Meal Planning – an improvement!!

We’re getting better at this meal planning thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ This week we made everything except for the Rachael Ray Pretzel Chicken. I attribute it to the fact that we had a LOT of leftovers, especially from Pioneer Woman’s Lasagna. (Minus the fact that I used a roasting pan that was too big, and I will never, EVER use no boil noodles again. They sucked.) Otherwise it was quite yummy. And last night we made Thai Curry w/ Chicken using my slow cooker for the first time and OMG IT WAS AMAZING HOLY CRAP!!! If you like spicy thai food, and a super easy meal, you need to make this!

Thai Curry (W/ Chicken)
from A Year of Slow Cooking

– 1 13.5-oz can coconut milk
– 1 T brown sugar
– 1 T soy sauce
– 1 T Thai red or green chili paste, or more to taste (I couldn’t find chili paste, so I used a Szechuan paste I found. And I used 2 T, we like it spicy!)
– 1 t fish sauce (optional. I omitted)
– 1 yellow onion, chopped
– 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
– 1 red bell pepper
– 1 green bell pepper
– 1/2 large eggplant (I omitted)
– 1 sweet potato (I used 2 smallish ones)
– chicken thighs (I used 4 breasts)
– 1 small knob of ginger, peeled and grated

1. Combine the sauce ingredients: coconut milk, soy sauce, brown sugar, chili paste, and fish sauce in the bottom of your crockpot stoneware. Taste. If you think you need more chili paste, add some, carefully. It’s hot stuff! (You can prepare this overnight, by marinating the chicken and adding the vegetables in the morning.)

2. Add the chicken pieces to the sauce, flipping them over a few times so they get nice and saucy.

3. Wash and cut the vegetables, and add to the crock.

4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-6. This is done when the chicken is fully cooked and the vegetables have reached desired tenderness.

5. Serve over white rice.

Thai Curry w/ Chicken

SO this week we’ll be making:

1. Weeknight Steak with Vegetables from Easy Everyday Cooking (Better Homes and Gardens)

2. Cheeseburger Soup from The Ultimate Slow Cooker Book (BHG)

3. Spaghetti w/ Artichoke Hearts and Tomatoes (a la The Pioneer Woman)

4. Leftovers! (Cause we’ll have a lot)

5. Freebie! (Aka going out to dinner/ordering out.)

I have to say, although we’re still learning our way through meal planning, it’s kind of nice knowing what you’re going to cook for dinner when you get home, and that you already have all of the ingredients. It’s also great that when I go grocery shopping for the week that I don’t buy things we already have in the pantry, since I’ve gone through each recipe to see what we already own. Woo for us!

What are you making this week??


  1. Lisa-Marie says

    Lacey, this looks delicious! mmmmmmmmmmm!

    This week, we will be having
    -pork casserole
    -lamb chops with veg
    -homemade burgers

  2. I really like the no boil noodles from Target, the Archer Farms brand. Other than those, I just usually get regular noodles and don't pre-cook them. The no boil ones seem to make the lasagna too watery, and the regular ones put in dry cook up fine.

  3. Mmmm that looks yummy!

    I made lasagna last night and it was the best lasagna I have ever made… I think it had to do with the jar sauce I used (sweet onion and garlic OMG so good). I normally make my own sauce but I wasn't feeling up to it.

    Tonight we are having leftovers, tomorrow is meatball subs, wed is chicken w crab stuffing, thurs is enchiladas, and friday we are gonna be on the road!

  4. rachel elizabeth says

    here's what my week of menue "planning" looks like:

    tonight: grilled cheese and soup. if i'm feeling particularly adventurous, i'll toss in some goldfish crackers.

    tuesday: peanut butter and jelly

    wednesday: cereal. probably cornpops or special k chocolatey delight. yum.

    thursday: chicken quesadilla, just chicken and cheese though.

    friday: empty out the fridge salad.

    i can't wait for matt to get home, it's so hard to cook for one… so i rarely cook now and i miss it.

  5. I used my meal planner and so far this week (beginning Friday) we had:

    Chicken Tenders
    Turkey Burgers
    Broccoli Cheese Soup

    Tonight we're having Crescent Chicken.
    Tomorrow (our 4 year anniversary, being together, not wedding) Dan is making Red Beans & Rice.

    Wednesday we're having Tuna Noodle Casserole

    And Thursday we're having pizza.

    I love the trusty meal planner and having the attached grocery list is so handy!

  6. yum cheeseburger soup!! I made lemon-shallot scallops and shrimp with whole-wheat pasta… xxxoo

  7. This week we have all leftovers. I cooked all weekend so i didnt have to cook during the week. Makes life a little bit simpler.

    We have pulled pork from the slow cooker, spicy mac & cheese, chicken soup and chicken pot pie. I also bought some sundried tomato wraps so i could have a chicken cesar wrap if i wanted something different ๐Ÿ™‚

    I also bought the ingredients for stuffed chicken marsala, which will most likely get made tonight or tomorrow depending on how I am feeling. if all goes well i will share the recipes with you for the chicken marsala and i will be posting the recipe for the spicy mac & cheese later on


  8. Looks great! LEt me know if you ever want me to pick you up some curry paste! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. good call! we've been doing the same thing with planning meals. one night we do a salad with grilled chicken, one night we do steak and mashed potatoes, another night we do chicken burgers (my fffffavorite) and then we have a random night. Also- I've started stocking the fridge with Kashi frozen pizzas so we don't drunk dial dominos after a night of drinking ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I've been curious about the Pioneer Woman lasagna. I think because of one slightly weird sounding ingredient (at least to me). I think its cottage cheese. But beside the no-boil lasagna did it all still taste good?

  11. Suburban Sweetheart says

    I need a slow cookerrr. And also, I need to start caring about cooking. Stop making me feel so guilty…


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