Ok guys, here we are again! Itís MEAL PREP MONDAY and this week we handle how we roll with change! This week in the Berkshires it was hot. Like the kind of hot our thin blood is not even sort of adept at or used to. We also had a kid home for a day with an ear infection so we ended up making a few changes to the plan and here is how it all played out. Lets get going!
This was my planned menu for the week:
Then I did an assessment of what I already had on hand:
- Chicken Tenders in the Freezer for Kabobs
- Parmesan Cheese in the Fridge for Salads, Paninis, and Pizza
- Olive Oil, Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Hot Sauce, Vinegars, Spices for Dressings/Marinades, etc.
- Rosemary and Basil from my Garden
- Ken’s Rustic Italian Dressing for Marinades
- Crushed Garlic in a jar in the Fridge for all the things
- Rice in the Pantry for Bacon Fried Rice and Tacos
- Coconut Milk in the pantry for Fried Rice
- Pizza Crusts (I get these from Trader Joes and keep them in the freezer because they are handy)
- Leftover BBQ Sour Cream for Tacos and Chilaquiles
After that I made my grocery list for the week. This week it turns out the sweet potatoes did not look so sweet so I switched that to a bag of regular French fries instead. #improv #iguess
Here is what my prep on Sunday ended up looking like:
*I prepped Sunday before heading out to the food trucks and didn’t get to take a photo this week. Picture lots of things below in various colors, sizes and shapes of Tupperware and mason jars.
This is what I prepped:
- Hard Boiled 1 dozen eggs per this method (which works perfectly every time), peeled and popped in fridge.
- Shredded whole rotisserie chicken and popped in fridge for basically all the meals.
- Cubed thawed chicken breasts in Ken’s Italian Dressing for kabobs and popped them in the fridge to marinate.
- Mixed soy sauce, a teaspoon of cornstarch and sesame oil in a small mason jar for Fried Rice Dressing.
- Slice cucumbers for snacks and popped in the fridge.
- Prepared Chilaquiles Sauce and placed in a mason jar in the fridge (recipe next week!)
- Diced tortillas for Chilaquiles and put in a gallon ziploc bag
- Made a batch of coconut rice for fried rice (recipe Wednesday) and poured into Tupperware and added to fridge
- Made a batch of Carolina Spanish Rice (my favorite prepackaged rice) let cool and added to fridge.
- Fried one pound of bacon, sliced into small strips and added to a paper towel lined glass container. I’ve found this is the best way to store bacon to keep it crisp in the fridge.
- Saved the reserved bacon fat because you know I did 😉 for frying eggs and bacon fried rice.
- Washed and picked a package of grapes for snacks.
- Cut up a package of strawberries for snacks.
- Cut up a few nectarines for snacks.
- Washed the tomatoes and diced a medium container worth for recipes.
- Mixed a batch of S’mores trail mix ( A few handfuls of cashews, chocolate chips and marshmallows) and bagged them into 1/3 cup portions for snacks to pack in lunches and remainder in a bowl in the pantry for easy snacking.
- Top up my salt & pepper containers, house seasoning containers and taco seasoning containers.
- House seasoning for me is 1 tablespoon each of salt, pepper, granulated onion powder and granulated garlic powder. I use it in most everything.
- Taco seasoning
- Refill my squeeze bottles of BBQ sauce, Siraccha Mayo and Soy Sauce with Wasabi mixed in.
This prep took: 1 hour and 12 minutes!
This is what we did for the week:
Sunday: We went to the New England Food Truck Festival for the day on Sunday. The adults were stuffed to the point of passing out lol. The kids picked at most things and were still hungry when we got home.
Total time: 10 minutes
- For Logan (and friends): Made crunchy pizzas (a tortilla spread with with marinara and topped with parmesan and mozzarella and toasted up in a dry pan on the bottom until crispy and cheese is melted) with sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries and grapes on the side.
- For Landon: Strawberries and a roll
Monday: Heated the grill and threaded the pre-marinated chicken onto skewers and grilled them until done. It was too hot for fries so I warmed some Spanish rice and topped it with cheese. Added some cucumbers and tomatoes to a bowl and topped with dressing. Added some nectarines to a bowl on the side for the adults.
Total time: 20 minutes including grill heat time.
- For Logan: Grilled chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, grapes and Stacy’s pita chips on the side
- For Landon: A few bites of chicken and nectarine
Tuesday: We had friends over for some pool time and dinner and switched up and made chilaquiles. Heated the oven to 400 (terrible idea it was so hot in the house) and toasted the tortillas. Added shredded chicken, diced tomatoes, cheese and sauce. Melted in oven and topped with avocado and BBQ sour cream.
Total time: 26 minutes including oven heat time and kids meals
- For Logan (and friends): Made quesadillas for the kids in each of their kid friendly ways. Served with doritos :X cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries and grapes. (*Jamie: Grace’s was corn tortillas spread with a little plain hummus and topped with some dried oregano and then toasted on each side in a dry pan!)
- For Landon: All the avocado that ended up in his hair and gave him a lovely avocado facial. 😉
Wednesday: Another scorcher and we had friends for pool time again! Can’t get enough of them! Also can we just agree that kids splashing and squealing with laughter is the best thing in the entire world? Ok so it was killer hot so we went off script again: heated the grill and made burgers topped with everybody’s choices all the way from plain to bacon, egg and cheese. Served with baked beans and doritos/chips.
Total time: 19 minutes including the grill heat time
- For Logan (and friends): Logan doesn’t do burgers so he had a grilled cheese on an inverted bun (like they do it at 5 guys) and the rest of the kids had burgers. Served with cucumbers, doritos, strawberries and grapes.
- For Landon: baby puffs which he decided he hated so we gave him a burger bun instead.
Thursday: We woke up to Logan with an ear infection so we spent most of the day recouping. To make it a short dinner period I made Bacon Fried Rice which is a favorite in our house (recipe on Wednesday) Heated some leftover bacon fat and dropped in the pre-made coconut rice to fry up. Cooked a bag of frozen broccoli and opened a can of corn, tossed both in with the rest of the pre-cooked bacon and dressed with the jar of pre-mixed sauce. Cut up avocado on top and drizzled siraccha mayo.
Total time: 15 minutes.
- For Logan: Who was feeling under the weather decided he wanted breakfast for dinner so I put some hashbrowns in the panini press, cooked a couple chocolate chip pancakes and served with the hashbrowns, corn, strawberries and grapes.
For Landon: Nearly 4 plain pancakes, I guess they are a favorite.
Friday: It was humid and rainy so we decided on pizza night so I pulled a package of Trader Joe’s Frozen Pizza Crusts out of the freezer and set the oven to heat. The crusts are thin so they thaw as you prep them, topped one crusts with sauce and cheese. Topped the other with BBQ sauce, chicken, tomatoes and cheddar . Baked. While they baked prepared a two avocado recipe of guacamole and chips.
Total time: 28 minutes including oven heat time.
- For Logan: 3 slices of cheese pizza, the rest of the cucumbers, tomatoes and grapes
- For Landon: Rice Crackers and avocado
Saturday: It finally cooled off in our neck of the woods FINALLYYYYYYYYY so we made broccoli pasta and grilled chicken. I set the grill to cook and put on a pot of pasta to boil. Microwaved a bag of steamfresh broccoli. Grilled the chicken and boiled pasta. When pasta was done, drained and added a half stick of butter and some olive oil to the still warm pot with garlic, house seasoning and sirracha. Added the pasta and broccoli and tossed to coat. stirred in a handful of parmesan cheese and served with sliced grilled chicken.
Total Time: (at dinnertime) 18 minutes including water boil time.
- For Logan: Undressed pasta, broccoli and cut up grilled chicken with the last of the grapes.
- For Landon: Some cut up chicken and broccoli
What was leftover: 1 lonely hard boiled egg, a handful of chicken and a half of the Spanish rice. Not much waste this week!
That’s all she wrote, gang. What do you think? Do you have any questions?