Meal Plan Monday

Hello Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We lounged, watched a lot of football, I released some creative energy and did some DIY projects and painting, and we tried to prepare as we head back to school today after a great fall break!  And of course, after a week of taking it easy, we are jumping in head first with a CRAZY BUSY week ahead of us.  But at least our meal plan will attempt to keep us on track, right?  Here’s what we’re eating this week!

Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa with a Fall Kale Salad

I am so excited that it is full-fledged soup season!!  We will eat soup once a week at least, all through the colder months, and we are actually pretty good about finishing up the leftovers for lunches.  I have a small obsession with butternut squash, and am anxious to incorporate it into this soup.  And for a yummy salad on the side, we’ll have kale, almonds, cranberries, blue cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette.

PIZZA

Monday night I have a fun work event (wine tasting!!), so I’ll be leaving Scott to handle dinnertime with the kids.  I got a few pizzas to make it as easy on him as possible!

Chicken Zoodle Lo-Mein and Brown Rice

I love Chinese food, and love the idea of subbing in zoodles!  But a few family members, whose names will go unmentioned, prefer rice, so I’ll make a bit of brown rice too. 🙂  I’m looking forward to trying this recipe!

Ham Steak, Sauteed Cabbage, and Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

We have a few potatoes and carrots that need to be used, and we’ll have some leftover cabbage after we make the lo-mein, so I pieced this meal together in the hopes that we will use up the extra produce in the house.  Ham is always a family favorite, so I know that will be a winner.

Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Parmesan Broccoli, and Sauteed Cinnamon Apples

I saw this recipe for roasted broccoli over the weekend, and thought it sounded SO GOOD.  We are big broccoli eaters in this house, and since our stand-by method (steaming) can get a little boring, throwing some cheese on it and putting it in the oven sounds like a good alternative!  We have a ridiculous amount of apples still leftover from our apple picking escapade over fall break, so I’ll be sauteeing a few with cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter for some yummy cinnamon apples, and add an easy pork tenderloin (we have been eating a lot of pork lately- mainly because a tenderloin at Aldi is about $4 versus $8-9 at Kroger!) to have a great fall meal.

Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells and Caesar Salad

And last but not least, a meatless option!  I like to have at least one meat-free dish per week, to save a little money, but also just because we don’t need it!  There are so many wonderfully satisfying meatless recipes that we can throw a few in here and there.  I have a feeling we won’t miss the meat with these cheesy baked stuffed shells.

So that’s the plan for the week!  What are you eating??

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