More Meal Plan Ideas

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More meal plan ideas!

I love these types of posts. Well, these and grocery hauls. Love writing’ em, love readin’ em.

Years ago one of the first things I tried (and failed and tried again) to wrestle into submission was our food budget. We ate out a lot, had a ton of food waste, and spent way too much at the store with no plan.

Fast forward to now, I’ve been meal planning every week for about 2 years and we eat at home every night except special occasions like our anniversary. As opposed to every time we celebrate Wednesday, or “not feeling like cooking.” All this home cooking still needs to be inspired though, and Pinterest gets most of the credit. Here are some dinner ideas I’ve found and tried!

IMG_7379 Ranch Chicken Roll-Ups- I found this one on the Pillsbury website and we really like it. I serve it with steamed veggies to balance out the ranch and crescent roll parts.

Insider tips: It says to buy and shred a rotisserie chicken. Those things are like $10. So I just throw a half a package of tenders in the crockpot all day and then shred that. Way cheaper.

Also, leave the crescents in the fridge until the last second. If they warm up they get mushy and harder to cut into rolls. Also, go with a sawing motion vs a press down when you’re cutting.

IMG_7663 One Pot Greek Chicken and Rice– I’m not sure this is actually Greek, I think its more like in the spirit of Greek food, using some traditionally Greek spices. But either way, I’m a sucker for one pot meals and I made this one entirely in my big cast iron skillet.

The next time I make it though I’m going to get some feta or goat cheese crumbles to sprinkle over the top.

 

IMG_7600 Baked Spaghetti Casserole– I found this one while looking for Weight Watchers dinner recipes. I’m not exactly sure how this qualifies, since it has cream cheese, pasta and ground beef, but the kids love it.

This week though, the grocery budget was a little tight so I didn’t get any ground beef to put in it, so we’ll see how it does with some extra veggies.

 

 

Hope these meal plan ideas perk up your menu this week! I’ll keep posting more as I discover them.

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Author: Christina

I'm Christina! A 20-something wife to Jeff, mother of 3, just trying to take over the family finances, drink coffee and raise babies.

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