Back again! I thought you might like an update on how the Menu Planning is working out for us. Curious? I just counted and it’s been fifteen weeks of menus!! It’s an Anniversary!!
I think we all love having a menu and it totally is helping to keep me out of the grocery store every day. The family loves looking at the chalkboard and seeing what’s for dinner.
Now, does that mean I haven’t thrown an audible and shuffled some things around? Of course, I have. Schedules change and things come up, but overall it’s been amazingly helpful to have our meals planned in advance.
I have settled into a routine of going to the grocery store on Monday’s to get most of what I need. Which is why the post seems to happen later in the day.
In an effort to have fresh meats or fruits, I will go again to the store later in the week, usually at least once. This is definitely an improvement from the past. The lack of organization wasted time and money on gas to go to the store often. Also, the time wasted daily deciding what to cook for dinner every night with what I did or did not have on hand was a little out of control.
I plan my meals generally after church and lunch on Sundays. Which also means I can clip coupons from the paper and have them ready for my trip to the store.
I try and get input from the family during this planning time. Sometimes they are helpful and sometimes it’s crickets….
This week, though my husband, Richard, gave a good suggestion for something I haven’t made in ions, Chicken Cordon Blue. Sounded great to me!
Here’s a look at the chalkboard menu on this Anniversary Menu Plan Monday!
Monday: Homestyle Chicken Cordon Blue and Hashbrown casserole.
Perks of getting the menu up late this week? I’ve got this recipe to share!
Okay, so this was a major home-run with the family! Totally just made it up as I went along. A simple and surprisingly crunchy Cordon Blue, complete with a Cajun spiced sauce.
We still have some Meatball Stroganoff leftover from last week. The sauce was excellent, but the meatballs weren’t as wonderful as I had hoped. Making gluten free meatballs is definitely a challenge for me. They were tasty, but still a little on the tough side. I’ll wait to share the recipe when I’ve got them perfected!
Wednesday: Church Youth Group
Thursday: Chicken Alfredo Pizza
I’ll be using a gluten free crust and chicken I plan on cooking while the Chicken Cordon Blue is in the oven.
Friday: Bacon Potato Fritatta
Will probably work off this recipe from Epicurious. Not sure I’ll be brave enough to use the spinach. I would love that, but the boys, not so much. Maybe I’ll sub in green beans?
Saturday: One Pot Chicken Tacos
This is a recipe I’ve made numerous times. It’s simple and delicious. I make it in the oven, but I’m sure it could be done in a crock pot. I’ll take photos this week and share next.
One more recipe for good measure!
I made this twice in the last week and felt like I should share this excellent “all ingredients on hand” appetizer.
This is my go-to recipe for hummus. It’s perfect for unexpected company or anytime you want a healthy snack. I never seem to have enough fresh lemons, so I use a unique and quite tasty substitute.
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