Monday, October 12, 2009

Menu Plan Monday (10/12-10/18)

Last week was a struggle for me....I didn't feel like cooking and eating out sounded good. But I did what I tell my boys - I sucked it up and dealt. We didn't go out to eat, and I cooked the meals that were on the menu. The Spinach Lentil Stew was wonderful and a definite family keeper. The recipe has the room to play with it, but is delicious just the way it is too. I love recipes with versatility, and it is certainly one of those. As for the French Toast, I made a loaf of bread for dinner, and in fact, the bread was still warm when I sliced it for the French Toast! You could say it doesn't get any fresher than that! However, next time, I'll need to make sure we have two loaves of bread because we went through the whole loaf at dinner!

On Saturday I did a little "stocking up" grocery shopping. One store had ground beef on sale for $1.49/pound, so I picked up 25 pounds. I'm still working on getting it all....put away. I've made a double batch of meatballs so I can freeze them. I made chili to put in the freezer for a couple different easy dinners, and I cooked up some meat for other meals - it speeds the process up on busy nights. I still have a lot to get broke down and into the freezer, but it's a start. At another grocery store, they had a one-day sale of 50% off seafood. I took the opportunity to get some fish for David. I spent less than $20 and picked up salmon (which was on sale to begin with then 50% off! I did well there!), catfish and tilapia. I'm not a fish person, but he loves it, so this will give him the chance to still have what he likes, and I'll just cook chicken for myself those nights. Plus, I'm trying to make sure that the boys are given the opportunity to broaden their horizons in the world of food. Squash wasn't something I ate while growing up - it just wasn't served. So I picked some up and we're going to give it a try. I'm on the hunt for butternut squash, spaghetti squash and acorn squash recipes - I bet I can find some over at Orgjunkie's page!! So here is the menu for the week --->

Monday ~ Honey Mustard Chicken and roasted veggies (squash to be more specific and I found this recipe that sounds worth trying)
Tuesday ~ "Leftover Veggies" soup and rolls (we save all the veggies from other dinners and freeze them in a large ziplock. When there's enough, we make it into soup)
Wednesday ~ Tortellini (back to game nights, so meals have to be fast and easy)
Thursday ~ Meatball Subs (with the meatballs I made Sunday)
Friday ~ Creamy Pot Pie (probably made with beef this time)
Saturday ~ Homemade Pizza
Sunday ~ Zesty Hamburger Soup

I'm still hoping to get some more stuff baked and into the freezer for quick snacks or breakfast. I found this recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins that are absolutely beyond delicious - and anything pumpkin in this house is a hit, so these are a no-brainer! I also need to make another batch of granola bars since they go quickly. Any other ideas or suggestions, throw me a line!


  1. That squash recipe looks delicious! I clicked on you over at Org Junkie. I'm trying to eat up my pantry and freezer stash as well, it's forcing me to be creative!

  2. I love acorn squash!! And this way, I'll bet dad will eat it too!! Definitely doing this one! THANKS!!

    So glad you had a good trip to Disney! But I can tell the boys didn't enjoy it at all - even the big one!! LOL!!

    Love you!