Monday, December 29, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Ok, so I'm a bit late with this, but with the way this week's going, I feel good to have a meal plan at all!

Monday) My Version of Chicken and Pasta (like you get at restaurants!)
(How I did this: marinate chicken breasts in Italian dressing all day-- I am using a basil vinaigrette I had-- slice breasts into strips and cook in a bit of vegetable oil. Meanwhile, cook pasta-- I am using the twirl kind (16 oz. rotini). Remove cooked chicken breasts from pot, put in chicken broth (1 cup), EVOO (1/4 cup), Italian seasoning (2 tsp.), minced garlic (2 tsp.), diced tomatoes (2.5 cups) and simmer for two minutes. Then throw your chicken and pasta into the pot with the simple sauce you've made and toss to coat with the sauce. Sprinkle with some sea salt and coarse ground pepper. This is delicious, easy, and a favorite at our house! I double it and it usually makes enough for another meal or lunch the next day.)

Tuesday) Take out Chinese

Wednesday) Garlic Lime Chicken over Rice, Side Salad

Thursday) Traditional Southern New Year's Menu: pork roast, cornbread dressing, greens (none of us like this, so I am making green beans instead), black-eyed peas. I will make a selection of desserts on Wednesday to have with it (the things I didn't feel like making b/c I got sick right before Christmas, so I already have all the ingredients and might as well): candy cane puffs, pumpkin cookies with white chocolate chips, chocolate mint cookies.

Friday) leftovers (mom and dad's date night!)

Saturday) Tortilla Soup, Crescent Rolls

Sunday) Homemade Chicken Pot Pie, Cooked Apples

Monday) Beef Burgundy over egg noodles, Peas

Tuesday) Chicken Nuggets, Frozen French Fries, Canned Fruit Cocktail

I also plan to do some baking next weekend, as my supplies I had built up in the freezer have been depleted while I was busy writing! I hope to make pumpkin bread, eggnog bread (my husband's favorite, so I want to make some while it's still on the shelves!), and Raisin Bran Muffins.

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Nancy said...

Yummy and inspirational! Thanks for sharing - I'm going to try your version of the Chicken pasta.

Happy New Year!

Deb said...

Thanks so much for the last couple of posts. The menu ides are always helpful, and I very much enjoyed and embraced the blogs you mentioned in Planning for a New Year. They each had something that I needed to hear. Thanks for your contributions all year long and a very Happy New Year to you and yours!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Love your menu plan!


Laura said...

Yum! I make a Tortilla soup similar to this, but I put about 2 cups of salsa in the blender and until it's liquid and then pour it in the soup. It makes the flavors more alive and the makes the soup a little more creamy! I love this because I can throw it in the crock pot and let it cook all day. Even the frozen chicken breast! I just pull them out and cut them up before serving.

That chicken and pasta sounds yummy! I think I need to try that one!

Andy and Judy said...

My husband and I are missionaries in Papua New Guinea. I enjoy reading your blog!

Our nearest restaurant is 30 miles away and we don't travel after dark. So thus we do a lot of cooking from scratch.

What is EVOO? I really like this recipe and would like to try it!


sarah said...

That tortilla soup sounds wonderful! So does eggnog bread.

Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Hope we meet again some time this year. I am not sure about SheSpeaks -it will depend on the budget this year.

Hope everyone is well. Please be in prayer for a Focus on Prayer Retreat I am planning for the women of our presbytery on January 31st. Women are invited from eleven area churches to participate in a day of rejoicing, refreshing and renewing in the Lord.

In Christ Alone,

Sandra in Phx said...

I adore looking at other people's meal plans:) I need to make my meal plan for this week today.

If you are interested, there is a great slow cooker chicken tortilla soup on the AllRecipes website that is FABULOUS! I have made it a million times and it has turned out lovely each time. Great for the freezer!

**Judy~EVOO is Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Anonymous said...

Great menu! Have a Happy New Year!


Flamingo Mama said...

yum! i just made the chicken and pasta thing for dinner. i was questioning it at the end how tasty it would be but it was delicious!

Margie said...

Oh my gosh, your chicken and pasta sounds delicious. I am going to try it this week.