Monday, March 14, 2011

Menu Plan Monday ~ Week of March 14th

Hi, Friends! 

I skipped menu planning last week, since it was a really hectic week followed by an even crazier weekend!  I'm hoping everything will settle down and things will be back to normal this week. 

I'm keeping this week's plan as simple as possible and that will involve skipping the food store this week (except for milk) and using what's in the freezer and pantry.

Before sitting down to type this week's menu plan, I took inventory of the freezer.  There's plenty of stuff in there and we should be able to get by for a few week's without having to do very much shopping at all.  I love that idea since Grace will be needing a spring and summer wardrobe very soon!

Here's what's planned for this week:

  • Monday:  Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burritos.  I was so happy when I found a small container of our Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili in the back of the freezer!  We really enjoyed the burritos that I made with the leftover chili a few weeks ago, I decided that they will be a perfect quick meal for a Monday! 

  • Tuesday:  Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, creamed corn.  Last week, we picked up some ground beef at Costco.  It's been a while since we purchased ground meat, it's been even longer since I've made a meatloaf too, so we're really looking forward to Lisa's Old-Fashioned Meatloaf this week! 

  • Wednesday:  Crock Pot Chicken a la King.  I was going to cook up some bone-in, split breasts this week, but discovered a few bags of cooked, diced chicken in the freezer left over from the last time I cooked a big batch of chicken breast in the crock pot.  Better use that up first.  I'm thinking I might make a double batch of Chicken Ala King! 

  • Thursday:  Ham and Cabbage Skillet.  (I'll link this later tonight or tomorrow.) I made this for dinner on St. Patrick's Day last year and we both really enjoyed it!  Since I still have some ham left from Christmas, I thought this would be a tasty way to use up that ham before I need to freeze leftover Easter Ham!  (It'll be here before we know it!)

  • Friday:  Tuna-Noodle Casserole.  Lenten Fridays mean no meat in our home.  Options are usually grilled cheese, pizza or fish.  I decided to go with tuna since I found several cans of tuna tucked behind some canned soup in the pantry.

  • Saturday:  Leftover Night!  I love leftovers!  No only do I get a night free from cooking, it's like a free meal too!  One less night's worth of groceries to buy!  I especially enjoy weeks that I manage to have a couple of leftover nights!  We've been over-spending at the grocery store lately and can really use a couple of "free meals" in the next few weeks! 
  • Sunday:   We'll be spending the day with family at our niece's birthday party.  I can't believe she's TWO already...and I can't believe that Grace will be two in six weeks!!!  Happy Birthday, Bella!!! 

Okay, I really had good intentions of getting this posted much earlier in the day today.  I even started typing it up last night before bed, but was too tired to finish it, so I left it for this morning.  Since we weren't fully recovered from our busy weekend, we all enjoyed a lazy morning followed by a surprise visit from my Gram and my aunt.  Next thing I know, the day is gone and I'm finishing up my Menu Plan Monday post at 8:30 in the evening!  Not just that, we ended up ordering a pizza for dinner, so now the menu plan posted above will have to be tweaked a bit! 


Colie's Kitchen said...

lol Like us we ended up with take out tonight because the missing hours from the time changed really through us off. Before I knew it I looked at the clock and it was 8:30 and I had not even started dinner! Miss you girly!!!

mE aNd mY tℎrIfTy IdEas said...

Wow, I seriously want to eat at your house this week! I found you at The Tattered Tag and am now following you!

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