Monday, February 18, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

I used to join in at Menu Plan Monday at a few years ago.  I have been menu planning for about 10 years now.  I find that when I plan out my menu, I am less tempted to eat out....and waste money.  I also feel much less stress throughout the day.  So, to that end, here's my first Menu Plan Monday.  Some of them reference Cooking Light recipes that are not yet available online.  Every time I get a new CL in the mailbox, it feels like Christmas and I cannot wait to go through and try new ones.  I do love to cook....but some of these are really, really simple....but yummy.

Crockpot roast chicken with gravy, rice, and honey roasted carrots (Kathy’s slow cooker chicken)

Grilled cheese with Thai butternut soup (CL March 2013 page 24)


Coconut chicken soup (use left over chicken)

Shrimp linguini with ricotta, fennel and spinach (CL March 2013 page 26)

Saturday – Friend's 3 kids over for sleepover; 1 REALLY enjoys cooking
Cheesesteak eggrolls
Homemade pizzas – top your own (red onions, scallions, pepperoni, mini meatballs, left over chicken, olives, bbq sauce, hot sauce, pizza sauce, sriracha, mozzarella, gorgonzola, cheddar)

Mushroom frittata (CL Feb 2013)


-erica said...

My family would starve if I didn't menu plan. I am not a big fan of Cooking Light though. I tried that magazine for a 1 year subscription, but their recipes always seem to have at least one completely off-the-wall ingredient that I have trouble getting enthusiastic about. I don't want to buy a jar of something I've never heard of, only use half of it for the recipe, and find the other half sprouting in the back of my fridge a few months from now. I have yet to find a favorite cooking magazine.

Tracey Beck-Campbell said...

Gotta find a local friend who is a crazy cook....and borrow the weird ingredient from him/her. I started off that way, and now my pantry isn't complete w/out hoisen, sambal oelek, sriracha, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, or fish sauce.

Every couple of months, I hit a grocery store in south philly that has all that stuff CHEAP. Makes it easier to throw away if it isn't your thing.

p.s. Konbu and fish cakes....NOT my thing.

-erica said...

Oh, wow, I actually have oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, and I seem to remember using fish sauce before. Don't know what the other three are. I remember the challenging hunt for oyster sauce... it took several grocery stores, and I lost several pounds following confused grocery store managers around and around their stores looking for it. So sometimes I use weird ingredients... I try...