Our Meal Plan April 26th – May 7th

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YES, I am now posting about food on Thursdays. It makes sense now that I go to Whole Foods on Wednesdays… This way my meal plan will be from Thursdays to Wednesdays. Though this week’s is a bit longer being the transition week. 

90% of the time, I have cooked the dinner/meal the night before. It’s easier that way and saves me time. I also started shopping on Wednesdays before I get Dino from daycare. I will readjusted the days of my meal plan, so that is why this week’s post is a bit longer. From now my meal plan will most likely be from Thursdays to Wednesdays.
26th Sat Dinner chicken and barley soup
27th Sun Dinner Pasta, Porkballs, and Sauce
28th Mon Dinner leftovers
29th Tues Dinner  pizza/takeout
30th Wed Dinner Stuffed chicken breast with veggies http://cavegirlcuisine.net/2012/04/14/stuffed-chicken-breast/
1st Thurs Dinner  chicken sausage, veggies, and Annie’s mac and cheese 
2nd Fri Dinner  leftover
3rd Saturday meatballs (for hubby), pasta and sauce
4th Sunday homemade pizza 
5th Monday 
chicken sausage, brown rice, spinach
6th Tuesday takeout (sports skills)
7th Wednesday leftover pasta with chicken parm

26th Sat Dinner: I made the barley and mushroom soup, but my parents came up. So we went out to the burger place again. My mom liked it, but dad didn’t…but he doesn’t like eating anywhere. At least I had leftovers for another night. 

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27th Sun Dinner:    I made porkballs again…but this time I stuck with my original recipe. I used breadcrumbs and veggies. Dino ate them up, excluding half his pasta. I rather him eat the porkballs instead of the pasta anyway.

  • ground pork
  • fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, scallions, dill)
  • other seasoning based on your preferences
  • veggies (sometimes whole and sometimes I puree them)
  • one egg
  • bread crumbs or quinoa (but my family prefers bread crumbs)

I mix it all up in a bowl, roll into small balls bake at 350 for about 30-45 min depending on size of the pork balls I prefer pork, because it’s not greasy like beef. I tend to break up one porkball and mix it in with the sauce as I simmer it…adds a nice flavor

pasta collage

28th Monday– We had some of the soup tonight. I now have two other soup dinners frozen for a last minute dinner. I LOVE stockpiling meals.  I use a cast iron skillet to make my barley soup.

  • leftover roasted chicken
  • leftover veggies
  • fresh mushrooms
  • herbs (rosemary, cilantro, dill, parsley) and other seasonings
  • In a cast iron skillet add some olive oil and herbs, saute mushrooms until cooked
  • Next add barley (usually 1 3/4 cup water for every cup of barley) but I add a bit more to make it into a soup
  • First boil, then switch to mid-heat and cover…after about an hour the barley should be ready
  • When done add shredded chicken and veggies

soup collage

29th Tuesday– It’s sports skills once again, so we had pizza for dinner. 


30th Wednesday – 

  • thin sliced chicken breasts
  • seasonings and herbs of choice
  • olive oil and water
  • pancake mix
  • Annie’s mac & cheese
  • frozen veggies

I marinated chicken all day coated chicken in pancake mix and placed on cast iron skillet baked at 350 for about 30-40 min (turning chicken over when halfway done)

breaded chicken collage


1st Thursday – We had chicken and mac & cheese leftovers

2nd Friday–  leftovers – we had more leftovers…I actually forgot what we did this day, but know I didn’t cook. I don’t know what happened? Maybe I worked out too much, LOL. 

3rd Saturday –  lMy parents came up again and we went out to eat once again. I swear this doesn’t always happen.

4th Sunday  we had the meatballs, pasta, and sauce this night. Whole Foods was out of ground pork, so I had to get ground beef. It wasn’t as greasy as it normally is…so I was happy. 

  • ground beef
  • frozen mixed veggies
  • bread crumbs
  • 1 egg

mix all the ingredients, roll into balls and bake @ 350 for thirty minutes. I LOVE Whole Foods’ brand of organic pasta sauce. Still have not gotten sick…more proof that it was the GMOs and not the sauce.

meatball Collage

5th Monday I made brown rice with seasoning, chicken and sundried tomato sausage, and spinach. Boy it was SO good. YES, he’s wearing the SAME shirt two days in a row. Try reasoning with a soon-to-be five year old. 

chicken sausage  Collage

6th Tuesday sports skills night…so it’s take out. 

7th Wednesday Decided to make seasoned chicken and a California veggie mix. It was so delicious and Dino LOVED it.

Marinate chicken with olive oil and seasoning of choice. I baked the chicken in my cast iron skillet…which kept it moist and flavorful. Then I seasoned the veggies…pretty much the same way. Made buttery couscous, but didn’t include it with the meal…I forgot…but at least it was healthier this way. LOL I’ll just use the couscous in my egg omelets.

chicken veggies couscous Collage



I won’ be posting pictures of lunches anymore. This week I just kept forgetting to take pics. As soon as I was done packing lunch and cleaning the kitchen, I just wanted to sit down and chill with Dino and Balboa. I will list all our lunches, but not include pics anymore. Dino’s Lunches:

  • white bread with ham and cheese and mayo
  • pizza from school
  • turkey, ham, cheese roll-ups, with guacamole and chips
  • chicken salad on bread
  • tuna salad on bread

Dino’s Snacks:

  • french toast with mango slices
  • grilled cheese with orange slices
  • chips and carrots with hummus
  • oatmeal with raisins and cranberries
  • apples, carrots, pears, or oranges
  • pretzels
  • cookies
  • homemade cake or brownies

Mommy’s Lunches:

  • white bread with turkey and cheese and mustard
  • turkey, ham, cheese roll-ups, with guacamole and chips
  • tuna and guacamole with chips
  • chicken and guacamole with chips
  • chicken salad or tuna salad on bread

Mommy’s Snacks:

  • cereal with almond milk and either banana or raisins
  • apples, carrots, pears, or oranges
  • pretzels
  • cookies
  • homemade cake or brownies
  • baked artichoke with melted butter…SO GOOD


All foods I cook with and eat are NON-GMO verified or organic. It is expensive, but worth the piece of mind. I hope change is coming and REAL FOOD will no longer be expensive. I hope the food industries will all be required to list all their chemicals in food and therefore change their products.

Here are great sites for how to save on organic. How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

HOPEFULLY with Vermont now requiring GMO labels on all “Food” products, other states will follow. New York is now starting the process!

CHANGE IS COMING! Food industries can complain and sue states (which shows they are hiding chemicals in food), but they will have to own up it and tell the truth.  

Perhaps if all states DO follow, the big food industries will STOP putting unsafe additives in food, provide healthier choices, and organic will become more affordable and the mainstream food in all kitchens. While I can control what we eat in our home, I can’t control what happens at restaurants or parties. I can bring my own food if I go to relative’s house. I can make sure Dino and I choose the healthier versions of dishes when we eat out. I can’t stop him from eating cake, desserts, and treats at parties. Again, perhaps if there is a change, real food will be the common place instead of processed foods. Hubby will mostly eat what I make, but still buys his processed snacks, frozen dinners, processed soups, and eats fast food fill with I don’t know what. Perhaps…he will make the change too…one day. 

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Our Meal Plan April 26th – May 7th — 4 Comments

  1. Dino is such a great eater! We’re struggling with a lot of pickiness by the (almost) 2 year old. Hopefully both my girls can be as good an eater as he is someday. BTW, I’m salivating over the thought of the stuffed chicken breast and that rice mixture.

  2. What a great meal plan, there are several days I would really enjoy! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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