Meal Planning for Busy Families
The last Thanksgiving dish has been washed, dried and put away for next year, and the last of the leftover Thanksgiving turkey is finally gone.
It’s time to start a new week and a new Weekly Meal Plan from The Organized Cook. This week we’re catering to our “Picky Eaters” with a dinner menu this week that includes fun and simple recipes sure to win even the pickiest of eaters over.
Meal Planning Monday
Monday: Crunchy Ranch Chicken Tenders with Baked Mac & Cheese and Carrots & Celery Ranch Crayons
Tuesday: Mini-Me Turkey Burgers with Cheesy Broccoli Rice
Wednesday: Chicken Parmesan and Spaghetti with Butter Sauce
Thursday: Beef Soft Tacos with Tomato Fried Rice
Friday: Turkey Meatballs & Spaghetti with Mini Thin-Crust Pizzas
Meal Planning for Picky Eaters
Cooking tips for “picky eaters” is a common question I get as discussed in my post Meal Planning for Picky Eaters. What’s great about our Picky Eaters Weekly Meal Plan is that adults enjoy these simple recipes as well.
Reincarnating The Leftover and Reusing Time
This menu includes recipes that use a cooking method I like to call “Reincarnating The Leftover”. Our Monday night’s Crunchy Ranch Chicken Tenders later are reincarnated into our Chicken Parmesan. Remaining tortillas from Thursday’s Beef Soft Tacos become the crust for Friday’s Mini-Thin Crust Pizzas.
Our cooking time has double its value this week when we steam rice to use half in Tuesday’s Cheesy Broccoli Rice and the other half on Thursday for Tomato Fried Rice.
By using ground turkey on Tuesday to make both Mini-Me Turkey Burgers and meatballs, Friday night dinner is a cinch when we used cooked meatballs in our Turkey Meatballs & Spaghetti.
I can use all the extra time I can get preparing for the holidays and this menu will help keep me on track by cutting my dinner preparation time down to just minutes later on in the week.
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