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april meal plan

This months’ meal plan was all based around minimizing grocery store trips and really utilizing what I already had on hand. I have not been to a grocery store in over a week and I have to say that the situation we are in now is really teaching me some valuable lessons, even ones that I can apply to my normal monthly shopping routine.

I have been prioritizing produce that keeps for weeks (apples, sweet potatoes, carrots – to name a few), buying our soda packs 12 and 16 at a time (bad habit, I know) and even taking this opportunity to try out some new products like shelf stable almond milk to stretch our grocery store trips as far in between as possible. I have even made the difficult for me -but actually super convenient- switch to buying a lot of our staples online, opting for delivery or pickup.

At this point, I have made the decision to go ahead and plan to prepare our Easter meal at home. It seems that this one holiday, we’ll be grounded and not having to run our typical food marathon. Can’t say that I’m super thrilled about missing the holiday with our families, but I am looking forward to having a super chill Easter. I have actually left out our Easter menu on the meal plan, so look forward to a separate post on that coming very soon! 🙂

I technically only meal plan for a family breakfast on Sundays – the rest of the week is leftovers or other regular breakfast food (ie: bagels, cereal, pop tarts, etc.) We do weekly meal prep for lunches on Sundays – enough for five weekday lunches for two adults. Recipes marked with an asterik are recipes that I have made before and my family has deemed delicious! 🙂

Note: we DID end up with a few rollover recipes from last meal plan, so on this months’ meal plan, but not included in this list are: Totino’s Nachos, Tuscan Ravioli, Ham & Leek Pot Pie, Bangers & Mash, Lucky Charms Pie, Cadbury Egg Bars and Bailey’s Cookies & Cream Parfaits.

Without further ado, I bring you April’s meal plan!

15 Minute Maple Bars
Carrot Cake Pancakes
Blueberry Lemon Doughnuts
Copycat McDonald’s Parfaits* (recipe to follow)

Crockpot Pulled Pork* (recipe to follow) +Coleslaw + Crockpot BBQ Baked Beans*
BBQ Ranch Chicken Quarters + Corn on the Cob + Sweet Potato Fries*
Pork Roast w/ Veggies
Easter dinner leftovers

Pan Seared Steak* + Roasted Asparagus*
Shrimp Salad Rolls + Checkers Fries
Bacon Wrapped Apricot Tenderloin + Grillin’ Beans + Corn
Mexican Spaghetti + Southwest Salad* (recipe to follow)
Beef Stroganoff* + Southern Style Green Beans*

Carrot Cake Dirt Pudding (recipe to follow)
Kit Kat Cadbury Cake
Lemon Cookie Truffles
Key Lime Muddy Buddies

Copycat McDonald’s Parfaits
vanilla yogurt (I use greek vanilla yogurt)
frozen strawberries with sugar added (the sugar added kind is the key here!)
frozen blueberries
granola (use your favorite)
In a mason jar, add half the yogurt (use a single serve yogurt cup for easy portion control or divvy up a large container to make a batch of parfaits). Top with about 1/4 cup strawberries and a couple blueberries. Top with remaining yogurt and granola. Note: you’ll want to make these a few hours in advance and store in the fridge to let the strawberries fully thaw out. I typically make a few at a time the day before I want to start eating them.

Crockpot Pulled Pork
3 – 4 pound boston butt pork roast
1 cup apple juice
1/3 cup worchestershire sauce
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons liquid smoke (I like hickory!)
salt to taste
your favorite BBQ sauce (ours is Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet & Spicy!)
Place the roast in a large crockpot and sprinkle with salt. Add remaining ingredients, except for the BBQ sauce and cook on low 8 hours, high 4 hours or until meat is fork tender. Shred and serve with BBQ sauce.

Southwest Salad
diced tomatoes
canned corn
canned black beans
bottled southwest ranch (we typically use Great Value, but Kroger also sells a low calorie version under their brand)
This is a pretty loose recipe. Get a bowl, add shredded lettuce, tomatoes, corn and black beans to your preferred amounts and top with dressing. Add some Fritos if you’re feeling frisky. 😉

Carrot Cake Dirt Pudding
This is one of my own invention, using a basic Oreo Dirt Cake recipe. For the original version, follow this link. For the carrot cake version, you’ll need to do two things: replace the regular Oreos with carrot cake Oreos and swap the french vanilla pudding for instant cheesecake flavored pudding.

Don’t want to use the whole meal plan? My top three MUST makes are: pan seared steak, beef stroganoff and carrot cake dirt pudding.

Considering using my meal plan? Only have time for my top three must makes? Let me know what you thought!

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