Weekly Meal Plan November 10-14

It’s fall break in our school district so that means 5 glorious days off of school. Don’t get me wrong, I love the kids I teach and I love my job, but after having to pin 27 poppies on and then subsequently having to keep 27 kids from poking themselves with, playing with and losing said poppies I was ready for a break. And I am going to enjoy my break.

After I finish my report cards that is…sigh…

So, of course, while I am supposed to be finishing my report cards, I am busying looking up recipes of things that I shouldn’t be eating. Stay tuned to see what I make!

Here is what I am planning this week for supper:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Slow Cooker Ribs, Rice and VeggiesChicken Noodle SoupCauliflower Alfredo PastaSkillet LasagnaFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Pork ribs
  • BBQ sauce
  • Rice
  • Broccoli
  • Chicken breasts
  • Chicken broth x 2
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Thyme
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Minced garlic
  • Linguine noodles
  • Mushrooms
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Lasagna noodles
  • Parsley
  • Basil

Monday

I asked Andrew what he wanted to have for supper this week and ribs is what he asked for. Since I am off Monday this will be a great meal to make. (even though it is so easy it is great to make on a day when I am at work)

Slow Cooker Ribs

Tuesday

Soup is always a welcome meal as the weather starts to turn cold. We love this chicken noodle soup because it tastes great and is super easy to make.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Wednesday

This “Alfredo” sauce is another favorite. I feel like I can eat lots of it because it is way more healthy than regular Alfredo sauce…not sure if that is a good thing or not…

Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

Thursday

I like lasagna but rarely make it (only on lasagna cook-off nights really..) because it does take a lot of time. This skillet lasagna looks easy and tasty, so why not right?

Skillet Lasagna

Cauliflower Chicken Alfredo

Pinchofyum has some great recipes! It seems like whenever I find a recipe that I think looks good on Pinterest  it always leads me back to that blog.

You can find the original recipe for cauliflower Alfredo sauce here.

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Courtesy of pinchofyum.com

I have made this once before and it was a big hit.

My family came over and I purposefully didn’t tell them what it was right away….they don’t like the healthy stuff like I do. (In fact they regularly tell me I eat weird things)

I put the bowl of chicken cauliflower Alfredo on the table and my dad eyed it suspiciously.

“Is there cheese or milk in that?” (He’s lactose intolerant)

“Nope.” I said

“Isn’t it Alfredo sauce?”

“Yep” I said

“Well what’s in it then?” my dad asked.

“Just eat it, then I’ll tell you”

I tried to get everyone eating before I broke the news that it was made with **gasp** cauliflower and that it might be **double gasp** healthy for you.

I’m happy to say that the whole large pot of Alfredo sauce, chicken and pasta was devoured and everyone loved it.

This recipe makes a lot, but it freezes beautifully.

Cook your chicken ahead of time, or use pre-cooked chicken to save time.

Start by getting your pasta water and broth boiling.

Saute your garlic in butter or margarine and remove from heat.

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Boil the cauliflower in the broth for 10 minutes or until fork tender.

Remove from heat.

Try to get your pasta in the water at this point so that by the time your sauce is done, so is you pasta and you can eat everything when it’s nice and hot (also the sauce can dry out if you leave it too long)

Add the garlic, butter, salt, pepper, cauliflower, some of the cooking broth and a little splash of olive oil into the blender. (I left out the milk…but feel free to add it)

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Blend until smooth, working in batches. You will not need to use all the broth.

Pour over pasta, mix in the chicken and heat through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if you wish.

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This was better than I remembered it being! And now I have enough sauce in the freezer to make something else….maybe a lasagna…

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