Meal Planning Monday (Moving Prep)

Meal Planning Monday: Easy meals for the week before our big move! April 24

Tomorrow is moving day! I actually made this meal plan a few weeks ago, because I felt like I needed to do something to prepare for the move, but it was too early to pack. Planning ahead in the kitchen turned out to be a big help! I picked meals for this week with three requirements in mind:

  1. They had to be easy! Having a sick babe and trying to pack up the house was enough to keep me busy—I didn’t need to be spending a ton of time in the kitchen every day.
  2. Ideally the meals I picked would use up ingredients we already had in the house, which would mean less things to move and less trips to the grocery store!
  3. The less appliances, tools, and dishes the better! Most of these things were already packed, so especially as the week progressed, the meals moved closer and closer to one pot wonders!

I had another leftover night planned halfway through the week, but decided to move all the meals up a day so that we would have more leftovers to eat while packing and cleaning on the weekend and the day before the move, and also so that I could be done in the kitchen and get those things packed up a day earlier. I’m very happy with my decision!

Here’s what we ate last week:

Monday- Baked Ziti with Side Salad

A super easy pasta dish that used up some pantry staples as well as ground beef from the freezer. I made this ahead of time, stuck it in the oven, and my husband was able to eat it when he got home from work. I ate my portion later in the evening when I returned from running errands, and since I made enough to fill a big casserole dish, we ate the leftovers for lunch the rest of the week!

Tuesday- Leftovers (Shepherd’s Pie)

Tuesdays are home group night, so I always try to plan for a quick and easy dinner—usually leftovers are the best because they require minimal clean up.

Wednesday- Chicken Stir Fry and Rice

When I made the spicy spinach and artichoke chicken last week, I cut up twice the amount of chicken while I had my hands dirty, threw half of it in the crockpot for dinner and the other half in a ziplock with some marinade because I knew this meal was coming! I pulled the ziplock out of the freezer on Tuesday night, let it defrost (and marinate!!) overnight, and had less work to do on Wednesday at dinner time. THIS is why I love meal planning! Also, I steamed some broccoli over the rice in my steaming basket, set some aside for baby Lindszlo, and mixed the rest into the stir fry. Have I mentioned how much he loves broccoli?

Thursday- Coconut Red Beans and Rice

One pot meals are THE BEST! This was a new recipe for me, and it was awesome! It was SO easy! This was our vegetarian meal for the week, but also one I didn’t have to buy a single ingredient for—I just shopped my pantry! We ate this with roasted green beans, which doesn’t really go with the dish, but we had green beans that needed to be eaten, and we learned the night before that a single green bean can keep Baby Lindszlo entertained at the table for a good ten minutes.

Friday- Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

I used a recipe from the Wellness Mama cookbook. It said to use beef ribs, but we have had a package of pork spare ribs in our freezer since we bought our half pig…a year and a half ago. I wanted to eat them before we moved, so I figured I would give it a shot! I love recipes that allow me to throw something in the crock pot during morning nap time and get on with my day! When we returned from picking up the keys for the new house the smell of “soulful BBQ ribs” filled the house. I wasn’t a huge fan, but I’m guessing it was because I didn’t have any molasses so I just doubled the amount of honey the recipe called for. Definitely not the same thing. Served with potatoes and more green beans.

Saturday- Pizza

My nephew’s birthday party was on Saturday and we didn’t get home until pretty late, so we picked up a take and bake pizza and had a quick dinner with family from out of town.

Sunday- Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

I like to snag sweet peppers when they are on sale (our Fred Meyer puts them in a bag of 3 for $1 when they are passed their prime, which is awesome considering organic peppers are usually more than $1 EACH). I bought a lot this time because I knew I would be using them for some of these meals, so I chopped them up and froze them while prepping other veggies last week. It makes it SO easy when I can pull pre-prepped veggies out of the freezer and throw them right into my meal. Served over rice and with some leftover veggies I found in the fridge.

Monday- Leftovers

Gotta eat quick so we can disassemble the furniture and get ready for tomorrow’s big move!

What did you eat this week?

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