What's for Dinner: October 23 - October 29

Red Flowers with Green Leaves | Photo by Annie Spratt via Unsplash

After the stress of last weekend, I was very grateful for a weekend with nothing on my calendar. Instead of running around, things were much quieter.

I spent some time getting our house back in order after weeks of neglect. (It's not perfect, but it's much better!) And I finished making our daughter's Halloween costume... with more than a week to spare!

As satisfying as all that was... my favorite moment of the weekend was celebrating a major accomplishment. Our family went out to dinner last night, and we raised a toast to my being free of student loan debt! 

Last summer, I set an aggressive goal to pay off my remaining loans -- approximately $21K -- by December 2022. Thanks to MAJOR discipline and a VERY strict budget, I did it. 🙌 I made my last loan payment last month and crushed my goal three months ahead of schedule.

It feels incredible to have eliminated this financial burden. With the blessing of my financial advisor, I'm going to enjoy this feeling through the end of the year... and I'll jump into the next phase of my financial plan in early 2023.

Speaking of plans, let's get into this week's menu plan. If you're curious to see what's on deck for dinner at our house this week, then keep reading!

A Week of Dinners: October 23 - October 29

Defrost/Prep Plan

  • Saturday, October 22
    • Defrost chicken for Lemon Butter Chicken Piccata with Pesto Polenta

  • Sunday, October 23
    • Make Lemon Butter Chicken Piccata with Pesto Polenta
    • Make jasmine rice to accompany PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • Monday, October 24
    • Make Vegan Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil and Balsamic Bucatini
    • Create next week's menu plan
    • Order groceries
    • Create next week's Defrost/Prep Plan

  • Tuesday, October 25
    • Make filling for PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    • Reheat jasmine rice to accompany PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • Wednesday, October 26
    • Defrost beef for Taco Pizza

  • Thursday, October 27
    • Defrost pizza dough

  • Friday, October 28
    • Make Taco Pizza

  • Saturday, October 29
    • Ravioli Stuffed with Mozzarella and Ricotta and Marinara Sauce

What do you have planned for dinner at your house this week?

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