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Old 09-24-2012, 05:06 PM   #1726
Dieting my way to Disney!!
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Hello DIS friends!! I’m a long time lurker on this board but finally felt I should contribute.

We’ve recently begun the attempt to cut out packaged and processed foods…which leaves me gasping over the price of organic ingredients, spending a LOT more time in the kitchen making things from scratch, and really bare looking cupboards.

I’m still building up a reserve of foods with less (or no) additives and preservatives but I was really stumped when it came to making dinners since my usual standby’s ( packaged noodles, potatoes, canned gravy and bean etc) are no longer in the house.

I’ve been canvassing the internet for three weeks, trying to find recipes that don’t use these products so that I can still make the foods we love, only healthier.

I’m also trying to stick to my regular weekly food budget, so that I can continue to save up for the next Disney trip.

Anyway, I do a big shop every two weeks and then just pick up milk, eggs and fresh produce in the in between weeks, so my meal plans go from Thursday to Wednesday…covering two weeks. As it’s Monday, we’re already a few days in but this is what I’ve outlined for the date range of September 20th to October 3rd:

Thursday-Rotisserie Chicken with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad
Friday-Garbanzo Bean Stew (ended up being East Side Mario’s—DH had a really stressful week)
Saturday-Leftover chicken
Sunday-Shepherd’s Pie
Monday-leftover Shepherd’s Pie
Tuesday-Homemade Pizzas (using naan bread for the crust)
Wednesday—Bean and Rice Burritos
Thursday—Steak and baked potatoes
Friday—Turkey medallions with our last package of Lipton noodles
Saturday—Pasta Casserole
Sunday—leftover pasta casserole
Monday—Roast beef in the crock pot with root veggies
Tuesday—Roast beef dips
Wednesday—Chicken Fried Rice
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:29 PM   #1727
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OK this week is:

Sunday- BBQ beef sanwiches with potluck potatoes
Monday- Left overs
Tuesday- Beef and noodles
Wednesday- Meatloaf and potatoes
Thursday- Dinner out
Friday- Hamburger Helper

I'm trying to use what's in the freezer because I will be making my last car payment this Friday!
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:16 PM   #1728
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Mom is still not feeling well and has not been eating. So, things are still up in the air this week. I ended up having hot dogs, baked beans, and apple sauce for dinner.

Here is my meal list starting this week and going through October!

Tuesday: Lasagna and Salad
Wednesday: Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli and Rice
Thursday: Leftover Beef and Broccoli and Rice
Friday: Creamy Chicken Paprikash and Salad
Saturday: Hamburgers, Corn on the Cob, and Sliced Tomatoes
Sunday: Angle Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes and Salad

Monday: Tacos and Mexican Rice
Tuesday: Country Style Ribs, Scalloped Potatoes, and Corn
Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken Jambalaya
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Easy Salmon Cakes and Salad
Saturday: Whole Wheat Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce and Sausage
Sunday: BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

Monday: Spicy Crab Cakes and Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
Tuesday: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Wednesday: Crock Pot Stout and Chicken Stew
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Not Home
Saturday: Not Home
Sunday: Not Home

Monday: Not Home
Tuesday: Not Home
Wednesday: Crock Pot Chicken a la Criolla
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Pot Roast with Potatoes, Carrots, and Onions
Saturday: Garlic Shrimp Pasta
Sunday: Steak Taco Salads

Monday: Nutty Good Salad with Chicken
Tuesday: Roast Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
Wednesday: Crock Pot Beef Stew
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Cube Steaks with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans
Saturday: Skinny Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Sunday: Harvest Pork Roast and Vegetables

Monday: Peanut Chicken with Noodles
Tuesday: Baked BBQ Chicken (I don't know sides yet)
Wednesday: Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs and Rice
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday:White Chicken Chili with Corn Bread Crust
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Italian Style Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans

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A little late again, but here goes...
Sun - Roast Beef, Onion/Mushroom Jus, Mashed Potato, Green Beans with Crumbs
Mon - Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Apples
Tues - Sloppy Joes, Strawberries, Green Salad
Wed - Crockpot Chicken, Roasted Asparagus, Grapes
Thurs - Leftover Chicken, Pear Gorgonzola Salad, Rice
Fri - Pizza and Remaining Fruits/Veggies
Sat - Out

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Old 09-25-2012, 05:46 AM   #1730
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Sunday - Veggie lasagne and spinach salad
Monday - Citrus Salmon and mixed green salad
Tuesday - leftover beans and rice (which I froze a couple of weeks ago)
Wednesday - Homemade pizza
Thursday - Crockpot beef stew
Friday - Tortellini
Saturday - TBD - possibly eating out if we decide to take the kids to an MLB game
Well, I've changed things up already. We ended up going out for appetizers and drinks on Sunday afternoon, so none of us were up for lasagna. So, I saved that for Monday and we had spinach salad with eggs for dinner on Sunday.
Monday was the lasagne and a green salad (supper yummy!)
Today I'm making soup in the crockpot. I want to use up some leftover bits and pieces of veggies in the fridge
Wednesday should still be homemade pizza (assuming I get around to making pizza dough)
Thursday will be the salmon
Friday - Torteliini
Saturday TBD.
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I made crock pot sloppy joes last night with steak fries. I came home from school and my daughter informed me they had sloppy joe fries instead of putting them on a bun. Whatever works lol! I think I might make crock pot mac and cheese for dinner tonight. http://tinkmomfoodie-foodobsession.b...oppy-joes.html
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:16 AM   #1732
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Wow- our thread is getting busy! The weather is getting cooler, so I think that makes cooking at home more appealing. Our dinner tonight:

Chipotle Chicken Breasts
Baked Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:31 PM   #1733
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Here is our menu for the week:

Saturday: Roasted Chicken, mashed potoates, cranberry sauce, green beans, rolls, and no bake cookies for desert.
Sunday: Free night - whatever you wanted to eat because mom was tried from walking around the zoo for 6 hours.
Monday: Chicken and noodles
Tuesday: Jumbalya, fruit
Wednesday: eat at football game (hotdog or pizza)
Thursday: roast, potatoes, carrotts
Friday: Cheeseburger pie
Sat: Brats, fries, cornpudding
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:41 PM   #1734
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Suggestions for kids lunches?

I hope this is a good place to ask this question. We eat at home a lot and I'm hoping to find some good recipes on here.

I've also tasked our whole family with sticking to our budget. The kids also have a budget for school lunches so they will need to take lunch a few times a week at least. I'm really lost on what to pack for them though! The kids like uncrustables and my son likes chicken caeser salads and sometimes they like a cold cut sandwich - but what else??? They claim they 'like' the lunchables but I know they don't eat the whole thing and it costs as much as a lunch at school anyway.

What have you found for your kids school lunches that will not spoil and does not need to be heated up? And preferably healthy and definitely yummy?

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Old 09-25-2012, 02:18 PM   #1735
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Happy Monday everyone! Last week went well it was just DH and I and we ate in every night! DS is home this week so we will see how it goes..

Tonight - Taco's
Tues - Turkey dinner night (turkey, gravy, mashed, stuffing and green beans) I have Zumba Hubs will cook
Wed - Shake & Bake Pork for me and Hubs and Chicken Strips for DS, noodles and GB and some stuffed zucchini for me
Thurs - Ravoili for Hubs, Cheeseburger Hamburg Helper for DS and Shrimp for me with more stuffed zucchini I have Zumba again Hubs will cook, and DS has hockey practice so Hubs will take him
Friday - DiGiorno 3 meat pizza for Hubs and DS and baked tilapia and broccoli for me.
Sat - big breakfast (we normally do this weekend days) and out for DS 16 Bday dinner (well his bday is 10/3 but he'll be at his Dad's house)
Sunday - big breakfast - then off to Hockey where I'll give DS back to the ex for the next week.. me and Hubs will have leftovers when we get home from Hockey..
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Well we shook up the menu already HAAA

DS wanted Turkey dinner last night so we had that and tonight will be the Tacos!

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Old 09-25-2012, 02:18 PM   #1736
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Well, my gram invited me over for dinner, so I told her 'please, I'll cook for you!' and had my menu of bbq baked chicken all set..and then she tells me that's what she ate last night!

So tonight is soft tacos at gram's, lol.
Tomorrow will be bbq baked chicken at home.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:31 PM   #1737
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Last night we ended up doing a fend for yourself night. I overslept and did not have time to put the pork in the crock pot.

Tonight we are having ground beef enchilladas with Spanish Rice
Wednesday- pork roast with sweet potatoes and apples in the crock pot
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Wednesday- pork roast with sweet potatoes and apples in the crock pot
Last night we had a casserole of pork sausage with sweet potatoes and cinnamon apples in it...it was so yummy! LOVIN the tastes of Autumn!!!
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Monday was Sheppard's Pie
Tonight is a "fend for yourself". lol. I'm going to a meeting and will eat there.
Wednesday: Pasta w/Chicken Parm. Salad, and garlic bread
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:54 PM   #1740
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Sunday was fettucini with homemade alfredo sauce (late dinner)
Monday was leftover chicken enchilada soup with corn bread muffins
Today we are having bbq babyback ribs (crockpot), cheesy rice w/broccoli and hawaiin sweet rolls
Wed., chicken parm with arugula salad
Thursday - naan pizzas
Friday - ??
Saturday - out to eat

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