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I have a fun new freebie available! A printable (or editable and savable) menu plan and grocery list!

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Breakfasts This Week

  • Weekdays: simple homemade granola with milk or yogurt
  • Saturday: Daddy-made pancakes
  • Sunday: whole wheat cinnamon rolls (made on Saturday)

Lunches This Week

Dinners This Week

Simplified Dinners eBook

  • no-mess homemade pizza (p. 19 of Simplified Dinners)
  • Costco rotisserie chicken, cheese muffins, Caesar salad
  • crockpot beef roast (p. 8), artisan bread, roasted frozen broccoli
  • oven omelette (p. 18), biscuits (p. 29), bacon, roasted carrots (p. 27)
  • tuna salad served in red pepper bottoms, with cheese melted on top
  • broccoli rice turkey casserole (freezer meal)

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Simplified Caesar Dressing

I often buy the 6 pack of romaine hearts at Costco. That’s a lot of romaine. And salads are a lot of chopping.

One evening I was tired of the vinaigrette dressings I generally make, and searched the internet for easy Caesar salad dressing recipe that used only what I had on hand. I read 4 or 5 versions, made some substitutions and whipped up a quick version that serves nicely.

Simple Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

  1. Into a bowl, scoop a heap of mayo.
  2. Add a splash of lemon juice and a shake of Worcestershire sauce. Sprinkle in garlic powder.
  3. Stir together and taste. Make adjustments as needed.
  4. Add milk or cream slowly until desired consistency is reached.

Toss with chopped romaine and a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan cheese.

Delicious!


What’s for Dinner? Menu Plan Monday

simple easy homemade family menu plan

All meals only involve ingredients on my basic master pantry list.

Breakfasts This Week

  • Weekdays: simple homemade granola with milk or yogurt
  • Saturday: Daddy-made pancakes
  • Sunday: whole wheat cinnamon rolls (made on Saturday)

Lunches This Week

Dinners This Week

Simplified Dinners eBook

  • no-mess homemade pizza (p. 19 of Simplified Dinners)
  • margarita-marinated grilled chicken (p. 11), coleslaw (p. 28), and garlic toasts
  • chicken & black bean burritos with leftover chicken (p. 16), tortilla chips, leftover coleslaw
  • oven omelette (p. 18), biscuits (p. 29), roasted carrots (p. 27)
  • quick & easy tuna pasta, caesar salad, roasted frozen broccoli
  • broccoli rice turkey casserole (freezer meal)

Streamline menu planning, grocery shopping, and dinner cooking with Simplified Dinners!

Contentment in My Kitchen

round button chicken

My kitchen has been pretty busy lately, with birthdays and company and just normal life. Surprisingly, it’s also been cleaner than usual – but that’s because of the “company” part. Nothing like having people over to incentivize housecleaning!

Pretty

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Baby, baby, oatmeal-eater.

Happy

We had our small group Bible study over for a meal after church this Sunday. I made a big crockpot of black bean soup with roasted red peppers and artisan bread and then the other families brought salads and sides like vegetables and chips and bread.

Eating with other believers is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Funny

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My husband’s birthday was this week, and so he got to make his favorite breakfast of all time: biscuit ring.

You won’t find the ingredients on my basic pantry list, that’s for sure. If you want the recipe to this delicacy, you’ll have to check out my husband’s ode to his childhood breakfast.

Real

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So, even though I have a whole ebook that I sell on keeping a basic pantry full so that you can make dinner with what’s on hand even if you don’t have a plan, after Christmas and the Whole30 debacle, my pantry was a mess. I wasn’t even sure what was in it, even though hardly anything was in it. So, I pulled everything out, put away dishes and other things I’d just tossed in there for quick storage that didn’t belong, and actually took inventory. Then I went shopping and filled the shelves back up with the items I am supposed to have.

Guess what? Having a pantry stocked with basic ingredients gives one peace of mind and makes dinner-making so much easier. Who would have guessed? :)

Menu Plan Monday

simple easy homemade family menu plan

All meals only involve ingredients on my basic master pantry list.

Monday

  • Breakfast: weekend leftovers (cinnamon rolls or frozen pancakes, toasted) with eggs
  • Lunch: pbj on rolls
  • Dinner: Matt’s birthday: steak, artisan bread, mushrooms, asparagus; chocolate cake

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Breakfast: German pancakes
  • Lunch: leftovers
  • Dinner: crockpot split pea soup, artisan bread, salad

Friday

  • Breakfast: whole-wheat cinnamon muffins, fried eggs
  • Lunch: chips & cheese, pears
  • Dinner: baked honey chicken, rice, glazed carrots

Saturday

  • Breakfast: pancakes from scratch, made by Daddy, with homemade syrup
  • Lunch: bits and pieces (clean out the fridge)
  • Dinner: baked potato bar

Sunday

  • Breakfast: Whole-wheat cinnamon rolls
  • Lunch: rolls from Saturday’s baking

Unless linked to other recipes, these dinners are found in my eBook, Simplified Dinners:

Simplified Dinners eBook

Streamline menu planning, grocery shopping, and dinner cooking with Simplified Dinners!