Friday, May 4, 2012

Meal Planning: Week 3 & 4: 5/4-5/14

*this morning playing at Burger King while Travis was next door renewing his license.
It was an unexpected sweet date with little Cade while the big two played...I love this baby!*

*In case you missed my first two weeks of documenting my meal planning then head over here.*
I'm finally getting back into our normal routine after being gone for a long weekend.
The past few days we've been living off of whatever I could find in the pantry in addition to some fruits/veggies and milk I picked up at the store.
It is definitely slim pickings over here and time to get stocked back up!

This isn't a full two weeks of groceries.
Just enough to get us to the next pay day.
My plan is to have Travis grill up all of my chicken tomorrow.
Then I am going to slice it up and freeze it in seperate freezer bags.
That will save me a ton of time in the kitchen getting it all done at once.

I didn't list our breakfast or lunches here.
They stay pretty much the same.
For reference look back to our first two weeks.

Friday (May 4th)- Grilled Steak and Chicken Fajitas
Saturday (May 5th)- Eating at his parents...I'm off the hook for dinner!
Sunday (May 6th)- Tuscan Pork Roast (in the crockpot) with Mashed Potatoes and Oven Broccoli
Tuesday (May 8th)- Grilled Fresh Burritos (using my already grilled chicken) and Guacamole & Chips
Wednesday (May 9th)- Leftovers from Sundays big meal
Thursday (May 10th)- French Bread Rolled Pizzas with Salad
Friday (May 11th)- Grilled Tilapia with Brown Rice and Oven Broccoli
Saturday (May 12th)- Fettucine Alfredo with Chicken (already grilled) and Mixed Vegetables
Sunday (May 13th)- Frozen Pizza with Salad
Monday (May 14th)- Planning on eating leftovers or shopping my pantry.


Tuscan Pork Roast
3 pounds boneless pork loin roast
Salt and Ground Pepper, to taste
1 Small Onion, roughly chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
8 Button Mushrooms, washed and split in half
3 Plum Tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped
1/2 Cup Pitted Green Olives, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons Dried Oregeno
1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
1 teaspoon Dried Basil
1/4 Cup Dry White Wine
Pecorino cheese, grated, as needed for garnish

1. Remove any excess fat from the pork loin and generously season with salt and pepper on all sides.
2. Place the roast in the slow cooker.  Combine the remaining ingredients except the cheese in a medium bowl.  Pour this mixture over the roast and cook on High for 3-4 hours or on Low for 6-8 hours until the roast is cooked through.
3. Let the roast rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.
Serve with accumlated sauce and garnish with the grated pecorino cheese.

Oven Broccoli
I cut my broccoli into bite size pieces.
Toss it in a light coating of olive oil.
Place your broccoli on a baking sheet.
Salt and Pepper it to taste.
Then I chop up a couple cloves of garlic and sprinkle those on top of my broccoli.
Turn your oven broiler to high.
I keep my broccoli in for about 6-10 minutes.
Just keep an eye on it.
You want your broccoli edges to brown and your garlic to carmelize (is that the right word? :) )
You will seriously die over how DELICIOUS this is!!!
Sometimes I will fix myself a whole plate of broccoli for lunch and that's it. 
It really is that good!

French Bread Rolled Pizzas
Normally I make my own pizza crust.
But our grocery store had a great deal on french bread dough in a tube.
What I do is unroll the french bread loaf.
Spread your sauce then sprinkle your toppings and cheese.
Then roll it all right back up and bake according to the package.
To serve you just slice it up.
SO yummy and simple!


  1. I make something similar to the french bread rolled pizza with frozen Rhodes bread dough for a calzone type meal. It's so easy & makes lots of of leftovers for our family of 2!

  2. I'm trying the brocoli as it's one of those things I always mean to eat more of.Rx

  3. That is a great idea for making pizza!! My son would love that! Sometimes we do English Muffin pizzas but that sounds more fun! I LOVE broccoli! I will definitely have to try that recipe! I sounds amazing. I have roast on the menu this week too! Potatoes and gravy too.

  4. I was going to ask you about your oven broccoli and then you wrote how to make it. It sounds delicious! I'm definitely going to have to try it!