Category: Menu Plan

January Whole 30 – Week 2 Recap

Whole 30 Week 2 RecapWe officially made it through Week 2 of our January Whole 30 on Monday. I can safely say that the honeymoon phase is over. I have some great recipes but I feel like I keep going back to the same ones and we may already be getting a little tired of them. I’m used to cooking every day but I am getting a little tired of always having to be prepared for every meal. When the kids are out of school it is nice to swing by Chic-fil-a while we’re out or order a pizza on a Friday night when we just want to chill and watch a movie. I do think it will be worth it though and I love the way eating whole foods makes me feel. (more…)

January Whole 30 – Week 1 Recap

Whole 30 Week 1 Meals, Tips and Favorite ProductsWe made it through the first week of our January Whole 30! This is a big deal for us since it is not our first try. When we did it a few years ago, we dropped out on days 4 and 5. The biggest difference has been that we were more prepared this time. I had been thinking about it since November so I was mentally prepared. Last month I put together a list of 14 Recipes for a Successful Whole 30. When it came time to start, I picked a few of those recipes for our menu plan and started from there. (more…)

Menu Monday – Freezer Challenge Recap

Freezer Challenge RecapThe freezer challenge is officially over! It has been a fun six weeks but now I am ready to enjoy some of my freezer stash! It came just in time. We had a busy weekend. I normally would have meal planned on Saturday, but we were busy with soccer games, fall festivals and  trunk-or-treat. It was nice to know that we could just pull something out of the freezer Sunday night. It was a cold and yucky day so we chose to have Lasagna Soup. (more…)

Top 6 Dinner Recipes for the Instant Pot Beginner

Top 6 Dinner Recipes for the Instant Pot Beginner!I could not wait to get my Instant Pot! I asked for one for my birthday a few weeks ago and my family pulled through and got one for me. It is still sitting in the box in my kitchen. Now that I have it, I am not exactly sure what to do first! When I reached out to some of my friends on Facebook, I realized that I am not the only one who has encountered this feeling. So I went to some fellow bloggers for recipes that would be great for beginners and they gave me some recipes to get started. I thought I should share these with anyone else who might be struggling with how to get started. (more…)

Menu Monday – Freezer Challenge Week 5

Weekly Meal Plan Freezer Challenge to help stock your freezer the easy way with leftovers.Hello! Hello! It was my birthday last week and my family got me an Instant Pot. I am super excited and can’t wait to get started with it. I wonder how long it will sit in the box though? I am also a little intimated by it and would love any recipes or tips you may have to share!

It is Week 5 of the Stock Your Freezer the Easy Way Challenge. I honestly can’t believe there are only two more weeks left and that the holidays are just around the corner. This week I’ll be freezing two dinners, Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup and Southwest Beef and Pasta Skillet. I’ve made both of these before and thought they turned out great. The kids are big fans of black beans. When I made the skillet recipe a few months ago, we were able to eat it for a couple of nights and then I froze the remainder in a couple of individual containers. My husband said they were great for his lunches! I’ll try to that again with this batch. (more…)

Menu Monday – Freezer Challenge Week 4

Stock your Freezer the Easy way with leftovers. Check out this menu plan. Week four of freezer challenge.Wow! I can’t believe I am halfway through the Freezer Challenge! This can actually be kind of addicting for a food addict like myself. If you are new here, I am currently doing a six week challenge to stock the freezer. This challenge is based on my previous post Stock Your Freezer the Easy Way.

Last week I made Chicken Taquitos and Classic Lasagna for the freezer. I actually made so much lasagna that we will be having another meal for leftovers this week. I told you I can get carried away sometimes and the kids really didn’t care for it. Go figure? I’ll still serve it to them again and maybe by the time we have finished our freezer stash they will learn to love it. (more…)

Menu Monday – Freezer Challenge Week 2

Weekly Meal Plan Freezer Challenge to help stock your freezer the easy way with leftovers.I am excited to be starting Week Two of the Six Week Freezer Challenge. Last week I was able to freeze four meals, three pans of Chicken Tetrazzini and one family size bowl of Chicken Taco Soup. This challenge is based off my previous post Stock Your Freezer the Easy Way. I am hoping to freeze enough meals during this six weeks to make the holiday season easier. This will be a quick way to feed my family during this busy time and also help us save extra money. We all know we spend way more money during this time of year! (more…)

Menu Monday – Freezer Challenge Week 1

Weekly Meal Plan with the intention of stocking the freezer with leftovers.Week One of the freezer challenge for Menu Monday is off to a good start! If you are curious about this challenge, it is inspired by my last post Stock Your Freezer the Easy Way. The basic concept is to choose two to three recipes to include in your meal plan for the week that will have leftovers that can be frozen. This is great if you have family members who do not like leftovers. Put the leftovers in the freezer and then pull them out a few weeks later. Heat them in the oven or on the stove and they won’t even realize they are eating leftovers! 😉 I’ll be doing this for six weeks and I would love for you to join me. (more…)