Meal Planning January 11, 2015

Today is Sunday so that must mean I was meal planning today.  For this week’s meal plan I decided to see what I had in my pantry (and freezer) and go from there.  We are also having some favorites this week.  After taking stock of the inventory and checking my Pinterest Board and the internet I settled on this plan for the week.

Menu Board- January 11 2015

I am trying these two new recipes this week, The Italian Orzo Spinach Soup can be found here, and the Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken can be found here.  I didn’t realize they were from the same site until I made the shopping list.  The Stir Fry will be veggie based with brown rice.  Silly Sandwiches is something that my girls came up with and are usually grilled apple and cheese or grilled peanut butter and banana.  “Brinner” is breakfast for dinner, I usually decide the day of what we are going to have.  Sometimes its pancakes, or french toast or some egg dish.  You will have to stay tuned to see what tickles my food dreams on Thursday.  Finally on Friday we are going to have Naan Pizza. I love using Naan bread as the base for individual pizzas.

For today’s shopping, I tried out a new shopping list app Grocery IQ, I’m not in love with it.  I looked at the suggestions from last week’s post {thank you for those} and one is an apple only product {android girl here} and the other did not give me the check-ability that I love.  So I am still searching. Given what was on my shopping list today I decided that I could get almost everything that I needed at Trader Joes and then pick up the remaining items at Publix.

shopping-jan 11 15

Here is most of the items purchased.  My husband was very helpful and started putting items away before the picture was taken.  Between the two stores I spent $100 on items for the five dinners, plus some breakfast and lunch items.  Not to bad 🙂  Now on to tonight’s dinner:

ITALIAN ORZO SPINACH SOUP

There were very few modifications that I made to this soup.  I decided that my girls might like it better if it were a little more colorful so I purchased rainbow organic carrots at Trader Joes.  I also did a fifty-fifty mix of chicken stock and vegetable stock {it’s what I had on hand}.  I found a great multi-grain baguette loaf at the store {not completely clean, but also not entirely junked up} and had that for dipping.  The last difference was that I added a little grated Parmesan cheese to the top, it added a nice salty element to the soup. Overall this was a big hit in the house.  It made a lot of soup and I not only have some for lunch tomorrow, but also dinner if the Stir Fry doesn’t go over well.

Dinner rating: 3 out of 4 thumbs.

Until next time,

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4 thoughts on “Meal Planning January 11, 2015

    • Right now I buy my Naan from Whole Foods. Trader Joes has some that are more rectangle like, but it has soybean oil and it’s not organic/non-gmo. Naan is on my list of things to try and make.

      We just use a basic sauce, cheese and any veggies we have left over from the week. I put it in the oven for about 15 minutes, just long enough for the cheese to melt and the Naan to get warm.

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