Monthly Meal Plan | Jan.9-29

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This month my menu planning is only for three weeks because my family is trying something new with menu planning and grocery shopping.

Of course for me, these are date specific, but you can apply this meal plan to any month or week you want!

I have linked any that I have recipes for online so you can find them too! If it is a recipe I have made before and we love in our family, then it will be marked with (T&T) for Tried and True. It is’s new that we’re trying out, it will be marked with (New).

Click on the links below to view past Monthly Meal Plans

Happy Meal Planning!

Monday 1/9 – Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Bowls (T&T)

Tuesday 1/10 – Cheeseburger Wraps (T&T)

Wednesday 1/11 – Chicken Salads

Thursday 1/12 – Leftovers

Friday 1/13 – Crockpot Luau Ham (New)

Saturday 1/14 – Game Night at Sister’s House – she cooks!

Sunday 1/15– Toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwiches (Using Leftover Luau Ham)

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Monday 1/16 – Catalina Chicken (T&T)

Tuesday 1/17 – Sausage & Tortellini Soup (T&T)

Wednesday 1/18 – Chicken Enchiladas (New)

Thursday 1/19 – Leftovers

Friday 1/20 – Frozen Pizza

Saturday 1/21 – Wild Rice Chicken Soup (T&T)

Sunday 1/22 – Lasagna (T&T)

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Monday 1/23 – Chicken and Dressing (T&T)

Tuesday 1/24 –  Poor Man’s Soup (New)

Wednesday 1/25- Orange Chicken (New)

Thursday 1/26 – Leftovers

Friday 1/27 – Noodles and Ham (T&T)

Saturday 1/28 – Game Night Here! – Simple Chicken Parmesan

Sunday 1/29 – Leftovers

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Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies

I love to cook, I began learning in high school and it has always been something I enjoy doing. When I began cooking I would follow a recipe exactly, measuring precisely the whole way through. Then, as I had made more and more dishes I learned to eyeball and to even make up some of my own masterpieces!

I’ve had some total flops in my experimenting and I have had some real winners. Recently I concocted a real winner and I wanted to document it and share it with all of you!

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| What You Need |

1 pound chicken breast – seasoned, grilled and cubed (salt and pepper is fine, or any other seasoning you like)

1 large sweet potato cubed

1 head of broccoli chopped

Honey Garlic Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1/2 tablespoon corn starch

 

| What You Do |

Steam broccoli and sweet potatoes until tender – set aside | To steam, I place veggies in a microwave safe dish, add 1/4 cup water, cover with saran wrap and microwave for 3.5 minutes. 

To make the honey garlic sauce | 

In a medium sauce pan combine all of the ingredients except the hot water and corn starch and bring to a gentle boil.

Reduce the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Stir often to prevent sticking to the pot.

After 5 minutes, in a separate bowl, combine the hot water and corn starch to make a slurry (learned that word from Pioneer Woman!). Once well combined, add to the other ingredients. Stir well.

Give it a couple minutes to thicken. Repeat if it’s still not thick enough for you.

 

Now, add the chicken to the veggies and pour the sauce over the mixture. I do not like things drenched in sauce so I spooned a small amount over the chicken and veggies and refrigerated the rest.

This recipe made enough for 4 big servings.

Enjoy!

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Taco Chili

A delicious and super easy recipe!

Try it, you’ll like it!

What you need:
1lb browned ground beef
1 onion diced
1 can corn
1 can black beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 packet ranch seasoning
1 packet taco seasoning
1 1/2 cups beef broth
Brown meat and add onions, drain. Add all other ingredients and mix together. Either simmer 2 hours on stovetop or crock pot on low 6-8 hours. 
Add cheese and sour cream when served.

Kitchen Tour

When I look at houses and dream about when we buy our own, my favorite room to look at is always the kitchen! I spend a lot of time in the kitchen because I love to cook (and I love to eat). So I want it to be a bright and sunny space that is cute but also functional! I will admit, the kitchen at this house has many shortcomings… very little cabinet space, old cabinets with doors that don’t stay shut, a stove older than my great grandparents, and a few chips off the counter top (luckily most I could hide). That being said, I still really love it! I love how the window lets in lots of sunlight, and the big doors go straight out to the patio. I also love the flooring and of course my red and yellow color scheme!

So even though it has its imperfections, I really love my little kitchen!

 * you will notice that we let our cats on the table. Am I proud of it? No. Is it reality? Yes. And I try to be real around here!