Meal Planning

Ahhh… food.  Love it or hate it, we gotta have it, and we definitely need to make sure we have healthy stuff on hand for the munchkins.  Because the second half of 2013 was hectic, our family had gotten into a no-so-great habit of eating out.  A lot.  And when we didn’t eat out our diet consisted of soley spaghetti, tortellini, quesadillas and grilled cheese.  Not exactly a diverse menu.

So, as 2014 is the year of the PLAN, we decided to see if we (I mean really, *I*)  could plan and make dinner for the whole entire month of January.  I know this sounds silly.  I bet there are people out there (and not just in other countries…) who never eat out.  Or only eat out for special occassions.  That is how I was raised, actually.  Birthdays, anniversaries and vacations were the only real reasons to eat out.  Otherwise we had a homecooked meal on the table every night.  Clearly my mother was the original super mom.

So, because I do not enjoy meal planning at all and really do enjoy finding lists that help me check things off my own lists, here is what we’ve eaten in January for dinner.  Every night.

January 1:  Lucky Bean Soup

January 2: Roasted Broccoli Pasta

January 3: Tomato Soup and Grilled Provelone Sandwiches

January 4: I am not sure… but we didn’t eat out!

January 5: we went to my parents’ 🙂

January 6: I am not sure… but we didn’t eat out!

January 7:  Black Bean Burgers (I only put the cayenne in with the adults, and I grilled the onions.)

January 8: Pot Pie Soup (Not sure where I got this recipe…)

January 9: Vegetarian Stew

January 10: Oven Baked Bean Chimichangas (definitely a favorite, use ANCHO chili powder.  Trust me.)

January 11: Don’t remember. Some days we just do easy stuff like sandwhiches.

January 12: My parents had us over.  We had an amazing cod with saffron rice and brussel sprouts. 🙂

January 13: Wild Rice Mushroom Soup (hubby said this “tasted like Thanksgiving”).

January 14: Egg Salad Sandwhiches (run of the mill egg salad on sourdough toast)

January 15: Lemon Dill Salmon with Red Potatoes

January 16: Salad bar (girls request)

January 17: Homemade Mac and Cheese with spinach (I use an old Cooking Light recipe I’ve changed over the years)

January 18: Chimichangas again… took dinner to friends with an adorable new baby.

January 19:  Green Chili and Corn Enchiladas (very, very good)

January 20: Tomato soup and sammies again

January 21: Couscous, garbanzo beans, feta, tomatoes and cucumbers tossed together

January 22: Egg, cheese and biscuit sandwhiches

January 23: Tuna salad lettuce wraps

January 24:  Nachos w/black beans

January 25:  Pizza w/ homemade dough (I like to sub in some white whole wheat flour)

January 26: Best Ever Black Bean Soup  – seriously.  best ever.

January 27:  Tortellini w/ homemade crock pot marinara.  This is delish and super versatile.  We’ll use left overs for pizza again in the near future, I’m sure.

January 28: Veggie Wraps (Spinach tortilla, cream cheese seasoned w/ Italian dressing mix, chopped veggies, shredded cheese.  So simple, so good.)

January 29:  Chimicangas (yes, again!)

January 30: Vegetarian Chili

January 31: Pizza for the kiddos.  Getting together w/ friends for the hubby and I.  🙂

And that’s it!  We made it!