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Meal planning to help keep us on track (& two yummy recipes!) Meal planning to help keep us on track (& two yummy recipes!)
I go through phases where I am so on-the-ball and organized for a couple of weeks and then I am literally scrambling to keep... Meal planning to help keep us on track (& two yummy recipes!)

I go through phases where I am so on-the-ball and organized for a couple of weeks and then I am literally scrambling to keep my head above water for the next little while.  My biggest struggle is dinner time.  Figuring out what I feel like making, while taking into consideration that our 10 month old has to be able to eat it, as well as our 3 year old.   Not to mention being prepared enough to have all the required ingredients on-hand.  Sigh.

I would love to be more organized and, like many things in life, it’s all about having the right ‘tools’ or resources to help you on your way.

A little while back a friend posted this amazing Meal Planning/Shopping List printable on their Facebook page.  I recently printed off a whole stack of them, and, when I actually follow my plan that I set out… I feel less anxious about dinners going into the week.  Amazing how that can happen!

I like to balance my week with some meals that I know will take a little extra effort to create with some meals that I know will be super easy, healthy and enjoyed by the whole family.  On nights where hubby or I will be out, I ‘schedule’ one of my go-to meals or, more recently, a meal that incorporates a Patak’s sauce or paste.

Last week I mixed a little India into our meal plan twice with two delicious recipes!

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Creamy Coconut & Peanut Beef with Bok Choy

3 cups baby bok choy
2 cups rice, cooked
1 lb. stewing beef
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt & Pepper
1 jar of Patak’s creamy coconut and peanut sauce
Chopped green onions to garnish (if desired).

  1. Cook rice as per directions on package.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over med-high heat.
  3. Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  4. Sear beef on all sides in the pan for about 1 minute per side.
  5. Pour the jar of creamy coconut and peanut sauce over the beef, and reduce heat to low.  Cover and let cook for about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the bok choy, cover and let cook for another 5 minutes.

Serve the beef and bok choy mixture over rice and ENJOY!

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Turkey Vindaloo Meatballs

1 lb. lean ground turkey
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg (beaten)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 jar of Patak’s Vindaloo Curry Paste
2 cups cooked rice

  1. Cook rice as per directions on package.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, garlic and egg.
  3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  4. Form small balls with the ground turkey mixture and place on baking sheet until all of the mixture has been used.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  6. Add the meatballs one by one to the pan.  Turn them so that they brown slightly all over.
  7. Once each side has been browned, add the Vindaloo paste to the pan.  Cover and let cook on LOW for about 15 minutes.

Serve over rice and with a side of your favourite steamed vegetables or a side salad.  ENJOY!

Do you meal plan?  I’d love to hear how you keep on top of meals every week! :)

 

Disclosure: I am part of the Patak’s Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

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