted whole chicken, but cutting the chicken up will cut down on the cook time, and the marinade will add some sweet and savory flavor. The kids love green beans and mashed potatoes (so do I!), and with the chicken, I think we’ll be in for a very comforting dinner.
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
When I create my meal plan for the week, I typically look through the pantry and fridge to see what I already have on hand and build meals off those ingredients. For some reason, I have 3 cans of condensed tomato soup in the country, so why not have some grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for dinner!! Kinda like with my tomato sauce, I like to doctor up my tomato soup a bit. I used basic condensed tomato soup, and add a diced tomato, basil, and Italian seasoning. And instead of adding a can of water, I add half a can of milk and half a can of water. I think the milk adds more creaminess and lusciousness, and the tomato and herbs add freshness to the soup. Again- this is the week of family-friendly recipes! I like to cut the sandwiches into strips and the kids love to dip their grilled cheese sandwich sticks into their soup
Do you meal plan? What are you eating this week? I love hearing new dinner ideas!