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Meal Plan Monday: Week # 18

Another week of recipes! Tell me what you’d like to see more of the coming weeks! Here are some good ones from Kidgredients, Easy Peasy Foodie, Eats Amazing, and The Starving Chef.

Be sure to check out the soup, salad, and dessert of the week, too!


Monday: Veggie Packed Mexican Lasagna from Kidgredients

Veggie Packed Mexican Lasagna; Photo Credit: Kidgredients

Tuesday: Bakso from The Starving Chef

Bakso; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Wednesday: Tomato Ketchup Chicken Skewers from Eats Amazing

Oven Baked Tomato Ketchup Chicken Skewers; Photo Credit: Eats Amazing

Thursday: Easy Lamb Moussaka from Easy Peasy Foodie

Easy Lamb Moussaka; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Friday: Moroccan Spiced Roasted Vegetable Traybake from Easy Peasy Foodie

Moroccan Spiced Roasted Vegetable Traybake; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Saturday: Tomato Basil Skillet Chicken from The Whole Cook

Tomato Basil Skillet Chicken; Photo Credit: The Whole Cook

Sunday: Easy Veggie Packed Gluten Free Pasta from My Gluten Free Miami

Easy Veggie Packed Gluten Free Pasta; Photo Credit: My Gluten Free Miami

Soup, Salad & Dessert

Soup: One Pot Cheeseburger Soup from The Starving Chef

One Pot Cheeseburger Soup; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Salad: Easy Chicken Salad from The Starving Chef

Easy Chicken Salad; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Dessert: Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes from The Starving Chef

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Meal Plan Monday: Week # 17

Another week with some great inspiration! Check out these recipes from Gluten Free Homestead, The Olive Blogger, Food Pleasure and Health with Soup, Salad, and Dessert from Good Food Week.

Please enjoy these, and if you do wind up cooking one of these tasty meals, use the hashtag #CookingwithMPM

Have a lovely week ahead!

Monday: Eggplant Rollatini Bolognese from The Gluten Free Homestead

Eggplant Rollatini Bolognese; Photo Credit: The Gluten Free Homestead

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs from The Gluten Free Homestead

Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs ; Photo Credit: The Gluten Free Homestead

Wednesday: Beef Stroganoff from The Olive Blogger

Beef Stroganoff; Photo Credit: The Olive Blogger

Thursday: Chicken Curry from Food Pleasure and Health

Chicken Curry; Photo Credit: Food, Pleasure, and Health

Friday: Lamb Chops with Chermoula Sauce from The Gluten Free Homestead

Lamb Chops with Chermoula Sauce; Photo Credit: The Gluten Free Homestead

Saturday: Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Tenderloins from The Olive Blogger

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Tenderloins; Photo Credit: The Olive Blogger

Sunday: Classic Shepherd’s Pie  from The Gluten Free Homestead

Classic Shepherd’s Pie; Photo Credit: The Gluten Free Homestead

Soup, Salad& Dessert

Soup: My Cupboard Miso Soup from Good Food Week

My Cupboard Miso Soup; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Salad: Pulled Pork and Barley Salad from Good Food Week

Pulled Pork and Barley Salad; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Dessert: Vanilla and Coconut Kisses from Good Food Week

Vanilla and Coconut Kisses; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Meal Plan Monday: Week #16

Just about four months of meal ideas here! What a number! I hope you’ve been enjoying them as much as I have! Let me know what you’ve been loving and what you want to see!

Remember to share your photos by tagging #CookingwithMPM and show us how you’re going Planning!

This week I’m featuring Food Pleasure & Health, The Happy Weaner, Read Eat Repeat, Because Food Is Love, Easy Peasy Foodie, My Fussy Eater, Olive Jude, Kidgredients, and Good Food Week.

Monday: Pretzel Crusted Zucchini Meatballs from Food Pleasure & Health

Pretzel Crusted Zucchini Meatballs; Photo Credit: Food, Pleasure & Health

Tuesday: 5 Minute Egg Fried Rice from The Happy Weaner

5 Minute Egg Fried Rice; Photo Credit: The Happy Weaner

Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore from Read Eat Repeat

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore; Photo Credit: Read, Eat, Repeat

Thursday: Beef Broccoli Stir Fry from Because Food is Love

Beef Broccoli Stir Fry; Photo Credit: Because Food Is Love

Friday: Pork, Parsnip & Apple Traybake from Easy Peasy Foodie

Pork, Parsnip &a Apple Traybake; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Saturday: 30-Minute Lasagna from My Fussy Eater

Lasagna; Photo Credit: My Fussy Eater

Sunday: Chicken Parmesan Bake Deconstructed from Olive Jude

Baked a Chicken Parmesan Deconstructed; Photo Credit: Olive Jude


Soup: Easy Peasy Vegetable Soup from Easy Peasy Foodie

Easy Peasy Vegetable Soup; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Salad: Zesty Orange Salad from Kidgredients

Zesty Orange Salad; Photo Credit: Kidgredients

Dessert: Super Light Cheesecake from Good Food Week

Super Light Cheesecake; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

What to Do Before You Leave for A Holiday

Mummy Confession: I’ve sometimes forgotten to do things before I leave the house, like take out the trash, or hang the laundry, but these are things you simply cannot do when leaving on holidays.

As we prepare to go on holidays for a short while, there are some things we need to remember, so I figured I would compile a list and share it here as well. Hopefully it will help you remember what to do when you go for a trip, whether it be a day or months at a time! Pin it for later, or share with someone you know who is going away for longer than a few hours!

In case you’ve missed them, find some helpful things to bring along for the trip in the car (some yummy road-worthy recipes in there!) as well as a list of what to bring on a trip to the snow (with kids)!

1. Take out the trash– In the bin, and if there is a garbage day while you are away, be sure to put it kerbside and arrange for someone to move it after it is emptied. Nothing like coming back home to a house smelling rancid or the bins completely full for another cycle before they are emptied. Or, the chance that there is a windy day, and your bins wind up wrecked or involved in some hit and run incidents.

2. Use up/store the perishable foods– Whether you are freezing meat or making sure to eat it, be sure you don’t leave it for too long in the fridge! Milk, vegetables, and other products need to be eaten, drank, or stored properly away, too. French toast for brekkie every morning before the trip could be a valid option!

3. Do the laundry– You will have enough to do upon your return, and no one wants the smell of dirty gym clothes sticking around too long in the laundry basket either. And be sure nothing sits wet in the washer. Mould and mildew are not pleasant!

4. Wash the Dishes- Not only will it be nice, look nice, and all that jazz, it won’t wreak and be covered in mould once you come back from your time away. Let it also be noted, if you have children or people who leave cups and containers, etc with drink or food in them, find them and empty and wash them all. Spoiled milk in a sippy cup is no one’s friend.

5. Ask someone to keep an eye on your mail– Especially if you’re expecting a parcel or a large amount of envelopes, it would be a good idea to ask someone to mind your mailbox! If you are away for a substantial time, put a hold on your mail.

6. Sort out the children &critters- Duh to the kids, right? And I’m case of pets, always ask someone to help care for them if they aren’t coming with you on your journey. You can have someone come to your house, or find somewhere for them to stay so they are properly cared for in your absence.

7. Be sure all appliances (minus the fridge) are unplugged and off– There is no need to have more electricity running while you are gone, and there are obvious ones that would be fire hazards. Just unplug everything that doesn’t need to be on. It’s probably also smart in case there is a lightening storm and the chance of surges especially with computers and other technology.

8. Lock up everything- Before you leave, be sure everything is locked properly and maybe close those blinds.

9. Ask someone to keep an eye out– Whether it’s a neighbour or friend, it’s wise to have someone check on your place while you are away and let the proper authorities know if there is any suspicious activity. Maybe consider giving your phone number, too.

10. Put a hold on any subscription service that is unneeded- Grocery or food box subscription? Ask to put a hold on it, as you don’t want to come back to rotten food. Going away for a longer time? Consider asking your internet provider or cable subscription service to put a hold on your service until your return. No need to pay for months you won’t be using if it’s a long trip!

11. Mow the lawn- In case of lawn-mowable seasons, just do it before you go so your lawn isn’t (too) overgrown when you get back. I can’t imagine needing to do more when you get back from a relaxing time away.

12. Tell someone who cares about you details of your trip, just in case– I err on the side of caution, and always tell someone how long I should be away.

13. Flush all of the toilets– Just do it because…well…do it. Better yet, scrub them down before you leave and come back to a clean toilet.

14. Turn off the lights– Nothing like a high electricity bill to greet you after an expensive holiday! Am I right?

15. Make a list of what you need to get on your way home- Now, maybe it’s a given, maybe it’s not, but if you’ve emptied your refrigerator before leaving on holidays, you may be missing any sort of ingredients to satisfy your hunger (or the hunger of the little ones) upon your return. Be sure to swing by the grocery store on your way back if possible, or set up for a grocery delivery the day on or after your return, so you don’t need to worry about it. Especially a smart move if you return to work or school the day after you come home.

I hope these are helpful as you pack for your journey wherever and for however long you may be leaving! If you have any other suggestions, I would be glad to hear them, so I don’t forget anything!


Meal Plan Monday: Week # 14

Welcome to another week of meal plans! As I’ve said before, these are meant to inspire your week, or throw a little different taste into your already loved recipes! I hope you find something (or everything) delicious to cook for your family!

This week I’m featuring meals from Easy Peasy Foodie, My Fussy Eater, Eats Amazing, The Starving Chef, and Miss Food Fairy. Soup, salad and desert recipes brought to you by My Gluten Free Miami, Good Food Week and My Frosted Life.

If you’ve missed some of the Meal Plan posts, Check them out here!!

Feel free to use the tag #CookingwithMPM if you do wind up using a recipe from here, even if it’s not this week! Let me know what you love and what you want to see more! Enjoy your week!

Monday: Chicken Chorizo Paella from Easy Peasy Foodie

Chicken Choriso Paella; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Tuesday: Chilli and Green Olive Taco Bowls from My Fussy Eater

Chilli and Green Olive Taco Bowls; Photo Credit: My Fussy Eater

Wednesday: Aubergine, Tomato & Parmesan Oaty Bake from Eats Amazing

Aubergine, Tomato & Parmesan Oaty Bake; Photo Credit: Eats Amazing

Thursday: Mini Beef Pot Pies from The Starving Chef

Mini Beef Pot Pies; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Friday: Greek Style Lamb Kebabs from Easy Peasy Foodie

Greek Style Lamb Kebabs; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Saturday:  Chinese Fried Rice from Miss Food Fairy

Chinese Fried Rice; Photo Credit: Miss Food Fairy

Sunday: Sous Vide Apple Pork Chops from The Starving Chef

Sous Vide Apple Pork Chops; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Soup, Salad & Dessert of the Week

Soup: Aguadito de Pavo Peruvian Turkey Soup from My Gluten Free Miami

Aguadito de Pavo Peruvian Turkey and Veggie Soup; Photo Credit: My Gluten Free Miami

Salad: Warm Asparagus Salad from Good Food Week

Warm Asparagus Salad; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Dessert: Cheesecake Stuffed Banana Bread from My Frosted Life

Cheesecake Stuffed Banana Bread; Photo Credit: My Frosted Life