may food calendar

I love to meal plan, but our schedule shifts so often that I end up shifting meals around or moving them to the next month. However, in an effort to stay on top of it and avoid the age-old What should we do for dinner? question, I plan a month out.

Aaron's momma got me a subscription to Taste of Home when we first got married, and I look through those magazines every month. We reuse a lot of those recipes, but, if you ask Aaron, I never cook the same thing twice. I really like to mix it up! When he has a craving for a favorite, though, I skip the plan and make what he's craving. His favorites are Beef & Noodle Casserole and Bierocks. They didn't make the list this month, but maybe I'll bring 'em out this summer.

For May, I gathered enough yummy recipes from my Taste of Home magazines to fill up our whole calendar! As is the norm, we're pretty busy this month--Planning Center Remote Week, Rangers playing the Padres, Aaron 31st Birthday--and won't be home often enough to have food every night. But, on the nights we are home, I love to make us a good meal!

May Food Calendar:

4th, Thursday: Chicken Fried Deer Steak, Yellow Squash & Zucchini Gratin, fried potatoes
How much more Southern can you get?!

Oh, this was yummy. That gratin was easy to make and had such great flavor! We substituted the fried potatoes with some french fries from the Crack Shack, which was a wonderful choice, and the deer steak is always a great idea.

Oh, this was yummy. That gratin was easy to make and had such great flavor! We substituted the fried potatoes with some french fries from the Crack Shack, which was a wonderful choice, and the deer steak is always a great idea.

6th, Saturday: Whole Wheat Waffles with Chicken & Spinach
On Saturdays, we tend to just snack, so I'll make one big meal at the beginning or middle of the day, and we typically don't eat again until dinner--and sometimes, for me, that's just popcorn. 

This was surprisingly delicious. I wasn't sure what I'd think about it, but I'd make it for a large group. It was too much effort for just the two of us, and the leftovers weren't as yummy as it was fresh.

This was surprisingly delicious. I wasn't sure what I'd think about it, but I'd make it for a large group. It was too much effort for just the two of us, and the leftovers weren't as yummy as it was fresh.

12th, Friday: Chicken & Spanish Cauliflower Rice, Mushroom & Spinach Saute
I love cauliflower. I love making it into pizzas, mashed potatoes, and, even better, rice. Alyssa, my little sister who lives with us, loves mushrooms and spinach, so maybe she and I can make this dish together. #sisterlove

I totally forgot to take a picture of this, but this was one of my favorite meals of the month! The cauliflower rice is always a hit, and our friend Erick didn't even know it was cauliflower! The sauce stole the show with its garlic, though, so we're gonna have to simmer that one down or use it with a bland main dish.

15th, Monday: Chicken & Goat Cheese Skillet, Lemon Garlic New Potatoes
Goat cheese on a Monday? Feels so fancy.

So fancy we didn't do it. Or the next one.

16th, Tuesday: Grilled Greek Pita Pizzas with
Have you ever tried a pita pizza? Oh, they're my fave. I like to get them as crispy as possible before adding the toppings. The fun thing about them, too, is that you can create your own pizza with them. That's a fun potluck idea!

22nd, Monday: Cilantro Lime Shrimp, My Favorite Avocado Salad
Living in San Diego, I've given up on trying to make good Mexican food. When you have three taco shops within walking distance of your house, there is no point in striving for Carne Asada. However, this Baja-type meal might be something I can nail down. We'll see. ;)

Ding ding ding!! This email was the winner of the month. I put the shrimp on a bed of quinoa with green onions and garlic, and it paired  perfectly  with that salad!  And  I made so much salad, I ate that stuff for three days straight and was sad to see it go. Mmmmm!

Ding ding ding!! This email was the winner of the month. I put the shrimp on a bed of quinoa with green onions and garlic, and it paired perfectly with that salad! And I made so much salad, I ate that stuff for three days straight and was sad to see it go. Mmmmm!

23rd, Tuesday: Greek Chicken & Artichokes, Lemon Garlic Mushrooms, fried potatoes
If Aaron could have any side in the world, it would be his momma's fried potatoes. I've failed at them a bunch of times in our marriage, so I let him cook them. One day, we'll perfect them to be like hers! 

Aaron and I took this over for dinner at our friend Aaron and Abby's house, and it was not good. Sad. I used leftover chicken and turkey, but even fresh chicken and turkey wouldn't have helped this dish. I'm sure it has potential in some palettes, but it was way too bland for me.

26th, Friday: Cajun Chicken Pasta
I love Chili's version of this dish; however, 1,200 calories of all those noodles puts me in a food coma. So, when I make pasta at home, I use zoodles, zucchini noodles. Sometimes I'll use half zoodles/half whole wheat pasta, and sometimes I'll use full zoodles--it depends on how heavy the food for the week has already been.

We didn't make either of these dishes this month, but I'll definitely be tagging Granny's tacos on to a Sunday lunch or dinner sometime this summer!

28th, Sunday Student Lunch: Granny's Dorito Tacos
Aaron's grandma makes a big batch of ground beef tacos and adds doritos to them--they are delish and super easy to make the night before. I leave the meat and doritos separated then warm up the meat and combine all the fixins in one bowl! I like to eat this like a salad, but students will put them on a tortilla for a more filling meal.

If you're a local, pop on by on a night we're making something you like! I always make enough for four!

Some meals don't link to the recipe since it's not online; if you're interested in the recipe, leave a comment, and I'll get it to ya!