Monthly Archives: October 2014

Weekly Menu ~ Meal Plan

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~ WEEKLY Meal Plan ~

Oh the week we have had…. And the week we are about to encounter…. OH MY!!!

Our Varsity Youth Football Team played and WON their playoff game and are now headed to the Championship next week… GO TROJANS!!!

I have yet to even think about Halloween and don’t know what anyone is wearing any day this week but I will make and stick to a meal plan to take one realm of stress off my plate!!

 

Monday –

Chicken Alfredo – I have a freezer meal already in the crock…. Definitely including this in our next session!

 

Tuesday –

Stuffed Shells – pulled out of the freezer to start thawing now… but I used this recipe HERE!

 

Wednesday –

Beef and Noodles – using up the leftovers from our Pot Roast Dinner this weekend. I just shred the remaining beef and heat in the remaining gravy, then mix with cooked spiral noodles. I usually throw in a can of peas to add a veggie.

 

Thursday –

Taco Bar – using my tri-crock to have ready; taco meat, warm salsa, and nacho cheese!

 

Friday –

SOUP – It’s Halloween; sure hope I can find costumes for these kids, Thursday at midnight when I can finally shop – hahaha – tradition says a big crock of soup to share… I am going to try Trisha Yearwood’s Tortilla Soup! HERE is the recipe

 

Saturday –

“FAITH, FAMILY, FRIENDS and FOOTBALL” (Totally our motto right now!)

The #1 seed, Tri-Town Trojans take the field at 5PM – be there!! ….probably PIZZA for dinner! CELEBRATORY Pizza!!

 

Sunday –

Me and the Food Network! Home all day – I swear, if I have to leave the house… aghhhhh, LOL!! Making the last of my frozen turkey’s… so I have room for this year’s!! TURKEY DINNER and plenty of leftovers to make my favorite turkey/chicken meals next week!!

 

SO  – what are you eating this week??

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Menu Monday ~ Weekly Meal Plan

burger stroganoff

~ WEEKLY Meal Plan ~

Cooking through my freezer as I need room for the upcoming turkey sale! Here is this week’s meal plan…. Hope there is something you will want to try!!

 

Monday –

Chicken Margarita – an amazing balsamic chicken and noodle recipe from a MEAL APPEAL weight watchers meal session. It froze beautifully and reheated perfect…. For anyone that had it, I have to say I added a cup of ranch dressing …. Probably blew the WW points there but it was delicious!!!

 

Tuesday –

Lots of pork left from my roast last week, so I am reheating it and serving on warm tortillas = Pork Carnitas!

 

Wednesday –

Hawaiian Chicken – another FREEZER Meal from my collection!

 

Thursday –

Burger Stroganoff – created this last week and OMG was it phenomenal! I shared the recipe HERE – go ahead make a double batch!!

 

Friday –

Chicken Pot Pie – I have one in my freezer, it’s warm and hearty and always a big hit in my house!

 

Saturday –“ FAITH, FAMILY, FRIENDS and FOOTBALL”

Football, football, football… have I mentioned my boy is on the #1 team in the league?? We start playoffs in Medina (our game is at 8:10 PM – I know!) and our little “minis” are playing too, so we will be there from noon til midnight….probably PIZZA for dinner!

 

Sunday –

Me and the Food Network! Home all day – huge beef roast for the crockpot, potatoes, carrots and beans! I will come up with some amazing dessert and I hope to make at least a few jars of applesauce!

Ground Beef Stroganoff ~ FREEZER meal

burger stroganoff

Crock-Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff ~ (a FREEZER Meal)

* I know I say it alot… but some food just doesn’t look good in pictures – hahaha!  DON’T let that fool you – this was AMAZING!!!

MY NOTES – This meal was incredibly EASY, was so hearty and delicious, and most importantly of all; got all 5 thumbs up from my family – even the picky kid who always eats his noodles plain, tried it and loved it!! Dare I say, I may even prefer this over actual beef tip (stew meat) stroganoff… There is just something ultra-comforting about any type of hamburger gravy.   I may even try some over a warm biscuit – just to add some extra “love” – hahaha. All 5 of us ate (a lot) and there was still more than plenty for K’s lunch the next day. Chicken eaters (you know you 1 cup per person people otherwise known as HEALTHY eaters – LOL) could probably get 2 meals out of this! I also think you could easily substitute 4 cups of any meat – including cooked ground turkey.

 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of cooked ground beef ( I always have some pre-made that I browned with minced onion and garlic – depending on the fat content of the beef you will need to fry at least 2 lbs. and don’t skimp on the garlic and onion – I would say I use a ½ cup of diced onion and 1 TBS garlic per lb of beef when I fry it initially.)
  • 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup (any cream soup – I am attempting to make some homemade to get away from the processed stuff – but have not succeeded yet – LOL)
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 c water
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • packet of onion soup mix
  • packet of brown gravy mix

◦chopped mushrooms (optional)

◦egg noodles (to serve over the day you cook)

 

Instructions

Cook meat & let it cool – again I like to fry my burger with minced onion and garlic

To Freeze: Add all ingredients to a LABELED gallon size freezer bag and place in freezer.

To Prepare: When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Cook in Crock, on low, for 4-6 hours. You may wish to add a little more milk at the end to thin the ‘gravy’ a bit. Serve over egg noodles.

 

5/5 THUMBS UP – it’s a keeper!!

Menu Monday ~ Weekly Meal Plan

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~ WEEKLY Meal Plan ~

 

We camped all weekend and had some of the best camp food yet! Sunday we had a tailgate party and a little chili festival, so of course chili had to be incorporated into the week’s menu! Also lots of little bits of sides to use up so I mixed up camp burgers that we can use up the sides with! We have a CRAZY busy week and I need to have all my meals ready and in the crock for the day or prepared to be thrown in the oven before we run back out to pick up kids! The weekend is a meal plan killer because…  agh FOOTBALL… and Family… and Friends…  and FUN!!!

 

Monday –

Camp Burgers on grilled garlic buns, with leftover cheesy potatoes, burger beans, coleslaw and taco dip.

 

Tuesday –

Lasagna from the freezer! Last time I made lasagna, I made a couple extra smaller pans and this will be a hearty and delicious meal that I only have to throw in the oven. I could tell you we are going to have a big salad with it but most likely it will be loaf of fresh Italian bread!!

 

Wednesday –

I had a small Pork Loin in the freezer, so I am covering with cream soup and cooking all day in the crock! Served with fried potatoes, applesauce and green beans.

 

Thursday –

Chili back in the crock and adding hot dogs. A few toppings and some toasty buns will make this a huge hit.

 

Friday –

We have a pep rally / bonfire and just have to bring a snack so dinner will likely be a quick sandwich or cereal…. And again, I should say we will eat quick before we go but having to work and to be there by 6PM makes the before thing highly unlikely!!

*So – a good snack for kids and adults alike… and no power and I need to make the night before… Ideas??

 

Saturday –

Football, football, football… probably PIZZA for dinner!

*…and it is bake sale day so I need to get cracking! Again – open to suggestions!

 

Sunday –

Family football party… What to make, what to make?? An appetizer… a side… a dessert…. Not sure yet… it’s a cook out… so – ideas??

Chicken Fried Rice

chicken fried rice

Hearty, delicious and QUICK – now this is a keeper!!

I was thinking of a meal… that would be resemble “comfort food”… I could make it with ingredients on hand, and it would be QUICK and DELICIOUS!

I always have cooked – cubed chicken, cooked rice and veggies on hand, so after punching my ingredients into good ole’ google and perusing a few recipes; my own CHICKEN FRIED RICE was created!

 

INGREDIENTS:

3 TBS oil (Sesame is best for this, but any will do)

1 regular onion – diced

1 TBS minced garlic

3 eggs – scrambled

3 cups vegetables (I used a bag of frozen mixed vegetables)

2 cups of cooked, cubed chicken

4 cups of cooked rice

1 cup STIR FRY sauce

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • In a large skillet, heat the oil… then fry the onion until translucent and add the garlic.
  • Add the eggs to the onion and scramble quickly.
  • Add vegetables and toss until cooked through and tender.
  • Add chicken, stirring to combine and then rice.
  • Continue stirring, until all is heated though, and add stir fry sauce – tossing to coat.

 

BONUS – the leftovers freeze beautifully and can be heated through on stovetop or in the micro.!!