I haven’t done a meal plan in FOREVER here on the blog.
Our family continues to eat. True story.
For a long time I was trying tons of great new recipes from Gathered Table. BUT, I will admit that trying something new so frequently started to grate on my mommy nerves.
Those tend to be quite raw, already around 5 pm. Anyone else?
SO, I wanted to share some of the things I’m making right now — be sure to sign-up for my freel meal planner at the bottom of this post!
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken:
I actually got this recipe FROM Gathered Table, although this one seems pretty similar. Something really new and different for our family. I think I am actually going to alternate meal plans with some great ways to help your kids try foods from other countries coming up. The kids tolerated this, but I thought it was a fun change. NOT hard to make and a slow cooker dinner for the total mommy nerves win!
Skill level: LOW
Time: Medium (it takes a bit to mix it all up, for a slow cooker dish, this is more time intensive than usual).
Ideas for sides: I’d just do some cut-up veggies. The dinner is so warm and has so many flavors, whatever you put with it you want to be light and easy on the taste buds.
BBQ Black Bean Pizza
I’ve made this a bunch of times in my meal plan. Mainly because it’s different than our norm, it’s easy and the family really likes it!
Skill level: LOW (especially if you use store-bought dough)
Time: Fast (again, especially if you use store bought dough. If I don’t use store bought dough I often will make a large batch and freeze portions for another time).
Ideas for sides: Salad. I almost always do a salad with pizza, or cut-up veggies.
Boy oh boy do I love a good gyros, this is a great at-home alternative.
Skill level: Pretty low, it does involve a lot of spices and measuring. If that bugs you… well… you might not want to make this. Also, I just chop the cucumber small and wisk it in a bowl with the yogurt, I don’t blend. Too much clean-up.
Time: Medium. The chicken neesds to marinade. It’s great to make while the kids are doing homework. It only marinates an hour, but I like it longer. 😉
Ideas for sides: Veggies. I’ve had a love of green beans lately. Or roasted veggies would be tasty!
Total desperation dinner, and a great way to use up meat you have leftover. If you don’t have a lot of meat, add some beans to fluff it up. 🙂 This week I had leftover ground beef from tacos a few nights before. EASY!
Skill level: You could be in a coma and make this. 🙂
Time: As little as you want, really.
Ideas for sides: No need, it’s all encompassing. 🙂 You could cut up some fruit?
Easy peasy and a great way to get your kids to eat broccoli.
Skill level: LOW.
Time: Very low prep time, does take a bit to cook (but you can watch TV while it does that).
Ideas for sides: This meal is pretty well self contained, but it could be super tasty with a cool salad.
Buffalo Thigh Sliders
Yumm…. I love buffalo with blue cheese-ness. These are tasty.
Skill level: Medium.
Time: Not too long
Ideas for sides: Try to keep it light and crisp. You could do some fries, a light pasta salad or a regular salad. Frankly, it’s likely I’d just do raw veggies on the side (anyone seeing a theme). Or, my personal favorite, chips.
Six can tortilla Soup
Who couldn’t use a little bpa in their diet, right? But on a cold winter day this stuff is an awesome, quick meal. Yum-o. Add some cheese and sour cream and you’re in heaven. Especially if you like cheese and sour cream, like me.
Skill level: Extremely low. Unless you can’t open cans, and then this will be hard. 🙂
Ideas for sides: You could do some bread or some absolute nothing. I usually just throw some chips on the table the family crumples on theirs.
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So, that’s that. I hope you found it helpful.
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These look really good! I have a similar taco soup recipe that I love for how easy it is. I want to try the buyer chicken and the gyros though. Yum!
Yes, try the, let me know what you think!
Butter chicken… Darn that auto correct.