Do you love finding a few new recipes on the weekend that you can make ahead of time, and then your whole week is more enjoyable, and maybe even a little bit easier? I know I do! This post contains recipes for my weekend cooking plan. It also outlines my strategies for prepping, cooking, and baking on the weekend, to prepare for a busy week. A little work on the weekend guarantees that my whole family has healthy and delicious foods to eat all week!
On weekends, I try to make at least two baked items, a big pot of soup or other main course, and usually a batch of homemade granola. Preparing food on the weekend allows us to have healthy and delicious meals and snacks for the week. It gives me a head start on week night meals as well. Being prepared also makes me look like a rock star when we have friends over for an impromptu play date and I pull homemade scones out of the oven with little to no effort at all. My freezer is always stocked with 2-3 different cookie doughs, pizza dough, and most recently, scones that are ready to be baked (thanks to my friend Anna for this idea).
I like to plan for the upcoming week on Thursday or Friday nights. Throughout the week I look at recipes and save the ones that seem most interesting. On Thursday and Friday evenings, I peruse cookbooks for interesting ideas for dinner and get feedback from Britt and the kids about what sounds good. Next, I write down my cooking and baking plan, create a shopping list, and I’m ready to go. Cooking and baking on the weekend sets us all up well for a week of fun and healthy eating.
Hopefully this post will introduce you to some fun new cooking and baking websites and recipes, as well as give you some inspiration for your upcoming weekly menu. As always, I would love to see what’s cooking at your house this weekend…so send me an email or tag me on Instagram.
Here’s what’s cooking in the Smallwood house for the week of January 26, 2018… Hopefully you can stock your freezer with some baked goods, and make some main courses that can provide you with healthy lunch and dinner options for the week. Each recipe title is a link to the actual recipe.
Lunch/Dinner Prep for the Week:
This is an awesome chili recipe…loaded with butternut squash, black beans, and chipotle peppers. It’s great on a cold Sunday afternoon and packs well for lunch at work and school.
This is a great soup! It’s easy to make and filled with flavor. Maple roasted pecans on the top add a sweet and savory crunch and the bowl of soup becomes a meal. Finally, I’ll serve the soup with salad and a big slice of challah. The soup also makes a nice lunch during the week.
This salad will pair well with bread and soup for dinner on Sunday. The recipe makes enough for dinner and will have leftovers. I’ll add it to the lunchbox!
Baking and Stocking the Freezer:
King Arthur Flour posts the coolest recipes on their blog for their monthly bake along challenge. This month is a classic challah bread and I just know my kids are going to love preparing and eating this one. I’m thinking bake on Saturday, French Toast on Sunday and Monday…
I love this classic granola recipe from Cookie and Kate. This granola base is fantastic! Then I add cashews and Pepitas before the granola bakes. After baking, I add banana chips and raisins to the finished product. Completely versatile and easy to make, liven it up with whatever you happen to have around the pantry. Easy to throw together, I usually save this recipe for midweek baking after the kids are in bed.
The freezer is running low on scones so I’m going to make a new batch this weekend. This recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction is both delicious and full of winter citrus and tart cranberries. After I make the dough, I freeze the wedges. Finally, I bake the scones straight from the freezer when we need a quick and delicious breakfast.
I just can’t help myself with this one. These Soft Cream Cheese Cookies with Nutella Glaze from Sally’s Baking Addiction look too good not to make right away! I’ll try and bake only half the cookies and save the 2nd half of the dough in the freezer for Valentine’s Day.
Have a cozy weekend cooking and baking! Hopefully you found some recipes in this post that might make your week taste a little bit better. Please comment here on the blog, or on Instagram, and let me know what you’re up to in your kitchen. I love new recipe and meal planning ideas!