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Preventing The Back To HomeSchool Meal Planning Madness

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Hmmm… have you thought about what you’ll be feeding those hungry learners? If your kids were in public school you may not have had to think much about it before. If you plan to homeschool then you will be feeding them at least three meals a day and maybe a few snacks in between.

This can turn into a chaotic juggling act if you aren’t prepared. How do we prevent meal time chaos in our home? By meal planning. I even plan out snacks sometimes so I don’t forget to include them on my grocery list. Check out this link for some Healthy Snacks to Go.

10 snacks your kids can make star (1)

It might seem like a lot of trouble but when you find a system that works for then it is so easy. It will actually save you time and money in the long run. This is also a helpful thing even if you don’t homeschool.

Check out this post for some quick and easy breakfast ideas to help you beat that morning chaos and fill those tummies with a nutritious breakfast to start their day off right. Here is another link for even more ideas: The Healthy Breakfast Book. Continue reading Preventing The Back To HomeSchool Meal Planning Madness

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Homeschool days making dinner crunched?

Homeschool days making dinner crunched?

Having dinner ready to go whenever we’re ready to eat is such a lifesaver on busy weeknights when we head out to activities. Now my *kids* are taking charge of dinner from start to finish. Before we start school, they start the slow cooker. Check out the videos from Kids Cook Real Food that we are using here.

Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole: Crockpot Version

This is the crockpot version of one of my favorite recipes. I got this recipe from a church dinner. Serve with mashed potatoes and rolls.

Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole: Crockpot Version

Ingredients:

1 lb ground hamburger, or ground turkey, browned

1-10 or 12 oz bag of frozen mixed vegetables, steamed

1 can tomato soup

1 pack onion soup mix, optional

1-2 c. shredded cheese, I usually use cheddar

Directions:

Place the browned ground beef in a crockpot.

Add the remaining ingredients except the cheese.

Cook on low 2-3 hours on low or 1-2 hours on high.

Top with shredded cheese.

Cook 10-20 minutes until cheese melts.

Set to low until ready to serve.

Crockpot Chicken Joes

We all like Sloppy Joes but have you tried them with chicken instead of hamburger? Well my kids love this and my littlest one calls them ‘Chicken Joes’. They are so easy to put together and I almost always have the ingredients in my pantry and freezer to throw these together.

Crockpot Chicken Joes

Ingredients:

  • 3 – 4 chicken breasts, uncooked
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can  Sloppy Joe Sauce (We normally use the original but the BBQ is good as well.)
  • 1 small onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped (optional)

Directions:

Place chicken in the bottom of the crockpot.

Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken.

Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or low for 7 hours.

We like to eat this on buns with french fries or sometimes over pasta with a salad.

Apple Crisp in a Crockpot

I love apple crisp. This recipe always takes me back to when I was young.

Ingredients:

Apple filling:

  • 1 c.  brown sugar
  • 1/2 c.  sugar
  • 5 large apples, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 t. cinnamon

Crumb Topping:

  • 2/3 c. oats
  • 2/3 c. brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 3-4 T. butter, softened
  • 1 t. vanilla

Directions:

Mix together the apple filling ingredients. Spread onto bottom of slow cooker.

Mix together the crumb topping ingredients until blended. Sprinkle over top of the apples.

Cover and cook on low for 4 hours, or high for 2 hours.

Turn off the crockpot and let sit, covered, for one hour so the caramel can thicken.

Enjoy as it is or with some vanilla ice cream.

June 18 – 24, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday 

Breakfast:

Cinnamon Muffins, scrambled eggs, fruit

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Alice Springs ChickenBaked Potatoes Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Crackers/Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese

Dinner: ++

Impossibly Easy Pizza Bake, Salad

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cupcakes


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Fix It and Forget It Crockpot Chicken30 minute Rolls

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner: ++

Fish w/Honey Mustard Sauce, Baked Sweet Potatoes, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Bacon Wrapped Pork TenderloinMashed Potatoes, Veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Pepperoni pockets,  Salad

Dinner: ++

Crockpot Tortellini Soup, Buttered Bread

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Cheese Danish, Fruit

Lunch:

Soup (probably leftover soup), grilled cheese

Dinner: ++

Crunchy ChickenMashed Potatoes, Cheesy Squash Casserole

Free Day

Snacks/Desserts:

Apple Crisp in a Crockpot

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or other vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. 

Shredded Beef

This is one of those recipes that I’ve had for a bit. I have some changes I’ve made to it but I can’t find it and I think my sister also sent me a similar recipe but I’ve misplaced that too! Ahhh….life is so crazy sometimes but I do promise to post the other version(s) of this recipe when I come across them.

I really like that this can be eaten in tortillas or as a sandwich.

Shredded Beef

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 – 2 lbs beef chuck roast
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 t. cumin
  • 1/2 t. oregano
  • 1 large bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 c. beef broth
  • 1/4 c. tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions:

Mix together the salt, pepper, cumin, and oregano.

Rub this on both sides of the roast.

Place into a crockpot.

Add bell peppers and onion to the crockpot.

Blend together garlic, broth, and tomato paste.

Pour over the beef and vegetables.

Top with the bay leaf.

Cover and cook on low for 7 hours or until beef is fork-tender.

Remove the roast and allow it to cool.

Remove bay leaf and discard.

Shred the cooled beef with a fork.

Return shredded beef to the crockpot and stir to blend with juices and heat through.

Enjoy!

Baked Potatoes in a Crockpot

I like to throw a few potatoes in the crockpot sometimes so that I can have a baked potato later on in the day.

Baked Potatoes in a Crockpot

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 potatoes, scrubbed and dried
  • 1-2 T. olive oil
  • salt
  • desired toppings (butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, etc.)

Directions:

Prick the potatoes with a fork or knife several times.

Brush the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Wrap tightly in foil.

Lay the potatoes into the bottom of a crockpot, cover, and cook on high for 4 1/2 – 5 hours, or on low for 7 1/2 – 8 hours until tender.

Thanksgiving in a Crockpot

This meal is so delicious and so easy to fix.

Thanksgiving in a Crockpot

Ingredients:

•8 chicken breasts
•16-20 oz package of frozen mixed vegetables
•2 cans cream of chicken soup
•2 – 6 0z box stuffing, prepared to package directions
•salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

I like to spray my crockpot with nonstick spray first.

Dump mixed veggies in the bottom of crockpot.

Add your chicken breast, frozen or thawed.

Pour the soup over top the chicken.

Cover with the prepared stuffing.

Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds baby back ribs
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup broth
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce

Directions:

Sprinkle the ribs with salt and pepper.

Pour water into slow cooker.

Place the ribs into the slow cooker. Top with onion and garlic.

Cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 375.

Once cooked, transfer ribs to a baking sheet. Discard onion and garlic. Coat ribs with barbeque sauce.

Bake 10 to 15 minutes.

Crockpot Chicken Marinara w/Veggies

Crockpot Chicken Marinara w/Veggies

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 6 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 6 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 small zucchini, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 c. sliced mushrooms
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Place the first 7 ingredients in a crockpot. Pour sauce on top and sprinkle with seasonings, stir to blend ingredients.

Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.

Remove the chicken and shred. Return back to crock pot and stir into sauce.

Serve over cooked noodles.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

This is an easy alternative to takeout. You could also pair this with Chinese Fried Rice with Veggies to make a complete meal.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite size chunks
  • 1/3 c. chicken broth
  • 1 c. honey
  • 1/2 c.soy sauce
  • 2 T. sesame oil (use canola if you don’t have sesame)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 t. red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 t. ground ginger (optional)
  • 1/4 c. cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 c. water
  • Sesame seeds

Directions:

Place chicken into crockpot.

Mix together the chicken broth through the red pepper flakes. Pour over the chicken.

Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 2– 3 hours, until chicken is cooked through.

Remove the chicken pieces from crock pot.

Stir the cornstarch/water mixture into the sauce. Cover with lid and cook 10-15 minutes until slightly thickened.Stir to combine with sauce.

Add the chicken to the sauce and stir. Sprinkle with Sesame seeds before serving.