Monday, March 10, 2008

Getting Ready...

I've been such a blogging slacker lately... cause hello? Tired... and 36 weeks pregnant. Okay... enough said! ;)

I have an OB appointment tomorrow... and an ultrasound scheduled to see whether Ashley is head-down yet. Please, please be head-down!!

Also.. I found a really cool meal-planning site via another blog... although my pregnant brain can't remember which blog... so sorry I can't give credit where credit is due. It's $7.00 a month... but really... a small price to pay...

Anyway.... in the interest of simplifying my menu-making/shopping list/meal prep process as we get closer to baby day... I thought this would be a great thing to try out. It's great!! You pick 5 of 15 available meals, tell it whether you're feeding 4, 6, or 8 people... and it imports the recipes, shopping list, etc. into a PDF... all beautifully organized, and neat... ready to be printed out. I love it.

There are also 10 freezer meals available per month... and I already have one all set and ready to go. It's Pork chops in an Orange-Herb Marinade. Prep took like 5 minutes, and when the time comes to cook it, I just need to defrost, drain marinade, and grill. Love it! :)

The freezer meals come complete with a checklist to stick on the fridge, including prep-instructions, and side dish suggestions. And, there are labels you can print out and stick directly on the freezer bag with directions on preparation, too. Ahh.... yay! I really needed some recipes of freeze-ahead meals for when the baby comes. Also, I don't have the luxury of a chest freezer any longer... so they have to fit into my regular freezer. Most look like they do, into the freezer bags, or disposable aluminum pans.

Anyway... for this week my meal plan is as follows:

Panko-Crusted Pork Chops served with veggies (Trader Joes frozen Organic Foursome with butter & garlic) and mashed potatoes

There's no official recipe for this... but I take boneless pork loin chops, salt and pepper both sides, brush top and sides with Maille honey mustard, and cover with a mixture of Panko and Italian bread crumbs seasoned with garlic powder, salt and pepper, drizzled with olive oil, and baked at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes (they were really thick chops... )

Knit night - Pasta with Barilla sauce and (frozen Trader Joes meatballs)
Wednesday: Honey Glazed Chicken (Relish recipe) veggies, brown rice
Thursday: Sauteed Chicken with Paprika cream Sauce (Relish recipe) roasted fingerling potatoes, sugar snap peas.
Friday: Dinner out
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