Busy weekend for me. Spent sometime in Houston sitting with my sister at the hospital, rushed to get laundry and household chores done, dealing with kiddo drama...but I DID manage to get my meal planning and grocery shopping for this week done!
On the menu are easy prep meals for the days that I work and then I hope to cook some extra meals to stock Sonya's freezer with for when she comes home. A busy week ahead, that's for sure!
Monday: Turkey and dressing. Will put a large turkey breast (you can get them for a really great price "off-season") in the crock to cook all day. Will make a pan of cornbread dressing Sunday night so that all Doug has to do is pop it in the oven right before dinner. The turkey makes it's own gravy, it will be a little taste of Thanksgiving a few months early! Will make an extra pan of chicken dressing for the freezer for Sonya & Mason.
Tuesday: Enchilada casserole. Will fry up a pound of ground beef Monday night and assemble this easy dish before going to work the next morning. Doug can pop it in the oven about an hour before dinner. Will serve with chips and homemade salsa from the freezer.
Wednesday: Turkey pannini and fruit. Will use leftover turkey meat from Monday to make turkey/spinach/tomato/swiss pressed sandwiches. Will use lots and lots of our hot pepper butter on them! Serve with fresh fruit.
Thursday: Pasta primavera. Whole wheat bow tie pasta tossed with a homemade alfredo sauce and fresh veggies (zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, red pepper, and julienne carrots). Will make a double batch and freeze half for a meal for Sonya & Mason.
Friday: Minestrone soup. Will serve this comforting, vegetarian meal with whole wheat artisan bread. A double batch will go into the crock and half will be frozen for Sonya & Mason.
Saturday: Chicken and vegetable kabobs over brown rice. Doug is really loving his new grill and what could be easier than kabobs? The kids will have fun making these!
Sunday: DINNING OUT! Just typing all of this is making me tired and a night off from cooking will be well deserved by all!
In addition to the three meals from our own menu, I'll be making two more soups for the freezer for Sonya (easily simmered in the crock pot while I'm at work) and maybe a vegetable dish or two. Sonya's stomach was greatly insulted during a routine medical procedure and she has a long haul ahead for recovery. All of my meals for her are going to be made with bone broths and organic vegetables. I'm also sending her some kefir, kombucha, and lactofermented vegetables in an attempt to help her regain the healthy flora in her gut which will, in turn, help the rest of her body to heal. I ask for continued prayers for her and her family.