My weekly menu plans are a collection of delicious dinner recipes, side dishes and a few desserts that will hopefully offer a little dinner inspiration and help make your week a little smoother one recipe at a time.
Wow, what a week it has been. Actually what a year it has been so far. The year 2020 is already proving to be a doozy!
As if this whole coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been enough to deal with, Utah had to go and have an earthquake two days ago. Rude, huh?
That was the first earthquake I’ve experienced. At first I thought a fighter jet was flying over our house. It all of a sudden became really loud and I could feel a rumble. Then it became more than a rumble and our entire house was shuddering, things were rattling, and hanging light fixtures were swinging back and forth. It probably lasted only 10-15 seconds, but it felt like forever. Oh and did I mention I was in the shower? Yeah, that was fun!
You guys, I’ve been really calm through this virus scare, but for some reason that earthquake on Wednesday really upended me. I felt a kind of fear that I haven’t felt in a long time. It stuck with me all day and I kind of wandered around aimlessly that day. I didn’t even do any stress baking!! I talked to my mom and she was feeling the exact same way. But even in spite of the fear, I felt so much gratitude that my family was all safe; that our house was still standing; that no one was hurt. It could have been worse, so much more worse.
With every day that passes these past few months, I’m learning more and more how fragile life is. We need to love everyone every. single. day!
Let’s talk food now because that always makes things better.
For today’s menu plan, I put a few more dinner ideas on here that use at least a couple basic pantry staples. Like I mentioned in my post on Monday, these recipes can be easily adaptable for what you have on hand. If you don’t have any fresh or frozen chicken, use canned chicken. If you don’t have garlic cloves, use garlic powder, etc. It’s ok to be creative and make substitutions.
I hope you’re all staying safe. We will get through this, and hopefully we will all be better, kinder and stronger people because of it. ♡♡
Sweet and Sour Meatballs (and of course Family Favorite Rice)
(Serve with your favorite tacos or some grilled chicken)
DATE NIGHT – KITCHEN CLOSED
(I almost always have some of this in my fridge. Six simple ingredients which you should already have in your pantry and fridge. A bowl of ice cream and this chocolate sauce = heaven!)