Menu Plan Monday 10/24/16

 

For the first time this week we had some actual fall weather! It makes me so happy to be able to make soup and sandwiches for dinner. I guess it really is the little pleasures in life that matter most. Here’s what’s on the menu at our house this week:

Monday: Skillet Chicken with Balsamic Vegetables

Tuesday: Spinach, Bacon, and Bean Soup

Wednesday: Beef Stroganoff

Thursday: Pork and Black Bean Soup (Crock Pot)

Friday: Leftovers

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Skillet Chicken and Balsamic Vegetables

One dish meals are a lifesaver for busy moms. This quick and tasty meal cooks up in a short time and is ideal for those days when you have  a lot going on!

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs chicken tenderloins

1 lb. green beans

1 pint cherry tomatoes

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

4 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup Italian dressing

3 tbsp. honey

2 additional tbsp. Italian dressing

1 cup shredded carrots

Directions:

  1. Whisk honey, vinegar, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 cup dressing together in a small bowl.

  1.  Chop the tomatoes in half and trim the beans.
  2. Heat olive oil in skillet, sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, and add chicken tenderloins to the skillet.
  3. Cook about 5-7 minutes per side, until cooked through.

  1. Pour about half of the dressing on top of the chicken and heat through. Then place chicken on a plate.
  2. Add tomatoes, carrots, and green beans to skillet along with the rest of the dressing.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Return the chicken to the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Serve drizzled with extra dressing.

That’s it! So easy and delicious! Enjoy.

 

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TOS Review: MyFreezEasy

MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership {MyFreezEasy}

As a busy mom, finding time to cook every night is hard enough. But now that my husband and I decided to open a small business, and I work several nights a week, it’s even harder. However, I still want to make sure my family eats healthy meals at least most of the time. I’ve heard about “freezer cooking” before, and wanted to try it out,but it seemed so complicated. When I got the chance to try out the MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Plan Membership from MyFreezEasy, for this review I figured I would give it a try.

The premium membership included access to a variety of different plans each month. Choose a specific type of plan like the Slow Cooker Plan, the Gluten Free Plan, the all beef or pork plan, and more. Each plan gives you the indgredients and directions to make 5 meals. You can simply download the PDF file, print the shopping list, and come back and start cooking.

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You can also build your own custom meal plan (which is what I do), selecting up to five recipes from a variety of plans and receiving your own customized PDF. If you wanted to, you could download a new plan for each week. The recipes offer a nice variety of meats and vegetables while some are just for meat and you can make your own veggies when you cook the meal. Vegetarian recipes are also included.

Apricot chicken prep

Apricot chicken prep

For my first set of recipes, I choose the slow cooker Beef and Black bean chili, which was a one-dish meal, Cuban Pork, slow cooker Green Chile Chicken, Lemon Dijon Salmon and Apricot Chicken. Most of the recipes I chose came from the Paleo category, because I do not eat a lot of carbs myself, and it is very easy for me to whip up some mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice to use as a side for my family.

Beef and Black Bean Chili

Beef and Black Bean Chili

When you choose your recipes you can also choose your portion size, so, in the case of the slow cooker meals, I choose a portion of 8 because I like to make a double batch in my slow cooker so we can eat for two days off of one meal. I like this feature because it does all the calculating for me and I don’t have to try to double everything in my head!

Cuban Pork Chops

Cuban Pork Chops

As far as putting the meals together, I was worried it would be really complicated, but it turned out it wasn’t. The website has helpful videos to show you examples of assembling meals, and the PDF really lays out the instructions step-by-step. I spent about two hours prepping my meals one morning in the kitchen (while I had that night’s dinner already going in the crock pot). I have a feeling I will get faster at this as time goes on.

Apricot Chicken

Apricot Chicken

So, how were they? Well, my family loved everything I made from my meal plan. One change I did make was upping the called for spices a little, because my family loves spice and flavor, but it’s cool that you can make adjustments as you go. Also, getting the meals prepped and in the bag was easier than I thought. If you want to, you can use the printable labels for your bags, but I just wrote the name of the meal on the bag with a sharpie marker.

Apricot Chicken

Apricot Chicken

When it comes time to cook, you simply thaw the meal (and you can even thaw it in water for about 20 minutes if you forget to pull it out, which may or may not have happened to me), place it in the dish or slow cooker, and let it cook! Let me tell you, this was so easy on the days when I was running around doing stuff for the business and homeschooling and everything else. It made me feel so good to know that a healthy dinner was already prepped and ready to go at home.

Cuban Pork

Cuban Pork

MyFreezEasy offers different levels of memberships, ranging from $7-10 per month or $77-95 dollars per year, so you can choose the level that suits your family. The Premium membership that I got feels so worth it! Learn more by connecting the MyFreezEasy on social media:

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Menu Plan Monday 10/10/16

Well, now that the hurricane has passed and we finally have power again, I can get back to cooking! It really was an eventful week, but the weather has cooled down enough that I can open the windows and it seems like fall is right around the corner. Here’s what’s on our menu this week:

Monday: Chicken Quesadillas

Tuesday: Chili Mac Casserole

Wednesday: Stewed Pork with Beans

Thursday: Stuffed Chicken

Friday: Mexican Stuffed Shells

Thanks for stopping by for Menu Plan Monday! See you next week.

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TOS Review: Everyday Education, LLC

Beautiful Handwriting, Literature and Poetry {Everyday Education, LLC}Let’s face it, high school writing is hard. There is so much to remember. When I was in high school, I had notebooks full of notes and references to help me when I wrote my papers. Of course, back then, there was no such thing as the internet! I always thought it would be easier if I had some kind of reference I could refer too when writing. So, I was really excited to get to review the Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers from Everyday Education, LLC for my high school son.

Beautiful Handwriting, Literature and Poetry {Everyday Education, LLC}

My youngest is not a natural writer. In fact, he fights it almost every step of the way. However, I know how important writing is for his future. We have done tons of grammar and writing programs along the way, but it doesn’t always stick in his head. At first this used to make me feel bad, but then I realized that’s just how he is. So, wouldn’t it be easier if he had a resource where he could just look stuff up to help him along the way? That’s exactly what the Handbook for Writers is.

 

It contains a wealth of information on writing in various topics. From grammar, to examples of certain kinds of essays, to how to reference resources, it’s all here! You can easily use this as an addition to any high school writing curriculum, allowing your child to refer to it as needed. I also think, with a little creativity, you could even use it as a writing curriculum, expanding on each section with other materials and giving your child a chance to practice and hone their skills.

I really appreciate that grammar lessons are included, because it gives those kids who did not master grammar before a chance to really apply those skills to their writing. For some kids, learning punctuation, nouns, verbs, gerunds etc. is really hard out of context. With the writers handbook, you can easily apply what your kids are learning directly to their writing, which really works for kids like my boy.

Also, the reference and citation sources were really helpful in this book. To be honest, I don’t completely remember how to cite sources anymore, but I know (from my experience with my college-age son) that it’s important. Also, a lot has changed since I was in high school. Now there are simply so many more things to cite! Having the writers handbook to refer too is really handy in those cases!

The PDF file offers hundreds of pages to help your student write the best papers possible. In fact, there were a couple of times my older son asked his brother to use his handbook when he had to write a paper for school! I think that over the next two years of high school we are going to refer to this handbook a lot, and my son may even still use it when he is in college. At less than $40, I think it is a steal!

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Menu Plan Monday 10/3/16

 

Hello fall! Well, kind of at least. Our local weatherman says we can expect some cooler temperatures next week, but for us that means being in the 80s as opposed to the 90s. However, I can still start cooking with all the awesome fall vegetables that are showing up in the store. I love adding some new flavors to our menu! Here’s the plan for this week:

Monday: Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Tuesday: Italian Sausage and Vegetables

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken with Mediterranean Roasted Veggies

Thursday: Crock Pot Corn Chowder

Friday: Chicken Thighs and Fall Vegetables

Thanks for stopping by for Menu Plan Monday! Have a great week.

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