Meal Planning Monday ~ In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb


          This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.       

            I’ve decided that the Greater Cincinnati area has the craziest weather ever!  March has definitely come in like a lion!  It was 60 degrees on Friday when several tornadoes tore through the area and today it’s 30 degrees and snowy.  One day you’re outside grilling up steaks, the next day you’re freezing inside making chili.  I thought it would be fun to talk about seasonal food.  Do you like chili in the winter and potato salad in the summer?  The weather plays a huge role for me in what I decide to cook.  If it’s warm and sunny outside, we’ll grill some hamburgers or we’ll pack some lunch meat sandwiches and head to the park.  If it’s cold and cloudy outside, I’ll make chicken noodle soup or chicken and dumplings.  What are some of your favorite seasonal foods?

Here’s what my meal plan looks like this week.  It’s all over the place, just like our weather forecast!  (I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping March goes out like a lamb!)

Monday ~ Country Fried Steaks with gravy, Mashed Potatoes, and Mac & Cheese.

Tuesday ~ Sesame Chicken in the Crock Pot.  This is a new recipe from Pinterest I’m trying out. 

Wednesday ~ Girls Night Out!  I’m headed to Bonefish for some $5 Bang-Bang Shrimp (my favorite!)  

Thursday ~ Mexican Lasagna. 

Friday ~ Pizza and Beer Tasting.  A local liquor store is having a brewery from Aurora, Indiana come in and do a Beer Tasting.  All the proceeds go to benefit those who were affected in the recent tornadoes. 

Saturday ~ Spaghetti and Meatballs with Caesar Salad. 


Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken 
Recipe adapted from: Baby Center

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thighs would be fine too)
Salt and pepper
1 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (could also use olive oil or canola oil)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional – doesn’t really add heat, just adds more flavor)
4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 Tablespoons water
Sesame seeds

Season both sides of chicken with lightly with salt and pepper, put into crock pot. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes.  Pour over chicken.  Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through.  Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce.  Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot.  Stir to combine with sauce.  Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened.  Cut chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles.
*You can also sprinkle more red pepper flakes on top if you want more heat.

Thank you to   for the recipe.




  1. I think I’m going to have to try that chicken recipe. Sounds really good!