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Menu Plan Monday – February 20-26

Thoughtfully penned on February 21st, 2010 and generally concerning In the kitchen, Menu Planning

It’s Monday again, and I’ve got a plan for our menu. Last week we had a few more leftovers than I anticipated, so there are a couple of carry overs on our menu this week.

The creamy mexican casserole that we tried last week was very good. I used a pound of ground beef instead of the chicken called for in the recipe and it worked out well (although it would probably be just as good with only a half pound of beef). If you like things spicy you probably want to add some ground cayenne pepper in with the spices; Matt and I added hot salsa to our servings so that the casserole wouldn’t be too spicy for the kids. This would make a great potluck or party dish, too, since it can be eaten with tortilla chips.

Anyway, here’s what’s on our menu this week.

Saturday: lunch: rolled tacos / dinner: meatball subs, fries
Sunday: lunch: leftovers / dinner: chicken nugget casserole, noodles, corn
Monday: enchilada casserole, chips & guacamole, salsa
Tuesday: leftovers
Wednesday: chicken & broccoli macaroni, salad
Thursday: leftovers
Friday: pizza

I’ve been craving buffalo chicken dip for a few weeks now, so I might make a dish this week and throw it in there somewhere. And, of course, I’ll be making several loaves of bread (thanks to my handy, dandy bread machine) including a couple of new recipes (hopefully).

That’s my plan for the week. For more meal and menu plan ideas hop over to Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com and see what everyone else is eating this week.

Happy Monday!

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Menu Plan Monday – February 13-19

Thoughtfully penned on February 15th, 2010 and generally concerning In the kitchen, Menu Planning

I’m running a little behind here, but better late than never. Right?

Here’s what we’re eating this week…

Saturday: lunch: fend / dinner: broccoli cheese soup, homemade bread

Sunday: lunch: rolled tacos / dinner: roast, potatoes, carrots

Monday: leftover roast

Tuesday: creamy mexican casserole (I’m using ground beef instead of chicken)

Wednesday: chicken & broccoli macaroni (carry over from last week)

Thursday: chicken nugget casserole, spaghetti noodles, corn on the cob

Friday: pizza

I have several new recipes on the menu this week, so hopefully it will be a tasty week around here. I did make the broccoli cheese soup Saturday night, and, although things got a bit stressful at the end when the soup was thickening and the baby was hungry, it was very tasty. The onion was a bit strong for my taste, so next time we’ll cut it drastically or leave it out all together.

For meal and menu plan inspiration visit Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com.

Happy Monday!

Menu Plan Monday ~ February 6-12

Thoughtfully penned on February 8th, 2010 and generally concerning In the kitchen, Menu Planning

It’s been almost a month since I’ve participated in Menu Plan Monday. For the first three weeks of baby girl’s life we were blessed by many friends who brought dinner to our family. Last week we were able to eat primarily from the stock of meals I had frozen prior to her birth. This week we will actually have to do some cooking, and I had to rejoin the ranks of menu planners.

So, here’s what we’re eating:

Saturday: lunch: leftover pizza from Friday night / dinner: kids – scrambled eggs & grapefruit sections, adults – fend for yourselves

Sunday: lunch: loaded baked potato soup, homemade bread / dinner: taquitos

Monday: leftover soup and bread

Tuesday: meatloaf, au gratin potatoes, green peas

Wednesday: chicken and broccoli macaroni, green salad

Thursday: french toast, strawberry smoothies

Friday: pizza

For more meal ideas and menu plans visit Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com.

Have a great week!

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 21-27

Thoughtfully penned on December 21st, 2009 and generally concerning In the kitchen, Menu Planning
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It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted a menu plan (or much of anything for that matter), but here we go again…

Monday – Paula Deen’s chicken and rice casserole, rolls

Tuesday – casserole leftovers

Wednesday – chili, chips, and cheese

Thursday – pizza (our Christmas Eve tradition)

Friday – breakfast: cinnamon rolls / lunch: Christmas meal** / dinner (if necessary): meatball stew

Saturday – breakfast: breakfast casserole / lunch: Christmas leftovers / dinner: eat out or fend

Sunday – lunch: eat out / dinner: meatball subs, fries

**Christmas meal: ham, rolls, pineapple casserole, homemade mac & cheese, green bean casserole, knock-off cranberry bliss bars, Boston cream cake, apple orchard punch, tea

I’ll also be cooking/baking a couple batches of chex mix, a double batch of pumpkin scones, and cinnamon rolls this week. It’s going to be a busy week, but we’ll eat well! :-)

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

For menu plans and meal ideas visit Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com

Menu Plan Monday ~ November 14-20

Thoughtfully penned on November 15th, 2009 and generally concerning In the kitchen, Menu Planning
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Happy Monday! We’ve been fighting a yucky cold around here for the last week or so, but hopefully everyone is on the mend now and we’re ready to start a new week. Here’s what we’ll be dining on this week:

Saturday – lunch: sandwiches, chips / dinner: tacos, guac, salsa, chips, etc.

Sunday – lunch: chicken & dumpling casserole / dinner: fend for yourselves

Monday – taco leftovers

Tuesday – biscuits, bacon, scrambled eggs

Wednesday – pot roast with potatoes and carrots

Thursday – leftover roast

Friday – grocery night, so probably pizza

For more meal/menu ideas visit Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com. Hope you have a great week!

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Menu Plan Monday ~ November 7-13

Thoughtfully penned on November 8th, 2009 and generally concerning In the kitchen, Menu Planning
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Happy Monday! It’s time for another edition of Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com. Here’s what’s on our menu for the week.

Saturday – lunch: frozen pizza / dinner: sloppy joes, fries (carry over from last week)

Sunday – lunch: sandwiches on croissants, chips / dinner: fend for yourselves

Monday – chicken and dumpling casserole, salad

Tuesday – leftovers

Wednesday – Simply Lasagna, garlic bread

Thursday – leftovers

Friday – pizza, leftovers, or something quick (grocery night)

Hope everyone has a great week!

Menu Plan Monday ~ November 1-5

Thoughtfully penned on November 2nd, 2009 and generally concerning In the kitchen, Menu Planning
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Welcome to the first Monday in November! I was just getting used to it being October and the next thing I know, it’s November already. What’s up with that?!

Once again, this week I’m posting our menu plan and linking up with Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com. Here’s our plan for the week…

Monday – country fried steak, mashed potatoes, green peas, homemade biscuits

Tuesday – pizza or sandwiches for Matt and the kids, Bible study fellowship for me

Wednesday – sloppy joes, fries, corn

Thursday – leftovers night

Last week’s meatball stew was very tasty. I was quite pleased with how the recipe came together, and this will probably become our go-to recipe for vegetable beef soup. The only change I would make is decreasing the black pepper by a 1/2 tsp or so. I am a big pepper fan, and it was a little too peppery for me. Otherwise, this is a recipe I would definitely recommend.

Happy November! Have a great week, everyone!

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Menu Plan Monday ~ October 23-30

Thoughtfully penned on October 25th, 2009 and generally concerning Good Eats, In the kitchen, Menu Planning
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A new week begins which means it’s time to post another menu plan and join in the Menu Plan Monday carnival at orgjunkie.com. Somehow our menu last week got all wopsidoodled, so there are several meals this week that are carry-overs.

Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Friday – frozen convenience meals (grocery night)
Saturday – lunch: turkey sandwiches on croissants, chips / dinner: eat out
Sunday – lunch: fend for yourselves / dinner: Fallapalooza (church Fall festival)
Monday – baked potato soup, homemade bread
Tuesday – soup leftovers
Wednesday – King Ranch chicken, mexican rice, black beans
Thursday – leftovers
Friday – meatball stew and grilled cheese sandwiches

Last week’s pot roast with maple sweet potatoes and cider gravy was very good. I had to cook the roast for about 3.5 hours instead of the 2.5 hours in the recipe, so I ended up a little short on liquid when I went to make the gravy (I supplemented with additional cider and it was fine). Everyone in the family enjoyed the meal, so it’s a keeper. However, next time I will probably use some sweet potatoes and some white potatoes since Matt isn’t a big sweet potato fan.

For more menu inspiration visit Menu Plan Monday. Have a great week!

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 16-22

Thoughtfully penned on October 18th, 2009 and generally concerning Good Eats, In the kitchen, Menu Planning
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I’m back from vacation and feeding my family again. :-) We had a great time on our trip (more on that to come later in the week), but it is wonderful to be home again and I’m looking forward to some home cooked meals this week (even if I am the one who has to cook them).

Fall is in the air around here with temps mostly in the low to mid-sixties for the next week; I’m excited to add soups to our menus again! Here’s what we’ll be eating…

Friday – frozen pizza (grocery night)
Saturday – lunch: chili dogs & tater tots / dinner: beef pot roast with maple sweet potatoes and cider gravy
Sunday – lunch: pot roast leftovers / dinner: loaded baked potato soup & homemade bread
Monday – leftover potato soup
Tuesday – taco salads, tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole
Wednesday – meatball stew & grilled cheese sandwiches
Thursday – leftover meatball stew

The pot roast is a carry-over from a couple of weeks ago because I forgot to thaw the roast; I was quite disappointed because I’ve really been looking forward to that meal. The two soups are new-to-me recipes as well, so I’ll let you know next week how those turned out.

I’m also planning to do some baking this weekend – homemade bread, apple cake, and maybe a few loaves of heavenly banana bread with bananas I have in the freezer.

For more menu planning and meal inspiration, visit Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com

Happy Monday, and happy eating!

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Menu Plan Monday – October 4-10

Thoughtfully penned on October 5th, 2009 and generally concerning Good Eats, In the kitchen, Menu Planning
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Let me just start out by saying that I feel like a blogging failure these last couple of weeks. My SIL has posted every day while I’ve struggled to get a MPM post up each week. And she has a NEWBORN! It isn’t about a lack of blogging fodder, just a lack of desire and willingness to take the time to post. Oh well, I’ll get back to it eventually.

Anyway, it is Monday (afternoon) again, so it’s time for Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.com. The kids and I leave on Thursday for a vacation in the mountains with my parents and nephews, so Matt will be on his own for the weekend and the first of next week. Here’s what we’re eating until then…

Sunday – lunch: sandwiches & chips / dinner: tacos
Monday – taco leftovers
Tuesday – Beef Pot Roast with Maple Sweet Potatoes and Cider Gravy
Wednesday – roast leftovers

For more menu inspiration, check out Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com.

Happy Monday!