Mama's Meal Plan 2015, Week 12: Taking it Easy

We have had a few great weeks of new recipes, new ideas, etc.  For this week however, I wanted to take it easy, and do simple, good food we know.  We're doing two big pots of beans on Sunday - one for the week's meals, and another for our daughter's lunch soup.  She loved the "creamy goodness" soup from a few weeks back, and enjoys soups in her lunch. As for meals, the pinto beans cooked simply in salted water make a great base for all of our dinners this week.

SUNDAY: Bean Soup + Cooking up the week's lunches.

The pinto bean soup has been explained before, but I'll do it quickly here as well:  pinto beans were soaked over night in enough water to cover them + a teaspoon of baking soda.  They were then drained and rinsed in the morning, placed in the crockpot, again covered in water, and a couple healthy pinches of salt added.  When it is time for dinner, we will scoop ladles of beans and broth into bowls, add your favorite toppings.  I had chopped onion, cilantro, tomatoes, avocado, sour cream, and queso fresco on the table for everyone to pick what they wished.  Simple, easy, and delicious.

For lunches:  as mentioned above, I will make the cannellini bean soup, aka: creamy goodness, featured in week 8's meal plan, for Evie's lunch box.  For Mark and I, I'm going to make up a chicken salad for sandwiches or crackers.

Lunch chicken salad:
4 thin chicken breasts, sauteed in olive oil on both sides until slightly browned, then poached in chicken stock until cooked.  Cool slightly, then cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces.

Add 4 stalks celery, cut into 1/4 inch pieces,  1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans, and 1/4 cup raisins.  Mix around dry ingredients, then add dressing.

Chicken salad dressing: 1 cup mayo, 3 teaspoons curry powder, 1 teaspoon ginger powder, pinch of kosher salt.  Mix together well, pour over salad.

Then, try to not lick the spoon, mix well, and place in containers for the beginning of the week's lunches.

MONDAY: Corn Tortillas and Beans


Same deal as Sunday: beans, a vehicle for them, and fun toppings.

TUESDAY: Rice and Beans

Same beans, this time with rice.  Maybe a salad too...but let's not get crazy...


We'll be having dinner at our church again, meatball subs are not to be missed!

THURSDAY: Something with Beans

I know.  Shocker.

This is what we did, beans & rice.  Because on Tuesday?  We totally went out to dinner...

 FRIDAY: International Dinner

Many of you know we are in the process of an international adoption from Haiti.  This evening, we will be attending a special International Dinner held by our adoption agency.  It is a potluck, and all adoptive parents, no matter where they are in the process, are invited to attend.  We'll meet others adopting and having adopted from Haiti, as well as Ethiopia, China, Guam, etc.  We're very excited!!


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