Monday, January 7, 2013

Meal Plan Monday Vol. 6

Since things are getting back to normal, it's time for getting back to my meal plans. I'm going to try and include occasional recipes and links and, eventually, pictures. Mostly this is so that when I'm having trouble figuring out what to make for dinner, I have some inspiration. I don't include seasonings, but obviously, everything should be seasoned to taste. I use Kosher salt, pepper, and garlic & onion powders in just about everything. I generally cook enough for the two of us, with leftovers for my lunches if it is a soup or stew or something of that nature, so any recipes I write reflect that.

This month, Hubster is doing a rural family medicine rotation that is great for experience, bad for commuting. That means that I'm focusing particularly on Crock Pot dinners and things that I can put in the oven while he is driving so that dinner can be ready or close to ready when he gets home. That also allows me to be with Little while she is at her fussiest.

Lastly, this week, we have some friends in town. We'll have dinner with them one night. I have it tentatively scheduled for Tuesday on this, but will do meal adjusting appropriately when we have plans firmed up.

Saturday - Hubster did a home brew with a recipe my dad gave him for Christmas, which takes over the kitchen, so we picked up sandwiches to keep things easy.

Sunday - Lemon chicken, couscous, green beans

Monday - Ground beef stoup ("stoup" tm Rachael Ray), bread
  1/2 lb ground beef
  1 can green beans, drained
  1 can corn, drained
  1 cup frozen peas (appx)
  1-2 cups frozen Southern Style hashbrowns (appx)
  1 sm can tomato sauce
  1 onion, chopped
  1 Tbs chopped garlic
  2 Tbs corn starch
  Combine all ingredients in the Crock Pot. Add enough water to cover all ingredients. Cook on low for 8ish hours.

Tuesday - Dinner with friends

Wednesday - Honey garlic pork chops, rice, spinach, perhaps roasted sweet potatoes
  Pork Chops - recipe here

Thursday - Ground beef enchiladas, rice
  Enchiladas: recipe inspired by this one

Friday - Pizza?


  1. I'm very interested in your Ground Beef soup... It works with no broth/beef stock? and do you brown the ground beef first?
    I hope you have a great week!

    1. I actually do neither. The whole thing got "invented" in a fury of "there's not going to be time to make dinner later, and I have to get something in the Crock Pot now and I haven't been to the store in too long and the baby is fussing" throwing things together. It came out really well, so we just kind of go with it.

      I actually don't use broth/stock in anything that is long-cooking (soups, stews) and has meat. I find that the meat and tomato and seasonings and time give it plenty of flavor. I do use broth in things like shorter-cooking, thinner, or all-veggie soups where you need a bit more depth of flavor.


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