Hey guys! I wanted to pop on here and write a review of the first meal plan that I posted a little while ago. True confession, I only ended up making 5 of the 6 meals, the chicken florentine got nixed in favor of chicken Spedie sandwiches. I’ll share my thoughts on the other 5 meals below.
Not super thrilled with the cost of this meal plan. It was one of the most expensive shopping trips I’ve had in a while. You can expect future meal plans to take cost into consideration and keep it as low as possible. I don’t know if it was all of the fresh herbs or fancy cheeses, but yikes, I was a little frazzled in the check-out line. The layout of the grocery list worked well for me, but I designed it based on the store I shop in. Feel free to give me any suggestions for future grocery list designs.
Let’s talk about the meals! For starters, I titled this meal plan “Simple Summer Meals” and a lot of the meals didn’t feel simple. Summer, yes. Simple, no. I will try to find even easier recipes for the next meal plan because I don’t know about you, but cooking in a hot kitchen is the last thing I want to do in the summer. Maybe we can step up our cooking game when the weather gets cold, but for now we’ll try to keep things as quick and easy as possible.
Spicy Southern Style Shrimp with Lemon Basil Orzo. This is the meal where my mom and I made versions that looked totally different. I’m a little jealous that hers actually included shrimp. I ended up subbing salmon for the shrimp because my husband isn’t a shrimp fan. It wasn’t my favorite meal, but Josiah liked it a lot and so did my parents. I think it was the cajun seasoning for me. I’ll eat Italian flavors all day long, but cajun…ehh. This recipe felt like a lot of work, or maybe I was feeling lazy that night 😉 Would I eat it again? Not anytime soon.
Hello totally unphotogenic quesadillas! Chipotle black bean, brown rice, and mango quesadillas, to be exact. My first question for these quesadillas, where was the mango? It got sucked up by all of the other flavors in the quesadilla, and I put A LOT of mango in there. That was a little disappointing. The salsa that was served on the side, blah. If you’re a fan of black beans and rice, these are a winner because that’s about all you could taste. I actually like rice and beans a lot, but speaking on behalf of my husband, these were a no-go for him.
I had to include a photo of James’s tiny portion of this meal…that he didn’t touch. This was the Skillet Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Chicken and we really liked it, minus James. The prepping and cooking aspects of this meal weren’t that bad either. I overcooked the chicken a bit in the oven so parts of it were a little dry. The recipe says to bake for 10 minutes and I thought for sure that wasn’t long enough. Oh well. Don’t be alarmed if you make this meal and it looks like a hot mess, ours was too. The photo above is a miracle.
Baked Cheddar Pesto Egg Boats, I like you. Simple and satisfying breakfast for dinner type of meal. I appreciated the fact that this was an egg dish that didn’t taste like a full blown breakfast. I don’t know why, but sometimes the whole breakfast for dinner concept just isn’t satisfying enough. This was a good one though. The pesto helped to boost the flavor and there was a lot of bread involved 🙂
Let’s end with a winner! Garlic Herb Corn Carbonara, yes please! Yes to all of the pasta, yes to the fresh summer herbs and corn, and yes to bacon. James was hilarious eating this meal too. I didn’t bother to cut up his spaghetti like I probably should have, so he kept grabbing a huge handful (AKA his whole serving) and of course it would all fall into his bib and I would have to retrieve it and put it back on his plate. Dinner is fun with a toddler. But yes, we all enjoyed this meal. I’m not sure how it will heat up as leftovers, it seems like it might dry out over time. Maybe I’ll just add a little olive oil? We’ll definitely be eating this meal again this summer!
Overall, not my favorite week of meals, but a couple of good ones. There is room for improvement with this whole meal planning idea. I’m excited to give it another try and I hope to put together an even simpler (and cheaper) week of meals next time! Let me know if you tried any of these meals and what you thought of them!
Happy Eating 🙂