My husband and I go through phases of either being really good at planning our menu for the week, going grocery shopping for only the items we need and sticking to the menu OR not doing any of the above and sending a text asking “What’s for dinner?”. Add in my travel schedule for work and my husband’s odd schedule and it can be hectic. Please tell me this sounds familiar to you too!
We skipped meal planning/grocery shopping yesterday afternoon and instead spent the time with some friends. We had a lot fun and the last thing I wanted to think about when we got home was our meal plan for the week. Luckily, the ideas came to me pretty easy today and grocery shopping after work was a breeze.
Here is the plan for the week. It does not include today’s lunch and I should note I am traveling 3 days this week so it calls for using things for leftovers that we would not always have last as long.
Dinner: Mixed vegetable and pesto lasagna
Lunch: Lasagna leftovers
Dinner: Crockpot whole chicken with potatoes, carrots, and onions
Lunch: Salad with leftover chicken
Dinner: BBQ chicken flatbread (using the leftover chicken)
Lunch: Last of the lasagna leftovers
Dinner: Meatball sub
Lunch: Grilled bratwurst
Dinner: Eating out
Here are the ingredients for tonight’s lasagna. I do need to get better at taking pictures but for now they are coming straight off my phone.
My veggie lasagna always changes slightly but here is a general recipe:
1 box of lasagna
2 cloves garlic
a few handfuls of spinach
2 bell peppers
16 oz ricotta cheese
1 cup pesto
2 cups alfredo sauce
2 cups of cheese (I usually use Six Cheese Italian)
1) Boil lasagna according to directions on box.
2) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3) Dice garlic, bell peppers and onion. Saute them in the pan with the spinach.
4) Layer the lasagna in the pan as follows: lasagna noodles, alredo and pesto sauce, sauteed veggies, and ricotta. I usually have 2 layers. On top of the second layer, I put another layer of lasgna and a little bit of the alfredo and pesto sauces and sprinkle on the shredded cheese.
5) Bake the lasagna
For tonight, I’m also going to make a version with marinara sauce and have some flat bread with olive oil and garlic. Once I’m done cooking, I’ll post the photo on Istagram. Do you meal plan? Do you have any go-to recipes?