Monday, February 19, 2018

Menu Plan Monday 2/19/18

The next few weeks, I get to be in charge of my schedule as the physician that I am employed is on unexpected medical leave.  I am the queen of keeping at least one extra job to offer options if the need arises.  Thankfully, I would still be compensated regardless of the physician presence in the office...although, of course, I would need to show up every day.  I'm the sort of equal opportunity employee type that always keeps another reliable position on the back burner and I have decided to make full use of this golden opportunity.  For the next three weeks, I will reverse my schedule, working my usual job only on Fridays and work at my back burner one the remainder of the week.  This keeps boredom at bay and allows me to flex my clinical skills.  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (the days that I am working at my second job) will be a challenge to get dinner on the table!  I can't promise that fatigue combined with laziness won't land me in the Chik-Fil-A drive through at the end of the week though. 😀

Saturday- Leftover Pizza and Garlic Knots

Sunday- Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Homemade Gravy, Open Faced Sandwich with Whole Grain Bread

Monday-  Hot Turkey, Cauliflower Casserole, Roasted Asparagus

Tuesday- Bisquick Chicken, Rice A Roni (gotta get this stuff out of the cabinet), Skillet Okra

Wednesday- Turkey Tetrazzini, Green Peas or Beans, Crescent Rolls

Thursday-  Grilled Steak, Green Peas or Beans, Scalloped Potatoes

Friday- Take out or something quick at home

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Menu Plan Monday 2/12/18

While I'm still not 100%, I am feeling better and even had a bit of hunger in the late part of last week.  Not much true cooking happened but we managed to stay out of the fast food restaurants.  Monday through Wednesday I stuck to simple carbs and didn't include any dairy to keep my stomach settled.  Our shining star recipe for the chicken pictured above is simple,easy and perfect for a weeknight meal.  If you prep a few things on the weekend, you could potentially have it on the table and be cleaning up the kitchen in thirty minutes.  That alone makes it a winner in my book.

Valentine's Day over the course of the years has morphed into a family holiday.  I typically cook a special dinner that we love....not necessarily fancy, just one that tastes delicious.  When the boys were small, we didn't typically have dessert every evening (although now I do since life is too short) so the Valentine's Day dinner included some sort of sweet.  The boys always looked forward to the dinner and we now have a new family tradition that still stands today.

Have a great week.  Hug and kiss the ones you love every chance you get 💕


Monday-Spinach Salad with homemade dressing, Omelets with Feta and Spinach
To Do:  Put taco meat in the frig

To Do:  Set up crock pot, put puff pastry in the frig, make salad?

WEDNESDAY 💗 Pumpkin Chipotle Bucatini, Spinach Salad, Crescent Rolls, Nutella Puff Pastry Dessert
To Do:  Put steaks in the frig for a slow marinade.

Thursday-Grilled Steak, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus
To Do:  Nothing

Friday-Take out or Homemade Pizza

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Why???? Waaaah!

I need a do-over for this first month of 2018, and heck, let's just include February too.  Now, I have contracted the stomach bug from hell that is the current sickness of the week around these parts.  Yet again I am left with the desire to lay very still on the couch watching Netflix. 

Regardless, the lack of menu this week is directly related to my current lack of appetite and the fact that when I eat my stomach is not all.  I hope you and your family are well with no sickness looming in your present or future.  Have a great week!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Menu Plan Monday 1/22/18

This is the only picture I managed to take last week. The light is just terrible this time of year!
We ate at home last week as I eased back in to cooking, but we didn't stick too closely to the menu I had planned.  That's okay though, because my boy almost influenced me to pick up something to avoid us having to clean the kitchen.  I almost caved but at the last second I held strong, lol.

Last Week:
1.  Chicken Wings and Fries in the air fryer
2.  Leftover Macaroni and Cheese, Barbecued Ham, Fordhook Lima Beans
4.  Pumpkin Chipotle Sauce {using the sauce from Aldi, I might make the soup too} with Bucatini
5.  Meatloaf with Mashed Cauliflower Bake
6.  Cast Iron Pizza with Salad

This week:
1.  Classic Beef Pot Roast, Mashed Cauliflower Bake, Green Veg
2.  Bucatini All'Amitriciana, Salad, Rolls
3.  Chicken and Veg Lo Mein or Stir Fry
4.  Air Fryer TaquitosMexican Rice, Beans, and Corn
6.  Takeout {we are having work done on the house}

I have a lot of links but only two new to me recipes.  The key for eating all of these meals will fall on me.  If I don't prep the vegetables this weekend you can bet that neither the soup nor the lo mein will happen.  Those are the the two meals I am most looking forward to so I'm hoping that my motivation will stay intact.

Have a great week!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Menu Plan 1/15/18

Happy {after the fact} New Year.  Obviously, I haven't gotten off to a very good start with meal planning or anything else for that matter.  I came down with the dreaded flu on Christmas Eve and honestly just this week have I begun to feel like eating or participating in anything fun.  Not only was I coughing, sneezing, etc., etc. but I was nauseous and had difficulty keeping even liquids down.  As a matter of fact I lost about ten pounds and my physician was so concerned that I had to have some additional testing to verify that I am truly on the mend.  Thank heavens I am on the road to recovery and now I can start my year off right.  I'm just going to pretend that this is the first week of the year and forget about the last three weeks.  Nope, I will not let the recent past define the tone for 2018.  

I haven't shopped for food for about four weeks now and my freezers are looking pretty bare.  We have used up all of the meat that I had stashed and eaten more than our fair share of restaurant and fast food items.  In a way,we have been on a pantry challenge and we didn't even know it, lol.  Ty received an Air Fryer for his birthday so I know that a lot of experimentation is going to be happening over the next few months.  To me, it is basically a convection oven (which I adore) that is portable.  The possibilities are endless with what we will be making.

Here are a few things that have happened since I have posted:

My youngest son graduated from college.  Yay!  These are my parents and him on the big day.

I can wear youth sized Converse and they cost a lot less.

We built the cutest gingerbread house right before Christmas.

My soon to be daughter in law put together this beautiful spread for a special Christmas Eve celebration.

Chicken Wings (in the air fryer)
French Fries (air fryer)
Roasted Green Beans and Peppers

Leftover Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Leftover Barbecued Ham 
Fordhook Lima Beans


Crockpot Chuck Roast with Gravy
Rice or Potatoes
Green Beans



I'm easing my way back in to cooking and as you can see there isn't anything that is remotely complicated about these dishes.  This easy method is working well for us at this point.  I'm only shopping for menu ingredients that I am missing this week which should keep food costs low.. although the missing ingredients are meat along with vegetables so maybe not so low after all.  

Have a great week...stay well.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 12/11/17

I'm not sure what I'm writing this week but I do know that my scattered thoughts are showing, lol.
Thought and more thoughts with a few menu ideas thrown in for good measure.

 Buying these at the grocery this week because they are on sale and...well, we love, love them.

 Roasted Vegetables

 Elderberry Syrup to keep the sickness away.

 I've got to finish my tree.  I bought a similar size, but prelit tree, this year on Black Friday and I have put it up....I just haven't decorated it.  Gotta get on that business.

Makes me 😃


Taco Topped Potatoes, and  Easy Sheet Pan Souvlaki are also options for dinner this week.  I'll round out our meals with something green and quite possibly a salad too.

Have a great festive week!
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 12/4/17

As the year winds down, simplicity is forefront in my mind.  Not only with food but with well...with everything.  So today, I'm going to simply post what we are going to eat this week.  Without any further is the plan.

SUNDAY:  Teriyaki Marinated Grilled Steak, Grilled Shrimp, Cauliflower Mash, Green Beans, Buttered Bread  To Do:  Make Chicken Bacon Sub for the freezer

MONDAY:  Rotisserie Chicken Salad, Leftover Bread

TUESDAY:  Grilled Hamburgers with all the fixin's, Oven Baked Fries

WEDNESDAY:  Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Skillet Okra

THURSDAY:  Bucatini All'Amitriciano {using turkey bacon and the recipe as more of a suggestion} Something Green


All  of these recipes are tried and true and require little to no thought which falls right in to my simplified routine for this week.  Smile at everyone you see this week....Santa will be here before we know it!

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