What’s Cookin’ This Week

Recently I’ve been battling a fair degree of anxiety. Hormones, tight finances, a cross-country move, and managing a large family have all dealt a few blows to my nerves. One thing that helped this last week was cooking – for the fun of it.

In recent months, I’ve looked at meal preparation as a means to an end: feeding my family. And since we’ve tried to be extra frugal, there hasn’t been ton of “fun food” in my pantry. Our trip to Costco last week brought some great deals that also double as “food snob food.” So, cooking is going to be a little more fun around here.

This past week I baked a towering apple pie for my brother’s birthday (complete with mountain climbers), concocted a yummy pasta dish with grilled chicken and peppers, and made these tacos. Not only has it been fun to cook, it has also been fun to eat. And that has helped my nerves immensely!

Since I enjoy cooking, preparing a month’s meal plan also served as “entertainment” for me this week. (Talk about your cheap thrills!) Inspired by this post, I decided to do a lot of planning all at one time. I thought up 30 meals that I know my family enjoys – okay, there’s a few veg recipes in there that they will merely tolerate — and brainstormed fun side dishes to go along with them. I’m going to draw from my stockpile and then supplement with whatever else we need in order to create these menus this month. You can see what’s cookin’ at my house in November right here.

As for this week we’ll be enjoying:

Breakfasts
Cinnamon rolls, bacon, scrambled eggs
Oatmeal and sauteed apples
Fried Eggs and Toast
Cereal and Fresh Fruit
Raspberry Streusel Muffins
Waffles
Pancakes

Lunches (with fruit and veggies and dip as sides)
PB&J
Turkey-bagel sandwiches
Beans and rice and chips
Pasta salad
Corndogs and fries
Tuna Sandwiches
leftovers

Dinners
Baked Chicken, Roast Potatoes, Veg, Biscuits
Chicken Pot Pie, Green Salad, Fruit (use leftover chicken, potatoes and veg from #1; make pie dough the same time as the biscuits)
Pot Stickers, Rice, Steamed Veggies
Taco Bowl w/ Beans, Rice, Chips, and Toppings
Brie-Tomato Pasta, Green Salad, Foccacia
Spaghetti w/ Meatballs, Veg, Rolls
Grilled Marinated Flank Steak with BLT Smashed Potatoes, Green Salad, Pumpkin Rolls

For more meal-planning inspiration, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie every Monday.

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  1. bassackwards mom says:

    I’m glad you posted this! I’m thinking of doing the same, but I am not sure I can go for 30 days. Maybe 2 weeks. HA. I’m a WFH/SAHM with 2 boys and a seriously strange schedule…. planning in advance on meals has always helped but I tend to stray.

    I’m gonna follow up on your success!! Hope all goes well… maybe you’ve recruited me. ;)

  2. Hopefulone says:

    Hi there FishMamma
    I always love your menus. Hope things start to level out for ya. Not to give ya one more thing to do but I’ve just tagged you :) Please play along at my blog All Things Frugal
    Here’s the official rules:

    1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
    2. Share seven facts about yourself.
    3. Tag seven people, listing the links to their blogs.
    4. Let the seven people know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

  3. JessieLeigh says:

    Your menu ideas look great! Out of curiosity… do you make your own pot stickers or buy them pre-made? My dad makes them from scratch, but I’ve yet to attempt that endeavor…

    YUM to brie-tomato pasta! When I got back from France, I went through serious brie withdrawal. And pain-au-chocolat withdrawal. And crepe withdrawal. ;)

  4. BMom – glad I can inspire you!

    Hopeful One, thank you. Life is full right now. I am not sure I will get to the tag, but thank you for choosing me!

    JessieLeigh – I buy them in a big bag at Costco. In a former life (pre-children) I might have tried to make them from scratch. But, right now that falls under the category “glutton for punishment.” You and I are definitely going to have to eat together sometime. I KNOW it would be a fun time!

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