February Meal Plan

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Don’t ask me how it happened, because I’m still trying to figure it out.

January is O-V-E-R. We are 1/12 of the way done with 2015.

That also means it’s time for another monthly meal plan.

February Meal Plan

As you know, I do my meal planning on a quarterly basis. I have a meal plan for each season, and I use it for three months in a row. We’re headed into the last month of the winter meal plan, which is good because that means spring is on the way! Who’s ready for spring?

I think I mentioned in my January post that I try to get as much into my freezer as I can at the beginning of each season. (Actually I do it just before the new season begins.) It takes a few afternoons to get it done, but then for three months in a row I have at least part of almost every meal in the freezer. It’s amazing how much stress that relieves during the week and how many times we avoid eating out on those busy days.

Well I’ve talked enough, let’s see what’s for dinner this month!

I’m sure I’ll add in a nice Valentine’s Day dinner but I haven’t decided what yet. Watch for a post with some ideas for romantic dinners.

Week One Meal Plan

Roast Beef, Potatoes, Carrots

Vegetable Beef Soup, Grilled Cheese

White Bean Chicken Chili

Chicken Pot Pie

Homemade Pizza

Sweet & Sour Mini Meatloaves, Loaded Potato Bake, Lima Beans w/ Bacon

 

Week Two Meal Plan

BBQ  Beef, White Beans, Apple-Cranberry Cole Slaw

Beef Stew & Biscuits

Nach-yo Mamma’s Chicken Soup

Pizza burgers, French Fries (Cook a burger, add pizza sauce and provolone cheese, bake long enough to melt the cheese. Done and yum!)

Potato soup

Salmon PattiesCrock Pot Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli & Cheese

 

Week Three Meal Plan

Chili,  Cornbread Muffins

Pepper Steak, Baked Potatoes

Easy Southwest Chicken SoupCornbread Muffins

Chicken& Peppers, Rice–recipe coming tomorrow

Homemade Pizza

Clam ChowderCorn Chowder, Crackers

 

 Week Four Meal Plan

Kielbasa & Potatoes, Green Beans, Cooked Apples

Cottage Pie

Cranberry Chicken

Bean & Pasta Soup, Corn Muffins

Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread (This was lasagna last month but I got lazy and switched it to spaghetti.)

BBQ Baked Chicken, Baked Beans, Dinner Rolls

 

What about dessert?

As you know, I try to make only one dessert a week. I’m not big on sugarless desserts, so I’d rather eat dessert less often and have something I really enjoy. So around here we allow ourselves some good old fashioned sugar. Occasionally.
I still try to stay away from recipes that call for a mix or store bought candy. I mean really, what’s the point? If I wanted to pay $8.00 for a bite of sugar I’d just buy the candy and forget slaving over a hot stove to make dessert. Nope, it’s homemade desserts for us.

OK one exception: brownies. I still haven’t found a brownie recipe I like. If you have one that your family loves, be a doll and share it with us in the comments?

So what’s for dessert?

I don’t know for sure but here are a few options I’m considering:

Peanut Butter Pie   I love that this recipe doesn’t use Cool Whip. I know I said we’re OK with some sugar but Cool Whip is where I draw the line!

And then there’s this Easy White Chocolate Mousse  calling my name!

White Velvet Layer Cake with Strawberry-Raspberry Mascarpone Buttercream  First of all, what a gorgeous dessert! Mine won’t be anywhere near that pretty but I bet it will taste amazing! And second, with a name like “Wicked Good Kitchen”, this website has to be good. (If you’re from Maine like I am, you’ll get that.)

What else?
Hmmm….

I think chocolate is in order. What’s your favorite chocolate dessert for Valentine’s Day?

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Gosh, where to start? Can I just eat dinner with you this month? Also – I have the same brownie problem. The from-scratch recipes are always just too floury.

    • says

      Just pick s a few that look like something your family will eat and have fun!
      I wonder if we just used one of those brownie recipes and cut the flour? How about you try it and let me know! ;)

  2. Annemarie Salisbury says

    These brownies are pretty fabulous. Pretty rich, but pretty fabulous, so I don’t make them often. I cut back on the sugar by 1/3 in all recipes and it hasn’t hurt yet :) If anything, these might have too little flour for you! http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2009/02/12/serious-brownie-points/ I think this is the one that was on the back of the flour bag, but I don’t use espresso powder, and heat the butter/sugar stovetop. They seem to have changed the name.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing this! I can’t wait to try them. It would be so cool to finally have a brownie recipe I like. I wouldn’t have expresso powder so I’m glad you mentioned that you don’t use it. Now I want some!

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