I love reading blog posts with weekly meal plans. I always like to see what other families eat for dinner in a typical week and can usually find new ideas for my own weekly meal plan.
I’ve been hesitant to post my own meal plans here, though, because I don’t always stick to them. Sometimes I plan for a certain meal and it turns into something else all together. Other times I only have a vague idea of what dinner is going to look like because I know I want to use certain ingredients but am not exactly sure what I’m going to do with them. So you can see that posting my meal plan ahead of time wouldn’t work so well.
Then a thought occurred to me: Why not post the plan after the week? Then everyone can see what we had for dinner the previous week and possibly get some ideas for their upcoming week.
So the How Dinner Went Down feature was born. At the end of each week, I’ll post what we had for dinner the previous week. My commitment-phobic side is coming out just typing out the words “each week”, but I think I’m ready to take this step. I can do it.
In a typical week, I try one new recipe, either from one of my cookbooks or one I’ve found on the web. I also try to create one new recipe each week. The rest of the meals are comprised of meals we’ve had before and like, with at least one being from Tim’s favorite list. He needs to have at least one favorite meal each week to make up for any possible new recipe fails. Yep, those happen.
While that is my typical week, we haven’t quite gotten back to normalcy around here. Just getting meals on the table is an accomplishment right now, and I haven’t had the time to search for new recipes to try. In my sleep-deprived state, new recipe creation hasn’t been happening at dinner time much, either. So this week you’ll notice our meal plan was made up of tried-and-true recipes. Those weeks are good, too. But you’ll see more of a variety in the coming weeks.
How Dinner Went Down: January 29th-February 4th
Pizza. Not homemade. It happens, folks.
Vegan Sloppy Joes with sweet potato fries. Tim absolutely loves these vegan sloppy joes. I added a cup of tomato sauce to make them extra saucy and made a double batch so I’d have some to freeze.
Spaghetti and meatless balls with a green salad. I made a double batch of the meatless balls so I’d have some to freeze. This is a go-to quick and easy meal.
This is another Tim favorite. This week he declared this his “favorite vegetarian meal”.
Vegan sloppy joes, again. This was not planned, but I was so glad I made an extra batch earlier in the week!
Layered Vegetable Crockpot Casserole This was my night to work in the church nursery, so having a meal ready when I got home was perfect.
As you can see, cheese is back on the menu. I cut it out for three weeks, and then after adding it back in didn’t notice a difference, so I don’t think Luke has a sensitivity after all. I was so glad because as much as I love a good vegan meal, I do love cheese.
The name of my dinner game lately is quick and easy. I can’t believe I ever thought getting dinner made with one child was hard. Ha!
So what was the best thing you had for dinner last week?