Menu For the Week

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted Menu Plan Monday but I thought I would this week. I am always looking for new ideas for my menus. I do not like to eat the same thing, or even similar things too often. To me, too often is more than every few weeks. So, this upcoming week, this is what we will be having.

Monday – Chinese Broccoli Beef with Brown Rice
Tuesday – Breakfast Casserole (still looking for a good recipe, do you have one?)
Wednesday – 1 Pot Chicken Penne
Thursday – Steak and Potatoes. Good old fashioned MAN food!
Friday – Leftovers
Saturday – Chicken Nuggets and Jojo’s
Sunday – Ham, Homemade Mac and Cheese and a green salad

I hope you enjoy one of these on your menu very soon. A shout out for Laura at Orgjunkie.com for her wonderful Menu Plan Monday! It’s a great resource to get new ideas. Thanks for stopping by today!

A few recipes to share

I have not posted to Menu Plan Monday in quite some time. But this does not mean that we have not been eating well. I wanted to share with you a few links to some of our new favorite recipes.

Main Dishes


Sweet and Sour Chicken
– My family was very skeptical at first but this turned out to be a huge hit!
Orange Rosemary Chicken – Quick and tasty. Great on the BBQ!
Tortellini a la Carbonara – This usually makes enough for 2 dinners so I freeze half. It actually reheats quite well for those nights where you need dinner fast.
Home Made Pizza or Calzones – This recipe ROCKS! I have used it many times and it comes out every time. I do need to add some flour to the dough when I am working with it but it still comes out of the oven crispy and wonderfu! I combine it with Homemade Pizza Sauce and dinner is so economical.

Side Dishes
Broccoli and Ramen Salad – This is a great alternative for those summer get together’s. I have been making this for a few years and it’s a personal favorite.


Snacks and Treats

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn – An instant favorite. My husband and I would prefer to eat popcorn this way any day of the week. I make a huge batch up and keep it in the cupboard to have on hand.
Peanut Butter Cookies – A first at my house, since my DH does not like peanuts or peanut butter. These were light and crispy. The folks at church loved them.

Misc.
Homemade Croutons – I don’t think I will ever go back to store bought!
Whipped Cream – I had no idea this was so easy! We add vanilla to ours and there are never left overs.
Some of the BEST salad dressing I have ever had – enough said!

I am always looking for new recipes so if you have one to share, please leave me a comment. I hope that these will help give you some fresh ideas as we all get ready to head back to school!

Thanks for coming by!
Jen

Menu for the week of April 5th 2010

Wow it is hard to get back into the swing of things after being gone for a week. But I did manage to get the menu planned and the shopping done today.

Breakfast
M – Mish Mash of what we had on hand!
T – Cold Cereal, Yogurt
W – Waffles, Apples
Th – Oatmeal, bananas
F – Hot Cross Buns, Orange Slices
Sa – TBD
Su – Sunday Brunch after church

Lunch
M – Sandwiches and Macaroni
T – Boys on their own…I have to work through lunch time
W – Baked Shrimp, Tater Babies, Snap Peas
Th – Tuna Sandwiches, Chips, Apples
F – No School Day….maybe homemade Pizza unless we go to the Zoo then it will be sack lunches.
Sa – Leftovers

Dinner
M – White Spaghetti, Green Salad and sweet brown rolls
T – Orange Rosemary Chicken, rice, broccoli
W – Chili and Cornbread
Th – Leftovers
F – Breakfast
Sa – Pork Roast with cranberry sauce, baked potatoes, green beans
Su – Chicken Tacos with ALL the fixins’! Lettuce, Tomatoes, Olives, Onions, Avocados, Black Refried Beans…you name it!

I would like to thank Laura at Orgjunkie.com for Menu Plan Monday. Check out her website for tons of ideas!

Menu for the Week of March 21st


This is going to be a short one for us. We are heading out of town on Friday to visit some family.
Last week went great. My family really enjoyed having so many salads, even my husband. Taco salad was his favorite of the week. I didn’t get to all of the baking I had planned so some of that will carry over to this week.

Breakfast
M – Banana Muffins
T – Cold Cereal, Yogurt
W – Waffles, Apples
Th – Steel Cut Oatmeal in the crock pot, bananas

Lunch
M – Tuna Sandwiches, Chips, Carrots
T – Boys on their own…I have to work at the school through lunch time again this week.
W – Pizza or Calzones
Th – Leftovers to clean out the fridge!

Dinner
M – Enchiladas….my DH’s speciality!
T – Tortellini, French Bread, Salad
W – Ham and Potato Soup, Salad, Rolls
Th – French Toast, Sausage, Fruit

I would like to thank Laura at Orgjunkie.com for Menu Plan Monday. Check out her website for tons of ideas!

Menu for the Week of March 15th


I am really working hard to bring some new things into our rotation. I am soooo tired of the same ‘ole, same ‘ole. So here is what we will be having this week. The weather is supposed to be very nice here so you will see many salads and cold dishes this week.

Breakfast
M – Blueberry Muffins
T – Cold Cereal, Yogurt
W – Waffles, Apples
Th – Oatmeal, bananas
F – Banana Bread, Watermellon
Sa – TBD
Su – Sunday Brunch after church

Lunch
M – Soup and Sandwiches
T – Boys on their own…I have to work at the school through lunch time
W – Roast Beef Sandwiches, Chips and Carrots
Th – BBQ Chicken Salad
F – Pizza, Snap Peas, Apples
Sa – Leftovers

Dinner
M – Taco Salad
T – BBQ Steak using this marinade, Crashed Hot Potatoes, green salad
W – Chicken Pasta Salad
Th – Breakfast
F – Dinner with friends!
Sa – Dijon Grilled Pork Chops, rice, green beans
Su – TBD

I would like to thank Laura at Orgjunkie.com for Menu Plan Monday. Check out her website for tons of ideas!

Menu for the week of March 8th

Last week went really well. I had to swap a few things from day to day but at least we ate and enjoyed almost all of it.

The homemade Pizza become Calzones and they were great! If you need a great Pizza Dough recipe, give this one a try!

So, here is our plan for the next week!
Mon – Pizza Pizza
Tue – Kid food
Wed – Tacos
Thur – BBQ Chicken, Rice and corn
Fri – Breakfast
Sat – Dinner Out! (because of the Upward Celebration and Stampede Game)
Sun – Ugh…not really sure. Was planning Beef Stew but the weather looks like it will be really nice and may BBQ something instead!

Next week I will try to be more on top of it and have recipes or links for you!

Cooks like me make me crazy!!!

I have realized that I really dislike cooks who cook like me. I like to cook. In fact, I love to cook, and bake! It brings me joy and I love trying new recipes and ideas. However I didn’t always feel this way. I used to hate to cook and only liked to bake when….well, we won’t go there. But over the years I have grown to love it. As I learned to cook I was the type of person who needed exact measurements. Give me precise directions with detailed info. Maybe it is one of the reasons that my favorite food blog these days is The Pioneer Woman. Ree, bless her pea pickin’ heart gives step by step directions….with photos!
I have been trying to put together some of our family recipes for you to try. My problem is that I don’t measure everything and that makes it hard for you! I can tell you a pound of meat, a half a pound of pasta or what ever. But when it comes to spices I just cannot measure! i might start with a measurement but then I need to add a shake of this and a little more of that! UGH!

So, consider this your warning. I am going to post recipes for you to try. BUT, they might be a little off. Your family might like less garlic and more onion. More pepper and less herb or whatever. I just can’t let those little things like a teaspoon here or there come between friends!

Crock Pot Rotisserie Style Chicken

I have had a super busy week and one night I needed to be planning ahead for the following evening. Since I haad not done our weekly grocery shopping yet I headed to the freezer. In there I found a whole chicken and it was screaming to be cooked. So here is a great recipe I have made before for a Costco Style Chicken at a fraction of the price.

The Ingredients.
–1 whole chicken, skinned (4-5 pounds)
–2 tsp kosher salt (if you’d like it as salty as the ones in the store, add another 1 tsp.)
–1 tsp paprika
–1 tsp onion powder
–1/2 tsp dried thyme
–1 tsp Italian seasoning
–1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
–1/2 tsp black pepper
–pinch of chili pepper (probably not necessary)
–4 whole garlic cloves (optional)
–1 yellow onion, quartered (optional)

The Directions.

I used a 6 quart crockpot for a 5 pound bird. It fit nicely.

Skin the chicken and get rid of the neck and other stuff from the cavity. This takes a while, and is gross. Keep small children away so you don’t freak out about salmonella. I skin whole chickens because I hate the idea of the chicken fat simmering all day in the crock—it also looks disgusting when the chicken is cooked because it’s all slimy and icky.

I get it that I’m weird. If chicken skin makes you happy, then by all means, ignore me.

In a bowl, combine all of dried spices. Rub the spice mixture all over the bird, inside and out. Plop the bird breast-side down into the crockpot.

If desired, shove 4 whole garlic cloves and a quartered onion inside the bird.

Do not add water.

Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 8. The meat is done when it is fully cooked and has reached desired tenderness. The longer you cook it, the more tender the meat.

I would like to thank Stephanie at A Year of Slow Cooking for this recipe. We have made this before and it is quick, easy, my children will eat it and it is economical. The original recipe on her site can be found here.

Menu for the week of Nov 8th


While I’ve still been planning my menus I have not taken the time to post them, add links or anything else…it’s been a long month.
Here is what we will be having this week

Breakfast choices
Waffles
Cereal
Oatmeal
Eggs and Toast
Strawberry Bars
Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Lunches
M – Pizza
T – Quesadillas and Ramen Soup
W – Leftovers or sandwiches
Th – Nachos
F – Sandwiches and Chips

Dinners
Sun – Steaks and Crash Hot Potatoes
M – Crockpot Chicken, rice, green beans
T – BLT Pasta Salad
W – Tacos
Th – Keilbalsa Pasta Bake
F – Pancakes and Sausage

What will you be having this week? For more ideas visit Laura at Org Junkie

Thanks for stopping by!
Jen

Menu for the week of Sept. 28th – Oct. 4th 2009


Thanks for joining me for another week of Menu Plan Monday. We followed the plan last week pretty closely other than having to eat out twice because we got home very late from a day trip we took on the weekend. Here is what we will be having this week.

Lunch
M – Corn Dogs & tater tots
T – Leftovers from Monday dinner
W – At Friends House
Th – Baked Potato Bar
F – Sandwiches, chips, fruit
Sa – Leaving this open since we will have guests this weekend.

Dinner
M – Chicken Enchiladas
T – Lasagna, Spinach Salad and garlic bread
W – Homemade Pizza
Th – Slow Cooker chicken, couscous and califlower
F – Steak, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, green beans
Sa – leaving this open since I’m not sure who will be here for dinner on this day. Gotta love house guests who are house shopping!
Sun – Ravioli with sauce, Garlic Cheese bread

Thanks for stopping by! I want to thank Laura at Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday!