One of my favorite weekend rituals is waking up early to plan our meals for the week ahead. I know a lot of families struggle with eating healthful meals or find themselves at the end of a long day with nothing planned to feed the tired and hungry mouths looking at them in anticipation. While there are a lot of aspects of motherhood I can decidedly confirm are difficult for me, planning and executing weekly meal plans isn’t one of them. My hope is that sharing my meal plans (and recipe links, where appropriate) will inspire you to browse through Pinterest or your cookbook collection to find something to nourish your family with.
Some of our favorite meals from the last week are above. On top, One Pot Farmer’s Market pasta and White Bean Caprese Salad. I’m not sure the magic behind the one pot pasta recipe, but it’s a favorite in our home. I even have to stop the kids from eat the raw kale from the pot before everything cooks!
The second picture is Apple and Gouda Stuffed Chicken Breasts. It was my first time butterflying chicken (nearly 20-year vegetarian here!) so I definitely have some learning to do, but they smelled amazing. Super simple and quick dinner, perfect for a weeknight.
You’ll see that this week’s menu is dipping into familiar fall foods and flavors. I figured that, even though it doesn’t fully feel or look like fall here in Austin yet, we’ll just fake it for a bit. 🙂 What are your favorite autumn recipes?
Saturday – Red Pepper Minestrone (you’ll recognize this from the last two weeks, too, and it keeps getting skipped. We are having it tonight to get it out of the way), Caramelized Onion and Oven Roasted Tomato Ciabatta, Italian Salad
Sunday – (Canadian Thanksgiving!) Baked Ham, Wild Rice Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole (with homemade cream of mushroom soup), Honey Roasted Carrots, Pumpkin Pie
Monday – Red Beans and Rice, Veggie Slices, Broccoli
Tuesday – Grilled Steak with Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, Parmesan and Garlic Green Beans
Wednesday – Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas, Grilled Corn with Cilantro Butter, Cucumber and Pepper Slices
Thursday – Chicken Thighs with Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Sauce, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Brown Rice