Sunday, January 30, 2011

February!!! A new menu

Today is the last day of January, and my sister's birthday.
I'm so thankful for her - she is not just my sister; she is my friend!

My hubby is beginning a physician's weight loss program this week, so I'm not completely sure what we'll be looking at as far as food goes, but we'll give it a try!

Our menu for this week looks like this:
Sunday~ out to eat in honor of my sis's b-day!
Monday~ hubby has class; must-goes for ds#3 and me
Tuesday~ Feta-stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon (from this recipe, adapted and inspired by my sis), rice, green beans with almonds, tiropeta (which has been in the freezer from our local Greek Festival)
Wednesday~ Eggplant lasagna (from the freezer), Caesar salad, garlic bread
Thursday~ Hubby's diet starts today, and all I know is that he'll be eating lots of protein. So I'm making a roast in the crockpot, and ds#3 & I will add some veggies.
Friday & Saturday ~ Again, depends on what the doc says on Thursday.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

We're almost there... the end of January... menu week 4

As seems to be the case lately, I'm using the items on my menu, just switching the order around. Hubby wanted to go out to dinner on Saturday night, and Friday night he chaperoned at a school dance so ds#3 & I fended for ourselves.

On to this week:
Sunday~ the Cole's Ravioli Dinner that we did not have last week. I made a Caesar dressing to go with a salad. YUM!
Monday~ Sticky chicken, mac'n'cheese, crescent rolls and salad
Tuesday~ reheat leftovers from Monday
Wednesday~ Turkey, twice baked potatoes, corn on the cob
Thursday~ Stouffer's Lasagna, Caesar salad
Friday~ Waffles, bacon, grapefruit (from our tree)
Saturday~ TBD :)

Still trying to minimize trips to the grocery store as part of the Pantry Challenge - I know I'll have to go get some bread for hubby's lunches and possibly some cheese. Overall, we've done pretty well this month and come a long way in cleaning out the freezer!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

January menu - week three...

I've just returned from being out of town, to discover that my boys did, indeed, go out to eat for almost every meal while I was gone. :)

They were glad to have home cooked meals again, though, as was I. I made french toast with blueberries, eggs, and bacon for breakfast and the guys were delighted.

So for this week, we've switched a few things around from the monthly menu, but still using the things I've planned (just on different days). I'm participating in a Pantry Challenge from Life As Mom, so I'm trying to use up what we've got and go to the store as LITTLE as possible. Here we go:

Sunday~ Chili mac
Monday~ Roast beef (the very last of it), rice and gravy, Caesar salad and homemade bread
Tuesday~Turkey, homemade gravy, stuffing, broccoli, cranberries (I bought several small turkeys when Publix had them on sale for .59/lb so we'll be enjoying one of those!)
Wednesday~ Open-faced turkey sandwiches on homemade bread
Thursday~ Stuffed eggplant with spaghetti sauce, noodles (I froze the eggplant from our abundant produce this summer)
Friday~ Chicken noodle soup, bacon sandwiches (inspired by this recipe, but slightly 'healthified')
Saturday~ Cole's Ravioli Dinner (scored for $3)

I started to make a trip to the store today just to pick up odds and ends, but decided that I really could make do with what we have. We've got plenty in the freezer, and although I may have to get creative, I really don't want to spend the extra money. So far, so good!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

January menu - week two!

Well, our plan got mixed around a little bit last week, but for the most part, I cooked what I had planned (just not on the day I planned it - LOL)!!

Sunday, my parents came over, so I switched to a big pot of Pasta Fagioli and moved the Rosemary Chicken to Thursday. On Wednesday, hubby decided we should go out to eat at a favorite local Mexican restaurant, so we did. We did not have Cashew Chicken at all, so that's moving to this week.

And on to this week's plan:
Sunday~ Roast in the crockpot, mashed potatoes & gravy, field peas (from our garden in the spring), homemade bread (I had planned to cook a small turkey this weekend, but forgot to thaw it, so I moved up the roast from the end of the month. Hubby & son will have leftovers when I am out of town later this week.)
Monday~ Hubby's first night of class. Son & I will have leftovers.
Tuesday~ Cashew chicken & rice, broccoli, mandarin oranges (already cooked for fast reheating, as ds has ball practice and hubby has a meeting.)
Wednesday~ out to dinner at Olive Garden to celebrate a former student's birthday.
Thursday - Saturday~ I will be out of town at a conference. The boys will probably eat at home on Thursday; Marine son comes home this weekend so they will probably go out to eat the other nights!

You can view my plan for the month here.
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Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011... January's first Menu Plan

Well, it was a good plan.
Last week, I mapped it out.
And then we did not follow it at all.
On Sunday, we went over to my parents' house for dinner. Monday, we ate leftovers at home. Tuesday, we had dinner again at my parents' house, because my brother and nieces came in from out of town. Wednesday, we had lunch at a fabulous local seafood restaurant, and then did not feel like eating dinner. Thursday, hubby went to a hockey game, and I went out to dinner with my brother and sister. Friday, we FINALLY ate something on the menu plan: Ham & Cheese in Puff Pastry - and it was YUMMMY. On New Years Day, we were invited to a friend's house so we ate there.

Here's the plan for this week. We'll see if we have more success. However, I reserve the right to sub in any meal that was scheduled for last week! ;)

2~ Rosemary roasted chicken and potatoes, salad (well, this was the plan. It got scrapped because my parents came over and we had the Pasta Fagioli that was planned for Wednesday.)
3~ Red beans & rice
4~ Pasta with mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, and feta cheese
5~ Pasta fagioli, garlic bread (we had this on Sunday, so we'll swap a day)
6~ Cashew chicken, rice, broccoli, mandarin oranges
7~ Eggs, grits, bacon, biscuits
8~ Loaded baked potatoes