Two Week Meal Plan

Meal planning is something I’ve done for decades. I don’t feel right if I don’t have at least a week of meals planned in advance. But I’ve learned not to restrict myself as to what day I serve which meal. Things don’t always work out for certain meals. Over the years I’ve discovered making a plan for a longer period gives me more flexibility for days when I don’t feel well or something exciting comes up to take me away from the kitchen. To give myself room for the unexpected I like to make a two week meal plan.

Two week meal plan

Before I get into the meal plan I wanted to show you the fantastic coffee mug Pete & Andi brought home for me! They took the girls to Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, Ohio and I now have a coffee mug that holds a real cup of coffee!

I’m already into this two week meal plan and I’m really glad I had set it up before the latest migraine hit! And it emphasized the reason I am not strict about which meals I serve on particular days. Instead of trying to drag myself to the kitchen because it was Thursday and I’d locked myself into making Crab Stuffed Flounder I had given myself a lot of other options.

Two Week Meal Plan

Chicken Alfredo Stromboli (Pete made and brought over)
Salad

Beef enchiladas (Already prepared freezer meal)
Spanish rice
Salad

Bam’s Beef Chili with Cornbread Croutons (Already prepared freezer meal)
Salad

Hot Pepper Jelly Pork Steaks (Already prepared freezer meal)
Roasted potatoes
Roast carrots

Tuna Melts
Chips

Maple Dijon Chicken
Roasted red potatoes
Green beans

Shredded beef tacos
Mexican rice
Salad

Minestrone w/sausage soup
Crusty rolls

Chili & Honey chicken thighs
Potato salad
Peas

Saturday (Family dinner)
Sweet & Savory Pork Sandwiches
Coleslaw
Orange Condensed Milk Cake

Crab Stuffed Flounder
Creamed red potatoes
Asparagus

Cheddar Mac and cheese
Salad

Steaks w/whiskey cream sauce
Twice baked potatoes
Broccoli & cheese

There are a lot of reasons to make a two week meal plan!

Another reason I like making a two week meal plan is that it gives me plenty of time to make additional freezer meals before I run out. In my case I want to have a lot of freezer meals made because my health may prevent me from spending time in the kitchen. You may be busy with kids, work, or any of the other things that make cooking from scratch difficult some days.

A two week meal plan allows me to be flexible, have a variety of meals I’ve prepared at home, and keep us from wasting money on takeout. If you’re already meal planning consider expanding to create a two week meal plan. I think you’ll love it!

 

Two week calendar via: great-printable-calendars

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10 Freezer Meals to Make This Weekend

The last couple of weeks have been really rough on my physically. I think the weather played a large part since it was in the 60’s one day then the 30’s the next and continued to roller-coaster that way. I’ve also had a flare of the CRPS which scares the heck out of me. And the worst part was that I felt so awful I didn’t want to cook and we ate take-out twice! I finally decided I needed to restock my freezer meals and I thought I’d share what I made with 10 Freezer Meals to Make This Weekend.

10 Freezer Meals to Make This Weekend

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12 Freezer Recipes – Day 3

On day 3 I didn’t have to wake up. I was up all night because everything hurt. Well, almost everything. My right earlobe is in pretty good shape. But there are several more recipes to make and get in the freezer so I can’t stop now. This is a quest. 12 Freezer Recipes – Day 3 is the finish line. I refuse to give up and end up with fewer than my originally planned 31 meals.

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12 Freezer Meal Recipes – Day 2

After the fairly easy day of preparing freezer meals on Day 1 I was feeling pretty cocky when I got up on Day 2. My husband and my son had both agreed to help out for this day of cooking so I was sure I’d feel fine at the end of the day. “I’ll take ‘Famous Last Words’ for $1000, Alec.”

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12 Freezer Meal Recipes – Day 1

I was going to start this post writing about the onset of the colder weather and how it made me realize I need to stock my freezer. That’s how I was going to start. I hopped (so to speak) out of bed eager to start cooking. But when I actually began making the freezer meals my body reminded me I’m a professional cripple so making them in a single day wasn’t going to happen. I’ll end up with 31 meals. That makes me happy. But feeling like I cheated in Vegas and was soundly beaten from head to toe…not so much. I had to spread cooking over 3 days so this 12 freezer meal recipes – Day 1.

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Southwest Cheeseburger Casserole

 

Southwest-Cheeseburger-Cass

Summer barbecues are one of my favorite things and we pretty much all love a good cheeseburger. But the weather here has been extremely hot and the humidity is, in a word, ridiculous. The idea of standing over a flaming grill isn’t really appealing right now. So, to get the flavors without the heat I made Southwest Cheeseburger Casserole. It’s full of good old American flavors that we all enjoy, without all that standing outside in the 97° heat.

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