Well, I thought I hadn't posted here in about 2 weeks - more like 2 MONTHS! Wow! But I have been on a roll with meal planning. This week is a busy one for us, but there is another factor to throw into meal planning: we are out of ground beef and I would like to wait for a sale to buy more. On top of this, Mike has proclaimed that he is "sick of beans." Talk about challenging!
Monday: We have some leftover taco filling (ground beef and black beans) that we will use to make either taco salads or nachos.
Tuesday: I have a meeting and I already promised Mike a night of chili dogs and corn muffins. The corn muffins are in the freezer and I bought hot dog rolls at the store on Sunday. The chili is from the freezer as well.
Wednesday: I've started attending a local Zumba class which meets at 6pm - EARLY! I will try to get home early and put together a pan of baked ziti (no meat, maybe some peas) and put it in the oven before I leave. Mike can take it out when it is done and serve himself or wait for me to get home. The only issue with this item is that I have no ricotta and I don't really want to buy any. The current plan is to make some soft cheese from an extra package of sour cream that I have. I have done this before, but didn't like the cheese much by itself. However, I think it will be suitable for baked ziti.
Thursday: Leftover Chicken Pot Pie from Sunday will need to be finished by this point. I might switch Wednesday & Thursday if I run out of time to make the fresh cheese earlier in the week.
Friday: Pizza night! I've been mixing it up a bit and trying different things with my pizza dough recipe. Last week I made some bread sticks which we really liked as well as 2 thinner crust pizzas. I'm going to see if I can make 4 thin crusts out of one batch of dough without the quality diminishing too much. I can parbake the extra 2 crusts and save them for a busy week or when I would like Mike to put dinner together.