My Weekly Meal Plan for Sept 1-7, 2014

Many people have requested this….. so I will try to remember to add these weekly, just for inspiration and an idea of how I create my weekly meal plans.  My goal is to always use up what I have on hand, as well as incorporating any leftovers.  I will also make 3 loaves of fresh bread for the week…. 2 plain for sandwiches and 1 cinnamon raisin for breakfast.

 

Monday, Sept 1st

Chinese Take-out….. in celebration of the 1st day of school the following day.  Treating the boys. 🙂

 

Tuesday, Sept 2nd

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, mac and cheese, and green beans.

    *using homemade BBQ sauce, home-baked buns, mac and cheese and home canned green beans.

 

Wednesday, Sept 3rd

BBQ Chicken Pizza and salad.

    *using leftover chicken and BBQ sauce from Tuesday night’s dinner.

 

Thursday, Sept 4th

Chili and Cornbread

    *using home canned beans

 

Friday, Sept 5th

Loose meat hamburgers/coneys with roasted potatoes and green beans…. with home-baked hot dog buns.

    *using leftover chili and home canned beans.  You could also make taco’s and use the leftover chili in lieu of refried beans on the taco’s!

 

Saturday, Sept 6th

LUKE’S 17th BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!!!!!!!

Pizza, chips and CAKE!

 

Sunday, Sept 7th

Breakfast: Big country breakfast with eggs, sausage, potatoes and pancakes.

Dinner:  Broccoli and Sausage one-pot meal…… using leftover sausage from breakfast.  Baking homemade rolls to go with it.

 

 

Want to hear more…. check out my youtube video where I touch on the subject of how I write my meal plans.

Pressure Canning Leftovers

I try to make a habit now of pulling out my pressure canner on nights I know I will have leftovers. This makes canning easy! Instead of putting food into a big tupperware container, I just throw it into some clean jars while my food is still warm.  Tonight, I am canning leftover meat sauce from making mostacholi. Simple and easy!  Just throw your leftover sauce into pint or quart sized jars and process them.  For meat sauce, you process your jars for 60 minutes for pints, 70 minutes for quarts. I have 4 pints in my canner at the moment. They will be out of the canner in an hour and in my pantry by morning.  This makes busy weeknights really easy! You don’t have to make anything from scratch! Just pop the jar open and dump it on some pasta. haha  I decided to can my sauce in pint jars because it also makes it perfect for weekend lunches for my husband and I when we are home alone.  It’s just something I thought I would share with all of you, since doing this has saved me a lot of money and I don’t throw away any leftovers anymore that have gone bad in the back of the fridge!