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If you follow me on Facebook (and I certainly hope you do!) then you know I have been working on meal planning. I have done meal planning in the past and really enjoyed the results. My problem is sticking with it. If you've been here awhile you also know I've played around with freezer cooking and also LOVE the results but again lack in follow through.
So here's the thing, I've been working diligently on my homeschool planning and in the Well Planned Day planner there is a small section each week for planning meals! It is an amazing little box with so many possibilities. I have utilized it minimally in the past. Now I'd really like to use it this year.
Here's my plan:
*If I could come up with 30 (so far more!) meals that my family enjoys and that I know I can cook
*Then I can fill in all my little meal planning boxes (randomly from my long list of choices)
*Make a grocery list for each week (as the week comes just mark off ingredients that I already have and add other items we need for the week)
*I can make ahead and freeze many of the recipes as I have time and ingredients
*Any meals we don't end up eating (if we go out to eat or whatever) can just be pushed ahead to another day
Then I will wake up each morning knowing what my family will have to eat that night and so I can make sure meat is thawed, ingredients are in the house, etc. I will surely save us some $$ and last minute trips through the drive thru this way, right? That's my goal anyway.
So part of what I am doing right now is gathering meal ideas. The other night we had a baseball game and an extra kid here and I couldn't stomach one more burger. I came home and threw together what I had for a "Mexican Pizza." Now granted I wished I had many more ingredients once I got started but I forged ahead.
For 5 of us I used:
6 flour tortillas (the big ones)
1 lb ground beef (cooked and drained)
1 can green chiles
shredded sharp cheddar
1 can refried beans
I added the taco seasoning to the meat with a little water and cooked down. Then I drained the green chiles and added those to the beef mixture. I cooked the flour tortillas in the over flat for about 5 minutes. When they came out I spread refried beans on 2 tortillas (I was making 2 Mexican pizzas) and placed another tortilla on top of each of those. Then I put the chile/ meat mixture on top of those and covered with the last tortillas. On top of those went the cheese. Then I popped them back into the oven for 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
That's it. Even with tornado warnings and trips to the basement I had this meal finished in no time. I served it with sour cream and Taco Bell Sauces. Y'all the kids tore it up. The pieces were so big (I cut each pizza into 4s) that we couldn't finish it all. Even my kids that DOES NOT EAT BEANS ate it up. He couldn't see the beans so he didn't know they were there.
Now that being said this was a pull together meal. I wish I'd had at minimum some green onion, a tomato, and some olives. I would have cut all that up and put it on top with the cheese. So when I write this in my nifty notebook of recipes and meals I will add those as ingredients to have. Also you can look on Pinterest and find a ton of recipes for Mexican Pizzas.
Now make sure to join the conversation on Facebook. Today we are talking about meatballs. As I get this together I hope to share recipes and meal ideas with you!