I was just thinking the other day about how I never, ever used to meal plan. I’d think of a meal here or there that I knew I wanted to make for the week, but I was never one to write everything out or plan for a full week.
Then again, that was before kids. They always say everything changes once you have kids, right? Haha.
Even though I’m pretty much back on the meal planning train, one thing that I haven’t been doing a great job of is making sure we have more color and veggies. A lot of the time I’ll plan for doing something like a side salad or roasted veggie on the side, but then we get a late start cooking, or someone is having a meltdown, and it just boils down to us needing to get something in our stomachs. One of these days, we’ll be able to have a nice, quiet dinner all together, right?
I know, I’m laughing too.
Anywho…I have a few new recipes that we tried this past week, so let’s get to it!
Sunday: BLT’s with french fries
Always love the classic BLT…the only thing that was missing was avocado (we were out!).
Monday: Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops with homemade red mashed potatoes and veggies
The pork chops were SO easy (I used this “recipe” from Pinterest). I know that condensed soups aren’t really everyone’s thing., and try not to rely on them TOO much, but I figured I’d give it a shot. They were a bit salty from the soup, but overall, I really liked them and would probably make them again just for the mere reason that they’re so stinkin’ easy.
Tuesday: Crockpot 3 Ingredient Hawaiian Chicken
This was another one that was loosely based off of another pin I saw on Pinterest; here’s what I did:
- Cut up a package of chicken (about 1-3/4lbs) into 1-inch chunks and coated in some cornstarch.
- Layer in the bottom of the crockpot (I used a crockpot liner)
- In a bowl, mix 1 can (20oz) of pineapple chunks (undrained), 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1/3 cup soy sauce.
- Cook on low for about 4 hours (check your crockpot though, they’re all different!)
- When finished, I mixed in a little BBQ sauce for some extra flavor
- Serve over rice and you’re DONE!
Another super easy one, and one I’ll definitely do again! Just add some veggies on the side and you’re good to go.
Wednesday: Leftovers…honestly can’t even remember what I had?!
Thursday: One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni
This recipe was pretty good, although I felt like it was missing a little something. We meant to have side salads with this, but then life happened and all we cared about was getting something on the table quickly so we could get the kiddos to bed. #lifewitha3yearoldand3monthold
Friday: Takeout from our FAVORITE – Testo’s!
We used to order from Testo’s ALL THE TIME back in our old house, but when we moved, they no longer delivered to us. Over the summer, however, they opened up a new location which totally delivers to us and it just makes me so happy. I absolutely LOVE their pasta fagioli!
Saturday: Cheddar Bacon Ranch Chicken Burgers with beans and carrots
I’d definitely have to say that these chicken burgers have quickly become the favorite out of all of my chicken burger recipes!
What’s on YOUR menu for the week ahead? Got any good recipes to share? Feel free to link ‘em up below!!