Hillary Chybinski

Monday, January 15, 2018

Easy Family Meal Plan 2018 Week 3

Weekly Family Meal Plan 2018 Week 3

Happy Monday and welcome back meal planners! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Ours was low-key as we've made a resolution to stay out of the malls for something to do (and spend money) and hang out here at home together more often. So far so good, and I am really enjoying the relaxed weekend vibe.

It's a three-day weekend for us, but we still need to eat, so that mean a meal plan - right? We finally ended up having the Greek Fritatta, a week later than originally planned, but it worked out fine. In my desperate search for a chicken recipe for Wednesday, I stumbled across a recipe for the Best Baked Chicken Legs. I guess I only glanced at the recipe, because I got half way into it and realized we didn't have any Soy Sauce. Say what??!

I try to maintain a basic stocked pantry, with staples like chicken stock, canned tomatoes, rice, etc. But when we moved over the summer, I tossed a lot of things that had been hanging around for a while and not all of them had been replaced yet. So I improvised, which is NOT my strength in the kitchen . . .but it worked. This recipe was a hit with three of the four of us and that's a win around here. I made some rice and a vegetable mixture to round out the meal.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Easy Family Meal Plan 2018 Week 2

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Welcome back meal planners and happy Monday. I don't know about where you live, but here in Pennsylvania in the Philadelphia suburbs, it was a rough week. The kids were out of school for THREE of the FIVE days! Needless to say, that seriously messed up my well-crafted meal plan.

But never fear. The whole purpose of meal planning is to have ingredients on-hand so that you can easily prepare meals for your family, right? Shuffling those meals is completely permissible!  For instance, last week we ended up having the Chili and the Baked Pork Chops from our meal plan. I tucked the crusty bread for the Greek Frittata in the freezer, and we're going to try for that again on Monday night.

One key for me, is making sure my meat is defrosted before I'm ready to cook (unless I'm using the Instant Pot). I typically take out my meat int he morning and put it in a baking dish with some cold water. Except for  the summer, I leave this on my counter for about 4 hours. If I'll be gone longer, I just put the meat int he refrigerator and then stick it in water as soon as I get home.  

Monday, January 01, 2018

Easy Family Meal Plan 2018 - Week 1

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Happy New Year! If you are a returning weekly meal plan fan, welcome back. If you are new here, perhaps trying to cultivate a new habit for the new year, welcome and I hope you find some inspiration!

Whether you are a new visitor or a faithful reader, I am so glad you're here. I hope you and your family had a lovely holiday. I have to say, I feel as if this was one of our best yet. I am feeling inspired and hopeful for the year ahead. So let's do this - okay?

For any new readers, I keep my meal planning pretty simple. I have two picky eaters, and with schedules, we rarely sit down all together during the week for dinner. (gasp!)  If you were looking for the picture perfect process, you should probably keep searching - LOL. BUT, I do plan 3-4 "real meals" each week, that everyone will at least eat a portion of.

How do I do that? Well, I keep is simple. I use the freebie magazine that my local grocery store provides, Pinterest and my pantry to create my plan. I pay attention to the weather and our schedule, and then add any ingredients we need to my list.  I typically shop over the weekend, with a quick run to Trader Joe's for meats and and produce during the week, after work.