Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 2014 ~ Week of January 27th

It's really becoming a habit for me to post Menu Plan Monday on Tuesdays.  It's been a little hectic around here lately with a stir-crazy kiddo and both of us with cabin fever!  

Last week, Grace realized that she doesn't like the cold and snow as much as she thought she did!  While Joe and I were out shoveling the driveway, Grace was playing in the snow.  We had her all bundled up in her snow gear, but the gloves she was wearing really weren't the really warm kind that she should have been wearing in the snow.  Judging by how cold we were and the color of her cheeks, we told her it was time to go in the house.  She resisted and five minutes later she started to scream that she was cold!  Especially her hands!  

Yesterday, I knew I really wanted to get a jump start on this coming week's meals.  I set Grace up with a big cardboard box and a bunch of markers and just let her color and play!  That kept her busy for a long time, giving me some time to plan out and start preparing a bunch of meals for this week!  


Leftover Night 
Since I was working in the kitchen for the meals for the rest of the week,
and dealing with a lot of dishes and clean-up as well,
I wasn't about to cook a meal when we have leftovers in the fridge!


Cowboy Stew 
Because of the cold weather,
I am very much in the mood for soup this week.
Seeing that we have 20 or so cans of potatoes in the pantry,
I think it's a good idea to make this particular soup!  
I added extra beans, potatoes and corn to this recipe
to bulk it up some.  


Chicken Noodle Soup
I made a pot of this a couple of weeks ago
and we just couldn't seem to get enough of it!
Time to throw together another pot!
Assembling my soup will be easy since
I've already chopped the veggies, picked apart the chicken
and made homemade chicken stock!


I made this a few weeks ago and stashed the leftovers in the freezer.
I'll thaw this and heat for our dinner tonight to give us a break from soup.

I really wanted Chicken Pot Pie last week,
but didn't get to making it.
With my veggies and chicken prepped this week,
there's really no excuse!


16 Bean Soup
Nothing fancy with this soup.
I'll just be following the directions on the bag of mixed beans,
except I will leave out the packet of ham concentrate.
Instead, I will add the ham bone during the cooking time.


Super Bowl Sunday / Puppy Bowl Party! 
Corn Quesadillas
Classic Sloppy Joes
Potato Salad 
Veggie Tray
I end up going overboard every year for our Super Bowl gathering.
I vowed this year that I wasn't going to keep it simple and not make a ton of
food that I just end up having to somehow fit into the fridge at the end of the night.
I'll be keeping it very simple with Classic Sloppy Joes
that I made ahead of time and popped into the freezer.
I'll just thaw it in the fridge on Saturday and reheat in the crock pot on Sunday.
The quesadillas are so easy to make and will cook up quickly.
My electric griddle will allow me to make several at once!

Now that you know what we're eating this week, let us know in the comments what's for dinner at your house this week! Or, if you need more menu planning inspiration? Follow me over to Menu Plan Monday hosted by I'm an Organizing Junkie! Or, if you like what you see here, you can check out my past menu plans.

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