Monday’s Menu

by Katie on January 4, 2011

One of my goals for 2011 is to consistently plan (and adhere to) a weekly menu plan. By making a conscious effort to plan ahead, I can ensure that we not only have the needed ingredients for our evening meal, but that I also have an adequate block of time to prepare and fix dinner.

This one simple planning step alleviates a great deal of daily stress for our family, and turns what could be a chaotic evening into a well-orchestrated master plan. In addition to planning out our meals, I also intend to try a minimum of two new recipes per month in order to add a bit of variety to our family’s meal rotation. I plan to review these recipes, and highlight our family’s feedback after we try each new recipe.

Dinner is typically the only meal I preplan for our family. Our breakfasts and lunches consist of a typical rotation of foods that we always have on hand. Usually we rely on a combination of cold cereal, hot oatmeal, yogurt, and fruit for breakfast, and either leftovers, soup, sandwiches, cheese, and fruit for lunch.

This week’s menu plan consists of the following:

Monday - Ultimate chicken fingers, potato wedges, fruit salad

Tuesday - Chicken and beef tacos, black beans, rice, corn

WednesdayHam, scalloped potatoes, green beans

ThursdaySkyline Chili night

FridayMarinated pork loin, twice baked potatoes, green bean casserole

SaturdayGame Day at my sister’s house – we’re bringing hash brown casserole (see recipe below)

SundayHam casserole (I skip the onions and green pepper), Parmesan bread twists, corn

Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

1 bag country style hash brown potatoes
1 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 can cream of chicken soup
16 oz. sour cream
2 – 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients. Spread in a glass 9″x13″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 – 75 minutes or until bubbly.

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Anonymous January 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I am trying to do the same. Stealing the potato wedge recipe!! Thanks!!

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Anonymous January 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Yum, looks good. I'm always looking for filling meatless recipes—-one of my daughters has turned vegetarian but the rest of us aren't so it's a challenge at times!!

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