Eat at Home 3!


Going to My Happy Place
May 7, 2006
I went to Trader Joe's yesterday afternoon because I needed a couple things and, to be honest, I just needed to go somewhere different. The only places I have seen since the stay at home orders are Meijer and CVS. So I did it.

I am ordering in for lunch today because I just need a treat. Will get a rice bowl from a local Indian fast casual place. It will keep me full most of the day so I only have some soup planned for dinner. So good and so worth it.

My plan for next week:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with toppings
Lunch: Salads and rolls
Sunday-Tuesday: Instant Pot ribs, cheesy potatoes (boxed), and corn on the cob or green beans (will see if the store has corn or not)
Wednesday: Veggie fried rice
Thursday/Friday: Chicken (or shrimp) Pad Thai
Saturday: Fish rice bowl (Will decide what I want exactly the day of. I have salmon and tilapia and plan to buy another fish type tomorrow. Then will get spinach and avocado and have broccoli in the freezer along with mango. Finally will make some sort of sauce.)


Close driving distance to the Mouse
Aug 9, 2015
I agree with the 7am shopping trip. So easy this morning. Major thank you for this board, keeping me motivated and accountable to cook at home, plus I love everyones ideas.

Here is my plan for this week. (not sure what days) some nights will be leftovers.

-Grilling steak (I got this one back when I got married as a wedding gift, and I want to start using it more), cauliflower mash, broccoli
-the next day I'll do leftover steak to make shredded beef on brown rice with leftover broccoli
-Grilled cheese and homemade tomato soup
-Creamy tomato chicken skillet, salad
-Corn, black bean and avocado tacos with brown rice (will also be used for burrito bowls/taco salads, etc)
-Italian Wonderpot (one pot)


DIS Veteran
Feb 21, 2002
Okay, here's my plan:)...

Sun - Beef and Broccoli (and other Veg) Stir Fry, Rice, Grapes and Clementines
Mon - Spaghetti and Homemade Meatballs in a Homemade Veg Tomato Sauce, Raspberries
Tues - Lemon Plant Butter Garlic Shrimp, Dill Vinegar Cucumber Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Strawberries
Wed - Crockpot Pork Butt BBQ Sandwiches - splitting crock food in 1/2 before spicing), Coleslaw, Veg Pasta Salad, Apple Slices
Thurs - Mexican Pork (and Cheese/Fake Cheese) Quesadillas with Sour Cream, Salsa, and Guac (may be homemade - may not - depends on produce box), Sliced Oranges
Fri - Takeout - Not sure where yet - for Mother's Day weekend, it's my choice, but it's really not my choice, if you get the drift:)...
Sat - Leftovers (especially expecting the pork) - if none, we'll do the mac and cheese I didn't do yesterday, and we'll use produce box items to supplement.
  • meohmy

    Jul 21, 2014
    Homemade pizza and salad
    Chicken and vegetable Stirfry with rice or noodles.
    Meatloaf, mash and green beans with pepper sauce
    Penne Bolognese with garlic bread
    Salmon en Croute, potatoes and vegetables
    My children want Chicken Kiev 🤮 so my husband and I will have a date night dinner, hoping he cooks!
    Ham, potatoes, vegetables, cheese sauce

    We have a cooked breakfast on Sunday, pancakes twice a week and cereal and toast every other day, with soup or sandwiches and dessert for lunch. The lockdown has coincided with a growth spurt for my children who are now constantly hungry! We are taking the opportunity to load them, and us with vegetables and fruit otherwise we would all be inhaling chocolate. 😉

    I have found a monthly meal plan has helped me make the correct grocery orders and stops the constant "What's for dinner?"

    The children are also more interested in helping to cook, not so much help with the clearing up.

    Thank you for this thread, it is good to know I am not alone in having to plan meals to cope with the disruption to grocery shopping and for the meal inspirations from others plans. 🙋‍♀️🥘🍽🍫❤


    DIS Veteran
    Apr 15, 2005
    I haven't posted in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately I have been having some health issues. Due to the health issues I am changing up my eating to see if that will help some. DD and DH are working at least 5 days a week so they are not home for dinner so not planning any big meals.

    Sunday: Everyone was home so made mock chipotle.
    Monday: Deconstructed stuffed peppers
    Tuesday: Buffalo Cauliflower
    Wednesday: Roasted Sweet potatoes with feta and cranberries
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: Zuchinni pasta with mushrooms, and meatballs


    "Who's the monkey?!"
    Apr 9, 2012
    Sunday: BBQ chicken, corn, sweet potatoes
    Monday: snapper, cous cous, asparagus
    Tuesday: Taco Tuesday! Theme night for Casa de Pesky
    Wednesday: sole meuniere, rice pilaf, green beans
    Thursday: grilled chicken, roasted potatoes and roasted broccoli
    Friday: probably takeout/delivery
    Saturday: roast chicken, mashed potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts
    Sunday: grilled steak, sauteed mushrooms, baked potatoes, grilled asparagus
  • westcoastfldisneygirl

    Close driving distance to the Mouse
    Aug 9, 2015
    Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mother's out there!
    This week (not sure what days, and will have some leftover days):
    Caprese chicken and salad
    Mozzarella and tomato pizza using the rest of the cheese and tomatoes from the chicken receipe
    Instapot Mac and Cheese
    Almond crusted chicken, cauliflower mash, green beans


    Going to My Happy Place
    May 7, 2006
    Another week of the same... still working from home and will be doing that for at least another month. Even then we will most likely be alternating days in and out of the office. It has its negatives (I never go anywhere anymore and I miss my coworkers) and its positives (no commute, more relaxed of a day, and I have time to actually cook).

    I am back on my diet. Trying to eat more veggies/fruits, less general carbs, counting calories (1750 a day), more fiber, smaller portions, and just "cleaner". I hate the term "clean eating" but *shrug*. Just trying to eat food with less ingredients or at least with ingredients that are more natural.

    Here is my plan for this week:

    Breakfast: English Muffins with different toppings (doing ham, avocado, and egg as well as salsa, cheese, and egg), Fruit, and tea

    Lunch: Soup and sandwiches

    Tonight: Cheat night so having pizza
    Monday-Wednesday: Easy homemade veggie ramen
    Thursday/Friday: Chili topped baked potatoes (also sour cream, cheese, and green onion)
    Saturday: Salmon Florentine and pasta

    Snacks: Fruit (apples, watermelon, canned peaches, canned pears), popcorn, fruit bars, nuts


    DIS Veteran
    Apr 15, 2005
    Menu for this week in no particular order:

    Enchilada chicken, refried beans, brown rice
    Zuchinni "pasta" with mushrooms and meatballs (leftover from last week that didn't make)
    Lentil Chili
    Homemade pizza


    Going to My Happy Place
    May 7, 2006
    I did horrible this past week. Hoping I can get back on track this week.

    Breakfast: Yogurt, granola, and fruit

    Lunch: Salads

    Tonight: Chicken Pot Pie (frozen meal from Trader Joe's)... somehow I hurt my back and standing to cook sounds horrible.
    Sunday: Salmon Florentine, pasta, asparagus
    Monday-Wednesday: Hamburger patties with mushrooms and onions, mashed potatoes, green beans
    Thursday-Saturday: Veggie Korma (bottled sauce) with cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, carrots, and peas and rice
  • neatokimmo

    DIS Veteran
    Jul 1, 2006
    I need 9 meals to run me through to next Sunday. I’ve really slacked off in planning. I’ve also come across a lot of sales lately (no shortages here) so I need to clear the pantry and freezer.

    Saturday - Chinese beef and broccoli with rice
    Sunday - bacon and cheese quiche, banana bread
    Monday - Chick-fil-A knockoff nuggets, peas
    Tuesday - bbq chicken legs, okra, corn
    Wednesday - Thai coconut chicken legs, salad
    Thursday - spaghetti with Italian sausage, salad
    Friday - Chinese dumplings and broccoli
    Saturday - pork chops, wonton soup
    Sunday - veggie cheese quiche, fruit salad

    I only need salad greens to complete this menu. I only really need milk for breakfast and some ham for lunch too. But I’ll end up with more. I can’t seem to spend under $75 even when we don’t need it.


    DIS Veteran
    Feb 28, 2008
    Saturday 5/16- Sunday 5/23

    -shrimp fajitas, beans and Mexican rice
    -fish, veggie , rice , salad
    -bbq chicken breast, corn on the cob, pasta salad
    -chicken sandwich on bioche buns , fries or onion rings
    -shredded beef tacos
    - shredded beef gorditas
    -famous Dave’s family feast
    - Famous Dave’s leftovers


    Close driving distance to the Mouse
    Aug 9, 2015
    I found out my job is reopening on Saturday, so back to work I go! Im eager to go back, but now I know I really need to stay on track with meal planning. A local farm around here had a surplus of corn, zucchini, onion and eggplant so they gave it away yesterday! I will be using this up.

    Plan for this week, with some leftover nights

    queso chicken, broccoli
    Porcupine meatballs, roasted veggies
    Corn and black bean quesadillas, brown rice
    Zucchini noodles with meatballs and red sauce from the freezer


    DIS Veteran
    Feb 21, 2002
    We ate at home last week, but I forgot to post my plan. And as my area has chilled out, and folks are seeing the data, I'm back to grocery shopping and scored at Aldi's and HMart this's the plans (ps - my son didn't get his McD this weekend for our "take in" option, so we'll get that this week and then still go get something local Mem Day weekend)...

    Sun - Fresh baked lemon butter dill tilapia fillets ($2.99lb today - I about cried in happiness:)), vinegar-based cucumber dill salad, apple crisp, crescent rolls
    Mon - Korean-marinated pork rib, lentil, and veg stew, dairy-free naan, blueberries and watermelon
    Tues - Ritz cracker and fried onion coated and baked chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, strawberries and blueberries
    Wed - Chicken, bell pepper, green onion and pineapple thai curry, rice, fresh cherries
    Thurs - BLTAs, baked fries, berry salad (last of strawberries, blueberries, cherries, pineapple)
    Fri - McD takeout
    Sat - BBQ Outside - We only have a hibachi, so to feed 6, we have to be creative - we're gonna do hot dogs and veg skewers (since the veg can sit) and then roast marshmallows and make smores for dessert (ps - I might roast bananas, too, for "sundaes", but that's TBD)


    DIS Veteran
    Apr 15, 2005
    DH and DD are working a lot so half of the time it is just me.

    Sunday everyone was home so made BBQ Chicken, mac and cheese, cauliflower salad, waffle fries and strawberry shortcake for dessert.
    Monday: Homemade pizza - mushrooms and turkey pepperoni (just me at home)
    Tuesday: Fettuccine Alfredo with spicy chicken sausage, broccoli and mushrooms, garlic bread
    Wednesday: Leftovers (just me at home)
    Thursday: Cilantro lime chicken, brown rice, black bean and corn salad
    Friday: Leftovers (just me at home)


    DIS Veteran
    Aug 10, 2013
    This next week's plan only requires me to get a few things from the store since I'm using up stuff we already have. It's simple but I'm trying not to be wasteful too.

    spaghetti with garlic bread
    deli melts with veggies and chips & dip
    Sweedish meatballs with mashed potatoes
    sausage and bean bake with coleslaw
    strawberry chicken salad
    pulled pork nachos


    <font color=magenta>Tink in Training-Good Girl,Bad
    Mar 28, 2005
    Ok I'm late to joining this party... but I think about our food a lot lately (with all that's going on) and since my shopping and cooking has changed quite a bit since our lockdown,and it's going to continue in some form for months to come here.... in the past my 1st concern would have been healthy food,2nd was cost cutting for that. Now that supply chain etc issues have changed all that....1/2 our house is gluten free also)
    Overall goal--- Zero Food Waste---
    Goal #1 is to go shopping as little as possible (I dislike mask wearing)
    Goal #2 is stock up on necessary items to make our favorite foods,regardless of cost (seems like we have no sales anymore anyway)
    Goal #3 is healthy foods, trying to not overspend while stocking up for at least two weeks at a time,hopefully more.
    I like the idea of meal plans, but I can't commit myself to something too far ahead,as I like to make whatever I'm in the mood for each day....
    Last night I had made butter oatmeal raisin cookies and homemade veggie pizza....
    tonight is hotdogs and beans per my Dh request,and we're gonna just roast them over our fire in the backyard, along with some salad-(and leftover cookies)
    This week I plan to make (in no particular order)
    Mujadara and rice
    Pasta sauce (gf pasta and zucchini spirals)
    a cornmeal savory eggbake casserole with spinach for Dh breakfast for the week
    egg salad sandwiches
    soup of some sort (always soup) I think tortilla soup sounds good,since I have some avocados to use....
    chicken stock in the IP since I still have my chicken carcass from last weeks dinner
    pico di gallo and homemade tortilla chips
    probably tacos of some sort with caramelized onions and whichever meat I happen to have (chicken or beef) using some of the refried beans I whipped up last week...
    Oh- I want to make falafel with tzaziki sauce..... since I also have cucumbers and tomatoes I can use this week....
    love this thread it's giving me good ideas!


    DIS Veteran
    Jul 1, 2006
    So this past week was a disaster. I made maybe three meals on my list. We ate out twice and with leftovers that was three meals. I’ve told them no more fast food and taco/pizza, not so much for the money part, but my rapidly expanding butt. I think now that everything is open it’s exciting to buy food out again.
    I went to Kroger and loaded up on produce.

    1. Big Mac salad
    2. Soup beans, squash and onion, home made bread
    3. BLTs, broccoli cheese soup
    4. Teriyaki chocken, zucchini and onion, rice
    5. Chef salad on kale
    6. Lentil salad
    7. Chorizo tacos with home made soft shells

    I have everything I need and I only spent $40 something yesterday. Let’s see if I can stay out of the store.


    Going to My Happy Place
    May 7, 2006
    Here is my plan for this week. We will see how well I stick to it because I royally messed up my back yesterday. Took me 45 minutes to get from lay down to sitting up without using my hands to hold myself up this morning. I was able to get to the store and buy my groceries though I am regretting it atm.

    Breakfast: Veggie hashbrowns, eggs, and chicken sausage

    Lunch: Easy homemade Ramen

    Today: Cookout at my Aunt and Uncle's with family
    Monday - Wednesday: BBQ chicken, Trader Joe's hatch chili mac and cheese, and corn on the cob
    Thursday/Friday: Chicken cheese steaks and salad
    Saturday: Sweet and spicy sriracha glazed salmon and asparagus


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