Monday, February 18, 2013

Menu Plan Monday - Feb 17 to Feb 22, 2013

*yawn* Long Weekend Monday's are the best! Lazy day with extra family time is very much appreciated! Just an interesting FYI, it was 12 years ago today that I slipped off the back of our truck and injured my back - two and a half years later, I had my spine fused. Not sure why I just remembered that, but there you go!

This week, my super, most awesome friend has a birthday... I'm going into to work to go for lunch with her (and our office mates). Happy Birthday, Miss J!

Saturday: dinner out (again - we had tickets to see the Northern Pikes - unbelievable, most awesome concert)
Sunday: Fries and chicken nuggets
Monday: Belated V-Day "order in" dinner night
Tuesday: Asian Beef w/ noodles
Wednesday: Chicken Caesar Wraps
Thursday: Tacos
Friday: Perogies and Lazy Cabbage rolls (if I can find a recipe)

What's on your menu? Why not share it with the Org Junkie's Menu Plan Monday or with Erin Branscom's Menu Monday?

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Menu Plan Monday: Feb 9 - 15

Another week, another menu! I've been doing well with keeping on track with my menu planning; and typically, I've been done planning EARLY enough to catch special shopping days, use coupons and keep on track with my goal to incorporate more vegetables to our diet.

I've got another MRI on Wednesday night so I may hold off the Bourbon street chicken and opt for something fast. I can't make it a KD and fish stick night as that what Troublemaker and my mother in law had on Saturday night when she babysat for us!

Saturday: Date Night
Sunday: Burger Bar
Monday: Penne with Spinach and Feta
Tuesday: Pancake Tuesday
Wednesday: Bourbon Street Chicken with steamed rice and stir fried vegetables
Thursday: Asian Beef and Noodles
Friday: Wings and fritters

What's on your menu this week? Want inspiration? Check out the Org Junkie Menu Plan Monday or Erin Branscom's Menu Monday for some delicious, frugal and inspiring ideas!

Thank you for checking me out! Let me know where you're at as I'd love to pop over and pay you a visit too!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Menu Plan Monday - February 2 to 8

I have done it. I have obtained the "thing" I've been questing to achieve for years.

I perfected my Fettuccine Alfredo recipe. Perfected, I tell you, per-fec-ted! I think the secret was a small clove of garlic minced into the melting butter and tossing the noodles with olive oil before adding the sauce. Nirvana in my mouth. *sigh* Sorry, I've been trying a really long time to get the sauce perfected and I'm so glad I did!

Okay, I'm done raving about my Alfredo sauce so onto this week's menu...

Saturday Order dinner in
Sunday Sloppy Joes with veggies and dip
Monday Minestrone Soup, Soft Breadsticks and leftover pasta
Tuesday Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Wednesday Dash's Donairs
Thursday Schwartzie's Hash Browns and Baby Backy Ribs (slow cooker)
Friday Tortellini with Salmon Ricotta sauce

Minestrone Soup
8 cups water
4 tbsp beef or vegetarian bouillon
14 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup carrots, sliced
1 cup celery, sliced
1/2 cup onion, diced
14oz can kidney beans or three bean chili beans
2 cups green beans

1 cup pasta
1.5 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

1. Saute onions and celery, when tender, add stock, tomatoes and carrots. Simmer about 20 minutes (or until carrots are nearly done). Add beans, return to a boil and cook until green beans are tender.
2. Add pasta, salt and pepper. Cook until pasta is done.

I make a hybrid of this recipe combined with bits and pieces of the copycat Olive Garden's Minestrone Soup  recipe.To the above recipe, I add all kinds of veggies (spinach, zucchini, diced tomatoes (canned - reduced the amount of water by the same amount as the can of tomatoes), snap peas). I've also been known to reduce the water and add more tomato sauce as I like it thick and saucy.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches
2 or 3 chicken breasts, seasoned and pan fried
1/4 cup Miracle whip
1/2 red pepper, diced
1-2 green onions, chopped

Dice the chicken (once cooked) and add Miracle whip and diced veggies. Blend well and chill (if desired). Butter bread and add Chicken salad. Yield 6 to 8 generously filled sandwiches.

Sharing with the Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday and with Erin Branscom's Menu Monday. Enjoy and have a great week!


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