Cooking Day

Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on November 1, 2011

Since we are studying Canada this week, we will be making a traditional French-Canadian Tourtiere for dinner on Thursday.  The kids have loved studying different countries and cultures this year, and making recipes that correspond with the countries we’ve studied has been one of their favorite parts of the curriculum.

Here is the menu plan for our household this week:

Monday - $2 Burritos from Chipotle

Tuesday - Chicken bake, rolls, corn

Wednesday - Sausage and potatoes, green beans, apple slices

Thursday - French-Canadian Tourtiere, fresh bread, peas

Friday - Chicken Parmesan, pasta, salad

Saturday - Burrito casserole, rice with cilantro, corn

Sunday - Chicken fingers, potato wedges, apple slices

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Every other month or so, Meijer runs a ridiculously great deal on Tyson breaded frozen chicken.  I can typically pick up a family-sized bag of chicken nuggets or chicken tenders for just $2.99 with the sale and (of course!) a coupon.

As much as our kiddos love chicken nuggets, I’m not a huge fan of just plopping a plateful of them in front of the kids to eat.  So, I started brainstorming to think of a recipe that I could put together that would utilize the chicken nuggets.  Strolling through the store, flour tortillas caught my eye, and I instantly thought of putting together Southwestern Roll-Ups.

Here’s what I came up with for my concoction:

Southwestern Chicken & Bacon Roll-Ups

Flour tortillas
Tyson frozen chicken nuggets, cut into small chunks
Turkey bacon, crumbled into small pieces
Cheddar cheese
Kraft reduced-fat honey dijon dressing
Romaine or Boston lettuce

Place open tortilla on plate.  Spread a small amount of honey dijon dressing down the middle of the tortilla.  Add chicken, bacon, cheese, and lettuce according to preference.  Roll up and enjoy!

The entire family loved this incredibly simple meal.  And I felt much better about serving the kids chicken nuggets in this fashion as opposed to the traditional method!

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on October 17, 2011

Two of last week’s meals got bumped up to this week instead.  With sick kiddos, we improvised throughout last week, and pulled meals together based on what we had readily available.

I also scrapped my lofty plans of making pumpkin rolls and a Halloween-themed dessert.  Between doses of Motrin, checking temperatures, and pushing fluids, the idea of making a dessert (besides a boxed brownie mix!) seemed insurmountable!  I’m planning to add these goals to this week’s list instead.

Here’s what’s on our menu plan for this week:

Monday – Marinated pork loin, baked potatoes, green beans

Tuesday – Chicken noodle soup, homemade bread sticks, apple slices

Wednesday – Leftovers

Thursday – Turkey, wild rice and cranberries, corn

FridayZesty marinated chicken, hash brown casserole, green beans

Saturday – Egg casserole, cheese danish, fresh fruit

Sunday – Spaghetti with homemade meatballs, garlic bread, side salad

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on October 11, 2011

Here’s what’s on our menu plan for this week:

Monday – Chicken fried rice, fresh fruit

TuesdaySouthwestern vegetarian chili, tortilla chips, fresh fruit

WednesdayZesty marinated chicken, baked potatoes, green beans

Thursday – Southwestern chicken roll-ups, rice with cilantro, fresh fruit

Friday – Cheeseburgers, potato wedges, corn

Saturday – Egg casserole, cheese danishes, fresh fruit

Sunday – Beef BBQ, potato wedges, apple slices

I’m also hoping to have enough time to make pumpkin rolls and a fun Halloween-themed cake.  If I have a chance to squeeze those into the week, I’ll be sure to post pictures and recipes next week.

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This Week’s Menu Plan

by Katie on October 4, 2011

Now that it’s officially fall, we’re all looking forward to making some of our favorite meals that we tend to gravitate towards this time of year.  Here’s what’s on our menu plan for this week:

Monday – Cheeseburgers, french fries, corn, apple crisp (to celebrate our studies of the USA this week)

TuesdayChicken & rice bowls, fresh fruit

Wednesday – Chicken & bacon wraps, pasta salad, corn

Thursday – Spaghetti with homemade meatballs, cheesy biscuits, salad

FridayUltimate chicken fingers, potato wedges, green beans

SaturdaySlow cooker chili, breadsticks, fresh fruit

Sunday – Leftovers

I’m also planning to use some of the canned pumpkin I have to make a pumpkin related dessert.  Plus, I’d like to make a fun Halloween dessert as a surprise for our kiddos!

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Freezer Cooking for Vacation

by Katie on September 28, 2011

Last week while we were in Florida, I mentioned that I had made the majority of our meals before we ever left Cincinnati.  Over the years, I have found this to be an easy way to save money while we’re on vacation.  Plus, since the prep work is already done, it makes putting dinner together a snap – allowing us to spend more time enjoying our vacation.

Several weeks before our scheduled vacation, we sit down as a family, and decide what meals we would most enjoy while we are away.  We try to choose meals that would travel well in a cooler, and can be frozen ahead of time.  Once we have our list together, I plan to make one or two meals each week before we leave, ensuring they are all completed in advance of our trip.

To make clean up easier this year, I chose to use disposable foil pans which I picked up at the Dollar Store for $1 per two pack.  Once the meal was made, I covered the pan in saran wrap, followed by aluminum foil.  I marked each dish with a Sharpie marker, indicating what was in the pan, as well as the necessary cooking instructions (time, temperature, etc.).

Before we left, we layered rows of ice and frozen meals into the cooler.  Lots of miles and many hours later, we pulled the pans out of the cooler, and popped them into our freezer.  It made our vacation so much more relaxing to know that there was very little we had to do in order to make dinner each evening.  Plus, since we quickly found out that groceries were a lot pricier than we are used to in Ohio (almost $4 for a gallon of milk – ouch!), we were relieved that we only needed to purchase a minimal number of items.

Later this week, I’ll be sharing more ways we found to trim corners and save money on our vacation.

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Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on September 20, 2011

Even though we’re on vacation this week, I’m still cooking the majority of our meals, with the exception of the two birthday evenings we have this week.  I pre-made most of these meals prior to coming to Florida, in order to make meal prep quick and easy.  I’ll be posting about this as well as a few other money-saving techniques we implemented in order to save our family money on this trip.

Here’s what’s on our menu plan for this week:


Monday – Hamburger pie, green beans, tossed salad

Tuesday – Birthday dinner out

Wednesday – Tacos, rice with cilantro, corn

ThursdayBurrito casserole, side salad, watermelon

Friday – Birthday dinner out

Saturday – Cheeseburgers, corn on the cob, fresh fruit

Sunday – Crockpot chicken, baked potatoes, peas

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on September 13, 2011

Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week:

MondaySausage & egg casserole, French toast, fresh fruit

Tuesday – Homemade meatballs & spaghetti, breadsticks, tossed salad

Wednesday – Marinated crockpot chicken, baked potatoes, green beans

Thursday – Leftovers

FridayChicken bake, rolls, corn on the cob

Saturday – Tacos, rice with cilantro, fresh fruit

SundayStuffed shells, garlic bread, fresh green beans

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on September 7, 2011

When I started my cooking day last week, I had every intention of posting updates and pictures throughout the day.  However, between the unexpected MainStreet Market Triple Coupon Event and trying to get all of my ducks in a row for our first week of school, time just managed to slip away faster than I had planned.

I did manage to complete quite a few of the items on my list before the afternoon turned into total chaos, including:

  • 2 pans of stuffed shells
  • chicken bake
  • taco meat
  • 2 pans of burrito casserole
  • peanut butter cookies

I am planning to finish the remainder of last week’s list over the weekend, and also intend to make a pan of lasagna and hamburger pie.  Here’s our menu plan for this week:

Monday – Cookout at family’s house (brought mac & cheese and brownies)

Tuesday – Crockpot whole chicken, cheesy biscuits, fresh fruit

WednesdaySausage & potatoes, garden salad, fresh fruit

ThursdayMeatloaf, potato wedges, corn on the cob

FridayItalian pasta florentine, homemade breadsticks, cantaloupe

SaturdayLayered chicken-black bean enchiladas, tortilla chips, fresh fruit

Sunday – Dinner at local festival

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Today’s Cooking Day

by Katie on September 2, 2011

Despite the predicted 100 degree temps for today, I am planning to squeeze a partial cooking day in this morning and early  afternoon.  I will be cooking in between accomplishing some much needed housework and preparing for our first week of school.

I’m hoping to complete the following by the end of this afternoon:

stuffed shells
chicken bake
chicken parmesan
burrito casserole
cook up 4 pounds of ground beef
bake cookies
bake brownies

I’ll post updates throughout the day, as well as recipes for the meals that I am making.  Hope you all are having a great start to your Fridays as well!

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