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Hybernate. Hello MPM March 16, 2010

Filed under: Menu Plan — mikailani @ 2:00 am

My apologies for not posting. February was such a crazy month. I had to take time off blogging & organizing. Some serious financial issues came up and I had to put 100% focus on that project before tending to anything else. I’m sure fellow organizers can relate. I totally failed the 28 day organizing challenge @ orgjunkie.com, but I’m still working on it. Pictures to post soon.

I even got outta the jig of Menu Planning Monday, and I really felt the pinch. I had no idea what to cook for dinner, no defrosted meat available & plenty of unneeded trips to the grocery store was really really bad. I was sooo overwhelmed!!

I’m back in action now. I was unblessed with a day off work on a Monday. Teeth problem is really no bueno. After getting things done with the dentist, I went full steam ahead and started tackling 14 loads of laundry. YIKES!!!! While each load washed & dried, I cleaned up our embarrassing & so not relaxing bedroom and then continued to help my daughter clean & organize her room. Since I didn’t have a menu planned this week either, I had to run to the grocery & buy meat & veggies for Some Beef Sinigang (Filipino Sour Soup). The limited selection of beef @ safeway was really disappointing and had to settle with the expensive cuts they have. I did score on the bagged spinach for $1 each and grabbed a few things my daughter can snack on. I’m late for menu planning monday, but better late than never.

Here’s my Planned Dinners for the week.

Lunches are usually left over dinner.

Monday:: Beef Sinigang & Rice

Tuesday :: Fried Rice made from Phat Matt’s BBQ Leftover brisket

Wednesday :: Eating out. My husband’s Music Production Company has an event that night, so I’ll probably be rushing back home to get ready & would grab a bite in San Francisco before the event.

Thursday :: Batch cooking stuffed pasta shells. Some will be made for dinner over Alfredo Sauce. The rest will be frozen for later use. Remember to defrost Crab Casserole in Fridge!!

Friday :: Crab Casserole – I cooked this a few weeks ago and placed half of the unbaked recipe in the freezer. It’s lent, so no meat today – perfect night to bake it up.

We’re experimenting on freezing sandwiches with the help of the pampered chef cut & seal. And we’re experimenting the bento box lunches for my daughter. I’ll be sure to post pictures as soon as I get them up.

Thanks for the views & comments & messages everyone. You’ve all been so supportive.


Menu Plan Monday [mPm] 01.31.10 February 1, 2010

Filed under: Menu Plan — mikailani @ 7:46 am

WOW! It’s February already? I can’t believe it!

Just a little background. I’m fairly new to cooking, so I try my best. I cook for a family of 3 (1 picky 6yo DD) I usually cook more to have left over lunch the next day.

I try to cook healthy, since we’re trying to loose weight. I’m slowly encorporating vegetables to our diet now. The Hubbs refuses to eat poultry, since he believe it triggers his long known foot/ankle/knee problems. I thought cooking healthy w/ pork & beef would be such a challenge, but with the help of my BFF Google, I was able to find recipes I can follow.

Planning out the weekly menu has been such a blessing. No more worrying on my drive home and most ingredients are already pre-prepped and defrosted the night before. I’m also able to print/pull out my recipes and have them organized and easily accessible for me when I’m ready to cook.
Here’s our Plan!!

Monday 02.01 :: Low Fat Beef Stroganoff

Tuesday 02.02 :: The EASIEST Pork Chop Casserole EVER

Wednesday 02.03 :: Ground Beef Sukiyaki

Thursday :: Pork Chop Veggie Medley

Friday :: Baked Pork Chop w/ Cream of Mushroom

Last week’s mPm went pretty well, with a few exceptions & ingredient substitutions. I can’t wait to give this week a go!


Menu Plan – April 13 – 18 April 13, 2009

Filed under: Menu Plan — mikailani @ 6:08 am

I’m new to menu planning. I’ve been following http://www.orgjunkie.com’s Menu Plan Monday and I think I’m ready to jump in.

I’m gonna take this baby steps at a time and just plan for Dinner. Knowing our household, there’s always chances that we go out or meet up with family for dinner. But at least I’m somewhat prepared. I also checked out fridge & pantry before creating my plan so I can clear everything out in preparation of my Kitchen Spring Cleaning Plan.

Here’s what I’ve got.

Monday – Orange Chicken (TJ’s) and Rice
Tuesday – Crock Pot Peanut Butter Pork – Prepare on Monday Night
Wednesday – Pasta Alfredo or Rice with Steamed Shrimp -SUPER EASY
Thursday – Left Over Buffet
Friday – Eat out. It’s Date Night!