Do you plan out your dinners for the week? The weeks I take a little bit of time and plan out dinners I feel so much more organized, saves me money, keeps us eating healthy plus it saves me unnecessary trips to the grocery store during the week which is such a bonus.
With school starting back up I really want to get back into family dinners. This summer there was so much coming and going of kids that family dinners seemed like a rarity. I would cook but never knew who was going to be eating and I found I lost my cooking mojo.
And so I am back to planning out our dinners for the week. It’s just 5 nights, Sunday – Thursday. I rarely cook on the weekends. I like to mix it up with some new recipes and good old favorites that I know are guaranteed hits. Plus I’ve learned to keep it simple so everyone is happy.
Here’s my plan for the week of 8/20;
One of my favorite recipes is the Chicken Apple Sausage, Potato and Pepper Skillet. I just love one dish meals plus the leftovers are great for breakfast with an egg on top!
- 1 package Chicken Apple Sausage, sliced (I used Applegate)
- 3-4 medium white potatoes
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- red chili flakes (optional)
** This recipe makes a lots of burritos, perfect for freezing.
- 2 lbs of chicken breasts
- 2 cup chicken broth
- 1 can diced Rotel tomatoes and green chilis
- 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can low or fat free vegetarian refried beans
- 1 jar salsa verde
- 1 1/2 cup shredded cheese
Place chicken in crockpot with chicken broth and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
Take chicken out of crockpot and shred with forks. Discard the chicken broth and place chicken back in crockpot and add the rest of ingredients in with the chicken. Cook on high for 30 minutes and mix everything in crockpot with forks shredding any additional chicken. Fill tortillas and roll into burritos.
Optional: I like to lightly brown the burritos on a skillet on both sides.
Freeze the burritos in a large freezer ziploc. To thaw, wrap in paper towel and microwave 30 seconds on each side (2 mins total).
Paleo fried rice was a SURPRISE hit in my family!!! You use riced cauliflower which can be found at most grocery stories in the produce section and check the freezer section as well. I didn’t use the vegetables in the recipe I just pulled out the veggies I had in my fridge and used them – carrots, red pepper, mushroom, onion and I tossed in diced chicken as well the egg! Get creative!
I make Italian Turkey Meatballs these meatballs at least every other week! By far my families favoriteI
- 2 pounds of ground turkey
- 1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (whole wheat if you can find)
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- 1 large jar of Rao’s sauce*
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Use a melon scooper to make meatballs and place them in crockpot. Cover with sauce and cook for on low for 4-6 hours.
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