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Please help me plan meals with these ingredients

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I am tired. I am stressed. I am busy. I am exhausted and my creativity is tapped out and so is my pocket book. Here is what I have - please help me plan good, fairly simple, healthy meals - please - you all are so good at this and with a kiddo just home from the hospital and the demands that brings I am no good. Here's what I have:

whole cooked chicken
several whole uncooked chickens
shoulder roast (two)
giant brisket
ground beef
LOTS of eggs
several pounds fresh asparagus
frozen corn, broccoli, edamame
canned beans, dried beans, dried lentils
brown rice, arborio rice, pasta, quinoa
onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, celery
canned tomatoes
bag of avocados
sprouted corn tortillas
LOTS of cheese - mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, parm plus some
artisanal triple creme
milk, cream, etc.
homemade bread plus a fancy bakery crusty loaf
plus a pretty well stocked staple pantry

It's ridiculous - I look at that list and cannot think of a single meal. Much less a weeks worth. I know I'm tired but this is crazy. What would you make? Thanks for your help!
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The things I see there with just a quick glance:
tacos/burritos/enchiladas with the cooked chicken, corn and cheese - sides of spanish rice and refried beans - maybe some guacamole
Lentil soup with the chicken bones
patty melts on good bread (cheeseburger with caramelized onions)
Pasta and meatballs or meat sauce
Shoulder roast (beef or pork?) slow roasted, roast potatoes and asparagus
Omelettes and hashbrowns
Mac & Cheese with leftover meat and veg

YIKES mama!! This is not the time to be all menu planning & cooking something different every night. Give yourself a break!

My favourite food when I was a kid was my mom's scrambled eggs & toast that she made for dinner when I didn't feel well. Amazing.

I would make a big pot of rice. You can alternate eggs & rice cereal for breakfast & have rice at dinner.

Lunches are cheese & bread & veggies or whatever over rice.

You have a cooked chicken. Freeze everything else but one pork shoulder.

Chicken wings & rice with asparagus, salad with avocado & bread
Chicken breast & asparagus soft tacos with rice & guac
Crockpot pork shoulder
Pork over rice, asparagus & bread
Pork tacos with rice & guac
Make a soup with leftovers & bread (either broth or blended)

Think about what you want next week & take it out of the freezer

Go easy on yourself! You have a TON of food there! Relax! When dinner starts to stress you out, it's really time to make scrambled eggs.

Make sure you have some fruit around... fruit is happiness.

Sending love...
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meatloaf (make 2 at the same time and freeze one for later).

pick the meat off the chicken to use in chicken salad on that wonderful crusty bread for lunch, then throw the chicken in the crockpot, fill it with water, and 24 hours later you'll have an extremely nutritious chicken broth that will make the whole house smell happy (if you didn't eat all of the picked off chicken, chuck some in the soup with some carrots and make chicken soup).

Medley of pasta, ground beef, canned tomatoes, and cheese (my mouth waters just thinking of it; y'know like a ziti bake).

Eggs are quick and easy for breakfast: scrambled, fried, hard boil a bunch and have them for a quick protein snack or to stick on a salad.

Roasted vegetables: potatoes, onions, asparagus, broccoli (mix with olive oil, sea salt & pepper) 375F for an hour

Stick a roast in the oven 325F for 4-5 hours. Make gravy. And serve with asparagus and mashed potatoes.

Tacos with the tortillas, ground beef, and mashed avocado. Serve with corn.

Roast chicken with rice and gravy
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Roasted chicken with potatoes and onions
Chicken & cheese quesadillas
Quiche with eggs and asparagus
Tacos with the ground beef and veggies
Chicken soup with some of the pasta and all those veggies
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and asparagus
and leftovers
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