Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan and Shopping List

Y'all!!!! Check out this awesome weekly meal planning and grocery list in one!

Thanks to Megan of Wit and Wonder for the freebie! 

Crab Cakes with Honey Roasted Carrots
adapted from Betty Crocker and cookingclassy.com
2 cans lump crab meat (Chicken of the Sea brand is good from Food City; and Kroger store brand is good too)
1/3 cup mayo
1 egg
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp seafood seasoning such as old bay
1-2 slices soft bread torn into tiny pieces
3 scallions (green onions)
1 cup dry bread crumbs (for the coating)
cooking oil of choice (vegetable oil works well in the recipe because it produces the best "crisp," but canola/EVOO is totally fine too.
1 fresh lemon
Roasted carrots:
3 cups baby carrots (cut along the length in half if they are fat; slimmer is better here)
cooking oil of choice (I prefer canola/EVOO blend)
salt and pepper
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1-2 tsp dried or fresh chopped parsley

Heat oven to 425°F. Put the carrots in a heap in the middle of a sheet pan. Toss to coat with 1-2 tbsp oil and salt and pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes. *(Start your crab cakes now.)
After 20 minutes, uncover and drizzle with the cider vinegar/honey mixture** and toss again. Roast for about 10 more minutes. Sprinkle with parsley after cooking.

*Tear up the bread and dice the scallions. Drain the cans of crabmeat. Mix all the ingredients except the dry bread crumbs in a small mixing bowl. Form 4-5 patties depending on your size preference. Coat both sides with the dry bread crumbs in a small bowl. Heat about 2 tbsp oil on medium-high heat in a skillet. Cook crab cakes for about 6 minutes each side or until it looks nice and golden. Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice on top of each crab cake just before serving. Use the rest of the lemn juice to make homemade tartar sauce.

**Mix the vinegar and honey together in a small measuring cup.

I also like to serve a box of couscous or wild rice with this meal.

Simple Spaghetti with Side Salad

spaghetti noodles of choice (We use the Hodgson Mill whole wheat angel hair)
1 jar spaghetti sauce of choice
1/2 -1 lb ground beef or ground mild Italian sausage
shredded Parmesan cheese
bread of choice
salad ingredients of choice (butter lettuce with carrots, tomatoes, and croutons topped with Greek yogurt ranch is our favorite with spaghetti.)

Make salad ahead of time and put in the middle of the table for easy refills. Start browning meat and breaking it up as it cooks. Start noodles while beef is cooking. Cook noodles according to the package directions. Add jar of sauce to the meat after it cooks and warm. Warm the bread in the oven. Drain noodles, then toss with the meat/sauce mixture. Top individual plates/bowls with parmesan. Serve with warm bread and salads.

Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup

2 lbs baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup finely chopped green onions (plus a little extra for sprinkling on individual bowls)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp ground red pepper (cayenne)


1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 cup milk
black pepper (to taste)
Stir until the cheese is melted. Cover and cook on high for another 10 minutes.
This is so good with corn bread!

Honey Mustard Chicken with Bacon and Avocado Salad
from Cafedelites.com

Dressing / Marinade:
⅓ cup honey
3 tablespoons whole grain mustard (mustard with the seeds in it)
2 tablespoons smooth and mild Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic (use your kitchen shears to mince it up)
Salt to season
4 skinless and boneless chicken thighs or chicken breasts or tenders
For Salad:
¼ cup diced bacon, trimmed of rind and fat (Fry, then cut it up with your kitchen shears)
4 cups Romaine lettuce leaves, washed
1 cup sliced grape or cherry tomatoes (use your kitchen shears to cut in half)
1 large avocado, pitted and sliced
1/2 can corn kernels, drained and patted dry (optional)
¼ of a red onion, sliced (optional)

Whisk marinade / dressing ingredients together to combine. Pour half the marinade into a shallow dish to marinade the chicken fillets for two hours if time allows. Refrigerate the reserved untouched marinade to use as a dressing.
Heat a nonstick pan (or grill pan or skillet) over medium heat with about a teaspoon of oil and sear / grill chicken fillets on each side until golden, crispy and cooked through. (Grill in batches to prevent excess water being released.) Once chicken is cooked, set aside and allow to rest.
*Wipe pan over with paper towel; drizzle with another teaspoon of oil and fry the bacon until crispy.
Slice chicken into strips and prepare salad with leaves, tomatoes, avocado slices, corn, onion strips and chicken.
Whisk 2 tablespoons of water into the remaining untouched marinade / dressing and drizzle over the salad. Sprinkle the bacon over the top and season with a little extra salt and cracked pepper (optional).
*Bacon can be fried and chopped ahead of time.


2 slices soft bread
any bread you want with spaghetti

2 cans lump crab
1 jar marinara of choice
2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
whole grain mustard
dijon mustard

pasta of choice for spaghetti
plain bread crumbs

apple cider vinegar
Old Bay (or other seafood seasoning)
dry parsley (or fresh)
garlic powder
ground red pepper
salt and pepper
oil of choice
corn bread mix (if you want it with the potato soup)

scallions (2 bunches)
3 cups baby carrots
butter lettuce
more carrots (for salad)
grape tomatoes (divided for the two salads)
2 lbs baking potatoes
romaIne lettuce
red onion (optional)

1 lb ground Italian sausage OR ground beef
1lb package boneless sinless chicken tenders
3-4 slices bacon (uncured)

corn (optional for chicken salad)

1 egg
shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
shredded sharp cheddar cheese
sour cream

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