Monday, October 31, 2011

Stockpile Dinner Menu: 10-30 to 11-05

One of my pet peeves is spending a day racking my brain as to what we should have for dinner. It really drives me nuts; literally. To avoid this pain in my brain, I started making dinner menus. I would say it's been a part of our family's survival for about 4 years. It makes sense to me to spend 10-15 minutes making a menu for the month versus an all day, everyday, nonstop and painful thought process in my brain. 15 minutes? Sounds so much better to me.

This week is a little crazy. Friday through Sunday is full of parties for us. We will have a pretty simple menu.

Here's what I have planned this week:

  • Homemade Pizzas- tortillas, red pasta sauce, shredded cheese, & veggies of choice
  • Sandwiches and Soup
  • Birthday Dinner at McDonalds
  • Chicken Fajitas - chicken, tortillas, onions, peppers, shredded cheese, olives, tomatoes, ranch
  • French Toast and fruit (I think we'll be a bit sugared up!)
  • Pizza! My daughter is having a sleep over for her Birthday. We get to treat ourselves for dinner. This rarely happens.
  • Sandwiches! My kiddos will be at my parents so I can head to a Birthday Party. Sandwiches are quick and easy.
This is going to be a fast and crazy week. I'm excited to celebrate my daughter's Birthday and her friends are always a joy to have around. All I can say is, Bring On The Craziness!

Have a great week!

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Rachel's Recipes!

This week I want to share with you my Vegetable Pasta Salad. I love this salad because it's easy to get your carbs, veggies, and meat all in one. 

What you need:
  • 1 box of either Penne pasta or Rotini past
  • 1/2 cup of either Creamy Caesar dressing or Italian dressing
  • Your choice of chopped veggies like: bell peppers, olives, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, ect.
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • Chopped chicken or Shredded Pot Roast
How to make:
  • Cook pasta as directed
  • let sit in strainer while you chop your veggies
  • mix pasta and veggies together in a large bowl
  • pour on dressing and mix
  • add meat to your salad or put on the side
  • serve either chilled or warm (should serve 4-5 as a meal or 6-8 as a side)
This is a super quick meal. I love it and so do my kids. You can cool it if you like, which is perfect for summer, or you can serve warm, which is perfect for winter and with meat in it. I take this to all my pot luck type events and it is always requested at family gatherings. It's a perfect dish.

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If you're interested in starting a menu, you should print this out!

Also, check out this shopping list!

The shopping list is great for making a list of your top 10 items you love to stock up on. Also, your family can add things you need to pick up through out the week.

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How to use these printables!
Print out these sheets and put them in a page protector sleeve. Then grab a dry erase marker to start your menus and list. Simply wipe clean when needed. Hang on your fridge with magnets and you're good to go.

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