Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What's for Dinner Wednesday

I'm trying something a little bit different this week.



Despite your best efforts to give me dinner ideas for each week, I feel like I am stuck in a rut - preparing the same things over and over again, struggling to make a decent weekly menu...so I've decided to try an online menu planner for one week and see how it goes.

I was first turned onto online meal planning by my sister, who uses e-mealz for her and her husband.  For a small fee, you'll get a month's worth of menus and shopping lists.  They have different meal plans to chose from to fit a variety of situations.  I checked out their sampler menu and while it looked ok, it just didn't look GREAT - remember, I have a 3 year old to consider when I pick out meals!

My friend Lori introduced me to Michelle - she's the creator of 5 meals in 1 hour.  For the same small fee as e-mealz, you get a month's worth of menus and shopping lists (5 meals per week, just like I usually plan), but here's the kicker - you set aside 1 hour each week to do all your prep work, and she even tells you what to do for that too!  If you sign up on her blog you can receive a free trial week to test the waters.  So...I've decided to try this for one week and see how it goes!

Now, obviously, I cannot share these recipes with you because they are copyrighted, but I will be glad to give you an idea of the variety of foods she puts on her menus!  Here's next week's menu at the Smith house:

1.  Crispy Pork Chops with Steamers vegetables - These veggies were on sale last week at Kroger AND I had two coupons!

2.  Chicken & Broccoli Bake - sans cheese of course - with rice and green salad (well, I'll eat a salad, Samantha doesn't like lettuce and Owen gets hives from looking at healthy food...)

3.  Chicken Caesar Sandwiches - this is where I have to deviate from her menu a tad because I can NOT stand caesar dressing.  It's disgusting.  So...we will be having chicken philly sandwiches instead with grilled onions and peppers, served with baked chips.  So I'll still be getting some veggies in.

4.  Slow Cooked Shredded Beef Tacos with chips & salsa

5.  Mini Honey Mustard Meat Loaves - I am NOT a fan of sauce on meatloaf, so I might have to deviate a bit from her recipe on this one as well. 

I am REALLY excited about this concept and feel that her menu has provided me with healthy meals I know my family will eat.  I'll let you know next week how it's going!!!