Firstly, thanks to all my Facebook peeps for commenting on last week’s post!  I loved hearing your dinnertime plans.  Keep ’em coming!!!

After many discussions, I’ve decided to change my strategery.  Some of my friends work outside of the home, others are stay at home moms, but what they ALL request is this:  a quick and easy weekly meal plan WITH a shopping list.  Because most of you hard working moms only have one day to shop, I’ve compiled lists, so you can do your shopping on the weekend.  (I’m trying to create printable lists, but blogger makes it tough…grrrr.  I need tech support!)

The pantry:  I’ve included ALL items on the list(s) because I don’t know what YOU need.  Read through the recipes and shopping lists to determine what you need to grab at the store this weekend.  Obviously, there are probably a lot of things that you already have in the pantry.

Recipe Sources:  I’ll try to find most of the recipes online, or share my own with you.  However, there are two books that are always my go-to’s:  ATK’s Family Cookbook and ATK’s Slow Cooker Revolution (a GREAT book, especially when you work all day and just want dinner to be done when you get home).  I will reference these a lot.  So go get ’em.

My goal is to do a meal planner a couple times per month, so let me know what you think.  *Recurring ingredients are highlighted* 

SUNDAY: Curried Quinoa with Chicken and Peas

Source: The $5 Mom’s One Dish Dinners
List: 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
red onion, garlic
15 oz can diced tomato
curry powder
chili powder
chicken broth (2 cups)
quinoa (1 cup)
12 oz bag frozen peas

*TIP:  freeze leftover chicken broth in a freezer bag

MONDAY and TUESDAY:  Loaded Baked Potato Soup with green salad

Source: ATK Slow Cooker Revolution, pg 30
List: 3 lbs Russet Potatoes
Chicken Broth (4 cups)
yellow onion
heavy cream (1/2 cup)
bacon (TJ’s Fully Cooked, Uncured)
cheddar cheese
green onions
salad fixings

WEDNESDAY:  Southwestern BLTA’s and Mixed Green Salad

Source:  NOSH
List: bacon
sour cream, mayo
chipotle peppers in adobo
garlic, chili powder
salad fixings

southwestern dressing recipe (for sandwich):

1/3 cup Sour Cream
1/3 cup Mayo
2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, seeds removed
Half of a lime, squeezed
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1/4 teaspoon Chili Powder
Salt to taste
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Assemble your sandwich, using bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado (use the back of a spoon to slightly mash the avocado into the bread), use the SW dressing on your other slice of toasted bread.
*TIP:  freeze leftover chipotle peppers (in groups of two) in freezer bags

THURSDAY:  Baja Fish Tacos and Black Beans
This is the quick and dirty version for a work night.
Frozen Beer Battered Halibut Fillets (TJ’s)
La Tortilla Factory Handmade Corn Tortillas
Southwestern Dressing (left over from BLT’s)
diced tomato
cotija or feta cheese
black beans

Simmer beans (in their liquid) for about 20 minutes,  with a handful of cilantro stems (leaves removed), a clove of crushed garlic, salt and pepper.  Remove cilantro stems before serving.
Tacos:  Bake halibut, then cut into chunks.  Build tacos with preferred ingredients.


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