Menu Planning For Busy Moms

Menu Planning

We all know how busy the week can get with school activities, extra curricular activities, housework, and well then there is the cat who is begging for attention too. How in the world are you suppose to fit in menu planning, let alone grocery shopping? The twins usually try to race down the grocery aisle at the store or push the cart which they can barely see over the top of, you know the drill.

Well, I recently found an amazing lady over at Mashup Mom who puts together menu plans for the week based on the current Aldi flyer and they’re so affordable! I have using her plans for over a month now and it has put many new dishes on our table as well as fruits and veggies into our diets! My twins love fruits and veggies and I love having them in our diet more often, I feel like we’re eating healthier, because we’re eating more home prepared dinners than easy prep out of a can or box and it’s cheap!

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Menu Planning

There is another store in our town that I enjoy shopping at which is Lidl. I know the story, the men who own Aldi and Lidl are brothers. I’m think boy that must make for some akward Christmas get togethers. đŸ™‚ So I’ve been thinking and maybe there should be some menu plans that include both Aldi and Lidl together. Another thing that I’ve found is that a lot of menu plans, don’t account for Breakfast or Lunch, just mainly dinner.

Around here Breakfast and Lunch are important between the hubby being diabetic and the kiddos. I often skip breakfast or eat very light, just because my mornings are rushed and I’m off to start my day. But, I am going to be starting a new section here on the blog/site and it’s going to contain menu planning. I have tons and tons of cookbooks and a comment from my husband recently that I don’t use the cookbooks that he’s given me much anymore made me kind of start thinking that I need to start pulling them back out, so I’m going to see if I can work through them and build menu plans using those cookbooks and see what types of menu plans I can come up with!

Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

 

Taco “Dogs”

Taco Dogs

This recipe was a mix of a couple recipes I found on Pinterest that sounded delicious and I was using what I had on hand at the time.


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Taco "Dogs"
A taste of Mexican along with bread! These yummy Taco Dogs are just the thing for a quick evening dinner.
Taco Dogs
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Toppings
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Toppings
Taco Dogs
Instructions
  1. 1. Brown Ground Beef in skillet until no longer pink. Along with spices.
  2. 2. Add in Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles.
  3. 3. Add Salsa to Hot Dog Buns as desired.
  4. 4. Top with Ground Beef mixture, Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, And any other taco toppings you wish along with a sprinkle of dried cilantro. Serve warm!

Beef Stroganoff

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Beef Stroganoff
This yummy dish is a crowd pleaser at my house. It's almost become a comfort food dish.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Spices
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Spices
Instructions
  1. Cook Ground Beef/Turkey until no longer pink.
  2. Bring Water to a boil, add in pasta and cook until al dante , drain water, and add back to the pot.
  3. Mix together pasta, cream of mushroom soup, cream cheese, and sour cream until cream cheese is melted.
  4. Add in meat and mushrooms
  5. Serve with a salad and breadsticks if desired.

Alfredo Chicken and Rice

This delicious recipe is like a hug on a plate! It’s cheesy, creamy and yummy!

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Alfredo Chicken and Rice
This delicious comfort like food is like a hug on a plate!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1-2 Hours
Servings
People
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1-2 Hours
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cook Chicken until no longer pink.
  2. Cook Rice until tender.
  3. Add rice, cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, mushrooms, and frozen broccoli to pot or skillet and cook until cream cheese is melted and mixed in.
  4. Then add in chicken and heat through.
  5. Serve with Garlic Toast and Salad.
Recipe Notes

Welcome to The Coffee Shop Adventures

I would like to welcome you to The Coffee Shop Adventures. I will be posting various recipes, kitchen tips, home keeping tips, and more here on the blog. I have been a home keeper for the past 9 years along with a few years before that. I love to create tablescapes, decorate, as well as entertaining friends and family.

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Poor Man’s Stir Fry

This dish was a HUGE hit with my family. When the groceries get low in the cupboards and I start inventing things this is what happens. But that’s part of the fun!

That’s why I have started this blog to start sharing recipes with you. Some of them may not be my own and I will share the sources where I get the recipes from so that you can get even more recipes.

I really enjoy cooking and I thought that I would start sharing some of my cooking ideas and recipes with the world.

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Poor Man's Stir Fry
This yummy recipe is made budget friendly and was a huge hit with my house! The name doesn't imply that you are poor it just means that the recipe itself is budget friendly. Poor Man's Stir Fry is made from budget friendly ingredients and things that may already be in your pantry, nothing special.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Brown Ground Beef along with spices in a skillet or large pot.
  2. Drain grease from ground beef.
  3. Unwrap and add Ramen noodles to the pot (without ground beef) along with 5 cups of water to cover noodles.
  4. Cook noodles till tender but not over done.
  5. If you wish to drain excess water from noodles you may do it now and then add seasoning packages to the noodles. If you don't wish to drain water, then go ahead and add seasoning to the noodles now.
  6. Add frozen veggies and cook until warmed through.
  7. Add Ground Beef back to the skillet or pot and stir/toss to mix.
  8. Top with a tiny bit of cilantro or parsley.
Recipe Notes