Menu Planning Monday 11-13-17

It’s supposed to be in the 50s this week, and only rainy one day. But I’m feeling fall lay heavy on us and my menu this week reflects it. In fact, yesterday I made burgers and tots as planned for lunch. But I really wanted broccoli & cheese soup so I made that (with garlic knots found in the bread section of the freezer section) for dinner. I almost never cook twice on Sundays…or any day. But there’s something about fall/winter that drives me into the kitchen.

Monday: Breakfast casserole – I think I found a recipe for this years ago. But these days, I kinda throw it together. Mix a couple of eggs into a generous splash of milk, season with salt, pepper and onion powder. Pour in some frozen hash browns and mix real good. Mix in browned ground sausage (I use Jimmy Dean’s regular although I really like the “hot” flavor. My youngest doesn’t though.) Throw in a couple of handfuls of shredded cheese. Stir it all together. Dump it into a casserole dish. Depending on how many I’m feeding I either use 9×13 or 8×8. If I have bacon or bacon bits I’ll throw that in. The frozen pepper/onion mix is good in there too. Really you can use any veggies/meats that you want. Bake at 375 until it’s bubbly/hot/the cheese is melted.

Tuesday: Beef stew & homemade bread – Again, no recipe for this. I dump stew meat, tomato juice, beef broth, seasoning, & veggies in the slow cooker. I happen to have some in the freezer and I have a meeting this night so it’s a good match. I’ll use the bread machine for homemade bread.

Wednesday: Cheesy vegetable potato chowder and gluten free cornbread (using a mix) for my book study ladies.

Thursday: (Tentative depending on our small group plans) Chicken enchiladas, refried beans and spanish rice. I don’t have a recipe for the chicken enchiladas. I’ll cook & shred chicken & use canned green enchilada sauce, packaged spanish rice. But the refried beans…that recipe is linked and one of my faves.

Friday – Sunday: No plan. We’ll eat out or I’ll throw something easy together. I’m working Sunday evening so my family will figure things out on their own. They’re pretty good about that 🙂

Have a great week! Feel free to share your dinner ideas in the comments.

Menu Planning Monday 11-06-2017

Recently I found myself in a dinner planning rut. It happens on a pretty regular basis actually so I started a list on my phone of “dinner ideas” but I like to add to that list on occasion lest I fall back into the rut. And I get new ideas from other people’s menus. I love finding blog posts with menus listed. I don’t always find a new recipe I think my family would like but I enjoy looking at them. So if that’s your thing, here’s what I have planned this week (with links to recipes – if they exist. They often don’t).

Monday: Brupper (Breakfast for supper) – This will just be pancakes and sausage. LilBit* doesn’t like eggs and they make me sick so I don’t make them. (Poor hubby. He would probably appreciate it if I would.)

Tuesday: Crockpot Roast – no particular recipe here. I dump the roast in my crockpot with Yukon gold potatoes (cut into 4ths or 8ths) and baby carrots. Salt/pepper, add a packet of onion soup mix, maybe some Worcestershire, and beef broth. Cook on low for like 8 hours. It’s a very fluid “recipe”. Sometimes I dice an onion instead of using soup mix. Sometimes I toss in a can or two of french onion soup.

Wednesday: Chili and rice krispy treats – Wednesdays are Youth Group nights. Hubby doesn’t have time to eat before taking LilBit so I don’t usually cook. (LilBit eats a sandwich or left overs.) But there’s a book study meeting at my house right now so I cook for those ladies. Anyway. My favorite chili recipe is this Chocolate Chili from Well Fed. Although I will confess, this week I am using McCormick’s seasoning packets. Because lazy.

Thursday/Friday/Saturday: I don’t usually have anything planned. Thursday is our small group at church and we eat there. Friday & Saturday we do something quick or hubby grills, or we eat out.

Sunday: Burgers and tater tots. Again, no recipe. I use Worcestershire and McCormick’s Montreal Steak seasoning to season the burgers and grill them on my little George Foreman grill. I use frozen tater tots – whatever brand is on sale. If I’m feeling really fancy, I’ll butter and toast the buns.

Nothing exciting this week. And I realized typing this out it’s a lot of beef! Usually I try to alternate chicken, beef & occasionally pork but obviously that doesn’t always happen.

*Lilbit informed me awhile ago that he is no longer a “lilbit”. In real life, he prefers to just be called by his name. He’s 14, can wear his dad’s shoes and will surpass me in height real soon…so he has a point. But alas, he may forever be “LilBit” on here. My baby sister is still “the baby” in our family although she’s in her 30s, married, has two kids of her own and her own business. There’s precedence is what I’m saying.

Menu Planning 01/06 – 01/10/2014

2014. How weird is it to type THAT?!!? I remember twenty years ago thinking how FAR AWAY our “big” class reunions were. Come to find out – NOT THAT FAR. Anyway. 2014. I thought I’d kick the year off with a bang and share some menu planning!

Monday, 01/06/2013 – We have Krav from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. And I have somewhere to be at 7:00pm. So I’ll have a lasagna prepped for the family to pop in the oven.

Tuesday, 01/07/2013 – I’ll be off work at noon but will be at the Krav gym from 5:00 – 7:00pm. So that morning I’ll toss some chicken breasts in the crockpot and cover with raspberry vinegrette dressing & garlic powder. Sounds odd but my boys LOVE it. We’ll round that out with some rolls and a veggie of some sort. Probably green beans. Because easy.

Wednesday, 01/08/2013 – Classes haven’t started yet so I’ll be home but the older two have youth group at 6:30pm. So I’ll have a ham in the crock pot and potatoes ready to boil for mashed potatoes. And broccoli. Must have broccoli.

Thursday, 01/09/2013 – We have Life Group at 6:30pm. Dinner will be fajitas. My mother posted a recipe for oven cooked fajita stuff so I’ll prep that the night before to pop into the oven as soon as I’m home from work. Yummers. I hope.

Friday, 01/10/2013 – I don’t have anything on the calendar. Well. I DO. But I’m not going. Because I’ll be gone all day Saturday. Planned dinner? Ham & bean soup & homemade bread (yay for bread makers!). Warm. Comforting. Easy.

Friday plans often get changed. And I rarely “plan” the weekends. Because….um…I just don’t. We eat a lot of sandwiches & left overs unless I get REALLY productive and put something together. But otherwise, that’s it. That’s the plan. I use very few recipes and I don’t take the time to document when I cook. I couldn’t be a “food blogger”. But there’s a glimpse into my week and our menu. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.