The Meal Planner

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Grocery List:
The grocery list is color coordinated by meal so you can easily pick and choose which meals you would like to make. Either print and use the grocery list as is and make all the meals I have planned, or easily cross off the meals and corresponding ingredients you would rather not make.

The snow hasn't let up here at all. As a matter of fact, there's big huge puffy snowflakes falling as I gaze out the window and type this. My goal this week once again is to stay warm and apparently that means "creamy" food. I really didn't intend this, but as I glanced at the meal plan I had just made I realized the running theme of the word "creamy" through out. Creamy is comforting, so I can roll with that. And since I can only find buttermilk in one litre containers, I slotted in 3 different recipes that utilize it to use up as much of it as I can.

Day 1: Lemon-Parsley Pork Chops with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
This is a super simple Sunday supper idea with big fresh flavor from the lemon and parsley.

Day 2: Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Herb Cheddar Biscuits
A warm and creamy soup that is deceiving...there's no cream in this one! A healthy satisfying choice with homemade biscuits. You'll have fresh parsley and green onions on hand from the other meals, so use those herbs to make the biscuits.

Day 3: Creamy Beef Taquitos with Rice and Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing
These taquitos with homemade chipotle ranch dressing on salad are awesome! Use the dressing as a dip for the taquitos for extra creamy spiciness. Also make double the amount of rice to use later in the week.

Day 4:
Crunchy Oven-Fried Chicken with Salad and Corn
Ignore my terrible photography skills from back in the day, this chicken really is incredibly crunchy and delicious.

Day 5: Chinese Orange Chicken over Rice
Since rice reheats so well, use the rice you made earlier in the week as a bed for this amazing homemade take out dish.

For more great meal plans, check out my complete list of meal plans or the Menu Plan Monday links at Orgjunkie.

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6 Responses
  1. Unknown Says:

    Thank you so much for your blog! I stumbled across it while looking for slow cooker recipes a few weeks ago, and it is awesome! I love it! You make things that I have the time, energy, and inclination to make, eat, and enjoy. I've loved everything I've made off of your site. And you make planning it all so easy. I really can't tell you how much I appreciate all your hard work!

  2. I really liked the cauliflower soup. And so did my husband, a self-proclaimed "no veggies" guy. I did have a problem getting a good consistency when blending. Kind of thin with small bits. Still tasty, but I liked the look of yours better. Any suggestions?

  3. Sarah - Woah melt my heart why don't you! Thanks for your wonderful comments.

    Justina - Hmmm...could it maybe be your blender? I have a really crappy blender so I find if I want something REALLY pureed I need to use my food processor. Maybe that is the cause of the little chunks and thin broth.

  4. Yes, I thought maybe it was my blender. I will try the food processor, getting anyone in my family to eat veggies is miraculous. I want to use this recipe again.

    I am super glad I found your blog. I've tried 2 or 3 meal planning sites. Was underwhelmed with the recipes. Just started with this week's plan of yours and my husband and I are stoked with the results. Thank you, thank you! Don't stop : )

  5. Aww thank you so much Justina! Hopefully your food processor will work and you can get your fam to eat some veg!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I love your blog so much! Just finished the first week and my husband has already confessed that he had given up hope on me as a cook, but this has turned it all around. The orange chicken was particularly fabulous, and the grocery lists are so helpful. Not sure if you're still going with it, but just wanted to say thank you and that I can't wait to try next week's recipes!