I recently shared my step-by-step guide for using Pinterest as a meal-planning tool, and this week I’m putting my own advice to work! I usually plan meals for Sunday-Saturday each week, since we do our grocery shopping on Sunday’s. This week I’m giving myself a Sunday night pass. From celebrating my birthday to a few late weekend nights, this family opted for Chicken Tortilla Soup— leftovers I had frozen from a few weeks ago.
Along with what I’m cooking for the big kids, I’ve also included toddler tips for each dinner. I should preface that I always give Joey what Ted and I eat (if it’s not too spicy). Sometimes he likes it, other times he dislikes. I’ll also always make sure to have some foods he’s guaranteed to like on hand during the week for the times that he votes no!
Recipe: Crock Pot Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers
Photo and Recipe Courtesy of: No. 2 Pencil
Cook’s Note: I’ve made something similar before and do not plan on following this recipe precisely— plus I have quinoa I need to use up so I’ll swap that for the rice.
Toddler Tip: I’m making one without the enchilada sauce for Mr. Joey. Because he’ll only eat a ¼ or ½ of a pepper, this will make great leftovers for his weekday lunches.
Recipe: Loaf Pan Lasagna
Photo and Recipe Courtesy of: Meal Makeover Moms
Cook’s Note: Lasagna during the week? Yep! It’s easy when you use a bottle of your favorite store-bought pasta sauce [I’d like to think my Grandma would’ve appreciated this quick fix during the week].
Toddler Tip: I plan on adding extra veggies in between the noodle layers…. my Italian bambino loves almost anything topped with marinara and cheese!
Recipe: Roasted Potatoes, Chicken Sausage, and Peppers
Photo and Recipe Courtesy of: Skinny Taste
Cook’s Note: This should really be a no-recipe, recipe. I can’t wait to try this one!! Hopefully it makes it to my “I’ll have seconds” Pinterest board.
Toddler Tip: Joey will eat sausage as long as I melt a little cheese on top- who wouldn’t?!
Recipe: Beef Barley Soup
Photo and Recipe Courtesy of: The Food Charlatan
Cook’s Note: Again, another recipe I’ve made before and plan on using what I have on hand to complete!
Toddler Tip: Joey doesn’t quite know how to eat soup yet— so I usually de-soup the soup and give him bits and pieces of non-broth foods
WE ARE EATING OUT! YES!
Leftover Beef Barley Soup! Easy enough!
So all in all, it looks like I’m cooking 4 night’s (2 new-ish recipes, both SUPER easy), eating out one, and using leftovers for another dinner (and likely a few lunches). Stay tuned next Sunday for another week’s menu of meals!