Monday, June 06, 2016

Meal Planning and Ideas

Eating. It is something we always have to do and it requires endless amounts of planning, shopping, preparing and cleaning up. I enjoy having an arsenal of tried and true recipes that I can pull from but also love to add new things in here and there.

One thing I created at my Mom's suggestion and example is a meal ideas list. I have a second one for Crock Pot ideas. I've pulled this out frequently when doing my weekly meal planning!

Our girls take ballet on Thursday afternoons so I have found that window of time perfect for thinking through meals for the next week and writing out my grocery list. I recently came across this cute printable for meal planning on Joanna Gaines' blog!

Here is my meal ideas list in case you are looking for something new:

Oven Sandwiches
Tacos or Fried Tacos {similar to this}
Pizza or BBQ Chicken Pizza {just swap bbq sauce instead of pizza sauce and use chicken and mozzarella cheese}
Chicken Alfredo {jarred sauce}; we also like this with ham subbed for chicken and some frozen peas stirred in
Broccoli Chicken Lasagna
Meatballs with Tomato Cream Sauce
Ranch Chicken
Oriental Beef and Rice
Chicken Pot Pie
Garlic Herb Chicken con Broccoli
Sake House Japanese
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Zucchini Pie
Zucchini Chicken Stuffing Casserole
Calzones {just homemade or frozen bread dough layered with cheese and toppings; sauce on side}
No Peek Chicken and Rice
Stir Fry and Rice
Southwest Chicken Salad
BBQ Chicken Salad
Salad Bar
Enchiladas or Mexican Lasagna
Sausage and Oven Veggies
Quesadillas or Crispy Wraps
Cube Steak Sandwiches
Chicken Spaghetti
Emily's Chicken
Chicken and Stuffing Bake
White Chicken Enchiladas
Meat and Potato Pie
Twice Baked Potatoes
Broccoli, Ham and Rice Casserole
Beef Stew and Mashed Potatoes 
Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole 

I love to try new recipes that I've found on blogs, in magazines or on Pinterest. You can see my Pins here

Crock Pot ideas:
Roast Beef Sandwiches
White Chili {similar to this}
BBQ Chicken {chicken and BBQ sauce, easy peasy}
Chicken Noodle Soup
Potato Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Roast with Potatoes and Carrots
BBQ Smokies and Beans
Crock Pot Fajitas
Beef Stew
Ham and Potatoes
Corn Chowder
Chicken Pot Pie Soup

My Crock Pot pins are here.  

Things we've tried and like from Pinterest:

Asian Chicken Salad & Dressing
Bean with Bacon Soup
Mac and Cheese Chili
Hashbrown Egg Nests
Skinny Garlic Parmesan Fries
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Ham and Cheese Puff Pancake

I'd love to hear any things you've tried recently that your family enjoyed!


Leanne said...

I needed some new inspiration!!!

angie said...

Thank you for taking the time to list and link all of your meal ideas! I will come back to this list when I do my own meal planning. On the cusp of summer break, plans are fairly fluid around here.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post. I appreciate you taking the time to write all of this out! Looks like I will find lots of good meals and inspiration. :o) Your blog is the first blog I look and always glean something wonderful. Thanks again for taking the time!

Christy Stanton said...

Thank you for this…I'm always searching out new ideas!: )