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A Short Menu

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One of my goals for 2015 is to get back to menu planning, and I want to dive right in now, rather than waiting for Sunday, when I usually do my weekly planning. The kids are at their dad’s, so this isn’t a super-detailed plan, but at least I have a plan to go with.

Thursday: Bacon and eggs

Friday: Spanish cod (without the marinated veggies, probably)

Saturday: Italian sausages and peppers in marinara sauce

This gets me to the official menu planning day on Sunday. I am kind of excited about getting back to the menu plan–it makes at least one part of the week smooth, and without having to make decisions.

Menu, Week of 12/15

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Remember last week when I said that I needed to make fast meals? That is even more true this week, but it totally went out the window last night, when I came across the most delicious looking recipe for broccoli-cheese stuffed pork tenderloins wrapped in bacon. That was a time-consuming meal to put together, but once I saw it, I knew it HAD to happen, right away. It was worth every minute, too–the whole family agreed.

I did need that time, though, because the yarn I have been waiting for finally came in yesterday! I probably have about 20 hours left to finish my brother’s blanket, and I still need to finish the collage for my aunt and make some cool braided scarves with my daughter. I’d like to make some jewelry, too. See, even though I started early, I am scrambling at the end, just as I knew I would be. Oh, I want to finish some pottery stuff too! And I need to clean my house and plan the Christmas Eve dinner. And our tree isn’t even up yet!

So, the rest of this week will be as easy as possible. We need food that is fast, but not fast food, ;). I have been more strict on eating low carb this past week, and I have felt great and lost three pounds, so I am keeping that up this week, too. Also, I know that this is Tuesday rather than Monday–I started this on Monday, it has just been a very busy week!

Sunday: Chicken fingers, green beans sauteed with bacon

Monday: Bacon-wrapped, broccoli/cheese-stuffed pork tenderloin, sauteed zucchini and yellow squash with marinara sauce, cauliflower rice

Tuesday: Bacon and eggs

Wednesday: Bacon cheeseburger casserole

Thursday: Green chili made with pork roast, almond flour biscuits

Friday: Pizza, salad

Saturday: Kefta, tomato and egg tagine

As always, lots more ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com.

Menu, Week of 11/24

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Does it seem fair that we have to make dinner the rest of the week during Thanksgiving week? I have desserts to make ahead! I don’t have time for dinners. On the other hand, I want the desserts to make it until the actual Thanksgiving day, so I guess we need to eat other food in the meantime.

We are making a giant turkey on Thursday–nearly 20 pounds for 6 people, so I have some leftover recipes as well. I will be making a delicious turkey and avocado salad for lunches, and I tried to find some different ways to make dinner with leftover turkey. I hope the boy with the hollow leg leaves enough turkey for us to actually make three meals…

Sunday: Bacon-wrapped chicken tenders

Monday: Beef-tomato-veggie skillet

Tuesday: Salmon casserole with cauliflower and green beans, noodles for the kids

Wednesday: Pizza

Thursday: See Sunday’s post

Friday: Curried Turkey and Cauliflower Stew, based on this recipe

Saturday: West African Turkey Stew

As always, you can find a lot more ideas on orgjunkie.com.

Menu, Week of 11/17

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Did you know that Thanksgiving is next week? Of course you did. Really, I did, too, but it still seems to be sneaking up on me, even though it is so late this year. I need to make a menu for that meal!

In the meantime, this is yet another busy week, and I need all of my time for Christmas projects, so the menu is mostly fast stuff. I am going to make a roast on Thursday, but mostly that is in the oven with no input from me, so it doesn’t count as a long recipe.

Sunday: Out with a friend

Monday: Bacon-wrapped chicken tenderloins, buttered green beans, fried cabbage

Tuesday: Breaded Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce, cole slaw with tahini dressing

Wednesday: Pizza

Thursday: Roast beef, mashed cauliflower, sauteed green beans

Friday: Salmon burgers, salad

Saturday: Leftovers

As always, you can find a lot more ideas on orgjunkie.com.

Menu Plan, Week of 9/9

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Every year, the beginning of the school year hits like a tornado, and I find myself two weeks in with a messy house, piles of paper, piles of dirty laundry, and a long list of unfinished tasks, not to mention looking back at two weeks of the most chaotic dinners, from cereal nights to sandwiches to too much eating out. With the girl starting high school this year, things were even more chaotic than normal. She is a cheerleader too, which means adding freshman football games to an already full schedule. On top of that, I volunteered to do a lot with the high school parent club, so our evenings are full.

I am proud to say, though, that although my house did devolve into a piles of paper and laundry-filled mess, we did not eat out a lot this year.  Our habits are in place to the point that I really prefer to eat at home, and going out seems like the bigger amount of trouble. This has been a big change in perspective for me–in the past, I always thought of eating out as the easy option, but now it just seems time-consuming and honestly a bit annoying. It costs so much money, and the food is often not as good as what I make at home (to me at least). It certainly is lacking in the veggie department most places.

Another reason we have eaten at home more is that I have gotten better at throwing together a good meal based on what we have in the house. The garden has helped me there, because I had to re-orient myself to use what is fresh while it is abundant, from my old ways of planning what I want then going to the store. Picking my own ingredients while I am making dinner is so cool, though, it is totally worth it!

Still, a plan does save time and energy during the week. This year I really want to figure out how to use the crockpot in ways that make sense for our family, if that makes sense. So many recipes are short times that just don’t cover the time I am gone when I go into the office.  But the benefits of coming home to a mostly done meal are so large, I need to find recipes that work for us.

Sunday: leftovers

Monday: Rosemary Chicken and White Bean stew
This started out as a chicken and white bean skillet with only some diced tomatoes in the original recipe, but I have always started my recipe out with diced onions, garlic and sliced baby carrots, and last night we added a can of tomato sauce when my son brought the wrong can up from the stock up shelves. I just opened the can and then noticed it was the wrong thing! I added the diced tomatoes, too, and called it a stew. It was still delicious.

Tuesday: Rosti with Bacon and Scallions, fruit smoothies, possibly scrambled eggs with goat cheese
The girl is cheering at her first away game, and I am meeting with the freshmen parents’ activity club, so we need something easy and quick.

Wednesday: Sweet and Sour Kielbasa, brown rice/quinoa, salad
The kids will be at their dad’s for the night, so this is a good time to try something they may not like–and it is fast, too!

Thursday: Slow Cooker Healthy Mama BBQ Chicken, brown rice/quinoa
I have some chicken drumsticks in my freezer that need to be used up, but other than that, I won’t be putting this in the freezer. Also, I will use the veggies I have on hand.

Friday: leftovers

I also want to make a gluten-free baked oatmeal casserole for quick and easy breakfasts either this weekend or one night this week. I will be going grocery shopping on Saturday, so I will start next week’s plan a day early.

As always, this post will be linked to Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com–lots more ideas over there!

Menu, Week of 1/1

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This is not a resolution, I have been menu-planning every week for months now. However, there is something that feels so right about starting the new year with a good plan. I am a big believer in the idea that you should start the way you mean to continue. I plan to make this a big year–I want to do a couple of trips, at least one with the kids and possibly one or two conventions without them, I have a lot of work to be done in my yard, many household projects–and menu planning should help me to save the money to do these things. Of course I can plan cheap meals, but the big savings is in keeping me out of expensive restaurants! Now that the kids are getting older and eating all the time, a meal out with them is a significant expense.

Sunday: Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, light and tangy slaw, chickpea flour quickbread, peas, fried potatoes

Image credit: Post Punk Kitchen

We had this last night, and I am pretty sure I am oozing a garlic scent today. I actually put a lot more than 40 cloves of garlic in my baking dish, and I may have eaten 40 cloves myself. So delicious!

Monday: Rosti with Bacon and Scallions, sauteed kale, blueberry smoothies
I am not actually a big bacon fan. I know, everyone thinks I am strange, but it seems too greasy to me. I am starting to come around a bit, if it is prepared right, and this doesnt have a huge amount of bacon. The kids are ecstatic at the prospect of me cooking bacon for them.

Tuesday: Red beans and rice, broccoli
An old favorite.

Wednesday: Rosemary Chicken with White Beans, spinach salad
One of the first non-plain foods the girl really enjoyed–and this is within the last year. We have had a tense childhood with that girl, because I have met very few plain foods I like, but she is all about plain foods, and has been vocally so since toddler-hood. Thank goodness she is starting to come around to more complex flavors.

Thursday: Red lentil Thai Chili, cornbread
I am having a vegetarian friend over for dinner, and we love curry. This take on chili might be too much for the girl, but I am hoping she will like it. I know that Andrea and I will love it, though, and at least there is cornbread, so the girl won’t go hungry!

Friday: Leftovers

What are you having this week?

This post will be linked up at orgjunkie.com’s Menu Planning Monday–lots more inspiration can be found there as well!