When you plan meals, you not only save time and money, you generally eat better and cut food wastage. We have all been there, hit the fridge at 6:00 pm looking for something for dinner. When there is no obvious solution the alternatives are generally quick processed food that quite often cost more and possibly holds little nutritional value. Yes, I am sure we all find ourselves in that situation from time to time.
There is a way around it and it doesn't have to take too much time once you get in the habit. Plan your meals in advance. Although we don't necessarily know exactly what our dinner might be from one night to the next, I usually know what ingredients I am using. I grocery shop once a week and focus on what is in season, on sale and available. Then, our meals are planned from that. It works and we don't go hungry or have to resort to eating cheetos. Well, not often, ha!
I am working on a meal planning and money saving guide to share soon. So, keep your eyes open for that one. I know the Internet is already filled with those things, but this is just my own perspective.
In the meantime, here is the meal plan for this week. Hopefully, you will find something for you dinner table or some inspiration to invent something new!
Happy Cooking and have a great week!
Monday This Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry is one to keep for those busy days when you have no idea what to cook. It is so easy and so tasty. We had it last night for dinner and I added some carrots and mushrooms and it was just as good. I was hoping for leftovers for lunch, but it's all gone.
This Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry was taken straight from the Food Network with very little changes. Sometimes it is just easy to read and cook other peoples recipes. Mind you, with the way I cook, there is always a little straying.
Tuesday When it comes to quick dinners, you can't get a whole lot quicker than this 10 Minute Pumpkin Alfredo. It tastes like it took a lot longer to put together and I would easily serve to guests.
This dish itself was so creamy with a hint of pumpkin flavour without being overpowering. As much as I love pumpkin, I don't always want it to stand out too much. If you go crazy for it, you could always add a little more to the recipe.
Wednesday We are just about heading into November and that calls for warming food. I can't think of anything better than this Seafood and Corn Chowder to keep you warm. A great warming dish that is wholesomely good and just downright delicious!
Thursday Although I have this Hearty Vegetable Hash in the side dish section of the blog, I have eaten it as a mid week meal as well. It is wholesome, substantial and it just feels good when you eat it. Plus it's quick which makes it weekday worthy.
Friday What better way to head into the weekend than with these Spicy Barbecue Chicken Strips. They are loved by the kids in our house and they never disappoint. These chicken strips go great with Spiced Potato Wedges and a crisp salad.
Looking for a different chicken strip idea? Why not check out The Best Crispy Chicken Strips!
Saturday Another great dish for the weekend, Three Cheese Beef Cannelloni. Every time I make this, it disappears in not time at all.
Bonus - this dish can be made in advance and frozen for an extra quick dinner.
Sunday What could be better on a Sunday in the fall than a roasted chicken. Well, this Fresh Thyme and Lemon Roasted Chicken is one to keep in mind for easy family entertaining.
Wondering what to serve with your chicken? The options are endless, but I have to promote the Thyme and Lemon Roasted Potatoes and Mike's Onion Gravy. Seriously, the best combination.
Dessert I have never met a cheesecake I didn't like. True story! These Mini Chocolate Topped Raspberry Cheesecakes are a keeper and so easy to make. They freeze well undecorated and then you can just defrost and decorate for an easy to impress dessert.
If you are looking for a full size cheesecake, you might just like the Chocolate Swirl Raspberry Cheesecake.
See you all next week for some more delicious menu ideas!
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