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A Little Planning Goes a Long Way for a Week’s Worth of Dinners.

on November 23, 2013

You know you’re a planner if you set the radio and/or air to your anticipated wants for the next time you plan on driving your car.

Or maybe that doesn’t make you a planner, maybe it makes you nuts. In which case, I’m nuts.

Anyhoo… my nutty behavior saves me some stress every now and again. One example is tonight at the grocery store.

I made a plan to go after bedtime.  I almost always take Ozzy to the grocery store with me, but with Thanksgiving just a few days away, I thought the grocery would be packed from open to close today and having been flicked off in the parking lot by a dad with who I assume was his preteen daughter in the car a few days before Thanksgiving while I was pregnant with Oz, I decided to spare my little guy the drama of pre-holiday shopping this year.

As it turns out, the grocery stores weren’t busy at all tonight. The snow must’ve been keeping people in. And though most of our grocery experiences are like this For Better or Worse comic, I sorta missed his squeal of delight when the little sprinklers turned on and it “rained” in the produce department.

Speaking of produce, I found that chopping it on Sunday for recipes through the week makes dinner a lot easier now that I’m back to work. It takes a little planning (there’s that nutty behavior again), but it has been well worth it so far!

This was my plan:

So this is what I did on Sunday…

First, I made chicken for the Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup and Beth’s Chicken Casserole.  I used the crock pot for this.  To see how, check out my Tips & Tricks page.

First, I made chicken in the crock pot.

I put the chicken for the casserole in a container, but before putting it in the fridge…

I did some chopping for homemade cream of mushroom/onion soup AND for the meatballs for the Stroganoff.

I even had some to freeze for next time.

I even had some to freeze for next time.

I used half of the cream soup for the Creamy Chicken Noodle…

...and mixed the rest with the chicken so it was ready to go for Wednesday!

…and mixed the rest with the chicken so it was ready to go for Wednesday!

Next up, more chopping!  Again, some for Creamy Chicken Noodle, some for Beth’s Chicken Casserole, and a few more (sans onion) for salads.

Celery, carrots, and onions, OH MY!

Celery, carrots, and onions, OH MY!

Next, I continued with the chopping.

I chopped onions and peppers so they were ready to go for Chili.

I chopped onions and peppers so they were ready to go for Chili.

While the Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup was simmering, I went ahead and made the meatballs.  I froze them because the ground beef was close to its overdue date.

First frozen on a cookie sheet, then placed in a sealable bag for easy storage in the freezer.

First frozen on a cookie sheet, then placed in a sealable bag for easy storage in the freezer.

While all this prep was going on, Ozzy made his first block car from start to finish all by himself!

While all this prep was going on, Ozzy made his first block car from start to finish all by himself!

And Danny went on an elephant hunt.  This is for sure his favorite toy so far!

And Danny went on an elephant hunt. This is for sure his favorite toy so far!

On Monday, I browned the meat, added the veggies, added the beans, spices, and tomato sauce and we had some chili! (Sorry, no pic of the process.)

On Tuesday, I chopped the kielbasa, fried it up, added sauerkraut and we ate it up! (Again, no pic!)

On Wednesday, I made the rice, mixed the ingredients, added the topping, and we had some yummy casserole!

Beth's Chicken Casserole Ingredients.

Beth’s Chicken Casserole Ingredients

On Thursday, I put the frozen meatballs in the oven, made some noodles, and sauce, and we had yet another yummy dinner.

Meatball Stroganoff ingredients

Meatball Stroganoff ingredients

On Friday, we had our choice of leftovers.  Another reason to love leftovers – you have a choice and it doesn’t have to be the same thing someone else is eating!

And here’s a recap:

Day 1: Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Day 1: Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Day 2: 20 Minute Chili with cornbread muffins

Day 2: 20 Minute Chili with cornbread muffins

Day 3: Kielbasa & Kraut

Day 3: Kielbasa & Kraut

Day 4: Beth's Chicken Casserole

Day 4: Beth’s Chicken Casserole

Day 5: Meatball Stroganoff

Day 5: Meatball Stroganoff

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