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    Our Family Meal Plan

    Meal Planning for 4

    Over the last three months Lovey and I have decided to meal plan our dinners. I’m only going to cover our weekly dinners on here because we don’t typically have breakfast or lunch together as a family. All of that is accounted for differently.

    Why we decided to plan our meals

    We used to eat out a lot, and when I say a lot, I mean every other day. By preparing and making our meals daily we are able to budget our family meals better. I can make the dishes we enjoy eating in the comfort of our own home. We are also able to choose better ingredients for the food that we want to make and eat.

    Below is a template that is provided by Word Excel for meal planning.

    I typically hand write all my meal plans down on a piece of paper, but for the sake of blogging and making it look neater I’ll use this template.

    The breakdown is very simple for our dinners. There are two weeks on here and they are color coded two different shades. This makes it easier for me to see week 1 and week 2 without having to place actual dates. On the side I added a column just for ingredients. By doing this it makes it a lot easier for me to see what I need to check my pantry for, and how much of something we need.

    I keep my list and meal plan for 2 weeks, until I make a new one. I also keep a meal plan because it helps me see what dishes I’ve already made. This makes it a lot easier for me to decide whether I want to recreate that dish again for the following week or try something new.

    Sample of my list filled out (this is what we’re actually having this week)

    The ingredients list isn’t in order, but you get the idea of how I put my meal plans together. I’m also a huge enthusiast of trying new dishes that I have never made before. Lovey typically like’s eating the same things every week. He finds that it’s a lot easier and simpler to put together. I, on the other hand, prefer tackling the challenge of trying to make something new. There was a week where I made some new recipe every evening. As fun as that was, it was also challenging. I try to keep a balance with our meals now.

    I stick to a 50/50 type of meal plan. Each week I throw in the regular dinners that we have all the time, and mix in a few recipes that are new to us. This week’s menu is primarily from Southeast Asia. We’ve got Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Italian, Middle Eastern, and for Friday.. I’m thinking American. I still have to fill that in, but I’ve listed what our 2 week menu is going to look like. If you have any questions regarding the recipes that I’m using or you’d like to see a post about it, please let me know. I would be more than happy to share what I make every evening!

    1. 04.01.18 – Ordered Toppers Pizza for Easter
    2. 04.02.18 – Beef Sinigang (Filipino Beef Tamarind Soup)
    3. 04.03.18 – Chicken Tikka Masala and Chana Masala
    4. 04.04.18 – Japanese Shrimp Ramen
    5. 04.05.18 – Chicken Marsala
    6. 04.06.18 – Monterey Jack Burgers
    7. 04.07.18 – Middle Eastern Chicken and Beef Kabobs
    8. 04.08.18 – Pork Chops with Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes
    9. 04.09.18 – Orange Chicken with Rice
    10. 04.10.18 – Japanese Beef Curry with Rice
    11. 04.11.18 – Tuna Sandwiches with Fries
    12. 04.12.18 – Tex- Mex Style Tilapia with Green Beans and Broccoli
    13. 04.13.18 – Chili with Lobster Rolls
    14. 04.14.18 – Galbi w Kimchi Fried Rice
    15. 04.15.18 – Greek Gyro Skewers w Zucchini Fries

    This concludes our 2 week meal plan. I’ll slowly be posting each of these meals, minus Toppers Pizza because we barely order out, and I forgot to take a picture of it last time. I’m still brainstorming about how all my food posts are going to be on here. I’m still testing the waters whether I like how this is falling into place. Stick around for the next post!

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    Baked Garlic Butter Tilapia

    • This Tilapia dish is not my recipe. Recipe was taken from Allrecipes.com

    Healthy, Seafood Dish: Baked Tilapia

    Looking for something healthy and delicious to eat? I was searching for a recipe that was easy to make, healthy, and delicious. I came across this recipe from Allrecipes.com. Baked Tilapia caught my eye and as I scrolled the ingredients are items you probably have in your home.

    Easy to make Tilapia

    I listed the entire recipe below for the dish. You can also visit the website with the link provide above. I did change a few parts of the ingredients. Rather than just 1 clove of garlic, I went with 3. I also used Dill instead of Parsley.

    Garlic Butter Tilapia

    Ingredients

    • 4 Tilapia Fillets
    • 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
    • 8 oz. Butter/Margarine (your choice)
    • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 Tsp dried Dill
    • Pepper and Salt to Taste

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
    2. Rinse tilapia fillets under cool water, and pat dry with paper towels.
    3. Place fillets in baking dish. Pour lemon juice over fillets, then drizzle butter on top. Sprinkle with garlic, dill, pepper and salt.
    4. Bake in preheated oven until the fish is white and flakes when pulled apart with a fork, about 30 minutes.
    http://hoothootadventures.com/2018/04/baked-garlic-butter-tilapia/

    Side pairing

    It’s as easy as that! I paired with a Mediterranean side salad. The ingredients for the salad are as follows: mixed greens, red onion, avocado, grape tomatoes, and dressing of your choice. I chose balsamic vinaigrette for mine. You can add feta cheese to your salad to spruce it up more if you’d prefer. This was super simple and super delicious. It’s also very filling. Not to mention this is a much healthier lunch or dinner choice. Let me know if you try it out!

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    Mom Can Cook

    l. I can’t say that everything I make is 100% healthier, but we know what goes into each meal. We can choose better alternatives when it comes to the ingredients.

    I have taken some of our favorite meals that we enjoy eating and made it a mission to make these dishes at home. It’s a nice way to challenge myself and majority of the time (I can’t say every time) they turn out very well.

    My version of L N L’s Chicken Katsu.

     

    Recipe is from Hello Fresh: Tex-Mex Style Tilapia with Brown Rice, and steamed Green Beans

    I am working on posting the recipes that I used for our weekly plan. I’ve been posting the food I make on a personal food IG that I made you can find my handle here @HootCookingAdventures. Part of the reason that I tackled cooking at home every evening is to provide my family with better, healthier, choices when it comes to food.

    My Chicken Tortellini pasta with homemade Alfredo sauce.

    One example, of a meal that I made which isn’t the healthiest would be my Tortellini pasta with Alfredo sauce. That’s okay though, you’re allowed to indulge once in a while, right? I don’t want to make any promises, but I hope that I can get 1 recipe in each week. I really want to start documenting what I make. There also may be a meal plan post in the making. I’ll be sharing my tips and tricks for an easy, quick, and realistic meal plan.

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    Yup, I’m Still Alive and Back from Hiatus

    I am still alive and kicking.

    Hello, Blog. It has been some time since I’ve written anything on here. Last that I posted we were in the process of moving, and a lot has happened since. My life has finally decided to slow down a bit since we got married. I can safely say that I am back from Hiatus.

    Becoming a full-time, stay-at-home mom.

    In all honesty I never thought that becoming a stay-at-home mom was going to be more work. This post that I’m writing right now has taken me several days, almost a week to write. Time is very valuable here at home and every second is pretty much accounted for. The only reason I have a little more time today to write this is because both kids are home sick and they are resting. Before we moved here I was working full-time and I was tending to our family full-time. I pretty much did everything when I got off work. I didn’t realize that I was only spending 3-4 hours to do all of those chores. Lovey and I took turns waking up and taking care of Penny late at night when she needed us. Towards the end of 2017 we had so much going on it was insane how we even pulled it off.

    Back from Hiatus.

    Our move happened so fast it was a surprise to us both.  That meant having to get everything packed, cleaned, getting our medical records, and Ryu’s school records together to transfer. It was just crazy all over. We are somewhat settled in our new home. Everything was go, go, go since December and I am glad that everything is finally coming together. It’s been exactly 2 1/2 months since we’ve been here and our garage is still full of boxes filled with our things. We had emptied out the boxes with the essentials we needed and left everything else. On another note, I’ve had fun slowly decorating our new place. The only thing is it is a much bigger place, meaning I’m cleaning a lot more. The funny part is our house is never clean!

    More people, more space.

    VCRDS

    ©opyright 2017 by the Realtor that took this photo.

    VCRDS

    ©opyright 2017 by the Realtor that took this photo.

    These pictures were not taken by us. However, this is what part of the backyard looked like before they decided to fix it. Where you see that bird bath and that huge shrub, well that’s all gone now. It will be replaced with a raised bed I believe. The grass is also all gone. They decided to reseed the entire backyard. It may look tiny in the pictures, but it’s actually very spacious! Spacious enough that we are going to host my sister-in-laws baby shower here in May. It is also part of the reason why we’re trying to get everything together.

    I am hoping that within the next several weeks I’ll be taking more pictures with my camera. I’ve been taking pictures, but using my phone. I had this whole plan and idea in my head that when we moved that I would be much more invested in my blog. Unfortunately, life took over. I’m slowly trying to get back into it. This explains my long hiatus in a summary.

    Family

    Moving

    When life seems hopeless, rearrange things for a dose of dopeness. – Kid Cudi

    I don’t remember if I mentioned it in my last post, but we are moving! Yes, we are! This mama is going from the busy city life to a toned-down suburban lifestyle. I’m honestly not sure how Ryu and I are going to take into that transition, but we are willing to try. There are so many reasons why Lovey and I decided to move, but in all honesty I’m very excited. I’m used to moving. It’s what I have done my entire life. However, Ryu isn’t used to it and I hope that we don’t move so much after this. Lovey is moving our family into a house. We, or I should say I, have lived in an apartment my entire life. Well most of my life. Ryu’s only lived in an apartment his entire life and he’s a bit nervous about moving into a much bigger space. I’m excited because our growing family needs that extra space. It’s been a bit hectic with everyone living on top of each other. With an infant that needs lots of rest and downtime and a very active 8-year old it just seems too much in one small space.

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