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On The Menu, Week 4 + Monthly Meal Plan

I love food. Like, seriously, a lot. My current favorite show to watch (not that I watch many!) is a cooking show. What a nerd, right? Hey, it inspires me. I don’t have a budget like a cooking show, but I can pretend I do.

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I never really spent a ton of time in the kitchen before I got married – I was always on the go, on my way from one place to another, so I ate out a lot. (Hangs head in shame.) So when I got married I was determined to make incredible meals (aren’t we all?).

Over time, I began to feel like I was making the same things over and over. And over. So I decided. Enough!

I decided I wasn’t going to serve the same dinner within a month, if at all possible. So that’s kinda where Pinterest comes in. (Seriously, y’all, I may use an “in real life” cookbook a few times a month – everything else? Pinterest!) Throughout the month I pin recipes that look like I could do ‘em right with real food ingredients: switch out the corn meal, switch out the bbq sauce, switch out the canned chicken broth, etc.

Then, when I meal-plan, I go through my pretty foodie board and pick a couple new recipes to try each week. Anybody with me so far?

Because I’m a little on the, um, organized (let’s say that nicely, please!) side I have my meal plans from the past several weeks – just to be sure I don’t serve up meatloaf or the same chicken twice (especially since I use leftovers for the next night’s dinner). And within this list, I plan out the steps needed – like defrosting a chicken, soaking and cooking beans ahead of time, pulling sourdough outta the refrigerator, etc. – so those meals actually happen. Cuz let’s face it. With three toddlers (and maybe in your situation, too?!), spending an entire day every week or two in the kitchen to prep all those meals at once isn’t quite possible. So far I have managed meal prep for every other day. Which works!

Do you see where I’m going with this? A whole month of dinner-plannin’ without duplicates. Right here. Just a little bit of weekend love for y’all…because I’m so nice like that. Ok, whatever.

Breakfasts

  • Eggs (scrambled, omelettes, etc.)
  • Fruit
  • Homemade yogurt
  • Sourdough French toast

Lunches

  • PBJ
  • Salad jars
  • Grilled cheese on sourdough
  • Black bean soup
  • Homemade hummus with veggies, organic chips and salsa

Dinners

Have you made yogurt before? It’s so super easy!!

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