Now that we are back into the routine of the school year, I am back to meal planning consistently! It feels great to be back! I am sticking to my simple meal planning because it makes planning so much easier. No matter how long I do this meal planning thing, I still struggle to come up with meal ideas. I sit there with my pencil and paper and my mind goes blank!
Right now I am sticking with this schedule...
This makes coming up with ideas so much easier. Some nights are consistent each week, so I don't even need an idea (Friday and Sunday) Saturday gives us the option to eat out to give me a break from cooking, Wednesday night is the grill because Mike is going to need to cook that night. This schedule works really well for us! Here is the plan for this week with Weight Watcher points included....
Breakfasts ideas: Open faced egg sandwiches (5PP), cold cereal (4-5PP) or my Crunchy Breakfast (6PP)
Lunch ideas: Deli meat sandwich w/sides of Special K chips and raw veggies or fruit (9PP), Trader Joe's Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup (3PP/cup)
Monday - BLT's with raw veggies and ranch (7PP)
Tuesday - Greek Tacos (Mix and Match Mama) (7PP for 2 tacos) served with a side salad
Wednesday - Grilled chicken made with McCormick Island Woodfire Grill marinade. Side of Rice and grilled veggies (12PP)
Thursday - Kielbasa w/leftover rice and veggie (7PP)
Friday - Pizza and movie night (points vary)
Saturday - Out to dinner after church (points vary)
Sunday - Easy Chicken Parmesan served with pasta and side salad w/dressing. (13PP)
I love chicken parmesan, but on Sundays we are often busy and then its the end of the day and we need to get settled, showered and ready for bed. So on Sundays I need a quick meal that everyone loves and this meal works perfectly!
Easy Chicken Parmesan
4 - Baked chicken patties
1/2 Cup - Marinara sauce
4 TBSP - Mozzarella Cheese
These are the kinds that I use...
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place chicken patties on a nonstick baking sheet.
Bake for 1/2 of cook time (6 minutes for mine) pull out of oven, flip patties add sauce and cheese to the top and put back in the oven until cooked and cheese is melted.
Could that be any easier? That's it! Cook pasta for the side and use the rest of the sauce on the pasta, add a salad for your veggies and you have a complete meal in 20 minutes or less!
Linking up with the Laura's and Jill today!