Since the holidays I have been having a hard time getting motivated to do much of anything. I haven’t posted a menu plan consistently for about a month now! The holidays weren’t exceptionally exciting this year. I just didn’t feel jolly, magical, or excited, just plan blah. I have heard from a lot of family members that they felt the same. I am not sure if it is because for two years we have lost several of those very dear to us or if the weather had something to do with it, or all of the above. The east coast where I live has been unseasonably warm this year along with rainy. Talk about a bad combination for a Christmas celebration!
I am now setting my sights on Valentine’s Day. While not as big as Christmas it’s still something to celebrate that I am sure I can at least a little excite about. I will usually pick up a few little things for the littles like heart shaped chocolate boxes and make a silly dinner. One year it was pink pancakes with homemade strawberry syrup, waffles work well tinted pink too. For dessert maybe chocolate cake pops with pink and red sprinkles as well. A lot of sugar for sure but it’s only once a year!
This weeks menu was honestly thrown together last minute, as in, 20 minutes before deciding I was going early so my bonus little could help with the shopping. I started as usual by looking at what we had for meat in the house which this week was nothing to my dismay. Thank goodness Aldi was having a good sale on pork loin roasts! I will likely go back before Wednesday for a few more to last a few months.
Meal #1 Chicken Stroganoff with 2 types of noodles, rice noodles and egg noodles, Salad
Meal #2 Roasted Pork Loin, Buttered Rice, Lima Beans, Red cabbage and broccoli cole slaw
This cole slaw was so pretty looking with the different colored cabbage. I chopped up half a head of cabbage into pretty small pieces, 1 stalk of broccoli-about 1 1/2 cups total broccoli and added 1 cup of mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar and 4 tablespoon sugar. Sometimes I add maple syrup instead of sugar and it’s just as good.
Meal #3 Spaghetti and Meatballs
Meal #4 Meatball Subs with chips
This one is really simple, sub rolls and leftover meatballs! I made 43 mini meatballs so we had plenty.
Meal #5 Pork loin Sandwiches with leftover pork and salad
Meal #6 Beans and Rice, Brussels Sprouts
After searching my blog apparently I have not posted a recipe recently for beans and rice so here is what I do. I take 3-4 cans of black beans and drain and rinse them. Put the beans in a medium pot, cover with water about an inch over the beans. To the beans add 1 teaspoon each of cumin, chili powder, salt, and thyme. Simmer on medium-low while you cook the rice in the rice cooker.
Meal #7 Taco Salad with leftover beans and rice and seasoned ground beef or leftover pork if there is any
Meal #8 Breakfast for dinner, Pancakes, bacon and eggs
Yes there are 8 meals this week. I went shopping on Wednesday instead of Thursday for a couple reasons. One, it was going to be raining all day on Thursday and I really don’t like shopping in the rain, two, I needed the help of my bonus little to get the shopping done and Wednesday was the only day she was available with working two jobs, not awful reasons but you get a bonus 2 meals out of the deal! The recipes for all these meals are right here on my blog! You will also notice I stretched the pork across two possibly three meals, talk about stretching the budget 🙂 I hope this helps you to get back on track after all the crazy Christmas spending, I know there are lots of families looking for frugal meals this time of year.