MPM: Simplifying Life and Give A Way!

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I gotta say, meal planning has simplified my life. And that’s a good thing!

It seems so simple, but it’s profound.  When it comes time for dinner I don’t have to run through the list of options.  Moose or chicken? Potatoes or rice? What do we have in the pantry?  Hey, (insert meal name) would be great, but we are out of (insert important ingredient.)

Now I can look at my pantry and fridge and freezer and calendar (I remembered to do that this week, yay!) in advance and decide when to do the grocery shopping and what to buy.  Prior to meal planning, I guess I was stressing all day long about what to eat.  Now it’s all laid out.  Doing it week by week has worked well for us.  And if something happens it’s a simple matter of swapping days or going with an old faithful recipe.

It’s like something that Malia Russell says:  Eliminate decisions.  It sounds terrible, because we want what we want when we want it and we don’t want to be stuck in a rigid schedule.  At least, I don’t!  But meal meal planning has really and truly worked for me.  (Sounds like a phonics program ad, doesn’t it?)

So I wish you a week full of tasty meals and decision-less days!

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BTW, I promised a recipe for quiche last week.  This is from Cranberry Hill:

I make a pie crust

wash and chop (with scissors) a bunch of spinach

slice up some sun dried tomatoes

grate some mozzarella cheese

get out the feta and any mushrooms I might have

then I blend (in the blender) 6 eggs and some milk or cream (about 1/2 cup) with some salt and pepper,

I pile the spinach into the crust, and I do mean pile, because it shrinks so I put in a mound

sprinkle on the cheese and try to mix it in a little so it doesn’t smother the spinach but doesn’t just lay on the bottom either

sprinkle on the tomatoes, mushrooms and feta

pour the eggs over it (the eggs wont cover everything but they will rise)

bake at 350 for about 40 minutes

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Monday: Breakfast for dinner: muffins, eggs, fruit.

Tuesday: We’ll have visitors for dinner.  No, I mean we’re having people come over to eat.  Oh never mind!  Moose stroganoff with rice, and random veggies.

Wednesday:  Someone’s cooking at church.  And it isn’t me, yay!

Thursday:  Smoked Salmon patties and Stuffing and Some kinda veggie.  (This meal is brought to you by the letter S.)

Friday, Kids’ night:  Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.  (Third week in a row, folks! I think that’s surpassed the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!  YAY!)

Saturday:  Pumpkin soup and cornbread.  (recipe below.)

Sunday: Calzone . . . pepperoni, veggies, garlic, olive oil in pizza dough. (No pizza sauce.)

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Recipe: Pumpkin Soup (from an old recipe book for kids)
1 C cooked, mashed pumpkin (or canned)

2-1/2 C chicken broth

2 eggs

1/2 C heavy cream

Pepper

Nutmeg

Cinnamon sugar

Put the pumpkin in the blender and puree.    Add to the broth and bring to a boil.  Separate egg yolks from egg whites.  Beat egg yolks with cream and add to soup.  Simmer 5 to 10 minutes.  Pour into bowls and add spices.

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Oh, did I mention I found a give a away for you?  Yup.  You could win one of Malia Russel’s books, From Chaos to Order: 25 Tools Bringing Organization to Your Home. Or one of about a DOZEN other prizes!  Woo hoo!!  Hop on over to her site to see HOW!!

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So there you have it.  Everything meal related for the moose house.  Moosey on over to Org Junkie’s blog for other recipes and meal plan ideas.

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5 Responses to “MPM: Simplifying Life and Give A Way!”

  1. heidi Says:

    I’m proud of you for sticking with it!! It really does simplify your life and save you time and money, doesn’t it?
    Happy Monday to ya.

  2. val Says:

    Lol! You have got to ‘splain to me and clarify, is that an actual moose in the upper left picture?

    The menu looks great, frugal and tasty as well.

  3. purplemoose Says:

    Nope, that is a female bovine. He needed a little cream for his coffee. 🙂

  4. Rona Says:

    Lots of good eats at your house. Enjoy.
    Gotta go “24” is about to start.

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