Wednesday, February 10, 2010

30 meal plan

I'm a little obsessed about this today. I haven't really done much else other than feed kids and work on the computer.....needless to say, the house is a bit of a disaster and my kids are still in their jammies. Oh well.

Anyway. I saw this idea on nannygoat and am really excited about doing it for our family. I don't mind cooking, but hate thinking of something to make. I usually make a weekly menu and grocery list, but I think this will help me a lot to streamline it a bit. I really like the idea of having a master list of all the recipes with all the ingredients I need for all of them. That way, when I go shopping, if something is on sale, I can plan my meals accordingly.

So, this morning I started writing out all the meals that we normally have. We eat pretty basic meals, so they aren't really "recipes", but whatev. I came up with 16 and then added 2 that my sister sent me. I'll add to it as I think of more or get recipes from people that I think will work for us.

On nannygoat, they used these free downloadable recipe cards, but I wasn't in love with them and I couldn't really get them to work right, so I decided to make my own. First I found these free scrapbooking packets. I used the happy go lucky packet. Then with Picasa, I made them.

Here are the two that I've made so far. The recipes are definitely not fancy.....I don't really even need recipes for these meals, but they just looked so cute, I couldn't help myself.....they are cute.....right??......

Can you find the typo?

And here's a blank one in case you feel like using it.
I just printed them out as 4x6 on cardstock. Then I printed the red paper from the same scrapbook packet on the back just cause I wanted to....and it looks cute.....
Now I just need to find some more recipes...anyone have some gooders? I don't need anything you might have noticed.....


Jodie said...

Wow...I'm impressed. We're related, right? Some of your creative juices need to travel my way!

Laura said...

So coolio Megs. You should send some of recipes my way. I am bored of cooking and I need some new ideas.

DeAnna said...

I have a great & easy Beef Enchilada recipe, that my kids love, which is great!!

1 Tablespoon shortening (I just use olive oil)
1 pound ground beef
3 Tablespoons flour
1 (8 ounce) Can tomato sauce
1 Cup Water
2 Tablespoon Chili powder (add more if you like it spicy)
1/2 Cup Water
A pinch of salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
9-10 soft tortilla shells
2 Cups cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
1 large onion, finely chopped (My hubby loves onions, but my kids don't like onions so we only used about half an onion & put it in some of the enchilada's)

Melt shortening in heavy skillet. Add the ground meat and brown. Sprinkle meat with flour; mix in skillet. Add tomato sauce and 1 cup water. Mix 1/2 cup water with the chili powder to form a smooth paste; add to the meat mixture. Add salt to taste and garlic powder. Cook over medium heat, uncovered, until it is of gravy consistency. Cover and simmer over low heat. Add more water if the chili gravy becomes too thick (I found it looked pretty runny, but that was a good thing)

Dip tortillas one at a time in the hot chili gravy with a wide metal spatula. The tortillas will become pliable almost immediately, which will make rolling the enchiladas easier. Soaking too long will cause the tortillas to fall apart.

Put wet tortilla on a plate. Place a good sprinkling of grated cheese and minced onion and about a tablespoon of the meat mixture to one side of the center of the tortilla. Roll tortilla tightly around the filling (fold in the sides as you go) and place loose side down in a glass casserole baking dish. For best results place the enchiladas in a row with sides touching, you will have to squish them in to make them all fit.

When all enchiladas have been formed, pour the remaining hot chili gravy over all, and sprinkle generously with grated cheese, and top with chopped onion. Bake at 350F until the cheese is melted approx 5-7 min. Serve immediately. I serve it with sour cream and salsa.

Thanks for sharing the idea and those cute recipe cards.