19 April 2012

meal plan linky party!

Today I am so happy to be teaming up with Sarah from Racing Towards Joy 
for a big bloggy Meal Swap!

We each planned for seven days, including all three meals, and with a budget of $120.
We're including the menu, recipes and a shopping list.
We invited you all to do the same and we're so excited to see what you've come up with!
Browse through the links, print out the post of your choice,
check your pantry for what you already have, head to the store,
and forget the stress of trying to figure it out day by day!
Meal planning has seriously changed my life.
Knowing what we're eating every night, having the fridge stocked,
not needing to run to the store pretty much every day?
It doesn't sound like much, but it's a huge blessing.

So without further adieu, here's what I have for you:
*recipes linked, found below the menu, or self explanatory*


eggs and toast
(+ fruit with each)
and repeat as you like!
(I make a big batch of this - you can also use quinoa - and eat it all week. so good and refreshing!)
(a simplified version of this would be more than amazing. also, i am big on light mayo.)
 dinner leftovers
cheese quesadilla and tomato salad
curried chicken salad, chips and raw veggies
mexican lasagna, diced avocados and chips 
(this makes a great freezer meal - double the recipe!)
(this is my husband's all time favorite. we use havarti. i get top round roast because it has way less fat.)
bubble up pizza casserole and green salad
breakfast for dinner
Tomato Salad
4 plum tomatoes, quartered
1 avocado, diced
3 cups butter lettuce, chopped
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
serves 2

Curried Chicken Salad
(if you're not big on curry, leave it out)
1/2 cup light mayo
1/3 cup plain, non fat yogurt
3 teaspoons curry powder
1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
3 chicken breasts, roasted and shredded
4 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup sliced almonds (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Combine mayo, yogurt, curry, vinegar and honey.
Add in all other ingredients.
Great in sandwiches or atop mixed greens.

Breakfast for dinner, for us, usually means pancakes, eggs, bacon and fruit.
Make it what works for you!

1-2 boxes of cereal
bread (we need 2 loaves)
ciabatta rolls
pancake mix
fruit (we like bananas, grapes, apples, mandarins, melon and berries)
tomatoes (enough for salads and egg sandwich)
mixed greens
butter lettuce
2 yellow onions
avocados (buy in packs of 4 for the best price)
fresh flat leaf parsley
green onions
couscous or quinoa (shop bulk or Trader Joe's for best prices)
frozen shelled edamame
fat free feta
single serving plain non fat yogurt
sour cream
cream cheese
cheddar (*3 recipes)
mozzarella (*2 recipes) 
havarti (optional for egg sandwich and french dip)
big bag of frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts
ground beef or ground turkey
top round roast
olive oil
6oz. tomato paste
24 oz. tomato sauce
14.5 oz. diced tomatoes
small can of olives
frozen corn
black beans
lasagna noodles
golden or whole wheat round crackers
chips (potato and tortilla)
dried cranberries
sliced almonds
beef broth
soy sauce
2 cans buttermilk biscuits
pizza sauce
pizza toppings of your choice

spices you'll need, and may already have:
chili powder, cumin, curry powder, cayenne pepper, oregano

I realize not all of these are going to appeal to kid palates, so my kids will get their usual lunches. See ideas here and here.

Can't wait to see what you all have going! Hope this blesses you.


  1. Yay! Thanks for hosting. I can't wait for all of the ideas!!

  2. all of this organization about meals and food is shifting my worldview at this moment. i'm not even joking...i'm sort of getting nervous about it. this is so good, and so handy.
    thank you so very much, careen!

  3. I can't wait to check out all of the recipes! I get giddy about new recipes...

  4. Finally did mine :) I love this. It motivates me to actually do my meal planning! Is it going to be ongoing?