Judging from all of the cards and letters I have been receiving, you all have been dying to know what ever happened to my UNBELIEVABLE Seven Day Meal Plan That Never Changes.
As you might recall, my goal was to make the same seven meals every week for a month. Actually, it was 14 meals, since my plan included lunch, too.
The first two weeks were awesome. Each day, both my husband and the kids would ask with anticipation, "What's on the meal plan for today?!" Or "What is on the schedule for Wednesday?" They were all actually planning ahead and looking forward to their favorite meal of the week.
Grocery shopping also was so simple. With the same meal plan each week, it was easy to remember what ingredients I needed, and I could stock up for future weeks.
But about halfway through Week 3, someone started getting tired of the rotating meals.
She started to complain. She couldn't stand the thought of Sloppy Joe. Her former love for BLTs was turning to revulsion. And biscuits and gravy? No way.
And since she IS the mom of the family, she started making substitutions. And why does it always seems that substitutions = Panda Express?
Well, I've been getting back into planning mode. I still have my basic meal plan on the fridge to use as my baseline, but I've been throwing in some of my Easiest Meals Evah to mix it up.
And since it IS a new month, I thought maybe we all could share our favorite simple meal. That way, we can all enjoy a little variety this month.
Here are five of my favorites:
1. Our Meijer store sells a fully-cooked rotisserie chicken for $5.99. That is almost as cheap as buying a raw whole chicken! I grab a loaf of French bread from the bakery and add a salad or veggie, and we have dinner.
2. That chicken goes a long way. So, the next day, boil a big pot of chicken broth and water and cook some Kluski noodles with diced chicken. I usually either throw in some carrots, or serve carrots on the side (cooked or cold). This is by far the favorite meal of my children, and we usually have enough for lunch the next day.
3. My top-secret meatloaf. I buy a package of McCormick's meatloaf seasoning and follow the directions on the back. I serve it with a veggie and some cornbread. Believe it or not, my kids love this meal, as well.
4. Slow cooker lasagna. I can't believe how good this recipe is! The secret is that you only want to cook it for about 5 hours on low.
5. Cheeseburger soup. Filling. Cheesy. Comfort food. Yum.
Your turn! What's your favorite super easy meal?
By the way... In case you have forgotten, there is a PERSON living in my tummy! She needs a middle name! Have you voted? I think she's ready to bust out, and we haven't made up our minds. Help us break the tie.
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