Menu Planning

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Looks like I only have time to visit every few weeks here on Sparks.
But.... here's my menu planning for the week:
(and a note to myself that I should try planning exercise as well. Might get more done)

Minestrone (or clean the refrig soup), Biscuits for those who need more carbs
- make oatmeal cookies or macaroons this afternoon for lunches... or do they do without!

Pot Roast with potatoes and carrots
- save some to grind for sandwiches and some for taco night

Grilled or Pan Roasted Chicken, Rice, Veg, Coleslaw or Wardolf Salad

Taco Night (leftover roast) - shredded left over meat, avocado, tomato or salsa, onion and cilantro with lime juice & a sprinkle of chili powder, and starch of refried or pinto beans. (black beans go better with a shredded chicken taco, which is another option)

Potato or Cream of Broccoli Soup, Apple or Pear slices, Rolls (thaw uncooked extra rolls from Thanksgiving and bake)
for soup base use a basic cream sauce made with milk, butter, flour... or use a quality chicken stock, butter, flour.... and a pinch of red pepper flakes to kick it up... and a generous amount of cheese added after it begins to thicken (along with either the cooked potatoes or the cooked chopped broccoli)

Big Cobb Salad, Squash Bread (try to find recipe and use up some squash from garden)
Egg, chicken or turkey, bacon, avocado, tomato or salsa, olives... maybe some blue cheese or feta is price is right - otherwise use swiss or mozzarella on hand

Fried Chicken, Mash potatoes, peas, homemade coleslaw

(Pantry Meal if needed... or buy shelf items to begin a storage for emergency. Doing one meal every week or two will quickly have you supplied with things you'd use - but try a recipe first. This happens to be a childhood favorite of my husband.)
Tuna Roll, Canned Peaches, Carrot and Celery Sticks or Ants on a Log (stuffed celery w/ raisins, peanut butter or cream cheese)
tuna, cream of mushroom soup, jiffy biscuit mix, frozen or can of peas, chopped onion, and grated cheddar if available.
Also get raisins or Craisins to have on hand for oatmeal, cookies, and for ants on a log.
Also get a can of carnation milk or powder milk so biscuits can be made when fresh milk not available.

Spaghetti (use a low sodium sauce and add alot of fresh veg), large bowl of steamed broccolli, grated fresh romano cheese (time to buy a wedge at Costco to last me thru 2016)
pasta, low sodium sauce, extra veg in frig, hot Italian sausage
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