**I normally meal plan for around 4 nights a week and generally plan only for the main course. The side dishes are dependent on what happens to be in the fridge that week. The remaining nights are covered with leftovers, or a light "non-dinner" dinner when we aren't feeling like eating a full meal.
Mom and Dad at leftovers from a pizza at lunch, but the kids had yogurt and avocado.
Indian Spiced Lentils (This was delicious! Full of flavor but not spicy. I added 2 cups previously cooked chicken from my chicken roaster last week. Other than that, I stuck to the recipe. The lentils and cauliflower really are not noticed, so they are easy to "hide." It really just tastes like a rice dish. Both my kids liked it and my son even ate it at school for lunch the next day.)
Potatoes, kidney beans, chickpeas, and green beans (I didn't have a recipe for this, I just made it up. I cut up the potatoes and cooked them in about an inch of chicken broth and 1/4 cup of canned coconut milk plus pepper. When they were about 10 minutes from being finished, I added the kidney beans, chickpeas, and green beans and cooked until everything was ready)
Bean and Bacon Soup (This was my one disaster of the week! The main problem was that the water content was much too high, leaving the soup thin and lacking flavor. I would decrease the water by 3 cups at least, then add more later if you need it). Since the soup was not that great, I supplemented with leftover Indian Spiced Lentils.
Raw Zucchini and Avocado
Pork Chops w/ BBQ Sauce (Nothing special here...pork chops on the grill)
Peas and Carrots (frozen)
Leftover Potato mix from Monday
Leftovers from lunch take-out for Mom and Dad
The kids ate leftover pork and potato mix
Quinoa and veggies (Followed package instructions for quinoa, but added about a cup of cooked vegetables, poultry seasoning, and 2 t. chicken bouillon)
Salmon Patties (Frozen from WorldCatch)
Veggie Smoothies (2 cubes spinach, 2 cubes sweet potatoes, 1/3 of a raw zucchini, V8 Fusion)
I made half a dinner (a black bean concoction) before everyone told me they weren't really hungry! So, I made a taco with it for me and saved the rest for Sunday and the kids ate Yogurt and Trail Mix.
I still haven't made the popcorn balls yet! I was missing an ingredient and finally have it now. I'll have to try again this week.