The new year has arrived, and this week the normal schedule resumes. We have so many after-school activities this year that dinners really do need to be planned. Here’s an idea of our busyness, along with the week’s recipes for menu plan Monday:
Monday: I am at dance with two of the girls from 4 – 6 p.m.
16 oz. refried beans
14.5 oz. chicken broth
5 oz. chunk chicken (I usually just cook 1 chicken breast)
15.5 oz. black beans, rinsed
3/4 cup salsa
Combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 min.
Crumble a few tortilla chips in the bottom of each bowl.
Ladle soup over chips and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
Tuesday: The “slow” day.
Baked Spaghetti – This looks similar to the spaghetti pie that I make.
Wednesday: Two of the girls have Awana at 6:45; the other has a flute lesson at 4.
Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie – because I have some Velveeta (reduced fat!) and crescent rolls I need to use up.
Thursday: I give 4 piano lessons after school – I wish I could do them during the day! 🙁
Homemade pizza: I make the dough and then everyone puts on the toppings they like. Honestly, I am so sick of these, but everyone else in the family loves them. Ought to be a good chance to lose some calories, huh? 🙂
Friday: I give two more piano lessons, plus 2 to my own children.
Stir Fry: I will stir fry a chicken breast, cut it up, then add beans sprouts, soy sauce, carrots, etc. and serve with rice. I think I have one serving of snap peas left in the freezer from our garden. I recommend growing snap peas as they are simple to grow and they’re fairly expensive to buy.