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Weekly Meal Plans

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This week’s dinners:

Tacos and refried beans.

I make my refried beans by soaking kidney beans (or pinto) overnight. In the morning I add onions, beef soup base and garlic, then turn the Crockpot onto high. Once the beans are cooked, I add garlic salt, taco seasoning and hot sauce to flavor. Sometimes I add salsa. I think use my submersible blender until the beans have a re-fried bean like texture, but are still chunky.

Chinese Orange Chicken, Lo Mein and rice.

For a variety of reasons the Chinese Orange Chicken never got made last week, so it is being carried over to this week.

The Lo Mein is a first for me. I order it when we go to our local Chinese restaurant, so decided to give it a try at home. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

Chicken Gravy over Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

For the chicken gravy I will cook a whole chicken in the crockpot, then debone it and make a gravy out of the drippings.

For the garlic mashed potatoes I will saute’ the garlic and caramelize the onions, then proceed to make mashed potatoes. My kids go *crazy* for these.

Homemade  chili, cornbread and rice.

Homemade Pizza.

What are you eating?



  1. Frances

    Pasta with a sauce of pesto, salsa and maple syrup (sounds weird, but it is so good)
    Perogies and Farmer Sausage
    quesidillas, using leftover beef from taco night a couple of days ago
    Brown Sugar Chicken (crock pot) with mashed potatoes
    Chicken in a lemon dill marinade
    Greek chicken, rice and homemade pita bread
    burgers and homemade fries

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      This is the ONLY way I cooke whole chickens. I just pull out the neck and whatever else they stuff in the chicken (ew) then put it in the crockpot with seasoning. Takes about five minutes.

        • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

          Jessica- no the chicken is so full of juice, I don’t need to add any liquid. And it comes out unbelievably moist.

  2. JoAbair

    I cook whole rabbits or chickens in the crockpot, just add water and sometimes some seasons or chopped onions. We are having homemade chili and homemade bread, burritos with homemade tortillas and homemade beans (trend there huh…homemade!) beef stew, rabbit pot pie and deep dish pizza. All of this we make, sometimes my kids make it. I make whole wheat bread and tortillas 1 x a wk, beans 1 x a mo as well as chili and can it. Pastas, casseroles and pot pies/stews and soups are all made ahead and canned/frozen as we have swim/dive team and do not get home till 6 p.m. and still have barn chores, dinner and bedtime routine.

  3. C Smith

    Potato soup and cornbread muffins
    Cheesesteak sandwiches and fries
    Chicken and spinach lasagna and salad
    Baked talapia, rice pilaf, broccoli & carrots
    Breakfast: grits, eggs, biscuits, sausage gravy
    BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans
    Teriyaki meatballs, rice, green beans, baby corn
    I love when other people post their meal ideas. I get so tired of making the same things over and over, so I’m always looking for something new.

  4. Christine @

    One of my favorite recipes is one I only mastered in the last couple of years: fried rice. Cook up a large batch of rice (brown or white; quantity depends on number of people.) Meanwhile, make scrambled eggs, cut into bite sized pieces, and set aside. Chop up your favorite vegetables and sautee them in sesame and olive oil. I like to use garlic, green beans, carrots, onions, celery, spinach, corn, broccoli, mushrooms, green onions — whatever is lying around the kitchen. Optional: cut meat or tofu into bite size pieces. If you’re going to use meat, precook the meat and set aside. When the rice is cooked, combine all the ingredients in a big skillet and season with soy sauce, oyster sauce, dried ginger powder, and sesame seeds. I have a picky eater who doesn’t like most vegetables, but she will eat them if they have the soy sauce and oyster sauce on them.

  5. Penny

    I love lo mein, and it’s so easy to make! I hope your turns out tasty. My menu this week:
    Roast, potatoes, carrots
    Black bean burgers topped with caramelized onions, chips, maybe some homemade mac n cheese
    Hamburger Pie (similar to Shepherd’s pie)
    Enchiladas (using a bit of roast I saved from yesterday’s meal)

  6. Sarah

    Love getting meal ideas from others! Our week:
    Chicken with black beans
    Seafood chowder and home made buns
    Madras beef and rice
    Roast chicken and sweet potatoes (I put my whole chicken in the oven with garlic stuffed inside, garlic powder on top) 1 1/2 hours – sweet potatoes in the oven at the same time

  7. Sarah

    Black beans and chicken – I cook the dry black beans in water in the crock pot for a few hours. Drain but reserve some of the liquid. Mash adding some liquid back along with salt and garlic powder. Add salsa, low fat sour cream and some cooked chopped chicken (seasoned with garlic). I layer whole wheat tortillas, black bean/ chicken mixture with a little bit of cheddar. Repeat for a few layers end with cheddar. Bake until heated through. This is a good way to stretch the chicken. $5 worth of chicken last night fed our family of 7 with left overs for lunch.

  8. Nicole

    A while back you posted a beans recipe (I think it was red beans). I think you added peppers and onions to it. I can’t find the recipe. Do you have it posted somewhere. BTW I didn’t even realize it had been a year since Josiah’s surgery until you posted about Apollo. I’m so bad with dates….and memory in general for that matter (especially when I’m pregnant). So glad to be on the other side of that surgery.

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