Sunday, December 6, 2009

Menu Plan Monday (12/7-12/13)

I like to *try* to get my menu figured out during the week, and the shopping list done Saturday or Sunday so I know what I'm shopping for, and what I'll be fixing when Monday rolls around. Or at least that is my plan. It seems like most of the time I sit down Monday after I take Jordan to school and try to figure what I have on hand and what I can make, and then race down the hill to do the grocery shopping for the week. But I feel harried when I do that, and I don't like feeling that way.

This morning, however, Cody (my favorite weatherman) told me that I need to get my act together. He said that - "Shan, get out of bed and get your menu finalized!"

Ok, so that is what I *heard* between the words "SNOW" and "MONDAY!!" If we were really going to be getting snow, we needed to make sure that both vehicles had sufficient gas. (I grew up in the Midwest, and some things stick with you in the winter time.) And it made sense to have the shopping list done so we could tackle that task while we were out too. I was hoping - I had my fingers crossed even! - that Monday would turn out to be a snow day. And if that were the case, it wouldn't make sense to venture out into the snow and ice to go shopping, especially if we were out today!

I'm so glad that we got it done. We've already gotten the call that tomorrow is going to be a snow day!! I'm so happy! In fact, I think I'm more excited than the boys! =) So Monday we'll be having one of the best comfort foods, in my opinion....and the rest of the week, we'll be trying out some new recipes.

Monday ~ Split Pea Soup and homemade rolls
Tuesday ~ Glazed Pork Chops and potatoes
Wednesday ~ Grilled Chicken Pasta in Tomato Cream Sauce and broccoli
Thursday ~ Kielbasa and potatoes and green beans
Friday ~ Bacon Cheeseburger Chicken and Orzo with Spinach and Red Peppers (recipe below)
Saturday ~ Crock pot Philly Cheese steak on homemade rolls and Green Rice
Sunday ~ Chili and corn bread (double batch of chili, and I'll freeze half)

Orzo with Spinach and Red Peppers
Salt and pepper 1 pound (2½ cups) orzo
2 Tbs olive oil 1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 (10 oz) package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

¼ cup grated Parmesan

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add orzo and bring back to a boil. Cook, stirring often, until tender, about 7 minutes.

2. While Orzo cooks, warm 1 Tbs oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute longer.

3. Drain orzo and return to pot. Add remaining 1 Tbs oil to orzo and stir to mix. Stir in onion and red pepper mixture and spinach. Season with salt and pepper. Stir over medium-low heat until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.

For many more menus, recipes and ideas, check out Orgjunkie. You'll be amazed!


  1. No snow in our weather report. We're looking at rain and wind.
    Your menu look delicious.

  2. that orzo sounds delicious!

    hope you enjoy the cheese steaks!