Tag: Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Crock Pot Red Sauce

Crock Pot Red Sauce

I can truly never go wrong when it comes to pasta around our house. Lazy Weeknight Lasagna is always a favorite. One recipe that we love is this red sauce. It’s simple to make and delicious. I don’t…

Crockpot Sesame Garlic Chicken

Crockpot Sesame Garlic Chicken

You’ll be surprised just how easy it is to make those meals you order from the take-out menu. Like this easy Crockpot Sesame Garlic Chicken recipe I’m sharing with you today. I can’t remember the…

A New Family Lifestyle Change and a Weekly Meal Plan February 17-23, 2013

A New Family Lifestyle Change and a Weekly Meal Plan February 17-23, 2013

Happy Monday my friends! Did you enjoy your weekend? It was beautiful up here in the sierra foothills. After the cold bit of weather we were having, the sun feels very good.

When I woke up this morning, I wasn’t in my “get up and go” mode. I feel much more relaxed, organized and composed. Not that I’m not like this normally, but today feels different.  Maybe, because today is my first day of being a “temporary” SAHM. I say temporary because I don’t know for how long. After 7 1/2 years, my employer decided to do some “re-structuring” and I was let go. I was given the opportunity to work two more weeks and last Friday was my last day. I’ve been a working mom outside of the home (over 22 years) for so long do I really want to go back? Financially yes, maybe,  mentally no.

I’m sure or hoping there are lots of moms out there who can relate in some way or another. I don’t feel as stressed as maybe one should. Financially speaking that is. Not that we’re Richie Rich, just that I’m a very determined minded person who is resourceful and will look at all avenues of saving my family money. With me not working, that is a huge financial chunk of change gone for us. But, I think we’ll be alright. There’s an upside to every drastic lifestyle change in a person’s life. We’ll just have to see where this road takes us. But I can say, it’s truly a blessing to be able to stay with the kids and hubby more.

In preparation for this family lifestyle change, meal planning has been crucial. Groceries are a huge part of our family’s budget. Now that we will be living more frugally, I’ll be using crock pot freezer cooking a lot more. And you probably already know by now how much I love my crock pot. Yep, I pretty much had to invest in a second one months ago because it makes dinner time so easy. If you don’t own a crock pot, you need one. Seriously. Everyone should own one. This week’s meal plan is based on  the comforts and savings of crock pot meals.

Meal Plan

I meal plan at the beginning of each week. For me, it’s Sunday mornings when the house is quite and everyone’s still sleeping. I try and manage a decent frugal grocery budget and not go to the grocery store on a weekly basis unless we need dairy products like milk. Weekly meal planning saves our family money, reduces food waste, and keeps us from the urge to say, “Let’s eat out!”

Here’s our plan for the week.

My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:


Breakfast options:

(served with fruit)

French toast casserole
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Scrambled, Fried, or Hard-Boiled Eggs
Breakfast Burritos
English Muffins
Homemade Bread
Breakfast Cookies
Breakfast Potatoes
Mini Apple Pies or Turnovers

 Lunch options:

Sandwiches or Wraps (Tuna salad, egg saladchicken salad, turkey salad, leftover meats, grilled cheese, blt, pb&j)
Leftovers from dinner
Baked Potato
Homemade Pizza Pockets

Suppers Your Family Will Love

Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? It’s time for another weekly menu.  I enjoy menu planning because of  the simplicity it provides for my life. It enables me to decrease my grocery shopping excursions to twice a month and it allows me to  have more free time to focus on my family and home. For ideas in the weekly meal plan, we’ll be focusing on a variety of family meals. You’ll find the recipes on the weekly meal plan also available on my Recipe Index page with a grocery list included.

Dinner (recipes will post throughout the week, given time to cook and photograph :) )

Note: an asterisk* means it’s from the freezer

Sunday:  Sunday Supper~ Crock Pot Lasagna, Garlic Bread* –used second crock pot to roast a whole chicken for tomorrow night’s dinner.

Monday: Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Tuesday:  Crock Pot Italian Sausage and Peppers served over white rice

Wednesday: Crock Pot Spaghetti with Homemade Sauce and Garlic Bread*

Thursday: Crock Pot Mexican Chicken Soup, served with tortillas

Friday: Family Favorites Night, Crock Pot Baked Potatoes, Garden Salad

Saturday: Crock Pot Stuffed Bell Peppers, Cornbread

For more great family recipes, be sure to visit my new recipe box page.

What’s cooking at your house this week? Has your family gone through any lifestyle changes?


Learning Freezer Cooking…Is It Right For You?

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Perfect Crock Pot Roast

Perfect Crock Pot Roast

Having Perfect Crock Pot Roast reminds me of the traditional Sunday family dinners. The amazing aroma in the house-made you drool with anticipation of a great comforting meal to come. One of my…