Menu Plan Monday- AK

22 09 2008

This week at I’m an Org Junkie, the theme of our menus is family favorites.  I have been feeling stressed lately so I am going to take advantage of some of the convienence food in our freezer (ie- frozen ravioli, pierogies) and my crockpot (pot roast) to simplify life this week.  All of the weekday meals are favorites, not only for my family to eat, but for me to cook!

Monday– frozen ravioli, marinara sauce, garlic bread, salad

Tuesday-salmon patties, pierogies, grilled onions, green beans (Mix 2 cups cooked, deboned, flaked salmon, 1 TBSP dried chopped onions, salt and pepper to taste, and one egg.  Add enough bread crumbs and/or mashed potatoes to make patties.  Cook in pan or on griddle sprayed with non-stick spray until browned.  Serve with sour cream or tarter sauce.)

Wednesday-pot roast with potatoes, carrots and onions (Put roast, chopped veggies, a little water, salt, pepper, garlic and other seasonings as the mood strikes into the crockpot.  Cook on low 7-8 hours.)

Thursday– leftovers

Friday-greek style pizza (homemade pizza crust or Boboli type, topped with grilled onions, mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, chopped olives, chopped cooked chicken breast, cooked spinach, etc)

SaturdayParmesan Pork Cutlets, broccoli, pasta (check out the link to this recipe, doesn’t the photo look so yummy?  I think this is bound to be a future family favorite)

Sunday-Sauerbraten (see post here)

Be sure to check out other great tried and true family favorites here at I’m an Org Junkie.  Have a great week!


Note to my hubby who requested sushi- I will make it when I don't have kids hanging on my pants every time I go in the kitchen.

Carrots Anyone?

22 09 2008

The other week I decided instead of the $3.50 bag of baby cut carrots, I’d buy the $3.50 5# bag of regular carrots. A deal right? But what do you do with 5lbs of carrots?

After a quick rinse and the ends cut off, the food processor made quick work of the entire bag (save one lonely carrot for the kids’ snack).

Now, what to do with 17 cups of shredded carrots?

Carrot soup- 5 cups
Carrot cake (2 cakes)- 8 cups
Carrot bread (instead of zucchini)- 2 cups
Carrot muffins (same recipe as the bread)- 2 cups

And there you have it folks! I still have to make the cakes, but the rest is done and the bread/muffins turned out delicious! The soup was kind of bland, but I’ve been adding it to the baby food and also slipping it into dishes here and there (ie- used in meatballs instead of ketchup).

I am happy I actually used the entire bag. I am notorious for having good intentions with carrots, but having them dry up before I actually use them.

Please let me know if you have any other carrot recipes I could try, because I see myself buying another bag in the near future, this just turned out so well!

Welcome Fall!

22 09 2008

What better way to welcome fall than with an apple-picking trip? We visited our favorite family-run orchards yesterday and came home with a bounty of delicious macs. We’re planning to return in a few weeks to pick other varieties…but first we need to make a dent in our stash.