A fan of the plan. The meal plan that is…

Do you plan your meals for the week? There was a time when I shopped almost daily, made what I felt like, ate out on a whim and watched groceries wither and die in the fridge.

Nowadays, I find having one less thing to worry about each day is really worth the time spent on Sundays making a plan for the week and shopping all at once. It very much helps to ensure have healthy, hot food on the table each night.

I generally plan for each meal to last two nights – either as the same meal or using the same base – so I’m only doing a ‘full cook’ every second night.

Like this delicious soup I made tonight. Mommydo’s Made Up Hamburger Tortellini Soup.

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It was delicious and easy. Take a look down below to see how to make some of your own.

We’ll have more tomorrow. Then Tuesday, I’m planning to make Chicken Tacos using this recipe except I’m gonna use boneless chicken breasts. Thursday, I’m making this shepherd’s pie. Saturday, I’m gunning for takeout!

The next step in my meal planning for me is to post the list and make the recipes available for my DH who claims he would cook more if he knew what to make and how to make it. I’m doubtful, but hey, it’s worth a shot.

What’s on the menu at your house this week?

RECIPE: Mommydo’s Made Up Hamburger Tortellini Soup.

Ground beef

Canned Tomato

Tomato Paste

Beef Broth

Celery

Onion

Carrot

Basil

Oregano

Chili Powder

Crushed Chilis

Salt

Pepper

Water

Tortellini (I use beef because of the lactose intolerant thing, but cheese would be delicious)

Very easy.

Brown the meat with about 1/2 an onion. Put it in the pot with a large can of diced tomatoes, a small tin of tomato paste, about 3 cups of beef broth, 1 chopped celery stalk and 1 chopped carrot. Include about 1/4 teaspoon of all the dried herbs and spices listed.

Simmer for about an hour. Add extra water as needed to ensure it stays soupy and not like spagetti sauce.

Toss in a couple of handfuls of Tortellini (I used the ‘fresh’ kind)

Increase the heat so the soup is boiling gently and cook until the Tortellini is nice and soft.

Is delicious served with parmesan cheese on top.

1 Comment

  1. multitestingmommy

    January 27, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Sounds so delicious! I don’t meal plan, but I used to and I would love to get back into the habit! It is a time and food saver for sure.

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