On the menu this week: November 10 - 16

Here we go, another week, another meal plan.  I've shifted a few of my usual things around this week since we've got some little schedule changes.  That's why it helps to have an up to date family calendar, so you know what you need to plan around.  I've got a couple of new-ish things, but really nothing too revolutionary.  This time of year I like predictable comfort foods.

My husband has a soccer game Monday night so I'll be feeding the kids on my own.  For those nights I like to go with something a little easier to make, and clean up, and easier to get them to eat - so I've switched my kid food night to Monday, and we'll have our leftover night on Thursday.  The kids don't have school on Tuesday, so I'll get a break from having to pack the lunches and we'll have our lunch at home most likely.  

A few notes and recipe links for this week:

  • I made pumpkin waffles for breakfast today, so we'll have those again on Tuesday. I used my basic pancake & waffle recipe, with whole wheat flour and a bunch of ground flax, and added some pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.  I was a little tired of standing over the waffle irons, so I put the rest of the batter in mini muffin pans.  For lunch on wednesday the kids will have those little 'waffle muffins'.  I cooked once and we'll have it for 3 meals.  
  • I made a bunch of extra scrambled eggs for breakfast today too, which will reheat for very easy breakfast burritos.
  • Dinner Tuesday will be a lentil soup with kale and meatballs.  I'll loosely use this recipe, with the homemade stock that I'm making from tonight's roast chicken dinner, and I have some turkey meatballs that I'll use instead of sausage.  I made the meatballs Saturday night after we had turkey burgers for dinner.  I just mixed up a bunch of extra seasoned meat (for every pound of ground turkey, add 1 egg, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon za'atar), shaped them into meatballs and stuck them in the 400 oven for 20 minutes while we cleaned up the kitchen. 
  • Dinner Wednesday I'm going to try a one pot chicken enchilada bowl - it sounds to me like a perfect mid week dinner that the whole family will love.  I've got leftover roast chicken from Sunday dinner, so I'll use that instead of cooking more chicken. 
  • Friday morning we will have my homemade instant oatmeal.  I'm all out, so I'll mix up a batch on wednesday or thursday. 
  • Saturday night I'm feeling like some roasted chicken thighs, but I thought I'd try a new recipe.  So I'm going to try something like this Ranch Cheddar Chicken.  I love what happens to mayonnaise when you cook it!  But I'll make up some of my own ranch seasoning rather than use a package.  If you've never made your own, you must - it's so easy.  Something like this recipe.

Have a great week!

~ Lisa