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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 12/8

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You know, I remember last time I did NaBloPoMo, I thought that that momentum gain would propel me into a lot of posting for the following month, even if not every day again. But I think that is one of the problems with the timing of the official big NaBloPoMo–the month after it is December which is full of all kinds of busy-ness. Everyone is so busy with parties and cleaning house and shopping and making gifts (in varying amounts, depending on the person, 🙂 ), that it is hard to keep up with anything, especially a relatively new habit. I will have to jump in on this earlier next year, so that next December I already have a deeply ingrained habit, I think.

One habit I am determined to keep going, though, is the menu planning. It is even more crucial when I am busy–on any given day of running around and projects, I don’t have time to make decisions about what to cook for dinner, and with gift buying and holiday entertaining, I don’t have the money to be buying pre-made food. The key words this week are fast and easy–even more than most weeks. I always like easy, but I usually throw in a few more involved dishes because I really do enjoy that when I have time. This week, I don’t have time!

Monday: Peanut Coconut Chicken Curry

Tuesday: Bacon and cheese omelette

Wednesday: Pork with Paprika, Mushrooms and Sour Cream, gnocchi for the kids

Thursday: Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole Skillet

Friday: Pizza

Saturday: Chili

As always, you can find a lot more ideas on 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 Plan, Week of 10/27

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Are you a baseball fan? I am, and what’s more, I am a Cardinals fan, and this World Series is killing me. The Cards have been so great all season, this series is not going the way it should! Of course, the Red Sox are pretty good, too, and these are hard fought games, so I can’t get too upset, I guess.

All of this baseball is cutting into my cooking and planning time. I guess the benefit of posting my menus late is that I know at least some of it is absolutely right. We usually eat pretty much what is on the menu, although we switch nights a lot, but sometimes things just change. It is still good to plan, though–it keeps me in the mindset of eating at home.

Sunday: Dinner at my dad’s (burgers with tomatoes, onions, avocado, broccoli)

Monday: At a friend’s house to watch the game

Tuesday: Beef and eggplant skillet

Wednesday: Bratwurst, buttered broccoli and cauliflower, sauteed kale with mushrooms and bacon

Thursday: Slow cooker pork roast (without the carrots, with cabbage), spaghetti squash with garlic butter

Friday: Salmon casserole with cauliflower and green beans

Saturday: leftovers

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

Menu Planning Monday–Old and New

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I’ve said it before–I don’t know why I have such a hard time getting back into the school routine each fall. It’s not like I haven’t done it before–my daughter is a sophomore, so this is her 11th year at regular school. And it’s not like I just sit around all summer doing nothing. But I still struggle a bit with the transition to all the volunteering and homework and coordination.

I think that last thing is my problem–I don’t have as much planning to do over the summer. My brain gets a little break from thinking ahead each day, getting everyone where they are supposed to be. It is nice, but then I feel overwhelmed when we get back into it. I do really well the first few weeks of school, then I just get tired.

Last week I started a menu on Monday, and I just kind of tweaked it all week. I did cook at home most of the week, so I want to keep track of what we had for future planning. And, yes, I know that it isn’t Monday anymore, but I am not changing my post name–I did most of this yesterday! LOL.

9/29 – 10/5

Sunday: Bacon wrapped pork filets
These came from the new Gordon Food Service by my house.

Monday: Ground beef and eggplant skillet, spaghetti squash with garlic butter
This was so good! We have a lot of eggplant in the garden this year, which is a bit odd, because the first two years, we didn’t get anything despite planting several seeds. The kids are not huge fans of eggplant, but I am, and it was perfect with the beef and marinara sauce.

Tuesday: Hamburger, sugar-free jello
I know, super gourmet, right? I was trying to get out the door to evening activities.

Wednesday: Roast beef, spinach salad
Again with the running out the door. This was actually pre-cooked meat from the grocery store, but I still count it as a win–buying pre-cooked meals at the grocery store is more expensive than buying raw and cooking from scratch, but it is way less expensive than eating at a restaurant.

Thursday: Salmon casserole with cauliflower and green beans
This is my attempt to replace the beloved salmon noodle casserole, which is one of my kids favorite meals. I could make that for them and something else for me, but I love it too. This was really tasty, but it needs a bit of work before I post the recipe–I used too much chicken broth for instance, so it was more like soup than casserole.

Friday: Hamburger, salad

Saturday: Bison chili at a friend’s house

10/6 – 10/12

Sunday: Protein bowl at Crazy Bowls and Wraps–spicy slaw with dark meat chicken and peanut sauce

Monday: Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash, fried cabbage with bacon

Tuesday: Hamburger, avocado, salad – are you noticing a trend on my busy nights?

Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken with Coconut, Lime and Peanut Sauce – I’ll add some eggplant to this, because I have a ton of it ripening in my garden, cauli-rice

Thursday: Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce, green beans with bacon and almonds

Friday: Sauteed chicken and artichoke hearts, buttered broccoli and cauliflower

Saturday: Fish almondine, buttered broccoli and cauliflower

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