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Meal Plans Made Simple

Hey hey!

It’s been a hot minute since we planned a meal, right? But 2014 Meal Plans are gonna be better than ever! You can count on it.

As always — this is basically a rough draft. An outline of ideas and simple meals. No one says you have to go meatless on Mondays or have pizza every Friday. We are here to offer some inspiration and maybe simplify a thing or two on that long list of stuff you call life. Truth be told, we don’t really follow “the plan” either – not exactly anyway. But I really find that running to the store with a few ideas in mind makes shopping and cooking and the whole mealtime ordeal a lot more simple.

 MONDAY—

Warm Quinoa Salad with Brussels Sprouts + Cranberries + Pecans

Warm Quinoa Salad with Brussels Sprouts + Cranberries + Pecans

A fantastic meatless dish – as a meal or as a side. If you aren’t sure what to do with quinoa but you wanna give it a shot this is an excellent place to start.

 

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 TUESDAY—Coca Cola Chili

Coca Cola Chili from Lemons for Lulu

In the summer we grill with sodas. In the winter it adds a delicious and rich sweetness to chili! Try it!

WEDNESDAY—

Chicken Braised in Beer with Vegetables

Beer Braised Chicken from Sugar Dish Me

Braised chicken with tons of flavor and a crispy skin. Thighs are such a cheap cut but are so full of flavor! This affordable dish is in our regular rotation.

THURSDAY—

Crab and Bacon Mac n Cheese

 Crab and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese from Lemons for Lulu

It is DEFINITELY cold enough for warm-you-up stick-to-your-ribs food. This macaroni has crab AND bacon. That should do the trick.

FRIDAY—

Chicken and Broccoli with Peanut Noodles

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry over Peanut Noodles from Lemons for Lulu

Skip the take out!!! This recipe is not only simple but the flavors remind me of some of my favorite Thai places – deeeelicious.

SATURDAY—

Kick Ass Chicken Lasagna

Kick Ass Chicken Lasagna from Sugar Dish Me

This lasagna was inspired by the World’s Worst Lasagna, as served to us at a party. Basically we just did the opposite of everything they did and ended up with the cheesiest most fantastic lasagna ever ever.

SUNDAY—

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Cassoulet

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Cassoulet from Lemons for Lulu

Like a big ‘ol cajun fest on a plate. Love gumbo? This one is for you!

SOMETHING SWEET—

Best Basic Carrot Cake Cups

Best Basic Carrot Cake Cups from Sugar Dish Me

Vegetables automatically equal good-for-you, right? This carrot cake recipe is my favorite ever. REALLY moist and delicious.

Need More Inspiration? Check us out on Pinterest!


Happy cooking! Have a great week!

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Ginny McMeans

Monday 6th of January 2014

Wonderful new layout! Love your logo too. You are so smart! P.S. and a good cook

Heather

Monday 6th of January 2014

Thanks Ginny! I actually have a redesign happening here this week! So excited.

Marie @ Little Kitchie

Monday 6th of January 2014

One of my New Year's resolutions is to master meal planning this year. You are my inspiration!

Heather

Monday 6th of January 2014

The trick to mastering meal planning: just roll with it lol Thanks so much Marie!

tanya

Monday 6th of January 2014

New logo, new us, can't wait to see what 2014 brings!

Heather

Monday 6th of January 2014

I know! I'm excited. Also I need to cook more MEALS because I was struggling for meal plan dinners this week! That cassoulet looks awesome Tanya!!