Weekly Meal Plan: September 17 – September 23

This will be the last meal plan post for a while as I have my c-section scheduled for next week! I’ll be working this week on scheduling a bunch of posts to go up but I can’t imagine much meal planning will be going on (especially if husband is in charge of feeding us!).

Next week we get to meet our sweet baby, hopefully. They’ll send me home if he ends up flipping over at the last second so I can go into spontaneous labor. At this point I just want him out, I’m ready to start being a parent and so ready to be done with these pregnancy symptoms. Today my ankles swelled up pretty much twice their normal size. Ugh.

What we’re eating this week:

One Pot Creamy Sausage Pasta (pictured) — Going back to the classics this week, such a delicious easy dish, and it makes tons of leftovers!

Green Pepper Casserole — Another favorite, and super easy. I was in the mood for some gooey rice.

Honey and Soy Chicken — No idea what I’m serving with this, but I have so much chicken right now. And I might have bought a giant pack of chicken thighs again this week because it was super cheap. Oh well, husband will have to figure out what to do with them.

Chickpea Spinach Curry — Two of my favorite foods of all time? Yes please.

I planned to make spaghetti one night as well, but my mom actually invited us over to have spaghetti on Sunday night. I’m always a fan of one less day having to cook, especially right now.

Weekly Meal Plan: September 10 – September 16

Baby is still breech, we’ll be scheduling a c-section on Wednesday for sometime in the next couple of weeks. If he flips before then and they see that on ultrasound, we won’t do it, but the chances aren’t very good that he’ll flip. I wanted to go all natural, but I’m coming to terms with having a c-section. There are benefits I suppose, such as knowing exactly when he’ll be born, not worrying about my water breaking randomly, that kind of thing.

Other than that, it’s all about the waiting. Pretty sure all I have left to do is finish up the thank you cards and pack the hospital bags. We had a small maternity shoot yesterday with my photographer best friend. I just wanted a couple of portrait shots with me, my husband and the bump as so far he’s only taken weekly bump shots and hasn’t been in any of them. I hope they turn out nice.

What we’re eating this week:

Skillet Sausage and Rice (pictured) — This is a recipe I make a lot, but I decided to mix it up a bit this week. I used a frozen bag of sliced peppers and onions, added chickpeas, and half a cup more chicken stock for less al dente and more fluffy rice.

Pesto Shrimp Fettuccine — I was in the mood for pasta and shrimp this week, and this sounded delicious to try.

Brown Sugar Spiced Baked Chicken — I’ve had this recipe for a long time and there’s no link, no idea where I got it. It’s a lot like my Simply Great Chicken as it’s baked chicken with brown sugar and spices. I’ll be serving it with quinoa or couscous.

Skillet Lasagna — Last week I got some ravioli for really cheap at the store so I decided to use it this week in one of my favorite dishes.

Chicken and Spinach Dinner — Something simple and healthy to round out my meal plan.

Weekly Meal Plan: September 3 – September 9

Happy Labor Day! No labor yet for me, though I still have time. Baby is still breech as far as we know though we’ve been trying to flip him all week. The ultrasound went great, he’s already about 6 pounds, and we even got to see his face and profile, though not in 3d.

The baby shower went smoothly and it was nice. I spent all weekend sorting baby clothes, removing tags, doing laundry and putting everything away. We also went to the store to buy things that no one else did, like the stroller, crib sheets, bottles, that kind of thing. I also picked out a couple of items of clothing myself for his coming home outfit. Now I get to send out all of the thank you cards.

We installed the car seat today and the meeting with the pediatrician is this week. Only a few more things left on my to do list!

What we’re eating this week:

At the end of last week, I made a whole chicken in the crock pot, had some meat left over, and made some chicken stock. I decided to combine those things and make some soup. I used this recipe but added chicken instead of beans. I was going to add chickpeas but I was out! Picture above, it turned out okay but not great.

Smoked Sausage and Rice — Made this one tonight because I wanted something quick and easy. It was pretty good but I have other similar recipes which are better.

Crock Pot Maple Dijon Chicken Thighs — This sounded like a nice and easy delicious meal, I’ll be serving it with corn or mashed potatoes.

Greek Marinated Chicken — I’ve made this one before and it was pretty good. I’ll be serving it with either the corn or potatoes that didn’t go with the other chicken dish.

Bubble Up Enchiladas — I’ve made a couple of dishes in the past involving canned biscuits but I try to avoid them because of the processed biscuits. I thought this one would be fun and tasty though.

Creamy Garlic Herb Mushroom Spaghetti — I might not need this recipe depending on our schedule for the week, but it seemed easy enough to throw in just in case.

 

Weekly Meal Plan: August 27 – September 2

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My baby shower is this weekend finally! Went out with my mom this weekend to get prizes for the diaper raffle and decorations. I’ll be glad to get it over with so we know what we still need to get for ourselves.

Ultrasound tomorrow to find out the baby’s position. I’m excited to be able to see him again, hopefully we can see a face this time. And hopefully the insurance will cover it, ugh.

He seems pretty content to stay in there for now, which is good since I have a month left. Still a ton to do, but I scheduled a meeting with a pediatrician for next week, and all of my car stuff is taken care of. Soon we need to tackle trying to install the car seat and pack bags.

What we’re eating this week:

Orzo Skillet (pictured) — I had some ground beef that I didn’t use last week, and this is all stuff I keep on hand usually, so this was a no brainer. I had two pounds of beef so I froze the second one for later.

Paprika Chicken and Rice — Trying something a bit new, we’ll see how it goes.

Spinach and Tofu Lasagna — I bought tofu last week but didn’t end up using it because I ran out of rice. I really loved this lasagna last time so I thought it was time to make it again.

Seafood Skillet — Another new recipe, I’ll be using imitation crab instead of a seafood mix.

Crockpot Whole Chicken — Easiest way to cook an entire chicken ever, with zero effort. I’ll be serving it with corn and possibly potatoes.

Weekly Meal Plan: August 20 – 26

5 weeks, 4 days left until my due date according to my app. It’s coming up fast so we’re trying to get everything done. I have to start packing my hospital bag and find a pediatrician, and we need to get some kind of dresser for all of the baby clothes and items. My parents ordered a crib with a drawer underneath so that will help a lot. We took our hospital tour over the weekend as well. I keep feeling like I’m forgetting to do things. Literally everything is due next month as well like my car registration and inspection and driver’s license, so I’ve been working on those this week just to get them over with. My baby shower still isn’t for another two weekends too. We’ll be cutting it close.

Went for my second ultrasound last week at a college that offered free ultrasounds so their students could get practice. It was great seeing him again and everything looks awesome, except for the fact that he refused to show his face. He kept it in my spine the whole time. Plus, the week before my doctor told me he was head down based on his heartbeat, but the ultrasound revealed him to be breech again. He better start cooperating, my friend and I were there for two hours trying to get him to move into a better position. Also while they were moving the wand around trying to get his face, the lady there informed me that I have gallstones. Awesome… Anyone have experience with them?

My husband and I have nicknamed the baby Lumpy as that’s literally all he’s been doing lately. No nice round bump for me, there’s always some protruding baby part that feels like he’s trying to force his way out.

What we’re eating this week:

Creamy Ground Beef Casserole (pictured) — Unlike my recipe post, I used ground beef instead of ground chicken, and green bell pepper instead of peas. Super delicious as always.

Sweet and Sour Chickpeas — I’m really excited about this one, I love trying new meatless meals that hopefully taste good.

Chicken Burrito Bowls — My husband isn’t going to be happy about the black beans in this one but I think all the other ingredients will make up for it. Hopefully.

Honey and Soy Glazed Tofu — As I’m writing these all out, I realize that most of my meals this week revolve around rice, oops. I also forgot to add it to my list. My menu might require some tweaking.

Creamy Sausage Pasta — A long time favorite of ours and always delicious.

 

Weekly Meal Plan: August 13 – 19

New computer, yay! I didn’t lose any of my files after my computer got fried, thank goodness. Now it’s back to work and back to normal.

A little over six weeks to my due date! I am so ready to get him out of here. Not only am I just excited to start the next part of our lives, but I’m just so uncomfortable. Turning over in bed is like doing exercise. I could also do without his feet trying to kick through the one spot on my bump that hurts. But I suppose he can stay in there until the baby shower at least. We get to see him again tomorrow when I go for a second ultrasound finally.

What we’re eating this week:

Easy One-Pot Lasagna — I have some leftover ricotta cheese from last week I need to use up, and this sounds like a great recipe.

Sweet and Sour Stir Fry — My best friend is doing me a huge favor by taking me to my ultrasound appointment tomorrow, so I’m going to make this stir fry vegan for her. I’m going to make it with tofu and sub out the chicken stock for vegetable stock.

Salt and Pepper Pork Chops — This is a nice simple meat dish that I’m going to serve with baked potatoes.

Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Drumsticks — Another simple meat dish with mashed potatoes.

Fried Cabbage and Sausage — This is a week of using up things I already have, I have half of a head of cabbage from last week that needs using up, as much as my husband isn’t going to like it.

Weekly Meal Plan: August 6 – 12

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So… my computer is dead. On Friday we had a big thunderstorm and something got struck by lightning. When I returned to my computer, it was off and wouldn’t turn back on. Our internet was also dead because our modem was fried, along with some other electronics. I’m writing this on a really crappy laptop that barely does anything and lags terribly if I try to do more than one thing at a time. Here’s hoping we can replace my computer soon and that I didn’t lose all of my files.

That’s pretty much the biggest news I have. Baby is still doing well, counting down to the baby shower and my due date. Everything looks like it’s going perfectly so far, fingers crossed. He’s super active still, he spent all day today kicking and moving and trying to push his way out through my stomach.

What we’re eating this week:

Ground Turkey and Cabbage Stir Fry (pictured): Husband is not a fan of this as he doesn’t like cabbage, but I think it’s really delicious, and so easy!

Smoked Sausage and Potatoes: I haven’t made this in a while but I’m so glad I remembered it! I adore this recipe.

Mushroom Ricotta Pasta: This is my new recipe of the week, it sounds so good. I’m going to add some spinach for extra nutrition, and because spinach goes amazing with both ricotta and mushrooms.

Shrimp, Spinach and Rice: Such a classic, I love this. It’s so simple yet tastes amazing.

Paprika Chicken: This might be another new recipe, I can’t remember if I’ve made it before. It sounds good though, and I’m going to serve it with baked potatoes.