Meal Plan 4.0

Sunday Super Bowl Snack: We hope you enjoy watching Taylor Swift appear at the super bowl because let’s be real…the whole world is watching her and not the football. Haha…

These are a fun treat to make if you want to get crafty in the kitchen and try something new! Perfect Pretzel Bites

Monday: Skillet Corn and Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Bake by HBH aka skillet nachos! Sarah discovered this recipe a while back and it has become a favorite of mine. Some of the subs I make are using ground beef instead of chicken (just because we have a freezer full), frozen corn instead of fresh, and I have never used the chipotle chili in adobo sauce purely because I don’t want to buy a jar and use only one and I honestly don’t love chipotle flavored things. I have always used salsa and not enchilada sauce. We use our big mama jama Lodge cast iron skillets for these and it works perfectly. This is also a good easy recipe to use for hosting and easily doubled.

Tuesday: Shrove Tuesday or Pancake dinner. Grab your favorite pancake recipe or use a box mix but eat some pancakes and douse it in pure maple syrup for the win. If you are not familiar with Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday then you can click here for a wikipedia answer. Or just do some googling. We have celebrated Shrove Tuesday for many years now and it has become a fun tradition at our church.

Wednesday: Grab your celery and water and start your fast…j/k. Today is Valentine’s Day! My husband will be out of town so this might be a kid dinner night for me. But I will always cherish my Ember Mug that I got a few years back for Valentine’s. Go read the Ember Blog post and treat your mama self!

Proposed Valentine Dinner: Grilled Steak, Roasted Asparagus, and Parmesean roasted potatoes with olive oil and Italian seasoning.

Thursday: Alternative taco night since we did skillet nachos Monday. Chicken Fajitas. I’ll link a recipe here, but honestly just follow along 1. Cut chicken into strips 2. Cook in skillet with some taco seasoning 3. Add bell peppers and onions 4. Assemble into taco shell with toppings such as sour cream, cheese, and guac. 5. Eat with chips and salsa. 6. Have a happy belly 🙂

Mom tip for kids with littles: Thursday can be a hard night for kiddos. They have been to school 4 full days with one more looming day to go. Aren’t we all done by Thursday anyway? So I try to make something simple that I know they will eat, and we shoot for early bed time. Tacos are typically a win. Aka carbs and cheese. I also tend to cut up raw peppers along with my cooked peppers because my kids won’t eat them cooked. Serve fresh fruit with dinner so your kids get a well rounded meal.

Friday: Burgers: I make my own burgers with a concoction of ground meat (1-2lb depending on if we are hosting or just our family.) For one pound I add the following: 1 egg, 1/4c oatmeal, garlic powder or 1 Derot garlic cube, Worchestire Sauce (many shakes), Onion powder, Italian Seasoning or Basil, and S&P. Get messy and mix with your hands. Pat out into patties. Grill! We love a brioche bun and my husband creates what I call the Mile High Matt Burger with any and all toppings that we have in the refrigerator. Pair with sweet potato fries or chips and chow down.

Weekend Treat or any weeknight treat when you just need something: Paleo Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie Let me preface and say that I do not follow any type of particular diet such as Paleo or low carb, or whatever it may be. We love everything! But when I come across a recipe that I simply love, it remains a keeper whether it is considered Paleo or something else. And this recipe is a keeper for Sarah and me. I use my 10″ cast iron skillet for this recipe instead of 2 small skillets.

Happy Cooking and happy eating!



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