Weekly Meal Planners

Weekly Dinner Planner- Week of 9/14 through 9/20


Okay, so here’s to another hectic week! We have been running quite a lot but have tried to stick with some meal planning. Meal planning is so hard when you add in odd work hours (our daughter), sports (our son) and me and the hubs working and running a business at the same time! But we somehow manage to eat at home most of the time, even it is just a sandwich or leftover casserole heated back up.

So for this week we are going to try to stick to the plan, and here it is:

1. Hot Turkey and Swiss sandwiches with honey glazed baby carrots (today)

2. Cheeseburger Buns and Chips

3. Tator Tot Casserole (I found the recipe on Pinterest that the Duggers use and we love it!) Find it here:  duggarfamilyblog.com/2011/10/duggars-tator-tot-casserole.html

4. French Dip Sandwiches and potato wedges (meat filling prepared in slow cooker)

5. Chicken Tacos’ or Taco Salad and Spanish Rice

6. Upside Down Pizza Casserole

7. Grab something quick for some Friday Night Football!

So for the Mini subs- here is what I did- Placed 6 Kings’ Hawaiian Rolls into a 9×13 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Drizzle with melted butter, top with a generous amount of shaved smoked deli turkey, top with 1 whole slice swiss each sandwich. (I used about 3/4 lb meat for 6 sandwiches)


Drizzle a bit more melted butter over these- place in 400* oven for a few minutes (til cheese is melted). Top with other bun (top) and a little brown spicy mustard and honey, if you like, then cover with aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes at 400*. I served this with some honey glazed baby carrots.


These are always a big hit with my bunch, and I do change up the meats and cheeses,too. We like honey ham with sharp cheddar, or roast beef with swiss or provolone. This is super quick to throw together and super tasty!

Have a Blessed week!! God blesses us each and every one daily, we just have to open our eyes and see the many blessings right in front of us. God is Great!

Recipes/ How To

A Delicious (yet Healthy- sshhh!) Side Dish

   So on Monday I fixed some chicken and dumplings, which is one of my bunches’ faves! I fix different sides to round this out, usually some fried squash or fried okra (I live in the South, okay? Nuff’ said.) However, this time I had been craving a side dish I hadn’t had in a long time, green beans and new potatoes cooked with some smoked ham over the top. So, into the crock pot went the ingredients and 5 hours later we were having some yummy lunch!



   So I started with a bag of fresh green beans, about 8 very small red new potatoes, 3oz of Hormel Cherrywood smoked ham (in the brown cardboard package, no nitrates), 1/2 to 3/4 cup chicken broth (mine was pulled out of the freezer from a batch I had made), 1Tbsp minced garlic (I use the jar) , a good dash of salt (sorry, didn’t measure, I taste tested about 45 minutes before we ate and had to add more), and about 2Tbsp dried minced onion. 

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   I forgot to take pics of my potatoes and ham as I was chopping, but the potatoes were small so I just halved them, if they were bigger I would dice into bite-size pieces. The ham I chopped very fine.

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  I tossed the trimmed, chopped green beans, the halved potatoes and the chopped ham into the slow cooker (which I had sprayed with cooking spray). Then I topped with the onions, garlic and ham and slowly poured the broth around the edges. Cooked on low for about 5 hours (your slow cooker may vary).




   This was so good, and it was very quick prep, will be making it this way again. Hope all have a wonderful Wednesday!! And may you always enjoy the beautiful things around you that God put there just for you!