Meal Plan, Week of February 26-March 4

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Like I said in my post yesterday, I have a lot of food, and I’m trying to find something new to cook!  I also have two instant pots and try to make most things in there.

As usual, my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are in a list to choose from.  My dinners are specific for the day.

Breakfasts

Lunches

  • Sandwich 🥪 , veggies 🥕, and crackers
  • Boiled egg 🥚, salami or summer sausage, veggies 🥦 and hummus, and Triscuits
  • Leftovers
  • Soup 🥣
  • Wraps

Dinners

Snacks

  • Triple Zero Greek yogurt
  • Almonds
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Clif bars
  • Granola bars
  • Veggies and hummus
  • Apples or bananas and peanut butter
  • Pretzels and cookie butter

Next week, most lunches and dinners will be in the dining hall.  Can’t wait!  It saves us so much money and time, and it is a great way to get to know the staff

Prep for meals

  • Veggie tray
  • Move frozen meat to the fridge
  • Make breakfast casserole
  • Thaw steel cut oats
  • Bake bread (only because we love it!)

I buy pre-cut veggies when I can and already boiled/peeled boiled eggs.  I know it costs a little more and it’s worth it at this point.  I may go back to prepping these things eventually.  I’m also probably going to reduce the amount that I make Greek yogurt.  It hasn’t been turning out!!

My Plan for the week

  • Monday- Robert and I will go to town to pick up the love seat and maybe have a lunch date.  We are making dinner for my mentee.
  • Tuesday- I’m reading to Levi’s class, AA, lunch, library time, then a birthday party for a little one here that’s turning one.
  • Wednesday- Bible study at noon (at my house), and I might have a friend over for coffee.
  • Thursday- Day at home, then AA at 7:00pm
  • Friday- Rest day, and I might have a friend over for coffee.
  • Saturday- Family day
  • Sunday- Church, lunch with the pastor, counseling, maybe the park

As you can see, Monday and Tuesday are my only busy days this week!  That’s much different from last week!

Also, daily chores will happen and my schedule chores will happen.

I hope you have a great week!  What are your plans for the week and for meals?

Instant Pot Carnitas

There is some misunderstanding about what carnitas are, so for this purpose, the carnitas I’m talking about are shredded pork tacos.

I honestly don’t ever measure how much seasoning I use so I’m going to do my best to give some measurements, but you can always add more or take away based on your taste.  I know that I rarely follow a recipe as is :-).

We make these often when we have people over because it is so easy to make a larger batch.  I have two instant pots: an 8qt and a 6qt.  Typically I make the carnitas in one and beans in another.

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I am lucky in that our store (HEB) has carnitas already cut up and easy to use.  I am able to easily layer this way.  You could use a pork roast just as easily, though, you can’t really layer with that.

These are the seasonings that I use.

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Ingredients:

  • 4lbs of pork roast (or carnita meat)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1-2 bell peppers, diced (I usually use red, yellow, and/or orange)
  • 1 jalapeno, de-seeded and diced very fine
  • About 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 orange, cut into fourths
  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder (we use dark red)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin

Basically, I just layer them in the instant pot.  One layer of meat, one layer of seasoning, one layer of veggies, then repeat.  I top it by squeezing the orange over it and leaving the oranges in.

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I then set it on high pressure for 55 minutes.

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I usually let it natural pressure release for 10 minutes or so.

After it is finished, we shred it and eat!

My favorite tortillas are some that I buy from our local store.  They are basically homemade.  I also love the type that are a mixture of corn and flour.

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Robert makes his “famous” guacamole and we also top them with cheese, sour cream, and maybe some more cilantro.

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Mom’s Master Binder + Happy Planner

My household notebook has been kind of disorganized since I started homeschooling again and since I’ve been using my Happy Planner.  I have decided to make both of them work well for me.

I found a free “Mom’s Master Binder” pack and used it to make my household notebook work for homeschooling as well as just regular household stuff that I created.  I also bought a cheap grade book pack on Teachers Pay Teachers.  I use a google doc table that I made for lesson plans.  I don’t keep them in my binder.  I print one off for Karis to use, and I share the document with her so she can click on links (mostly for Khan Academy lessons).

I didn’t make this and I can’t find a link.  I have it saved and I just print as needed.  I’m sure it would be really easy to make on your own.

Weekly Routine

Master Grocery List

This is just the print out of my Google Calendar.

Homeschool Grade Book

This is the program that I’m doing with my dietitian.

These folders have various things in them from coupons to letters to counseling things.

I use my Happy Planner for “to-dos,” self care, and meals for the day. I’ll also use it to plan meals for the week.

Let me know if you want any of this!  I have some templates that I made as well as the ones I found online.  I would be glad to share!

Weekly Meal Plan, Week of February 27-March 5

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Breakfasts

  • Oatmeal (just plain old Quaker) and Greek yogurt
  • Green protein smoothie
  • Eggs in corn tortillas with cheese and salsa
  • Sprouted English muffins (in the freezer) and eggs
  • Kodiak Power Cakes pancakes (in the freezer)
  • Omelets
  • Pop tarts 🙂
  • Cereal
  • NutriGrain bars

Lunches

  • Chicken salad, boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Cottage cheese (or lunch meat and cheese), boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Peanut butter and honey sandwich, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Leftovers
  • Dining hall on Saturday

Snacks

  • Sandwich crackers
  • Sriracha cashews
  • Dry roasted almonds
  • Veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers) with hummus or ranch
  • Fruit (apples, bananas, oranges, or a fruit cup)
  • White cheddar Cheez-its
  • Annie’s bunny snacks
  • HEB brand Greek yogurt
  • Granola bars (plain old Quaker)

Dinner

  • Monday- Baked chicken thighs, mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli
  • Tuesday- Southwestern soup (basically taco soup with black beans)
  • Wednesday- Potato ham cream cheese soup (recipe to come)
  • Thursday- Instant pot homemade hamburger helper (with cheddar and mozzarella), salad
  • Friday- Homemade pizza
  • Saturday- Burgers
  • Sunday- Instant Pot Chuck Roast and Veggies (mashed potatoes instead of potatoes with roast)

Prep

  • Thaw meat
  • Cut up veggies
  • Boil eggs
  • Grocery shop

Instant Pot Pork Tacos

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Ingredients:

  • 2-3 pounds of pork (HEB sells Carnitas like the ones pictured)
  • 2 small oranges, halved (or one large)
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed, finely diced
  • 1 handful of cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 small-medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (not pictured here… I forgot it when I took the pic!)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cumin

First, mix seasonings in a small bowl.

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Finely chop cilantro

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Finely chop jalapeño and place on top of cilantro.

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Dice red bell pepper and place on top of jalapeño.

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Dice onion and place on top of everything.

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Mix veggies

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Pour 1/2 cup of water on the bottom to start with some liquid (you could also use chicken stock).

Place a layer of carnitas meat, sprinkle seasoning, veggies, and garlic.

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Second layer of meat, seasoning, garlic, and veggies.  Squeeze the orange and lime and place into the pot.  If you use a pork roast or something similar, you won’t be able to do layers.  Totally fine!

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Cook for 50 minutes and natural pressure release for 20-30 minutes.

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This is what it looks like cooked.

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Pull the meat out into a bowl.

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Shred the meat.

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I imagine this would work fine in a crock pot.  It would just need to cook 6-8 hours to make it to where it falls apart and is easy to shred.

We eat this on some locally made flour tortillas or corn tortillas.  We typically have Mexican brown rice and pinto beans (I’ll post this recipe soon, I promise!).

This meal costs maybe $8?  It’s a pretty inexpensive meal!

It’s one of our faves!  Enjoy!

Here are some easy-to-follow directions!

  1. Mix seasonings in a small bowl.
  2. Finely chop cilantro
  3. Finely chop jalapeño and place on top of cilantro.
  4. Dice red bell pepper and place on top of jalapeño.
  5. Dice onion and place on top of everything.
  6. Mix veggies
  7. Pour 1/2 cup of water on the bottom to start with some liquid (you could also use chicken stock).
  8. Place a layer of carnitas meat, sprinkle seasoning, veggies, and garlic.
  9. Second layer of meat, seasoning, garlic, and veggies.  Squeeze the orange and lime and place into the pot.  If you use a pork roast or something similar, you won’t be able to do layers.  Totally fine!
  10. Cook for 50 minutes and natural pressure release for 20-30 minutes.
  11. Pull the meat out into a bowl.
  12. Shred the meat.

Weekly Meal Plan, Week of February 20th-26th

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Breakfasts

  • Nutrigrain bars
  • Oatmeal (just plain old Quaker) and Greek yogurt
  • Green protein smoothie
  • Breakfast tacos
  • Sprouted English muffins and eggs (in the freezer)
  • Kodiak Power Cakes pancakes (in the freezer)
  • Omelets
  • Pop tarts 🙂

Lunches

  • Tuna salad, boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Cottage cheese (or lunch meat and cheese), boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Peanut butter and honey sandwich, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Leftovers
  • Dining hall on Saturday

Snacks

  • Sandwich crackers
  • Sriracha cashews
  • Dry roasted almonds
  • Veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers) with hummus or ranch
  • Fruit (apples, bananas, oranges or a fruit cup)
  • Veggie straws
  • White cheddar Cheez-its
  • Annie’s bunny snacks
  • Homemade Greek yogurt
  • Granola bars (plain old Quaker)
  • Z-bars
  • Clif bars

Dinner

  • Monday- Burrito bowls (pinto beans, brown rice, avocado, tomato, sour cream, and cheese)
  • Tuesday- Scrambled eggs and cinnamon biscuits
  • Wednesday- Finger foods (summer sausage, gouda, raw veggies, and fruit)
  • Thursday- Dining hall, Chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, corn, and salad bar
  • Friday- Dining hall, spaghetti
  • Saturday- Dining hall, Chinese
  • Sunday- Instant pot BBQ drumsticks, baked potatoes, and steamed broccoli

Prep

Weekend Prep

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I woke up late today, but have been busy ever since.  I’m finally sitting down (at 2:30) to blog about all that I have been doing today.

The first thing I did when I woke up was have my coffee, plan my day, and spend time in the word.  Today was day 1 of the Ruth study on She Reads Truth.  This is an old study… one that I missed in the past.  I’m not a huge fan of the one that is happening right now, so I went backwards.  It is fantastic.

Then I made beds (well, I had the kids make their beds but I went behind them and straightened them because I’m a perfectionist).

Then I straightened up the house.  This didn’t take very long because I tend to keep it clean these days.  Plus, I have the kids clean up after themselves.  It helps that they are only home in the evenings and on the weekends.

Here’s what the house currently looks like:

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I updated my meal plan for the month.

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Then I started my meal prep.

First, I cut veggies for lunches and dinners.

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Then I made healthy snack muffins.

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I prepped lunches.

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I made dinners for the nights that I will be going to town.

Veggie and meat sauce

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Whole wheat penne

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Taco meat

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I ordered some items from Walmart.com that I will need this week.  Friday, I will only have to buy ground beef, produce, and dairy!  I will also be picking up some pizzas from Papa Murphy’s for Saturday (my parents will be here).

Next I will be folding and putting away my one load of laundry for the day.

We will end the night by playing games!

 

Weekly Meal Plan: Week of January 30-February 5th

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Here you’ll find a balanced meal plan with healthy/not healthy foods.  I’m good with the balance I have found!

Breakfasts

  • Breakfast cookies (using Kodiak cake power cake mix instead of flour)
  • Oatmeal (just plain old Quaker)
  • Green protein smoothie
  • Sprouted English muffins and eggs (in the freezer)
  • Kodiak Power Cakes pancakes (in the freezer)
  • Pop tarts 🙂

Lunches

  • Chicken salad (made with leftover chicken), boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Cottage cheese (or lunch meat and cheese), boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Sandwich or wrap, boiled egg, veggies and hummus, fruit
  • Leftovers

Snacks

  • Sandwich crackers
  • Sriracha cashews
  • Dry roasted almonds
  • Veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers) with hummus or ranch
  • Fruit (apples, bananas, oranges or a fruit cup)
  • Veggie straws
  • White cheddar Cheez-its
  • Annie’s bunny snacks
  • Homemade Greek yogurt
  • Granola bars (plain old Quaker)
  • Z-bars
  • Clif bars

Dinners

Prep for the Week

  • Bake bread
  • Cut veggies
  • Make Greek yogurt
  • Thaw meats
  • Prep lunches
  • Prep smoothie bags
  • Soak beans Tuesday night
  • Make breakfast cookies

Green Protein Smoothie

This is an easy and quick breakfast for the days in which I’m in a hurry.  I use the small smoothie cups that came with my Ninja blender.

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  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (sometimes I use vanilla)
  • 1 scoop unflavored protein powder (I use THM because I have it… but I will find something cheaper in the future)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4-1/2 cup kale or spinach (I use frozen)
  • 1 tsp spirulina (optional!)

Place all items in smoothie cup.  Blend.

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Drink!

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