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weekly family dinner plan

1 Nov

Screen Shot 2013-05-24 at 10.03.06 AMThis week’s family dinner plan is inspired by: pantry items!

While I was cooking last week I noticed I have several items in my cabinets that I have been overlooking that could go to good use. So this week’s grocery list is inspired by what I already have on hand.

If you have a bunch of items that you need to use as well, you can take the same approach and substitute a couple of nights of my menu items with what you are trying to use, so that you can save at the checkout line.

I am also inspired by superfoods again this week, making sure we have fish at least once during the week, and I am including my son’s suggestions on Kid’s night so he feels included in the process, and is then more open to my choices on the other nights.

Feel free to share your children’s favorite dinners on our Facebook page and we will include them in future menus.

Our menu this week is:

risotto2Monday Butternut squash risotto and black bean salad

Tuesday: – One pot:  Red bean salad served with bulgar wheat with dried cranberries and side salad  (Note – this is a more adventurous menu. My son preferred the black bean salad and had that from leftovers from Monday in place of the red bean salad.)

Wednesday – Kids’ Choice Night:  Turkey tacos with pico de gallo and a side of corn

Thursday:  Baked fish with pan seared garlic and olive oil (or butter) and rice noodles with a side salad

Friday: No noodle zucchini lasagna 

Click here for this weeks grocery list for a family of four.  

Here is your personal Sunday prep list for the week as well as your nightly prep and cook steps that will take the guess work out of every night.

Photo courtesy of zestycook.com

Family Dinner Guide – Week 3

14 Jun

Screen Shot 2013-05-24 at 10.03.06 AMBelinda is back with week 3 of her family dinner guide.  

Are you ready for another week of home cooked delicious family meals?

“What’s for dinner” – Week 3

It is 7:00 am, Friday morning. In order to plan out the week’s meals in a thoughtful, orderly way, my method is to take a few hours on Friday morning and knock it out. Today, however, life is interfering and I don’t have a few hours to spare. Since I know that this happens to everyone, not just me, you will appreciate the scramble of figuring it out anyway, just in a lot less time. This is when the real gratitude comes in for what we have prepared for previous weeks that we have in the freezer.

You will notice from this week’s menu, we are keeping the prep light to help us make it through the week with less time to plan, and we are throwing in a pizza night at the local pizzeria. After all, we have managed to make homemade, healthy meals on the table every night for three whole weeks, which is an accomplishment for any working set of parents with young children!

Enjoy dinner, and let us know if you want me to include any specific recipes that you like to prepare for your family in the comments below, or on facebook!

This week, our menu is:

4519568860_08a48e4898Monday: Fish tacos with guacamole and slaw

Tuesday – Kids’ Choice Night:  Mac n cheese, broccoli, chicken cutlets

Wednesday: Rice pasta with sautéed shallots, garlic, veggies and bacon (optional)

Thursday:  Panini night – your choice of ingredients and side salad

Friday: Let’s go out for yummy pizza!

This week’s Grocery List for a family of four is right here. Plan to have these items in the house by Saturday evening and you are ready to go. Planning – check. Groceries – check. What’s for dinner? – check.

Here is your personal Sunday prep for the week as well as your Nightly Prep Guide that will take the guess work out of every night.

Have fun.

Good luck.

And enjoy homemade meals every night of the week!

Photo courtesy of Stacy Spensley

Family Dinner Guide – Week 2

31 May

Screen Shot 2013-05-24 at 10.03.06 AMWe’d like to welcome back Belinda DiGiambattista!  

She’s checking in to see how preparing dinner last week went for you. Did you find it challenging, manageable, intimidating or fun? Share your stories with us!

Belinda has planned out another week of nutritious family dinners for you. Keep up that momentum, and have fun cooking!   

“What’s for dinner?” – Week 2

Welcome to week two of your new commitment to creating healthy, planned-ahead dinners for your family!

With all the effort you put into Sunday’s prep work, it had to be satisfying when you walked in the door every evening around 6pm to know the answer to the question, “what’s for dinner?” That said, Sunday was a lot of work. Last week’s secret was to not have to ‘think’ about dinner during the week, and this week’s secret is getting the prep done with a little extra support.

My secret weapon for getting all the prep done is my wonderful babysitter. She comes over once a week to finish up any prep that I was unable to get to. I provide her with the same instructions described in my blog post, and she arrives while the kids are still at school so that she can focus on preparing the food.

Getting help from time to time, whether it’s a babysitter, your family or friends, is certainly a life changing experience.

5472456147_e69e8c7f1bThis week, our menu is:

Monday:  Sole, steam julienned vegetables, kale salad, and brown rice (or wild rice)

Tuesday – Kids’ Choice Night:  Turkey tacos with pico de gallo

Wednesday:  Cheese frittata (optional: add spinach and/or ham), side of broccoli, side salad and an optional side of bacon or veggie bacon

Thursday – One Pot:  Black bean quinoa with red bell peppers

Friday: Whole wheat cheese ravioli with marinara sauce served with a salad and crudités

This week’s Grocery List for a family of four is right here. Plan to have these items in the house by Saturday evening and you are ready to go. Planning – check. Groceries – check. What’s for dinner? – check.

Here is your personal Sunday prep for the week as well as your Nightly Prep Guide that will take the guess work out of every night.

Have fun.

Good luck.

And enjoy homemade meals every night of the week!

Photo courtesy of LifeSupercharger