Monday Meal Plan on Tuesday *Again*

I’ve got some big news…

(NO. I am NOT pregnant.)

I got a promotion!

This is mostly why it’s been so quiet around these parts, I’ve been trying to keep it on the DL until a bit closer to my start date, but I just can’t resist anymore. Plus, we’re due for a “Monday” meal plan.

I will still be working with New Americans but now, instead of the Employment Specialist, I will be the Resettlement Coordinator for the Grand Forks office. I.am.STOK.ED. (<–So stoked I had to separate that last word into two. I know, party animal.) So instead of focusing mainly on employment for clients, I will be overseeing my sub-office (LSS is based out of Fargo), completing assurances, finding apartments, working on community relations & giving presentations, writing grants, etc. It’s a big step, a big promo for me, and I can’t wait to start.

I’ve been training on and off throughout last week and my first day will be Monday, March 18th. (It’s getting SO close.) Then after that I have a relatively quiet week to situate myself into the new position before all the conferences barrage my spring schedule (Building Bridges, LIRS/EMM—luckily for me they’re doing a tri-agency conference this year so I don’t have to worry about being gone for 2 weeks, and NDACP). It’ll definitely be a “jumping in” experience but I’m looking forward to it (anticipating it gleefully, even…there may be something wrong with me).

This change also means we’ll get to see a bit more of Dylan, which the girls and I are exceptionally excited about. Instead of being gone Thursday-Monday every other week, we’ll just be Daddy/husband-less for Saturday-Monday. Much, much, MUCH more manageable. And since this is the weekend that he works, I’m excited to see how much quicker it will pass by since it’s only three days now…

“Monday” Meal Plan 3.4-3.10

Monday 3.4
D: Tacos (because we have a ton left from Ada’s party)
Tuesday 3.5
D: Eat the World: Bosnia and Herzgovina …Seriously. We’re actually going to make it happen tonight.
Wednesday 3.6
D: Coconut shrimp soup w/cilantro
Thursday 3.7
D: Nellie & Dylan will be on their own as Ada and I will be in Fargo getting fitted for dresses for my cousin’s wedding.
Friday 3.8
B: Pancakes (I typically freeze leftover pancakes every other week that I make them so that I can use them as quick and easy breakfasts/snacks. Put 1-2 in the microwave for about 40 seconds and they’re good to go.)
L & Tea: Ada will be at Grandpa Terry’s
D: Pizza Night!
*Extra*
Feed Brucie and mix up a sponge for Sourdough 1.
Saturday 3.9* Happy birthday Sheilaaaaaaa!
B: Rhubarb cream cheese strudel
L: Peanut Sesame Noodles
D: Birthday dinner for Sheila @ Texas Roadhouse
*Extra*
Mix & raise Sourdough 1 & mix up sponge for Sourdough 2.
Prep the scones to bake tomorrow morning.
Sunday 3.10*
B: Birthday scones for Sheila
L, Tea & Dinner: Terry & Sheila’s House
*Extra*
Bake Sourdough 1 & Final raise Sourdough 2 (bake Monday morning).

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Monday Meal Plan : Blizzard Dolley edition

I was on such a roll for a while with these meal plans! Ugh. Oh well, back on the proverbial horse I suppose. Today is technically Tuesday but my work Monday (we had a snow day and a suggested/mandatory stay-indoors-do-not-drive-anywhere day yesterday because of high wind speeds, powder, and otherwise obscene blizzard traffic, as in white-out driving conditions at a moments’ notice); so I hold that I am still posting this in a timely manner for “Monday Meal Plan.”

On another note, we’ve got a busy week planned for the Dachtler household as Dylan works, I’ve got a couple of presentations, and it’s my birthday tomorrow! Yay! I know that some people say the shine wears off a bit after so many years, but I still get that anticipatory glee the night before and the morning of. Secretly, or not so secretly, I hope that never wears off.

Monday Meal Plan : 2.18-2.24

2.18 Monday (No school)
Snow day! We ate raspberry cream cheese strudels with coffee and hot chocolate for breakfast and then ventured over to Terry & Sheila’s for the rest of the day.
2.19 Tuesday (NS for Ada)
Breakfast: Leftover strudel & donuts, grapefruit & oranges (I love citrus season!)
Lunch: Ada w/Terry
Dinner: Beef stew a la Dylan w/buttery biscuits
2.20 Wednesday Happy birthday to me! (NS for Ada)
Breakfast: Puffed pancakes : Because it’s my birthday!
Lunch: Sack lunches @ work w/Ada
Dinner: @ Texas Roadhouse : Because I’ve been craving steak something fierce.
*Extra*
Cranberry-orange almond granola bars
2.21Thursday* (NS for Ada)
Breakfast: Leftover biscuits/toast & butter w/oranges
Lunch: Ada w/Terry
Dinner: Spaghetti w/garlic toasts
*Extra*
Breakfast granola…I think I’m gonna change up the flavor profile this time around. Any suggestions?
Begin prepping the sourdough for baking
2.22 Friday*
Breakfast: Cereal & milk
Tea Time: Ada w/ Terry
Dinner: Pizza night!
*Extra*
Prepare the final rise for the sourdough
Coconut oatmeal cookies
2.23 Saturday*
Breakfast: Breakfast sandwiches on sourdough
Lunch: Goat cheese & veggie quiche
Tea: Cookies & assam w/milk & sugar
Dinner: Crockpot tomato basil parmesan soup w/sourdough grilled cheese
*Extra*
Make another pot of Curried coconut chicken soup
Finish off the sourdough loaves
2.24 Sunday*
Breakfast: Cereal w/milk
Lunch, Tea & Dinner: @ Terry & Sheila’s

Monday Meal Plan : Blizzard Cooper edition

Today I woke up to a bonafide grownup snow day! Well, partially, 2 hours late anyway. Blizzard Cooper has wrecked a bit more havoc than I originally thought it might. It has bestowed us with a mere 4+ inches of snow but due to the winds, has created low-to-no visibility that closed interstates and highways, gave us a surprise overnight guest (thanks for staying Lee), and gave us an extra day of family time to our weekend. And luckily for me, I have an awesome husband who will shovel and snow blow our sidewalks and driveway without a second thought and then head over to his parents to do the same.

Also, you may notice that we’re having a whirlwind of countries this week on our Eat the World adventure. It’s mostly due to the fact that we missed Bosnia & Herzegovina last week and I don’t want to fall behind again. We’re not really rigid with this idea but it’s nice to keep going with the flow of momentum. Also, we’re having my co-workers over for our Bhutanese meal on Saturday night, it’ll be a series of mini parties leading up to Ada’s big birthday party in March.

And if that’s not enough, this week is Ada’s 5th birthday! “Three more sleeps” in Ada language. Ufta. Five? I’m totally unprepared.

Monday Meal Plan : 2.11-2.16

2.11 Monday* 

Breakfast: Leftover pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup

Lunch: The ultimate creamy mushrooms w/fried eggs over toasted sourdough

Tea: Cookies & assam w/milk & sugar

Dinner: Red lentil soup w/lemon & skinny green bean fries

*Extra*

Buttery pigeon pea dahl for my potluck tomorrow–you know you work in an office full of women when you have potluck themes based on Pinterest.

Roasted red pepper Parmesan cream cheese for Dylan and the girls’ bagels

2.12 Tuesday

Dinner: Eat the World 21: Bosnia & Herzegovina
2.13 Wednesday  

Dinner: Eat the World 22: Botswana
*Extra*

Miss Ada has requested a mint-chocolate-chip-Tinkerbell-ice-cream-cake. I’m thinking that this looks like a good fit? We’ll see, I think I’ll use it as a base recipe and go from there. Maybe I’ll even attempt that edible glitter I’ve seen floating around Pinterest. I think the main issue is that I’ve never made an ice cream cake before, but anything for the birthday girl, right? 

2.14 Thursday ADA’S FIVE TODAY!

Dinner: The birthday girl is still undecided as of today’s blog deadline but has narrowed it down to two options. We will either be feasting on chicken nuggets and French fries (being an unfun mom, I insisted that they would be homemade and not of the McD’s variety) or a meal out at her “favorite and bestest place to eat,” the Flying J. Yes, it is a gas station diner. Yes, I am proud. 😉

Breakfast: Fruit smoothies w/toast

Tea Time: Ada will be at Terry’s…

Dinner: Tonight we will be taking a break from our Friday night pizzas in order to roast the giant ham that I’m slowly defrosting in my refrigerator. I am drooling thinking about the burnt bits. Nom nom nom. And I’ll be making this delectable looking side dish, Roasted Parmesan onions to go alongside….oooh…and maybe some roasted broccoli bites too.

2.16 Saturday

Breakfast: Creamy, cheesy grits with crisped ham 
Lunch: Leftovers/sandwiches  
Tea: Leftover ice cream cake

Dinner: Eat the World 23: Bhutan

2.17 Sunday

Breakfast: Toast & jam w/coffee & juice
Lunch: @ Terry & Sheila’s
Tea: Salted peanuts w/assam, milk & sugar 

Dinner: Crockpot tomato basil Parmesan soup w/sourdough

Enjoy the snow and be safe! (Also, family and friends, please keep your eyes a’peeled for a pony-tastic party invite in honor a little miss someone’s 5th birthday!)

Monday Meal Plan

First off, a funny video to brighten a dreary, cold Monday: 

Monday Meal Plan : 2.4-2.10

2.4 Monday (Terrah and the girls are in town!)

Dinner: @Terry & Sheila’s house

*Extra*

Pumpkin Butter for T-Rex. Shhhhhh…it’s a secret.

Freezer biscuits. I pinned this a la Pinterest a while ago because as much as I love a can of Pillsbury’s, I can’t get over the weird chemically aftertaste I experience when I haven’t eaten them for a while. If this is as easy as it seems, it would be an easy way to always have biscuits on hand that are homemade and “fresh” tasting.

Easy 5-Ingredient Fudgy Nutella Cookies with Sea Salt. While adding a third “extra” may sound overly ambitious, I have been hankering for cookies for quite some time. And these sound simple and crave satisfying enough to achieve. It’s okay, you can call me “Super Mom” today.

2.5 Tuesday (Terrah and the girls are in town!)

Dinner: @ Terry & Sheila’s house
2.6 Wednesday  

Dinner: Eat the World 21: Bosnia Herzegovina
*Extra*

Sesame noodles w/cilantro & scallions.

Cilantro Thai “grilled” chicken. I think these will be easy meals for Dylan to have this weekend for work, plus I’ve got a ridiculous amount of cilantro.

2.7 Thursday* 

Dinner: Mitti Handi Dahl w/basmati and chapatti (Because my kids are still obsessed with this book they got from the library.)

*Extra*

Mix up and freeze two scone batches. Maybe I’ll get fancy and try a new flavor combination? Peachy cinnamon sounds exciting, and I’ll definitely throw in some savory for soup this weekend.

2.8 Friday*

Breakfast: Fruit smoothies w/scones

Tea Time: Ada will be at Terry’s…

Dinner: Dachtler Pizza Night!

*Extra*

Do the initial feeding steps of Bruce in prep for baking.

Martha Stewart’s zucchini and cranberry muffins. Perfect additions to tea time and as snacks for Dylan’s lunches.

2.9 Saturday*

Breakfast: Easy Raspberry strudel w/coffee & tea
Lunch: Crockpot tomato basil parmesan soup w/scones
Tea: Muffins & Assam w/milk & sugar

Dinner: Leftovers or sandwiches or maybe even a blue box meal with frozen peas. Yessiree, you can still call me “Super Mom” today. 😉
*Extra*

Put sourdough loaves on the porch to rise (yes, I do use my front porch as an extended fridge/freezer in the winter thankyouverymuch. North Dakota does have some perks now and then.)

Espresso dark chocolate coconut cookies. In case one batch of cookies isn’t enough for the week because, you know, that would be tragic to be cookie-less lest a craving strike.

2.10 Sunday*

Breakfast: Sweet zucchini pancakes
Lunch: Crockpot teriyaki chicken over basmati w/edamame
Tea: Muffins & Assam w/milk & sugar

Dinner: Pasta w/tomato blue cheese sauce. The girls and I heart blue cheese. Heart it.

*Extra*

Freezer cinnamon rolls. This doesn’t exactly link up to a specific recipe but rather the method. It’s the same idea as the biscuits from earlier this week and I think that it should work great. Again, I know freezer rolls go on sale consistently, but they still have that weird taste to me. Plus, I can customize the ones that I make and freeze at home. Win-win.

Finish off sourdough loaves.

Next week is Ada’s 5th birthday. That’s unreal. I think I may say that every year around her birthday, but truthfully, it never ceases to amaze me just how quickly this adventure has gone. It’s the days where I’m crabby, irritated, and impatient with my girls, my husband, my life, that I need to be reminded that somebody’s birthday is just around the corner. That  somebody is getting older quicker than I can keep up.

Monday Meal Plan

First I want to wish my sister-in-law, Nina, a very Happy (blog belated, my bad) Birthday!

Nina and my baby brother

Another weekend has come to pass…I can’t believe that January is almost over, the meal plan ends in February!? Most days it feels like time is flying, has it always been like this? Have I never really noticed before? Or appreciated the moments as much? But that’s enough introverted, rumination for Monday…

Monday Meal Plan : 1.28-2.3

1.28 Monday*

Dinner: Leftovers night

*Extra*

Make rhubarb puree for rhubarb bars.

1.29 Tuesday

Dinner: Slow cooker tomatillo chicken tacos.

1.30 Wednesday  

Dinner: Chicken tikka masala w/basmati

1.31 Thursday 

Dinner: Eat the World: BOLIVIA. We’re skipping over Bhutan for the time being as we’re going to have a mini party with some friends and co-workers later in February. I’m super excited for that, but don’t want to lose steam with our countries either.

2.1 Friday

Breakfast: Toast w/milk & fruit

Tea Time: Ada will be at Terry’s…

Dinner: Dachtler Pizza Night! (Make an extra pizza to feed the freezer, along with some dough.) 

*Extra*

Make a double batch of roasted chickpeas & a batch of scones to finish off the next morning.

2.2 Saturday (Mom and Dad are here)

Breakfast: Fresh apple cinnamon scones.

Lunch: Shrimp & grits.

Tea: Rhubarb bars & assam w/milk & sugar

Dinner: Spinach mushroom bacon cheese fondue & dippers. I have been dying to try this and what better excuse than when we have visiting family? 

*Extra*

Complete rhubarb bars!

2.3 Super Bowl Sunday! (Mom and Dad are here) 

Breakfast: Baked egg boat with fruit, coffee & tea.

Lunch: Indian butter chicken w/basmati & roasted chickpeas (This stuff if good. Seriously good.)

Tea: Scone & assam w/milk & sugar

Dinner: @ Ernie & Eileen’s house for the Super Bowl!…Woo!! I’ll be bringing apps to the house: 

Slow cooker meatballs in a thai peanut chili sauce

Bacon jalapeno cheese ball w/crackers

And it’s quite possible that black bean salsa and/or some other goodies may join the party.

My Mom and Dad are coming this weekend, it’s been a long time since we last saw them, so I’m excited. I’m glad they’re staying overnight since Dylan’s going ice fishing with Ben on Saturday. I haven’t told the girls yet, but in my defense, the incessant questions of “Is it Saturday yet?” “Are Grandma and Grandpa coming yet?” “When are they coming?” invalidate any argument of cruelty.

Monday meal plan on Wednesday

Ufta. I wondered last week and now look at this week–even a day further behind! I’m going to blame the cold. I live in ND, so I feel that’s a legit excuse as my body rebels against going outside or even just getting out of bed. I had to meet a client at 7am this morning to do employment paperwork and when I checked the weather it read -17.

-17!

Lucky for me it’s warmed up a bit to -11… Haha. I am so funny sometimes. I guess I can’t complain too much since we had an unnaturally warm winter last year and a gorgeous summer (of which I hope to repeat at least that). Global warming, knock it off!!

Monday Meal Plan : 1.21-1.27

1.21 Monday

Dinner: Baked brown sugar chicken wings w/roasted red pepper cream sauce. The wings were good but the sauce was SO good. In fact, I doubled it and saved the extra sauce for tomorrow’s supper.

1.22 Tuesday

Breakfast: Homemade granola bars

Dinner: Penne w/shredded chicken, spinach and roasted red pepper cream sauce. I will probably throw in some crescent rolls too, because that sounds delicious. Oh, and leftover apple sour cream pie with Cool Whip. Because that sounds delicious as well.

1.23 Wednesday  

Breakfast: Granola w/yogurt & honey

Dinner: Eat the World: BENIN. Okay, I know I said we’d eat this last week but, we didn’t. So now we are.

*Extra*

Homemade vegetable boullion. I’ve been chomping at the bit since I first found this recipe to try it out. I love homemade stock but I hate that it takes so much space up in my freezers. Maybe this is my answer??

1.24 Thursday* 

Breakfast: Cereal w/fruit & milk
Dinner: Crispy honey lemon chicken w/basmati & roasted broccoli. Our friend Senta made this awesome roasted broccoli with only olive oil, salt, and pepper–it was addictive. I’m gonna try and fill her shoes… Oh, and Chocolate cobbler. Because I can.

*Extra*

Macaroni Salad to go along with Dylan’s sandwiches this weekend. I haven’t been crazy about her recipes (her instructions/ingredients lists are usually off or missing something here and there) but I have hope for this.

Ethereally Smooth Hummus. I’m also gonna whip some of this up while I watch some more HIMYM episodes. I can only watch these when D’s working or he mocks the laugh track mercilessly. 

1.25 Friday* 

Breakfast: Cereal & milk

Tea Time: Ada will be at Terry’s…

Dinner: Dachtler Pizza Night!

*Extra*

Roasted Rhubarb Jam. I have lots of Rhubarb. I love Rhubarb. This sounds delicious.

1.26 Saturday*

Breakfast: Fruit, granola bars & milk

Lunch: Beer cheese macaroni. Nom nom nom

Tea Time: Hummus & pita chips w/assam, milk & sugar

Dinner: Brown sugar butter roasted chicken with avocado fries. I am drooling at the thought.

1.27 Sunday* 

Breakfast: Cereal & milk

Lunch, Tea & Dinner: @ Terry & Sheila’s as per Sunday tradition

And maybe this week’s freeeeezing weather will encourage me to get another Pinteresting post done. But don’t hold your breath.

 

Monday Meal Plan (on Tuesday)

I’m not sure how I fell behind since I only seem to blog on my “gimmicky” days lately. I feel stuck in a rut when it comes to blogging lately and everything other than pictures or food seems to be mundane. I’m hoping that our Belize post later this week for Eat the World helps to lessen that fog but I’m not honestly all that confident. So…we’ll see.

Dylan’s home this week so I get to play with a few more “daring” recipes than if it was just me and the girls (since they generally won’t be convinced to eat it by just myself). Ada’s been chomping at the bit to “eat a country” since we re-booted last week with ETW, so that makes me happy. I’m hoping it’ll pull her out of this everything-is-icky phase we seemed to have begun.

Has anyone else had that issue when their kid(s) started daycare/school? Ada used to eat anything and everything we put in front of her, albeit not peas, but pretty much everything and now that she’s eating lunch at school turns her nose up at things she used to love. I know this is a developmental stage too but it’s driving me near bonkers. Especially when I’m really trying to plan out meals and provide a variety of foods for them to taste. She already has to eat what’s on her plate, we offer a small amount of anything new or things we know she doesn’t necessarily like just so she can keep trying it. Do you have any other tips or tricks to help with this? 

OH, and on an AWESOME note, one of my BFFs (seriously, I still use that term) is coming to visit me in early August!! She is flying into Fargo with her husband and going to spend FIVE days with us. I am over the moon!! Hopefully the weather will be beautiful and we’ll spend time at the lake and just putzing around town together. This summer is gearing up to be epic!!

Bert and the girls on the beach a year and a half ago...too long ago.

Bert and the girls on the beach a year and a half ago…too long ago.

Me and Bert. She loves me for me, can't you tell?

Me and Bert. She loves me for me, can’t you tell?

Bert & The Hubs with her Goddaughter.

Bert & The Hubs with her Goddaughter.

Monday Meal Plan : 1.14-1.20

1.14 Monday

Dinner: Leftovers

1.15 Tuesday

Breakfast: Homemade granola bars

Dinner: Salmon w/crispy edamame and lemon souffle pudding cake (Ada’s been dying for a dessert lately)

1.16 Wednesday  

Breakfast: Granola w/yogurt & honey

Dinner: Fully loaded baked potato soup w/crisped sausage

*Extra*

I made a sourdough starter last weekend and I’m hoping to try baking with it this night. We’ll see how it goes. It is still nameless which I hope to correct shortly as I want to hand it down to my girls someday (yeah, I’m cheesy like that). 

1.17 Thursday 

Breakfast: Cereal w/fruit & milk
Dinner: Eat the World: BENIN

*Extra*

Apple cinnamon scones from King Arthur’s recipe files. These can be made ahead and popped into the oven for a fresh brekkie…I’m in. 

1.18 Friday 

Breakfast: Apple cinnamon scones

Tea Time: Ada will be at Terry’s…

Dinner: Dachtler Pizza Night!

*Extra*

Peanut butter cup popcorn. The girls missed their Daddy mucho this past week while he was working, so I think, barring anything pressing that may come up, we’ll have a movie night. Shut ourselves in with some Red Box/Netflix, good pizza and popcorn, and just veg out together. My favorite kind of family time. 😉 

1.119 Saturday

Breakfast: Pumpkin cranberry waffles w/Cool Whip. Cool Whip? Yes. Cool Whip. 

Lunch: Beer cheese macaroni. I’ve been wanting to try this for quite some time…here’s to hoping it’s delicious!

Tea Time: Assam w/milk & sugar and fruit snacks

Dinner: Spiced black bean, avocado & goat cheese tacos

1.20 Sunday 

Breakfast: Granola & almond milk/leftover scones

Lunch, Tea & Dinner: @ Terry & Sheila’s for Sunday, although if we come home for dinner I’ll make caramelized mushrooms & dumplings. I saw this recipe and my mouth instantly started watering. 

Monday meal plan

Yesterday we spent the morning at church and skating with some friends. I wish I had some pictures BUT I was too busy enjoying the moment with Dylan and the two monsters. I’m proud to say that Ada did AH.sum. (ß I apologize for the overzealous use incorrect grammar, I got excited.) Seriously, she did SO well and both Dylan and I were so proud. She started off shaky as expected but gained so much confidence as the minutes ticked by and, did I mention this earlier?, I was and am SO proud. I am looking forward to many more years of Sunday mornings and evenings, week days and nights (you get the picture) of enjoying this pastime together.

So without further ado…

Monday Meal Plan : 1.7-1.13

1.7 Monday

Breakfast: Granola w/almond milk

Dinner: Belize (Because to be honest, last week’s meal plans pretty much flew out the window due to friends, dinners, and life’s general happenings. Stay tuned for pictures and a review of our meal as I am determined to get back on track for Eat the World.)

*Extra*

Bananananananananannanana bread because those bananas aren’t getting any younger.

Make x2 sour dough loaves for dinner tomorrow.

1.8 Tuesday

Breakfast: Bagels w/cream cheese

Dinner: Corn chowder with sourdough

1.9 Wednesday  

Breakfast: Granola w/yogurt & honey

Dinner: French onion grilled cheese sandwiches & salads

*Extra*

Fresh apple cake with caramel glaze.

1.10 Thursday **

Breakfast: Cereal w/fruit & milk
Dinner: Mexican-ish crock pot chicken tacos. I saw this floating around pretty rampantly on Pinterest and have decided to finally try it out. Wish me luck and maybe it’ll be a “Pin Win” on the next Pinteresting post.

1.11 Friday **

Breakfast: Toast w/butter, bagels w/cream cheese & juice

Tea Time: Leftover cake and assam w/sugar & milk.

Dinner: Homemade pizzas, toppings which will include: pepperoni, green olives, goat cheese, tomatoes, basil, and copious amounts of cheeses. My mouth is watering thinking about it.

1.12 Saturday **

Breakfast: Easy raspberry strudel. It’s so nom nom nommy.

Lunch: American goulash. Dylan’s gone so we can eat whatever we want! XD

Tea Time: Peanut butter honey milkshakes & pretzels

Dinner: Apple braised chicken w/basmati. This looks so good and I want to make more of a dent in the freezer goodies.

*Extra*

Buttermilk cookies w/caramel frosting. Which I will taste test with a huge, steamy mug of coffee while the girls nap. Mom win.

1.13 Sunday **

Breakfast: Maple bacon and apple baked French toast w/juice. I may even bring this over to Terry & Sheila’s for a surprise breakfast since she probably won’t read this. 😉

Lunch, Tea & Dinner: @ Terry & Sheila’s for Sunday

Monday meal plan

Happy new years eve! Does anyone have big plans for tonight? Dylan and I have never been much for going out or big parties to ring in the new year, in fact, most of our seven spent together have ended with an early evening cozied in bed, asleep before 11 pm. I know, we are cah-raaaazy. And this year will probably not veer far from our norm as Dylan isn’t feeling well and has to work until 10 pm and I am just happy to be home, getting back into our swing of things. But who knows, we’ll see what the days holds.

And on that note of our spontaneously wild lives, it is once again Monday and that means–drum roll, please–Monday Meal Plan! Woo!

Since I was a W3 (Work Weekend Widow), the girls and  I spent all day yesterday at the in-laws. Sheila and I had an epic pierogi fest. Millions Thirties of pierogies were formed and loved to be stashed in my freezer for delicious, quick meals. If you’ve never heard of a pierogi before it is a delicious little, chewy/crispy dumpling stuffed with a potato, cheese, and ham mixture of some sort (we added onions and celery this time). SO good but totally a time consuming effort that makes cooking them seem a bit overwhelming without a partner. Thus I am infinitely thankful that I have a mother-in-law who loves to cook and feed her freezer as much as me. These will probably make an appearance on the menu this week. Nom nom nom.

Monday Meal Plan : Smell ya later 2012! edition

12.31 Monday

Breakfast: Cereal, toast, whatever floats Dylan and the girls’ boat since they’ll be home. I’ll probably have granola.

Lunch: Leftovers, to make it easy on Dylan and to eliminate waste. Seriously, I hate, hate, hate wasting food!

Tea Time: Whatever Dylan feels like giving them—I’ll be at work.

Dinner: Skillet eggplant lasagna. New recipe to use up the lingering bags of summer stash I have in my deep freeze.

*Extra*

Ranger cookies. I’ve been meaning to try this recipe out and see if it comes close to these cookies that I buy at the grocery store because I dislike having to buy them when I could make them. Anyone else out there like that?

1.1 Tuesday

Breakfast: Fried eggs and toast for the girls and The ultimate creamy mushrooms over toast w/fried eggs and chili oil for Dylan and I. Sounds like a good way to kickoff the year.

Lunch: Tomatillo chicken filling enchiladas. New crockpot recipe to try out. Hopefully it’s good because I’ve got a crapload of green tomato puree/chunks in my freezer and I want to prove to Dylan that I’m gonna use it up this year…

Tea Time: Hot chocolate and ranger cookies.

Dinner: Steak and Roasted Parmesan cream onions. Gotta ring in the new year right. 

1.2 Wednesday  

Breakfast: Granola w/yogurt & honey

Lunch: Leftovers or whatever Dylan feels like eating since he’ll be home alone. 

Tea Time: Girls @ school/daycare

Dinner: Chicken Tikka Masala w/leftover basmati. Nom nom.

*Extra*

I pledge to attack the massive amounts of over-ripened bananas in my freezer and re-feed it with a few loaves of banana bread.  

1.3 Thursday

Breakfast: Toasted naan w/mashed avocado & fried eggs. My girls LOVE this quick and healthy breakfast. 

Lunch:  Leftovers or whatever Dylan feels like eating since he’ll be home alone. 

Tea Time: Girls @ school/daycare

Dinner: Pumpkin and black bean soup with cheesy quesadillas. Another newbie to use up some of the pumpkin stash in my freezer from our summer CSA.

1.4 Friday

Breakfast: Teddy Bear Toast. Because it’s cute.

Pinned Image

Lunch: Leftovers or whatever Dylan feels like eating since he’ll be home alone. 

Tea Time: Girls @ school/daycare

Dinner: Eat the World–Belize 

*Extra*

One bowl vanilla cupcakes for two (times 2). Just a sweet treat for the end of the week.

1.5 Saturday

Breakfast: Hodeok. A well-loved Korean snack, except I’m making it for bfast because it’s delicious. Also, if you have time, click on the link and explore this lady’s recipe archive. So many good things in there with great step-by-step instruction!

Lunch: Mexican Pizza. This is a meatless, delicious dish that never fails to please. Try it, you’d be remiss not to.

Tea Time: Assam tea w/sugar and milk, banana bread

Dinner: Eat the World–Benin

*Extra*

Chocolate chip cookie pie.

1.6 Sunday

Breakfast: Muffins that taste like donuts. Just.Be.Cause.

Lunch, Tea & Dinner: @ Terry & Sheila’s for football Sunday

Monday meal plan on Friday

I know, I know…disorganization reigns in my house prior to, during, and immediately after holidays. It’s a mess. BUT at least I’m attempting to get back on track, right? Right?!

Dylan works the next few days (those 40 hour weekend spurts are something that the girls and I will definitely NOT miss when he gets his first teaching gig–Dylan too, I’m sure) and will be gone for approximately two breakfasts, two lunches, and five dinners, with approximately four or five snacks. Being the Betty Crockery wife that I am (stifle your snickering, please), I usually try to make a little extra for him to take along for meals. Plus the need for snacks = baking time! Because truthfully, how many sandwiches and cans of soup does one person really want to consume in less than a week? Which, after typing that sentence, I realize it needs a hash tag to call it like it is: #firstwordproblemsfosho 

Monday Friday Meal Plan

12.28 Friday

Breakfast: Cereal and/or toast. Maybe yogurt with honey and blackberries or whatever the girls feel like that’s quick and easy since I have to work.   

Lunch: Ginger garlic chicken porridge. New recipe to try! I’m going to swap out the chicken for turkey since Dad sent us home with a bag of leftovers from Christmas Eve. Yes, I know that tomorrow is probably the last day for them…

Tea Time: Assam w/sugar & milk and cookies. Ada loves this loose leaf stuff I pick up at the international market near our house.

Dinner: Dahl for Dylan and me (deliciousness incarnate and a great pick me up for his cold). Leftovers for the girls, which might seem cruel but there’s a ton of their favorites lingering in the fridge and I hate wasting food.   

*Extras*

Cherry chocolate coconut granola. This is to DIE for. Seeeeeriously. My kids eat it for snack by the fistfuls and truthfully, I’m never found too far off. Poured in a bowl with a healthy dash of almond milk and it is my go-to breakfast of choice.

No bake chocolate chip granola bars. Every time I’ve made these they’ve disappeared within the day. Single, double, even a triple batch! Crazy good.

12.29 Saturday

Breakfast: Easy raspberry strudel. Another newbie that’s been sitting in my recipe box for far too long. If I make it the night before it’ll be easy to bake in the morning? Warm strudel and a cup of coffee with my hubby? Hopefully he’ll be feeling better so I can drag him out of bed to spend time with me before he heads off to work his monstrously long day.

Lunch: American goulash. A “newish” recipe that sounds exactly like the stuff I remember devouring from childhood. It’s one of those hotdishy recipes that I get to indulge in guiltless when Dylan works because apparently I married a food snob,

who knew?

Tea Time: Chamomile tea & leftover strudel—if there is any. Or chocolate chip cookies leftover from Nellie’s Cookie Monster cake.

Dinner: Korean ground beef, fried eggs and kimchi. SO good. Quick, delicious,comfort food that’s right up my alley.

12.30 Sunday = All day Pierogi making affair with Sheila! My tummy is I’m so excited!

12.31 Monday

Breakfast: Cereal, toast, whatever floats Dylan and the girls’ boat since they’ll be home. I’ll probably have granola.

Lunch: Leftovers, to make it easy on Dylan and to eliminate waste. Seriously, I hate, hate, hate wasting food!

Tea Time: Whatever Dylan feels like giving them—I’ll be at work.

Dinner: Skillet eggplant lasagna. New recipe to use up the lingering bags of summer stash I have in my deep freeze.

*Extra*

Ranger cookies. I’ve been meaning to try this recipe out and see if it comes close to these cookies that I buy at the grocery store because I dislike having to buy them when I could make them. Anyone else out there like that?