Good morning afternoon and happy Friday!  Yes, I’m a stay at home mom and still get excited about Friday… weekends are my favorite with more time with the hubby. :)

Dinner’s this week have been definitely not very planned.  Check out the final week in my planning from last month

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Yeah, the last week just didn’t happen.  I also didn’t go to the grocery store, which is why our meals were not as planned.  Here’s a look at some things we had.

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Bacon and brussel sprouts tortilla layer pie.  I’ve made tortilla pies before, so for the filling I just switched it up.

I used 1 piece of chopped bacon + 2 cups chopped brussel sprouts.  I sauted both first.  Then I layered everything together (tortillas, brussels, parmesan) with the egg mixture.  Check out a similar recipe for how to make it.

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An even more simple dinner was this beef enchilada spaghetti.  I had no clue what this was going to turn into when I tossed beef and enchilada sauce in the crockpot, but it actually turned out really well.

One pound beef roast + 1 jar enchilada sauce go slow n low in the crockpot all day.  Shred beef.  Cook your box of pasta.  Add 2 cups frozen corn in with the pasta the last minute of cooking.  Drain pasta + corn, and pour it into the crockpot with the beef.  Add 1 can drained and rinsed black beans.  Stir in 1/3 cup plain yogurt + 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.

For starting with no plan in the morning, I loved how this one turned out!

We also had chicken caesar salad + bread and pizza using some 5 minute bread (dough).  I topped the pizza with BBQ sauce, pre-cooked chicken sausage, onion, parmesan cheese and feta.  Last night was our leftovers night, so a super simple dinner.  And that’s how I made dinners work for me this week!  While it went really well, I am excited to go grocery shopping today.  We’re desperately lacking in veggies.

Even without finishing off my month of meal planning perfectly, I still loved this idea!  Since I stocked up on meats I was easily able to pull extra meals together with what I had on hand.

Last night I worked on a meal plan for May.  Here it is if you’re looking for dinner inspiration!

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I changed the categories a bit.  Instead of 5 categories with 4 recipes in each, I went with 4 categories and 5 recipes in each.  I got rid of casseroles and salads, and included grilling.  It’s heating up here (going to be in the 80s this weekend!), so less cooking inside and more grilling outside is going to be a good thing.

Links to some of the recipes:

How do you make meals when you don’t have a plan or recipe?  Do you like winging it in the kitchen?  Does it normally turn out?

This morning I taught body pump, ran tons of errands with Hunter and now… it’s nap time.  Maybe I will take a nap too??  We’ll see.  But in reality I will probably head outside and do some yard work.  Slowing down kind of isn’t my thing.

Happy weekend everyone!

Heather

0 thoughts on “may meal plan + no recipe dinners

  1. I’m not always the best at winging it in the kitchen, but sometimes it works out. 😉

    I like the idea of meal planning for the month! I usually do it by week, but I’m wondering if doing it by month might be a better idea. Especially now that I have a little baby that takes up a lot of my time! I would imagine it takes more time on the front end, but I’m sure it’s nice to get it all done with for the month.

    • Yes, it’s super nice getting it all out of the way at once point instead of 4x a month. My only problem is actually getting to the grocery store….

  2. I totalllly wing it a lot of the time! I did so today with my burrito filling and it turned out great (thankfully). I’ve definitely had my share of flops. I need to start monthly meal planning

  3. haha, you sound like me, I LOVE Fridays, even though I still work on Saturday :) I think the love for Friday was instilled in me at a very young age, and will never go away!
    I love to wing it in the kitchen. I usually have a protein in mind, then sort of throw a grain and vegetable in there somehow….depending on what we have. It normall works :)

    • Nice! winging it can be so easy when you have food around to pick from. And ya, Fridays will always be a day to look forward to for me. even though i’m not working FT like I used to, when my kiddo is in school the weekend will be a fun time.

  4. I much prefer planned meals, to be honest. I make a meal plan on a weekly basis, with one dinner left blank so we can use up produce and any leftovers we might have. Even on that one night, I find myself staring at the fridge with a blank stare and grumbling tummy. I like having a plan of action!

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