Monday, November 12, 2007

menu board Monday

I'm making out the menu for the next two weeks. It's so hard to come up with new meals...we often end up eating the same things over and over again. Bleah. I'm cringing as I say that, though, because I know that there are many people who don't have enough food and would love to have that problem. I think I'll stop complaining right now.

We plan our meals out two weeks at a time. We go shopping once for all of that, at least that is the intention, which means that we save tons of money. If we buy a day or two's worth of food, we always get a lot of extras because it seems like we're not spending very much. So we figure we can get a little of this and a little of that. A little this and that can add up to a couple hundred dollars over two weeks. We can't afford that.

Plus, then we don't have the daily song and dance of "What's For Dinner Tonight?" The meals are set, the food is all here; it's a great plan. So without further ado, the list:

  • Monday - Goulash Chicken & potato salad--It was on sale when I went shopping so I changed my list midstream
  • Tuesday - Homemade pizza burgers Goulash
  • Wednesday - Homemade pancakes - Blueberry and chocolate chip Cottage cheese pancakes
  • Thursday - Grilled cheese (JalapeƱo Cheddar or Seven Grain bread from Diamond City Bread, with a choice of pepper jack/Provolone/Muenster/Swiss cheese)
  • Friday - Kid's choice - Chicken strips or burgers
  • Saturday - Old fashioned rice pudding (Yes, it can be a meal on occasion. It has your protein, grains, and dairy in it. All it's missing is the fruit or vegetable, and you could serve it with frozen strawberries over the top. But we usually have it with cinnamon-sugar and extra milk.)
  • Sunday - Giada's chicken drummies, cheesy potatoes, and salad

  • Monday - Venison steaks and fried potatoes
  • Tuesday - Roast in the crockpot-I found some great inexpensive crockpot recipes at the Dollar Stretcher that I want to try
  • Wednesday - Chicken chili--this is a fantastic quick meal. I'll share the recipe below
  • Thursday - Turkey Day!!! That is a whole menu all by itself. But we're doing a potluck this year again so one person doesn't end up cooking everything.
  • Friday - Pizza - probably Papa Murphy's

We try to do at least one, if not two, meatless meals every week. It's better for you, and easier on the checkbook, too.

Here is the chili recipe:

Chili Chicken Stew

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 c chopped onion
1 med green pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 T oil
2 16 oz cans diced tomatoes (I use the ones with basil, garlic and onion added)
1 15 can pinto beans, drained
2/3 to 3/4 cup picante sauce or salsa (your choice of how spicy. I use mild.)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt

Optional toppings:
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream
Avocado
Crackers
Diced onions

Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. Cook chicken, onion, green pepper and garlic in oil until chicken is JUST cooked. (No longer pink) Add remaining ingredients, simmer 20 minutes. Let sit ten minutes.

This is a fast, delicious, healthy meal. You can serve with biscuits or cornbread and a green salad.

2 comments:

daisymarie said...

cottage cheese pancakes? I'm intrigued...how does that work..or taste?

daisyaday said...

Well, we serve them with butter and syrup...they're not as "bready" but they're light and easy to make.

You'll need:
4 eggs
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup flour

Separate the eggs. Beat the egg whites till they're stiff. In a separate bowl, beat the cottage cheese and the egg yolks together thoroughly. Add the flour. Fold in the beaten egg whites. Cook on a griddle as you do traditional pancakes. This will make about ten pancakes, so you'll need to double or triple the recipe for a larger group.

Quick, easy, high-protein, and actually very tasty.