Meal Planning for the Week

Wow, it’s 2017!  Can you believe it?  I plan on being depressed for the year, since I turn 50 in 2017…just kidding about being depressed…sort of.  😛  I remember being sad when I turned 30, then melancholy when I turned 40, and now almost 50 is sounding a bit dismal.  All of that though is just the vanity in me.   In reality, I AM THANKFUL for the time I’ve had on this earth, and grateful for whatever time I have left, and tremendously blessed that when this life is over, I am promised eternal life with no sorrow or pain, through faith in Jesus Christ.
I’m always sort of glad when the busyness of the holiday season is over, but I’m not one to hurry and take the Christmas tree down, as my family enjoys the soft light and the coziness it provides, especially in the evenings after dinner.

Speaking of dinner, for this year’s menu plans, I’ve teemed up with Jade from Jonesin’ for Taste, and several other bloggers, to provide you with lots of fresh new dinner and dessert ideas!

So here we go…

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos from New South Charm

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Cranberry Turkey Meatloaf from Jonesin’ for Taste

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Turkey Tamale Pie from Cooking with Carlee

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Lasagna Soup

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Quick Navy Bean and Ham Soup

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Crockpot Quinoa, Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew

The dessert choice for this week is:

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Sparkling Cider Strawberry Poke Cake from A Day in Candiland

If you’d like some ideas for earlier in the day:
Breakfast Ideas:
(Any combination of the following)
French toast
Cereal
Fruit
Waffles
Toast
Eggs
Oatmeal
Poptarts
Egg whites and spinach (hubby’s choice)
Pancakes
English muffins
Muffins
Baked oatmeal
Breakfast cookies
Quiche
Cinnamon rolls
Pumpkin pancakes
Baked eggs and cheese casserole
Toasted peanut butter & banana sandwich
Coconut Quinoa Granola

Lunch Ideas:
(We like to add fruit and/or carrots to any of these “entrees”)
Pasta  (my kids love it)
Ravioli
Macaroni and cheese
Vegetarian corn dogs
Vegetarian hamburgers
Hot dogs (We like Hebrew National)
Chicken, turkey or ham sandwiches
Graham crackers and milk
English muffins
Peanut butter and fluff sandwiches
Whole wheat toast
Soup
Yogurt or cheese sticks, crackers
Leftovers

If you’d like some assistance with menu planning and grocery shopping, be sure to check out my free printables:
Dinner Planner and Grocery List Printable
Weekly Meal Planner
Printable Grocery List

Hope you have a wonderful first week of the new year!

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