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Mom, What’s For Dinner? Week of July 5, 2020

Here is our menu for the next week.

Under the menu, I’ll link some of the recipes if there are recipes from this blog.

Hamburgers

Bramble Beans

Bramble Beans

Roasted Potatoes

Brown Sugar Ham

Oldest has also requested cream soda ice cream if we can find the cream soda. He would like to have that for his birthday.

I already made the granola for next week. Yum!

My wish is you have found inspiration for dinner next week.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of June 29, 2020

One night last week, my now 15-year-old walked into the kitchen as I was cooking and said, “What’s for dinner?” Even 10 years after I started this blog and began to put our meal plan up on the blog, he is still asking the same question.

So, what is for dinner this week?

Grilled Cheese sandwiches, fruit, cucumbers, fried potatoes

Beenie Weenies – Side dishes to be determined

Spaghetti, sourdough bread that I got at Jungle Jim’s

Either cilantro lime chicken with rice or leftovers

You are on your own.
The kitchen is closed.

4th of July
Hubby has to work so I’m probably going to do breakfast for dinner and then do the 4th of July food on Sunday.

On Tuesday, I’ve got 2 professional development classes in the afternoon, so I needed something easy that can be cooked in the slow cooker. That way the food will be done at a reasonable time. However, it doesn’t matter because Kung Fu and Scouts are on hiatus right now. Hubby doesn’t work on Tuesday. I probably will be exhausted after the two classes and not want to cook.

I’m meeting one of my best friends for lunch on Wednesday afternoon. The spaghetti is another easy meal to prepare. Plus the family loves it. Okay, not Oldest but the rest of the family loves it.

I hope my menu helps you with planning out your meals for the week.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

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Mom, What’s for dinner? – Week of June 22, 2020

Monday was Youngest’s 15th birthday. He has changed a lot in the ten years since I started this blog. Since it is still the pandemic, we didn’t do much for his birthday. He got to pick what he wanted to eat for lunch and dinner. He chose a local place called Hot Head Burritos for lunch. He loves creating and eating a huge burrito. Then it was Chick Fil A for dinner.

I highly recommend getting the family meal deal at Chick Fil A. We did the 30 piece nuggets and the 4 pack of waffle fries for Hubby, myself, my mother-in-law, and him. Then we got 2 of the 8 oz cups of 2 of his favorite sauces. Since it was his birthday, I allowed him to get a milk shake as a drink. I had points to redeem so I got Oldest’s meal with those points. The whole meal was 30 dollars which isn’t bad. We already had lemonade at the house.

Oh, and he wanted chocolate pudding for his birthday instead of cake. I also made him Rice Krispy treats.

Two of the meals this week are going to be meals that my grandma used to make for us. I’m so excited to eat them this week – Johnny Marzetti and Green beans, potatoes, and ham. Yum!

Now onto the menu for the week:

If I use one of my freezer kits for a meal this week, there is going to be a star next to it.

Chick Fil A, fresh fruit (grapes and cherries), and celery
Pudding and Rice Krispy Treats

Johnny Marzetti, Salad, Garlic Bread

Green beans, potatoes, and ham, Hawaiian rolls

Thursday

*Cilantro lime chicken, rice

Friday

YOYO – You are on your own

We don’t plan Saturday meals because we often will forage for food. If we need a meal, Youngest and I will make breakfast for dinner. He loves to make the eggs when we do BFD’s. This week we are going to have IHop pancakes and bacon.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

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Mom, What’s for dinner? – Week of June 15, 2020

It’s been a while since Hubby has worked 5 days during the week. This week is one of those weeks. I’ll cook for the boys and myself on the days he is working. He’ll eat the leftovers the next day or when he gets home from work if he is hungry.

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be changing the YOYO to Wednesdays when I begin to go to Celebrate Recovery on Wednesday evenings. I help make and receive dinner while there. Oldest is not too happy about the change in plans.

If I use one of my freezer kits for a meal this week, there is going to be a star next to it.

Date NIGHT! – Hubby has to work on Father’s Day, so we are going out tonight for dinner instead. We could take the kids with us but with the quarantine and being around them all of the time, we need time away from them.

*Cool Ranch Tacos, seasoned black beans, and corn with Cojita cheese (frozen from Trader Joe’s) – I also have pico and lettuce for the tacos.

*Honey Garlic Beef, rice, and broccoli

Thursday

Oven “fried chicken,” roasted potatoes, veggies (To be determined)

Friday

YOYO – You are on your own

We don’t plan Saturday meals because we often will forage for food. If we need a meal, Youngest and I will make breakfast for dinner. He loves to make the eggs when we do BFD’s.

When the boys were younger, we did family dinners almost every night. It really fostered family bonds. Then we started slacking because life got tough. During this time home, we’ve begun to do more family dinners together. I’m seeing my Youngest coming around. Being almost 15 years old, it is sometimes difficult for him to want to spend time with his family.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

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Mom, What’s for dinner? – Week of June 8, 2020

Last week, we were in West Virginia camping for a few days. I had a menu for the trip but didn’t post it here. We had hot dogs over the campfire with mac and cheese on Monday and spaghetti on Tuesday. Wednesday was FREE pizza night. Hubby had some coupons. Even though I had a menu for the remainder of the week, I just winged it.

Thursday – We had rotisserie chicken with pasta side dish. All of us were exhausted from the trip.
Friday – Breakfast for dinner – Apple sausage from Sam’s Club and frozen waffles.
Saturday – I made cilantro lime chicken with rice and a salad.
Sunday – My mother-in-law came over for dinner. I made spaghetti, sauteed zucchini, frozen peas for those who don’t believe in eating zucchini, and brownies. She hadn’t had spaghetti for a while, so she was delighted with the dinner.

On Friday and Saturday, I made freezer kits. This week, I’m going to use a few of those freezer kits. If it’s going to be one of those meals, I’m going to put a star in front of it.

*Orange Chicken with rice, stir fry veggies

*BBQ Chicken sandwiches, roasted potatoes, corn (I have a half opened bag of corn left.)

Chicken wings, buttered noddles

Thursday

Sausage, mac and cheese

Friday

YOYO – The Columbus Zoo reopens, so Youngest and I are going to spend the day there. I’m planning to go to the Trader Joe’s close to the zoo for dinner.

We don’t plan Saturday meals because we often will forage for food. If we need a meal, Youngest and I will make breakfast for dinner. He loves to make the eggs when we do BFD’s.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

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Mom, What’s for dinner? – Week of may 25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day! We are going to have hamburgers, pasta salad, corn on the cob, watermelon, and peach crisp for dinner.

Salsa Chicken (chicken tenderloins cooked all day in pineapple salsa), tortilla chips, queso dip, seasoned black beans

Trader Joe’s Roast, roasted potatoes, green beans, corn on the cob

Thursday

Pork tenderloin cooked in the slow cooker – Pulled pork sandwiches, chips, veggies

Friday

Leftovers

We don’t plan Saturday meals because we often will forage for food. If we need a meal, Youngest and I will make breakfast for dinner. He loves to make the eggs when we do BFD’s.

If you need any inspiration for possible Memorial Day dinner ideas, click here.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – September 2019

Jump to meals

School has begun for everyone in my house. I’ve been back at work for 3.5 weeks. The boys and Hubby went back almost 2 weeks ago.

Life has changed a little bit at our house. Hubby has class on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Tuesdays and Wednesday’s are his longest evenings. I’ve begun making slow cooker meals on Tuesday nights, so I can leave the meal in the slow cooker on warm. He will eat some sort of snackish meal before leaving for his 4 o’clock meal and then eat his dinner when he gets home.

In order to make it a little easier to put food in the slow cooker, I have been making freezer kits. I spend a few hours on the weekend putting together some of the kits. I use my own list and also some recipes from The Family Freezer. Pull them out the night before, place them in the freezer, and then dump into the slow cooker. Add any additional ingredients, set the timer, and walk away. Makes my life easier.

Another thing that has worked recently for me is to create a monthly meal plan. I’ve done it in the past and am attempting it again. I hope to keep the momentum throughout the year. It’s so much easier to look at the meal plan and make a grocery list.

My plan is to make a list of favorite family meals so that it’s easier to meal plan for the month.

As you see, I never plan for the weekend. It’s a more flexible time in the week. Check out my August meals to see some ideas for Sunday meals.

Now onto this month’s meal plan:

Week 1 – September 1 – September 6
  • Monday– Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and slaw
  • Tuesday – Beef and Lime Chili- Freezer – Slow Cooker
  • Wednesday – Leftovers
  • Thursday– Sweet and Sour Pork – Freezer – Slow Cooker
  • Friday – Roast from Trader Joe’s – Sides to be determined
Week 2 – September 7 – September 13
  • Monday– Breakfast for dinner
  • Tuesday – Italian Wedding Soup – Slow Cooker
  • Wednesday – Leftovers
  • Thursday– Chicken Fajitas – Slow Cooker
  • Friday – Pulled Chicken from Trader Joe’s
Week 3 – September 14 – September 21
  • MondaySloppy Joes from freezer
  • Tuesday – Italian Sausage Rigatoni – Freezer – Stove top
  • Wednesday – Leftovers
  • Thursday– Chicken and Pepper Stir Fry – Freezer – Stove top
  • Friday – Steak – Hubby’s Birthday!
Week 4 – September 22 – September 29
  • MondayMeatloaf Muffins from freezer
  • Tuesday – Cilantro Lime Chicken – Freezer – Slow Cooker
  • Wednesday – Leftovers
  • Thursday– Tuscan Steak and Green Peppers – Freezer – Slow Cooker
  • FridayOrange Chicken

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of August 19, 2019

Jump to the menu

Jump to my meal prep for breakfast, lunch, and snacks

This is the first week of school for 3 members of our family. I started school 2 weeks ago. This week, Hubby goes back to college. The Youngest begins 8th grade and the Oldest begins 10th grade.

Three evenings during the week, Hubby will be in his college classes about an half an hour away from here. He is going to be studying to be an Intervention Specialist like me. Hubby has to take 11 classes, student teach, and do observations.

So dinners are going to be a little different around here since he’ll probably be gone when I get home. Actually I know he’ll he be gone on Tuesdays when I get home. His class starts when I am scheduled to get off of work.

He delivers pizza and that is going to change. He used to just deliver on the weekdays. Since he’ll be in class 3 evenings during the week, he had to put his availability in for Saturdays and Sunday. I’m going to be on deck for any weekend plans for the boys. I could rely on him but not anymore.

Okay, let’s jump into the menu.

  • Monday – Hamburgers, French fries, and raw veggies
  • Tuesday – Stuffed Pepper Soup over Rice, Cheddar biscuits
  • Wednesday – Leftovers
  • Thursday – Balsamic Pork, Roasted broccoli, mac and cheese
  • Friday – Tacos
  • Saturday – Chicken nuggets, French fries

Meal Prep

Breakfasts – protein waffles with almond butter, oranges

Snacks – Fruit on the bottom yogurt, trail mix, snack box

Lunch – chicken breast, roasted potatoes, green beans, mini salad, dark chocolate candy bar

I got my protein waffle mix from Aldi. I was going to make homemade waffles but I found the mix and decided to try it.

I found a suggestion of buying the salad mixes but not using the toppings or salad dressing. I use the toppings but make homemade salad dressing. It’s so much easier using the chopped salad mixes when trying to meal prep.

Have a great week.

Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of August 11, 2019

Jump to Dinner Menu

All of the sudden, the Wee One has gotten so much taller. I think he’s grown 3 to 4 inches in the last few months. He is almost as tall as me.

So I now call him him Youngest because it makes him upset when I call him the Wee One.

Anyway on Saturday, he kept saying “Mother, Where’s the Food?” Mind you it was 4 pm and not time for dinner. He found him some food to hold him over.

This is the theme of our household right now. Having 2 teenage boys – 14 and 16, they are constantly hungry. One or both of them are going through growth spurts all of the time. Argh!

I’ve been meal planning off and on throughout their childhood. Last year, it fell apart. We have been doing better with it. So when he comes up to me, I can reply this is what we are eating at such and such at ___ o’clock.

Of course, that does not mean their ALWAYS hungry bellies can wait until the scheduled time for dinner. They may still get food to eat. I just have to remind them they need to still eat dinner when I put it on the table. The Youngest is usually pretty good about still eating what I have cooked.

Sunday – Buttermilk chicken, Roasted potatoes, Sweet Corn Salad or Corn
Monday – Honey Garlic Chicken, Rice, Stir Fry Veggies
TuesdayMini Meatloaf Muffins, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes, Chips, Raw Veggies
Friday – Lime Cashew Chicken, Rice, Green Beans
Saturday – Chicken Dinner at the Sweet Corn Festival (Yum!)
Veggie Egg Scramble in the Microwave
Toast
Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli with Quinoa
Yogurt Cups with Granola
Mini Salad

Cinnamon Apples with Almond Butter
Trail Mix – I get mine from Trader Joe’s but you can certainly make your own.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – August 2019

Finally A Menu

If you would like to skip the introduction and go onto the menu, please click here.

I go back to work on either the 7th or the 8th. Technically I’m supposed to be going back to work on the 8th. However, some of the administrators have decided we need to have an extra day so that we can team build. I don’t know if they are actually going to have the team building day on the 7th.

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