Sunday, October 31, 2010

Menu Plan Monday- November 1


Its that time again, how does the weekend get away from me so fast?!

Fall has hit here this weekend, and my menu is going to show it.  I'm excited to be making more comfort foods, I think I'm ready for fall!

Monday: Lentil and mushroom soup

Tuesday: Individual turkey meatloaf

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Ravioli with Pumpkin Parmesan sauce

Friday: BBQ beef sandwiches

What are your favorite recipes when cold weather starts to come in?

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Costume

Yes, I made my son's Halloween costume again this year.  I love doing this and love that he likes me to make them!  He's with his dad this year for Halloween, so dad took him to Spirit to get a costume he'll wear tomorrow for school and when he trick or treats with them.  Last weekend, as I said before, we had a party so we could celebrate here.  Today, we stopped by the Retirement Home near our church for the end of their party.  It was wonderful to share that time and brighten their days!

Here's a picture of my little guy's Halloween costume.

Yesterday, I saw this post 

And this is our version:  We had so much fun making this together, and I even made them with my first graders today!
(We took the picture right before we left for karate)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Menu week of 10/23

I'm kind of unorganized this week because I had 8 children 6 and under in my house yesterday, and after that, I didn't have the energy to menu plan!  So, I did it during my son's swim lesson this afternoon!

Monday: Tortilla Soup with leftover chicken from tacos this weekend
Tuesday: Shells and Cheese
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Teriyaki Pineapple beef
Friday: We're ordering pizza after me having to deal with 20 first graders excited about Halloween!

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What are you spooky week plans?!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Menu Plan Monday week of 10/18


I think the hardest part of my school year is over.  I finished my last parent-teacher conference on Friday.  On weeks like last week, I am so glad I am in the habit of menu planning.  It made such a difference in the chaos of a week like that!  The plan right now is to have a small get-together for a pre-Halloween party next Sunday.

We've finally started having fall weather around here.  I'm kind of excited for comfort food and cozy clothes.

Here's what I have planned for the week:

Crockpot Monday- Swedish meatballs

Tuesday: crunchy mango chicken strips with twice baked potatoes

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: baked potato soup with broccoli

Friday: cheeseburgers with sweet potato "fries"

What's your favorite fall comfort food recipe?

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

One of our favorite side dishes

This is a throw together salad I make when I'm serving mexican food, burgers, or just need a quick and healthy side dish.

1 can pinto beans
1 1/2 cup fire roasted or sweet frozen corn
2 tbsp diced fresh cilantro
1 tbsp olive oil (I picked up a chipotle olive oil at the olive oil bar down the street, which is great!)
1  tsp white wine vinegar
dash of salt
dash of chili powder

Drain and rinse beans (you can also use black or kidney beans).  Add all other ingredients together and allow to sit and corn to defrost.  I often add avocados and/or red bell peppers to the mix to add some color and taste.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

I am in the middle of parent-teacher conferences, so dinners this week are going to be on the simpler side.  I get home from conferences and I'm exhausted!  I'm also trying to get in more workouts during the week.  I've been a slacker when it comes to running and otherwise exercising!

Here's what I have this week:

Monday: split pea soup

Tuesday: Quesadilla Pie

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Ravioli with roasted zucchini

Friday: southwest chicken panini I want to try it with sourdough

What are your ro-to recipes when you're busy and still trying to make healthy meals?

Crockpot BBQ chicken

My family loved this last week, it was a big hit!  I served it on homemade hamburger buns.

1/2 red onion, quartered, then sliced
**save other half for serving
2 tbsp. canola oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. water
2 6 oz cans tomato paste
3 tbsp. molasses
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
Drizzle oil in the bottom of pan.  Add sliced onion and garlic.  Cook until softened.  Add water and tomato paste, cook until tomato paste dissolves in water.  Add remaining ingredients and cook for 10-15 minutes.
Place 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the bottom of the crockpot.  Pour BBQ sauce over chicken.  As I've said before, I prepare my crockpot meals the night before and refrigerate them, then take them out the next morning and place them in the cooking unit.
Cook for 6 hours on low.
Saute other half of onion and serve sliders on mini slider buns with onions and crumbled blue cheese or sharp white cheddar.
Serve with baked sweet potato fries and vegetable of your choice.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: BBQ chicken sliders (Crockpot Monday)
I'll post the recipe!

Tuesday: Ground Turkey Samosas

Wednesday: I'm at PTA meeting, so leftovers for the boys

Thursday: Ravioli with bacon, tomato, and spinach

Friday: homemade pizza

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