What’s For Dinner?
- Homemade Yogurt
- Curried Chicken Salad
- Black Bean Burgers with sweet potato fries
- Spicy Fish with Tahini Sauce
- Bang Bang Chicken Salad
- Chicken Fajitas with pico de gallo
- Fried Shrimp with cocktail sauce and french fries
- Chipotle Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Rice
- Macaroni and Cheese
Here are some breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas to start out the New Year:
- Turkey Sandwiches with Fruit
- Bean Burritos
- Coconut Rice with Pistachios, Peas, and Spinach
- Braised Chicken in Milk with rice and broccoli
- Pot Roast Sandwiches with sweet potato fries
- Spaghetti and Meat Sauce with Garlic Bread
- Pho Ga
- Homemade Burgers with sweet potato fries
- Banh Mi
- Tortilla soup with left over turkey and stock.
- Beef Short Ribs with Polenta and asparagus
- Pumpkin Pie
- Red Velvet Cupcakes
- Pot Roast
11/13 Thanksgiving Menu
- Fried Whole Turkey and a Roasted Turkey Breast
- Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
- Cranberry Sauce
- Cornbread Stuffing/Dressing
- Broccoli, Rice, and Cheese Casserole
- Caramelized Butternut Squash
- Cream of Jalapeno Soup with some sort of bread
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta with Garlic Bread
- Sesame Noodles
- Salmon with Black Sauce
That’s all I know.
What? We’re still eating dinner around here? Yes, actually. Still trying to shake the hangover that is a two week vacation, with a five hour time difference, two days before the start of school and all the requisite craziness that comes with it, but yes we are eating dinner around these here parts. The grown-ups have been making our way through this list: Bittman’s 101 Simple Salads for lunches-trying to eat less meat before the dinner hour. It has been successful thus far, just a bit of a slow start.
- Pork Tenderloin Diane with Macaroni and Cheese and steamed broccoli
- Going to try our hand at a pizza on the grill.
- Shrimp Carbonara
- Gramma’s Annual Birthday Dinner: Fried Chicken, Black Bean and Corn Salad, Coleslaw, Biscuits, and Carrot Cake for dessert.
- Baby Back Ribs
- Stuffed Pepper Soup
- Ham and Cheese Rolls and/or Sliders
- A couscous concoction perhaps alongside Lime and Coconut Chicken
- Pastor Ryan’s Shrimp Risotto via Pioneer Woman
- Lemon Chicken with Rice
- BLTs, Pastrami on rye, and Fruit Salad
- Fresh Peach Cobbler
It is SO HOT. All I want to eat are salads. I am going to try to use my crock pot to keep from heating the house up so much but we’ll see. I really should change the name of this section to What’s on the Menu since I have lots of non-dinner stuff here.
- BLT salads and Cobb salads with Thousand Island
- Chili Dogs
- Tikka Masala
- Beans in the Crockpot
- Shrimp Campechana
- Lime and Coconut Chicken with Jasmine Rice and possibly minted peas
- Orechiette with Broccoli and Sausage
- The kids have requested spaghetti and meatballs
It’s my Birthday! This week is a busy one with lots of fine dining in my future.
- Chicken Souvlaki with Homemade Pita and Tzatziki
- Pizzas I didn’t get to last week, and Tres Leches which was FAIL last week
We are eating healthier around the chaos household (I know you can totally tell, right?). Last week’s meal planning revival went really well, so here’s week two of being back on the wagon.
- Chicken Taco Salad
- Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto with a Greek Salad
- Chicago Style Pizza
- Beef Fajitas and Tres Leches Cake
I lost some time this week due to some medical issues so here is next week’s menu. I am hoping I can make most of these pretty reasonably within our budget. You’ll notice several recipes from Lisa at Homesick Texan there is something about good, down-home Texan cooking that fills the tummy even on a budget.
- Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Sushi Rice
- Corn Chowder with Garlic Bread
- Lamb Patties with Naan and potatoes
- Smoked Sausage with Beans and cornbread (and a salad?)
- King Ranch Chicken with Rice
Ugh, I hate menu planning soooooo much. But I really need to do it better so here I am trying to plan something for this week. Coming up soon: Recession Food (once I eat everything that’s currently in the freezer).
- Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin
- Chicken Tetrazzini (already frozen)
- Something made from 2 lbs of frozen crab legs
Anybody know how to cook london broil? I bought it on accident.
- London Broil
This week will be all Pantry Challenge all the time. Except for Friday when my baby turns one!
- Waldorf Salad
- Pizza and Cake for the Baby’s Birthday
Okay it’s a New Year-a fresh start, and all that-so we will once again begin the menu planning in full force. This year’s themes, at least until I get bored with it, will be healthy, cheap, fast, and tasty. Emphasis on shopping for what’s on sale, using ingredients from the pantry, and maybe a little OAMC thrown in for good measure.
This week’s menu so far:
- Gyros with Tzatziki
- Stuffed Pepper Soup and Rice (my favorite 350 calorie meal)
- Turkey Stock
- Chili Dogs (I know it doesn’t fit but it’s a Dad meal)
- Going to try my hand at baking some sandwich bread, we’ll see what sort of commitment I am willing to make to not eat the stuff at the store. Prepare for both a high horse and a soapbox.
I have to work during the day on Thanksgiving but we will be hosting dinner anyway-I know, crazy! Most of the cooking will be done beforehand so things just need to be heated and served, so all of this weeks meals are going to center around the Thanksgiving menu, which consists of at least 3,000 pies no matter who is coming to dinner. So I managed to pawn Thanksgiving off on my mom (Thanks Mom!) but I am still making pies. Lots of pies. That’s all I care about on Thanksgiving frankly. We will be having a dessert open house Thursday night so friends can drop in and have pie and a glass of wine. A little less stress this way because I LOVE making pies. Even more than eating them.
Mmmm, this week so far:
Man, I didn’t cook anything last week! So what’s on the menu for this week?
- Beefy Mushroom Soup (leftover pot roast)
- Chocolate Stout Cupcakeswith Kahlua Buttercream (because I will die if I don’t have them)
- This salad for lunches
- Enchiladas with pico de gallo
- Chiles Rellenos with rice and beans
- Sausage and Mushroom Gratin and a salad because I’m a follower.
Ok, this week I am getting real about planning our menu: breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. I probably need to adjust my grocery budget but won’t know unless I do it right. Currently, we are still spending $600 for the five of us (including all household goods) but that’s not quite making it these days.
- Breakfast: Breakfast Burritos or Biscuit Sandwiches
- Lunches: Salads? Sandwiches? Still working on this…
- Meatless: Chicago Style Pizza, salad (dressing?)
So, I need to get real about planning our meals. I am wasting a ton of time and money at the grocery store buying haphazardly. I like to have certain things always on hand for back-up meals but I need to have a better plan for lunches.
If you haven’t already noticed, I am very much a spontaneous cooker. I get a taste for something and that is what must be made for dinner. Menu planning just doesn’t work out for me in general. I do much better if I focus on what I have on hand. I got a new cookbook so maybe something from it will show up next week.
- Need to make more Pizza Bites for the freezer.
- This looks amazing: Steakhouse dinner and potatoes
So there are a couple of new restaurants opening up this week and I know we won’t be able to resist. I am not going to bother planning a bunch of meals then.
- Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Fettucine with bread and salad
I’m brain dead, should I go to the store and buy the beef I am craving? Or make due with the chicken in the freezer? I really want to make pot stickers but I need some ground pork. Go to the store? Don’t go to the store?
- Chicken casserole
- Ground Beef: Tacos?
- Pizza Bites
- Apples? Cider Beetles (you guys are going to LOVE these)
I don’t know why, but the biggest casualty from Hurricane Ike seems to be frozen broccoli. There is no frozen broccoli to be had in any of the grocery stores. I’ve checked them all.
- Homemade Ravioli with some type of tomato sauce
- Garlic Lemon Shrimp and Orzo, steamed broccoli, bread
- I’d like to get a whole chicken and make something like Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie, simmering a chicken for hours on the stove always makes me feel like fall.
- Chicken souvlaki, tzatziki, pita, and french fries
Depends on what is available at the grocery store. Start looking for Honeycrisp apples!
Hopefully I can make some apple cider or apple dumplings soon so it will start to feel like fall around here. The kids are all out of school due to the damage from the hurricane, so it’s hard to get into a good fall mood. Also, I’d like to make up some calzones and breakfast burritos for the freezer.
- French Onion Soup
- Pan seared salmon, mustard sauce, rice-a-roni, brussel sprouts
- Seared scallops, creamed corn and Parmesan risotto
Next week we will be out of town all week so my plans are not to go to the grocery store at all this week. I am going to try to cook from the pantry and freezer. Hello spaghetti and grilled cheese!
- Pasta with spaghetti sauce from the freezer, garlic bread made from frozen ciabatta loaves and better butter, steamed broccoli or salad if the lettuce I bought last week somehow survived the weekend in the veggie bin
- Hot Dogs and Buns, Chili and Cheese and Chicago Style
This week it’s all based on the various meats I have stock piled in the freezer. The first week of school is traumatic enough without trying to make difficult, time consuming meals. Most of these will be pretty easy to get together, with only one component requiring actual work.
- Baby Back Ribs, Macaroni and Cheese Bites, Steamed Broccoli
- Chicken Breasts stuffed with Goat Cheese, Rice-a-Roni, Tabbouleh
- Steamed Crab Legs, Cheesey Muffins, Corn on the Cob, Sugar Snap Peas
- Sirloin with Red Wine Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli