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I have never been so unmotivated to make a meal plan.
Guess who got snowed in the week after Christmas? If you guessed the Bs, congratulations! You’ve won my respect and admiration! But rather than send Mr. B to the store on foot for milk and bread, we stayed put. Because we had leftovers galore! Leftovers supreme! Ya’ll, I could not believe the leftovers. We had dinner leftovers. We had breakfast leftovers. Somehow we even had lunch leftovers. It seemed like the leftovers were self generating. I’d stopped making food, but the leftovers keep appearing. At one point, we were worried the leftovers were going to take over.
But just like that, the roads were driveable and the leftovers floated off on a cloud ala Mary Poppins. And suddenly everything was terrible. I had no food, I promised ya’ll I was going to make a bunch of new meals, and I was cold. Not only was I unmotivated to make a meal plan, I was super unmotivated to go shopping. All I wanted to do was cozy up on my couch and read my Christmas books while Mr. B installed new lighting all over our new house and the little ones played on the floor. Sounds nice, right? It was. I should have appreciated those leftovers when I had them.
How did your Christmas feasts come along? Mine was delicious! We had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, and an ice cream cake for dessert. I made everything but the ice cream cake. My skills do yet not extend to ice cream. If you recall, I spent a lot of time fussing about potatoes. I’m happy to report that this was the best attempt yet. Per some reader suggestions, I added heavy cream. I also got a little creative and added just a smidge of blue cheese crumbles. This gave the potatoes a nice, smokey hint, but because I used it sparingly, it wasn’t overpowering. Next time I’m going to try the same method with some cheddar. Cheddar spuds!
- Breakfast- Banana Pecan Bread
- Lunch- Pepperoni and Cheeses Plate with Oranges
- Dinner- Homemade Mini Pepperoni Pizzas
*Last meal plan, I talked about my excitement to use my new bread loaf pan. Well, I have used it and my world has been changed. How have I lived this long without having my own bread pan? This Banana Pecan recipe is a modified one I use for my Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. I used more bananas for the bread, which worked out great for a nice, dense, moist bread.
- Breakfast-Scrambled Eggs with Cheese and Blueberries
- Lunch- LO Homemade Mini Pepperoni Pizzas
- Dinner- Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Garlic Potato Wedges and Carrots
*Sharp eyed readers will notice that there are quite a few ‘Buffalo’ items on the meal plan this week. I purchased a bottle of Buffalo Sauce (part of the Buy 5, Save $5 promotion) specifically for Keto buffalo soup we’re having on Tuesday. But then I was like, “Welp, I’ve got a bottle of Buffalo Sauce. What can I make with it?” I am used to modeling my meal plans after whatever I find at the store, so I guess it was second nature.
- Breakfast- Cereal with Bananas
- Lunch- Blueberry Pancakes with Bacon
- Dinner-Buffalo Chicken Salad
*Sundays are always a crazy day in our house, because of our various church commitments and Mr.B’s schedule. Breakfast is usually a haphazard affair that amounts to me begging my sleepy eyed children to please finish their cereal so we can go. Because of that, I like to do somewhat more elaborate lunches, usually by request. Pancakes and bacon are a big favorite with the B girls, and after being harassed by a cranky mother when they’re just trying to finish their cereal, they deserve it.
- Breakfast-Mango Smoothies and Trail Mix
- Lunch-LO Buffalo Chicken Salad
- Dinner-Fajita Chicken Bowls with Homemade Yellow Rice
*Okay, I had to add that distinction about the homemade yellow rice. As you have probably noticed, my rice is usually of the boxed variety. But in addition to adding more meals into my repertoire, 2018 is also the year of me learning how to make more staples. I started making my own bread about a year ago, and was shocked at how that affected by grocery budget. Instead of spending $5 a week on bread, I buy a 25 pound bag of flour from Costco one every six months for about $7. I figured, if it worked for bread it can work for rice. A bag of long grain rice is half the price of the fancy box stuff, with about three times the serving. Wish me luck!
- Breakfast-Cheese Omelets with Fruit Salad
- Lunch- LO Fajita Chicken Bowls with Homemade Yellow Rice
- Dinner-Keto Buffalo Chicken Soup and Homemade Bread
*Ok, I know some of you are thinking “Um, Kristen B. It is not Keto if you also include bread.” And you would be right! But but but, I have the two little Bs whose idea of a rounded meal is a bowl of Goldfish and some blueberries. These Little Bs are very unpredictable when it comes to what they will and won’t eat. Example: will eat steak, blue cheese, green chile. Will not eat: chicken in any form that is not nuggets. Their taste buds are a mystery and change with every meal. To accommodate Mr. B’s special dietary needs, I often will add a small something that is familiar for the Little Bs. This way, if they end up hating the Buffalo Chicken Soup, they’ve got some bread and I can toss them some blueberries.
- Breakfast- Mango Berry Fruit Salad with Trail Mix
- Lunch- LO Buffalo Chicken Soup
- Dinner-Pernil Pork with Baked Apples
*Pernil Pork is a dish my Grandma on my mother’s side used to make. It is a slow roasted pork loin cooked in a paste of onion and spices. It is delicious and I’ve only made it twice I my life. Once, it was perfection and it was like my Grandma was there, guiding my hand. The other time was…not that great. I mentioned it the other day in passing and Mr.B was like “What are you talking about? I have never eaten this.” So, to prove to him that he is a fibber with a bad memory, I am making it again! Also, because of that promise to make more unique meals in 2018. But mostly to prove my point.
- Breakfast-Cereal with Whatever Fruit We Have Left
- Lunch-LO Pernil Pork with Baked Apples
- Dinner- Dealer’s Choice
* Leaving Thursday night dinner open, per usual. Thursday is the first day of the new sale cycle at my store, and meats are often clearanced out that day. I like to leave Thursdays open on the off chance I find some great clearance deals on meat and I can use it right away.
How was your Christmas feast? Did you get all the snow where you are? Did your leftovers stage a coup? Tell me all about it in the comments!
Kristen B. is wife to the best Prince around, mama to the spunkiest little princesses, and lover of all things Disney. She started her savings journey three years ago and is now dedicated to making her family’s wishes come true one coupon at a time. She is so excited to take her love of saving to the next level and share her journey with you! Click here to catch up on Kristen’s Savings and join in on your own savings adventure!