Most of the items that I put into mason jars were half-full boxes of pasta noodles but I also put potato chips, pretzels, and local-made granola into jars as well. It makes my pantry looks much more organized than the multicolored, bendable, ugly boxes and bags that everything usually comes in.
My goal with making meal plans is to eliminate food waste as well as eat healthier, more balanced meals. For all of our lunches next week we will be packing leftovers and worst case scenario you saw how huge that jar of quinoa is that I have, I'll be set for meals if any of the recipes are flops. For breakfasts I'm going to chow down on that amazing granola (pictured earlier, above) either with yogurt or soy milk and with some pretty strawberries that originally come from Florida but I bought at market. I'm also going to make some quinoa muffins for snacks and breakfasts. On Monday I am making spinach and artichoke stuffed shells (based on this spinach and artichoke lasagna recipe) because baby loves artichokes. I cannot get enough of them. Tuesday is my day off so after brunching with my best friend I'm going to come home and make foccia to go with that night's and the next night's dinners. On Tuesday I'm pairing the foccia with a quinoa corn and edamame salad (with cubed chicken mixed in for Seth) and on Wednesday the yummy bread will be paired with vegetable minestrone soup which I may make on Tuesday as well and save it for Wednesday since I never know what time I'll get off work. Thursday I'm kicking it up a notch (ha) with buffalo chicken pizza on whole wheat crust (based on this recipe for buffalo chicken french breads). Friday I'm trying an interesting recipe for Mexican skillet pasta, the idea of making a Mexican dish with pasta seemed interesting to me. Finally on Saturday we are having breakfast for dinner when I make pancakes. I have yet to choose a particular pancake recipe to use but I've got all the ingredients for basic ones at least. Sunday will now be known as leftover day in our home, that way nothing goes to waste!
What are you cooking up this week?