Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Meal Planning for January

I stated that this month I did not do as well meal planning as I would have liked…  I’ve learned that I have had to adapt a little… so this month, I will plan around what we have in the house and meals that can be switched up a little.  There are less events in January to cook for like no Christmas parties (hard to believe no Christmas parties in January)

So… here is my meal planning list (and each week after reviewing our schedules I will plan from this list.  Also... you must know... I reserve the right to add TONS more veggies into everything, cut back on fat when I can, I typically only use chicken & ground turkey, and lean cuts of pork, and cook with whole grain noodles, & brown rice... but sometimes... there is cream cheese and bread!

You can meal plan anyway you want... I encourage you to do some research and find a plan that works for you... and sometimes, you find things that work... and things that don't!  My friend Netta just switched it up and she's a meal planning queen... she is who inspired me!

Crock Pot Meals

Tomato Sauced Pork Ribs
            Betty Crocker Cookbook – pg. 233

Black Bean & Corn Soup
            Betty Crocker Cookbook – pg. 240

Stuffed Pepper Soup (this is always a go-to in our house!)

Chicken, potatoes, carrots, & cream of mushroom or chicken soup

Chicken Teriyaki

White Chicken Chili

Non-Crockpot meals

Spaghetti (will buy enough to make twice) with homemade garlic bread

Tacos (will have enough to make 3x)

Italian Sausage soup
            Family Feasts fro under $75 week pg. 191

Chicken & Dumplin’s

Sloppy Joes (this will also be an Alive dinner)


BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, cole slaw, & tator tots

Meatloaf, mashed taters

Proverbs 31:10-31
 10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find? 
   She is worth far more than rubies. 
11 Her husband has full confidence in her 
   and lacks nothing of value. 
12 She brings him good, not harm, 
   all the days of her life. 
13 She selects wool and flax 
   and works with eager hands. 
14 She is like the merchant ships, 
   bringing her food from afar. 
15 She gets up while it is still night; 
   she provides food for her family 
   and portions for her female servants. 
16 She considers a field and buys it; 
   out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 
17 She sets about her work vigorously; 
   her arms are strong for her tasks. 
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, 
   and her lamp does not go out at night. 
19 In her hand she holds the distaff 
   and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 
20 She opens her arms to the poor 
   and extends her hands to the needy. 
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; 
   for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 
22 She makes coverings for her bed; 
   she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, 
   where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, 
   and supplies the merchants with sashes. 
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; 
   she can laugh at the days to come. 
26 She speaks with wisdom, 
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 
27 She watches over the affairs of her household 
   and does not eat the bread of idleness. 
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; 
   her husband also, and he praises her: 
29 “Many women do noble things, 
   but you surpass them all.” 
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; 
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, 
   and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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