What We’re Cooking Up This Week

     With the busy holiday last week, I didn’t prepare a menu.  Boy, did I miss it!  The kids did, too.  They like knowing what to expect for their meals, and I certainly enjoy not needing to think about it all week.  It’s so freeing to have the plan all worked out in advance. 

     I’ve planned to do things a bit differently this week.  Normally, on the Fridays that we do the mega-shop, we bring home pre-made, inexpensive sub sandwiches from the grocery store.  This week, though, I’ve decided to make the same thing for our Friday night meal and for us to take to our church’s Sunday Fellowship Meal.  So, on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, I’ll prepare one regular size Chicken and Dressing Casserole and one double batch of the same thing.  Both will be baked and then wrapped and frozen.  Friday morning, before we head out the door, I’ll take the smaller casserole out of the freezer to thaw.  When Dani and I are headed home from town, I’ll call home and have Aaron put it into the oven.  Instead of a cold, store bought sandwich, we’ll have a wonderful, hot meal for less than half the cost of the cheap sandwiches.

     Then, next Saturday evening, I’ll put the larger frozen casserole into the fridge to thaw out.  When we get to church on Sunday morning, I’ll be able to put it into the warming oven, and it will be piping hot by lunch time.  I will make the double batch for church in a disposable pan, too.  No mess for April’s kitchen crew to deal with, and no icky pan to bring home late Sunday evening and wash.  Works for me!

     Dani found a new recipe she wants to try this week, and so did I.  They are both from the March issue of Everyday Food.  We’ve started picking up a copy of this fun little magazine every month, and we’ve found quite a few really good recipes in it.  I think I might just go ahead and subscribe for a year.  I’ll also be making another batch of my Orange Glazed Meatballs.  I’ll be changing the recipe just a bit this time, and I’ll let you know if I make the changes permanent.  (I’ll change them on the posted recipe if I do, as well.)

     Click on over to this week’s Menu Plan Monday for more great menu plans.

WHAT WE’RE COOKING THIS WEEK:

MONDAY:
     Breakfast:  Dad’s  Super Deluxe Monday Morning Waffles
     Lunch:  Quesadillas
     Dinner:  Angel Hair Pasta with Bacon & Peas, green salad

TUESDAY:
     Big Breakfast Day:  Bacon, Fried Eggs, Toast
     Lunch:  Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, chips
     Dinner:  Roast Chicken, Couscous with Carrot & Cilantro, green salad

WEDNESDAY:
     Breakfast:  Cereal  (having cold cereal only once a week is a budget tamer!)
     Lunch:  Chicken Salad Sandwiches, fruit (chicken salad made from last night’s roast chicken left overs)
     Dinner:  Orange Glazed Meatballs, my own chicken rice,  (I’ve updated the rice recipe!!), vegetables Normandy

THURSDAY:
     Breakfast:  Scottish Oatmeal      
     Lunch:  Chili-Cheese Baked Potatoes, Baby Carrots
     Dinner:  Tacos, green salad

FRIDAY:
     Breakfast:  Pancakes
     Lunch:  Cheese, crackers & fruit 
     Dinner:  Chicken and  Dressing Casserole, green salad

SATURDAY:
     Breakfast:  Nutty Nana Oatmeal (old fashioned, long cooking oats, cooked, then topped with sliced bananas and chopped nuts.  I saw this idea on someone’s blog recently; but, shame on me, I don’t remember whose!  If it’s at your blog, please let me know so that I can credit you for the idea!)
     Lunch:  Chef Dani’s Choice
     Dinner:  We’ll eat out on the way home from my granddaughter’s 2nd birthday party

SUNDAY:
     Breakfast:  Audrey’s Coffee Cake
     Lunch:  Fellowship Lunch at Church.  We’ll take Chicken & Dressing Casserole (doubled), green salad, chocolate chip cookies
     Dinner:  Wild Dinner!  Our son, William’s, term for our Sunday evening meal, which consists of whatever you can lay your hands on!!!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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12 comments to What We’re Cooking Up This Week

  • I too have become addicted to Everyday Food magazine…
    I’ve yet to try a recipe but have one planned for this week, hopefully everyone will like it!

    Have a blessed week!

  • I too have become addicted to Everyday Food magazine…
    I’ve yet to try a recipe but have one planned for this week, hopefully everyone will like it!

    Have a blessed week!

  • Thank you for sharing your menu with us. Hope you have a great day.

  • Your menu sounds delicious. Thank you for all of the great ideas!

  • Thank you for sharing your Menu’s with us.
    I cannot wait to try out some of your recipes you have shared with us for my Family and I to enjoy.
    God Bless,
    CAGmomof2

  • Things run much better when I have a menu planned as well…my kids like to see what they’re eating ahead of time too!

  • And I just bought the ingredients to make your Orange-Glazed Meatballs this week.  Now I’m curious as to how you are planning to change it. :laugh:

  • Your menu sounds delicious. I’m looking forward to trying your Chicken and Dressing dish soon.
    Cathy

  • I don’t usually look a the food magazine but I’ll take a peek next time I see an issue.  I copied down your chicken and dressing recipe to try next week.

    Manuela http://thefeatherednest.typepad.com/the_feathered_nest/

  • I tried the pasta recipe last night and we all loved it! I didn’t have the angel hair pasta so I used penne and also added in some leftover chicken and a bit of cheese to the milk and wow! Even my husband loved it, a keeper for sure! :goodjob:Thanks for sharing with us! Next on the list to try are the orange glazed meatballs!:)

  • I tried the pasta recipe last night and we all loved it! I didn’t have the angel hair pasta so I used penne and also added in some leftover chicken and a bit of cheese to the milk and wow! Even my husband loved it, a keeper for sure! :goodjob:Thanks for sharing with us! Next on the list to try are the orange glazed meatballs!:)

  • Great looking menu!  I was wondering what you put in your green salads?  Are they usually the same, or do you mix things up depending on what you are serving as a main course? I’m always looking for new “goodies” to put in our salads!