L: Apricot Chicken and Garlic and Parmesan Roasted
For the apricot chicken, it’s as easy as it sounds! Just prepare the chicken as directed on the packaging and before cooking top with as much apricot jelly as you desire! Bake as directed and serve hot!
S: Hamburgers with a side of fruit
L: Leftover apricot chicken sandwiches and fruit
S: Pizza bites with dipping sauce & peanut butter cookies for dessert! Personally, I’m simplifying the pizza bites by not including the herbs on top, not including pepperoni and using shredded mozzarella cheese, but you can add them if you want/if you have them on hand!
Since this is a holiday week in the USA (& Canada), I decided to forgo my usual weekly meal plan and instead give you a list (with recipes as needed) of my favorite all-American food!
A little research, including a visit to some sketchy Wikipedia pages and a number of blogs proclaiming to be food historians, went into this post because I wanted to bring you the most American foods I could. As you have probably guessed, a lot of American food is derived from recipes brought here from other places, but as with most things, we manage to put our own (sometimes more caloric) twist on things. I know quite a few of my readers are not in the USA so if you’d like to try some of our crazy American recipes, this week is the perfect time! 🙂
I’m going to split these foods into Main Courses, Desserts, Sides, and Drinks because that makes the most sense if you’re lookin’ for meal ideas this week!
L: leftovers or cold cut sandwiches
S: Spaghetti with meat sauce and leftover sides/fruit.
Guys, I used the Walmart pickup service this week and it was super slick &&&& I only had to spend $66 on groceries because this meal plan uses a lot of the same base ingredients all week and helps eliminate waste from one week to the next. PLUS, it’s cheap and you don’t need to buy everything new each week– which is why I’m using it for our family!
See part of my cart below:
Lunch: Avocado Toast – Just make toast, fry an egg, butter the toast, cut up an avocado, and put it all together. It’s amazing!!!
** This post is coming at you a little late today so skip the lunch idea or substitute it for another lunch later in the week. Supper: Follow the directions on the packaging to bake the chicken. Also add any leftover corn and bean salad from last week’s meal plan. If you didn’t see that recipe, here it is again.
Make brownies for dessert. I don’t see anything wrong with box brownies, but if you’re looking to make them from scratch, this is a recipe I pinned and would love to try! I’ll let you know if I do 🙂
Lunch: Loaded spinach with fruit, cheese, and your favorite dressing. Supper:Lasagna (I leave out the fennel) with leftover brownies and fresh fruit.
Lunch: easy peasy! Leftover lasagna, veggies with dip, and fruit. Supper: Follow the directions for preheating and timing enough frozen chicken for your family (or just you). Then pour in rice, 2 parts of water for each part of rice you add, and that apricot jelly from the shopping list. Cover and bake it as directed (until a food thermometer says it’s ready too)! It turns out to be a very yummy meal without a lot of prep time.
Lunch: Sandwiches made your way with whatever toppings you like. Just be sure to heat the lunch meat in the microwave until it’s sizzling if you’re pregnant! Supper: Baked Mac n cheese with Rice Krispie bars for dessert.
Lunch: Leftovers Supper: Seared steak (cooked medium-well) with rice and broccoli. I like to make my rice and broccoli in my rice cooker/veggie steamer combo. Otherwise you can make the rice and broccoli together in a pan following the directions for rice on the package.
I planned to make the jello to show you, but this weekend was so busy with my cousin’s wedding, family, and a Father’s Day lunch that by the time we got home last night I couldn’t get myself to do any cooking whatsoever!
On another topic, here are two adorable pictures from my weekend:
How was your weekend?! Did you do anything fun?