Menu for the Month!

I’ve been terrible about planning a weekly menu for the past few weeks and the next three weeks don’t look any less busy. Fortunately one of my favorite blogs recently posted a menu for the month! Yay! I’m sticking with her menu, it looks delicious and healthy. I hope you enjoy it too. 
Here’s what she has planned for this week (visit her website for the recipes):  

  • Monday, April 6 – warm bow tie pasta and salad
  • Tuesday, April 7 – bread soup and salad
  • Wednesday, April 8 – pacific rim stir fry over white rice
  • Thursday, April 9 – chicken and sausage gumbo
  • Friday, April 10 – pizza, salad, and dessert
  • Saturday, April 11 – lemon, chicken, and leek pot pies
  • Sunday, April 12 – Easter Sunday – italian chicken salad over greens;lemon-drenched lemon cake

 

Thank you Simple Mom!

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Meals for 3/23-3/26

Sorry I haven’t posted a menu for a while. We’ve been busy and I think I’ve made one real meal in the last three weeks! This week I am only cooking for three days because we have events going on other nights. I am also making meals that my husband either specifically requested or that he loves in honor of his birthday day this week. 

Monday~Easy Indian Butter Chicken with rice
Tuesday~Spicy Basil Chicken with rice
Wednesday~Light and Savory Meatloaf with Roas
ted Herb Cauliflower
Thursday~Leftovers -yes, this really was one of my husband’s requests! 🙂
I’m not cooking Friday or Saturday but I will suggest trying one of these great recipes:
Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos 
 White Bean Soup with Kale -I have never followed the recipe exactly, it’s just a good jumping off point! 
This awesome dish that uses spaghetti squash in place of spaghetti. Really good and fun.

What’s for Dinner this Week…

One of my friends lent me a favorite cookbook of hers and nearly all the recipes for this week are from that book. It’s called Pacific Fresh: Great Recipes from the West Coast. I’ll let you know what I think about these recipes. (Thanks Adrienne!) 
Monday~Parmesan-Spinach Meatballs with Spaghetti
Tuesday~Chicken Breast & Mushrooms in Lemon Sauce
Wednesday~Zucchini-Tomato Soup and Homemade Bread 
Thursday~Black Bean & Chorizo Burritos 
Friday~Leftovers

Have a great week and happy eating!

Dinner Menu 2/9-2/14

This week is Valentine’s Day Week and we’re planning an easy but yummy meal for Saturday night. We’re also going to make sugar cookies and decorate them. What fun things are you up to this Valentine’s Day? 

Monday-Chicken with Curry Dill Sauce and Roasted Cauliflower with Herbs and Parmesan
Tuesday-Spaghetti with Red Sauce, French Bread, and Green Beans
Wednesday-Leftovers
Thursday-Tacos and Southwestern corn
Friday-Black Pepper Beef & Cabbage Stir fry with Brown Rice
Saturday-Easy Garlic Broiled Chicken, Wilted Spinach, Lemon Couscous, and Creme Brule for dessert!

What Are We Gonna Eat?!

I’ve decided to move the page called What Are We Gonna Eat over to a post. That way each week when I update my menu you’ll be able to see it without checking a separate page. For those who’ve never visited this page, let me explain a little.  I have found that planning a weekly menu is not only enjoyable to me ( I know some people HATE doing it) but also very money saving. So I figured I’d share with you what we’re eating. Feel free to steal ideas and recipes. Here’s some of my guidelines:

  • Whenever possible I’ll have a link to a recipe, if there isn’t one and you are dying to know how to make something I mention, just leave me a comment, with your email address, and I’ll gladly send it to you. 
  • I will usually plan five meals. That allows for a day of eating leftovers and for changes in plans. If I plan a meal and we don’t eat it one week, I’ll move it to the next week. 
  • I try to chose lost cost and healthy, low fat meals. There are, of course exceptions so don’t just assume that if I list it it’s healthy. 🙂
  • I get a LOT of my recipes from www.allrecipes.com if you’ve never visited this sight I suggest you do so. 
  • I usually chose one meal each week that does not have meat. Even if they don’t have meat they will usually have an alternate source of protein and iron so don’t rule them out just because they are vegetarian. My husband eats them and I promise he’s not wasting away! 
  • I’d love to hear your comments on recipe I mention that you’ve tried.

So, without further adieu…our weekly menu:

Monday: Roasted Chicken Thighs with baked sweet potatoes and green beans.
Tuesday: Baked Shrimp with rice pilaf and spinach
Wednesday: Meatball sandwiches
Thursday: Homemade Chicken Artichoke pizza
Friday: Tomato Soup with Asiago Cheese and Grilled Cheese and Tomato sandwiches 

Happy eating!

Traditional American Meal

For dinner tonight we had meatloaf (with real ground beef), garlic mashed potatoes (I did leave the skin on the potatoes so that we got some fiber), roasted corn and homemade wheat bread.
I think I’ve made meatloaf twice in our four years of marriage and I KNOW this is the first time I’ve used beef instead of ground turkey. Kris said we were eating like “Americans”. Hopefully he meant the type of food and not the portions! Overall it wasnt a too unhealthy meal. The meat was lean and I used reduced fat cheese for the topping.

Jennika, poor girl, only got to eat mashed sweet potoatoes again. I think she’s getting more used to them. She’s also figuring out how to turn her head at just the last moment and avoid a spoonful.