Meal Plan Monday in MA

8 01 2010

I’m beginning to think that I should switch to Meal Plan Fridays since I’m not great at planning dinners first thing on Mondays. So this is either really late for this week or a bit early for next, but here goes:

Friday: Baked fish and vegetable soup.

Saturday: Pizza and Salad

Sunday: Hot dogs and pink potato salad, Soup

Monday: Teryiaki Chicken with fried rice (onions, peas & carrots)–recipe from Dream Dinners cookbook

Tuesday: Baked Pork Chops with mashed potatoes and a sauce made from evaporated milk

Wednesday: Pork and Pink Bean Sautee–Leftover pork cut into pieces and mixed with beans and spinach

Thursday: Pasta & Sauce, or leftovers

Friday: Baked Tilapia with cracker crumbs

Saturday: Leftovers, or Pasta & Sauce (whatever doesn’t happen on Thursday!)

Sunday: Frozen Lasagna (recipe from Best Make Ahead Recipes)

Happy eating! Check out I’m an Organizing Junkie for more ideas. To find this week’s MPM, click here.

She’s also got a list of links for freezer recipes here.

Meal Plan Monday in MA

16 11 2009

MEAL PLAN MONDAYI dub this week “Week of the Little Piggy That Stayed Home.” I found some interesting recipes in the Grocery Bag section of this month’s Everyday Food. I’m glad this was a free subscription, since most of the recipes I have to tweak too much to fit our family’s needs and preferences. I tried the winter vegetable soup recipe last week and enjoyed it, so I’m optimistic about the companion recipes which center around ham and pork.
Stay tuned for next week, which will likely be the “Week of the Turkey.”

Sunday: Prelude to pork (aka: leftovers to make room for the week!)

Monday: Spice-rubbed pork loin with acorn squash (EF recipe)

Tuesday: Creamy Pasta with ham and broccoli (EF recipe)

Wednesday: Cubano Sandwiches (EF recipe, uses pork loin leftovers and ham)

Thursday: Leftovers eaten in a hurry since we’re going to see Miranda Lambert!!!

Friday: Baked Fish with herbed breadcrumbs and broccoli (EF recipe)

Saturday: Homemade pizza with pantry/freezer findings (maybe pork sausage??)


Shake up your meal plan with new ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie this week. She has some great ideas for decorating your Thanksgiving table!

Meal Plan Monday in MA

13 09 2009

Today I’m planning out a week+ of dinners with some inspiration from some borrowed cookbooks. I hosted a little lending-library cookbook playdate for our playgroup. A few of us love reading new cookbooks, so it worked out well. Everyone who came brought some cookbooks and cooking magazines and went home with new ones. I have a few tasty-sounding recipes from those books I borrowed. So here is my plan with my thinking-aloud notes!

Monday: Cassoulet Quickly (from The Working Parents Cookbook)

I just love the way the word “cassoulet” rolls off the tongue; cah-sue-lay, ka-soooooo-lay, caaaaa-soo—okay, enough! I haven’t had a decent cassoulet since a random visit to the home of the aunt of an acquaintance when I lived in Lyon. I’m not trying to recreate an authentic cassoulet and I’ll probably be using a combination of chicken sausage and breakfast sausage from the freezer. I also adore the accompanying illustration in the cookbook that shows a bunch of smiling beans doing the backstroke in a casserole dish.

Tuesday: Homemade Spaghetti-O’s

I found these ring-noodles from Ronzoni on sale last week and thought they’d make fun spaghetti-o’s without all the sodium & MSG. I had never seen this dry pasta shape sold before and, funny thing is, I can’t find them on their website! But, Ronzoni is hosting a contest to win free groceries for a year, so enter here!

Wednesday: Navy Bean & Bacon Chowder (Fix-it & Forget It Entertaining Cookbook)

Okay, no story for this recipe. It just sounded easy to make and who can complain about eating more beans when there’s bacon involved?

Thursday: Highly Secretive Chicken Recipe Trial #2 for the Taste of Home Chicken Champs Cooking Contest

I could tell you what I’m making, but then it wouldn’t be a secret! I’m trying to create a recipe from the memory of a meal we had with friends over 5 years ago. It seems like I’m on the right track. I just need to clarify a few ingredients and quantities.

Friday: American Salad Nicoise (from The Working Parents Cookbook)

Bean’s favorite jingle is from the Bumblee Bee Tuna commerical on the radio. She sings along every time it plays! And I loved the picture next to this recipe: An olive, a potato, and a bean fishing for tuna. It isn’t called “American” in the cookbook but I added that since I’m going to sub regular yellow mustard for the dijon in the house vinagrette or hubby won’t touch it.Or maybe I’ll just use some caesar dressing from the fridge.

Saturday & Sunday: Leftovers
Need to take a break from meal-making and maybe go out to a festival or apple picking…

Monday: Creole Black Beans (Fix-it & Forget It Entertaining Cookbook)

Well, not sure if I can call it creole because by the time I finish subbing out some of the ingredients, it will surely be something else. I have the beans, but I think I’ll cube some beef instead of using smoked sausage since that’s what’s in the freezer. I think it’ll still be tasty served over rice.

Tuesday & Wednesday: Sammies and Leftovers
Going to leave the fridge empty while we go camping for the weekend. Hurray for yurts!

For more meal plans and lots of dinner ideas, go to I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Meal Plan Monday in MA

3 08 2009

greenmpmI love the tastes of summer, but I don’t think my waist will forgive many more hotdogs! I’m also trying to get by without another grocery run this week. Here’s what I’m thinking of for dinners:

Monday: Ham & Sweet Potato Kabobs (from Taste of Home mag)

Tuesday: Spinach Frittata

Wednesday: Split Pea Soup & cheese sandwiches (add peas & broth with leftover ham to crockpot)

Thursday: Lots of Leftovers

Friday: Something Fishy 🙂 (will defrost salmon from freezer)

Saturday: Jambalya (still trying to develop my recipe, any suggestions?)

Sunday: Saucy Pasta

Spice up your meal plan with ideas at the Happy Housewife ! (guest hosting for I’m an Organizing Junkie this week)

Un-stuffed Peppers

24 03 2009

I’ve recently rediscovered how much I like stuffed peppers  but they’re too much work to eat regularly. When I found this recipe for stuffed peppers in the crock pot, I was skeptical, especially since it doesn’t require whole peppers.
Nevertheless, I gave it a try and it turned out very tasty. Sure, it’s not as pretty as regular stuffed peppers (the picture is before it’s cooked). Still, I’ll trade the simplicity of the dish in for the lack of visual appeal!

I did change a few things from the original recipe:

    --Used 2 red, one green bell pepper.
    --Reduced the amount of meat by at least 1/3
    --Didn't have enough tomato sauce, so I cut back the rice
    --Forgot to add the cheese. Didn't miss it!

Time saver tip: I chopped the peppers earlier in the week and used some of them in another meal. I put the ones for this recipe in the freezer until needed. Just be sure they’re defrosted before adding to the slow cooker. Next time I might even try using a bag of frozen chopped peppers from Trader Joe’s.

For lots more slowcooker recipes, visit the “WHAT’S IN YOUR CROCKPOT?” party at Smockity Frocks. Yum, yum!

Korean Stir Fry

12 06 2008

I adapted this recipe for Korean Stir Fry to take advantage of the ingredients already in my pantry.  Below is the recipe with the changes I made in red… Well my husband and I loved it!  I tried to take a photo, it was even better than it looks!  This is a recipe I’ll definitely make again.


korean beef stir fry

Korean Beef Stir-Fry


    3 tablespoons mirin (see Notes) (used some sake we had)

    2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

    2 teaspoons cornstarch

    1 tablespoon canola oil

    8 ounces flank steak, trimmed of fat and very thinly sliced against the grain (see Notes)

    1 tablespoon chopped garlic

    2 teaspoons chopped jalapeno pepper, or to taste (chopped a few pickled jalapenos) 

    1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger  (added 1tsp ginger spice to the soy sauce/sake mix)

    4 cups mung bean sprouts (added some brown rice instead, about 1c. cooked)

    1 (6 ounce) bag bag baby spinach (used 1/3 package of frozen spinach)

    1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (omitted)

    1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (omitted)

    2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (see Notes) (optional)



Combine mirin, soy sauce and cornstarch in a small bowl.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Spread steak out in the pan and cook until seared on one side, about 1 minute. Add garlic, jalapeno and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bean sprouts and spinach (the pan will be very full). Pour the mirin mixture into the pan and stir gently until the sauce thickens and the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir in cilantro and sesame oil. Serve topped with sesame seeds (if using).

Yield: 2 servings


–  Mirin is a low-alcohol rice wine essential to Japanese cooking. Look for it in the Asian or gourmet-ingredients section of your supermarket. An equal portion of sherry or white wine with a pinch of sugar may be substituted for mirin.

–  If you have a little extra time before dinner, put the steak in the freezer for about 20 minutes to help make it easier to slice thinly.

–  To toast sesame seeds, heat a small dry skillet over low heat. Add sesame seeds and stir constantly until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.


Meal Plan Monday in MA

9 06 2008

Here’s a week of dinners, with no particular order, except the leftovers usually appear after the meal has been prepared. I’m dreading being in the kitchen this hot and humid week, so I’ve come up with some simple, flexible meals. If you notice, the proteins repeat themselves…cook once, eat twice!  Have a yummy week!

  • 1: Hawaiian chicken thighs (pineapple & mustard sauce) with veggies
  • 2: BBQ chicken mini pizzas
  • 3: Broiled Mustard Glaze Ham Steak with Parmesan Noodles
  • 4: Crazy Mac with Cheese Sauce and Ham Cubes
  • 5: Tuna Salad Sandwiches with Cold Soup (not sure exactly what yet)
  • 6: Hummus and Pasta Salad with Tuna (just going to use leftover tuna salad)
  • 7: Leftovers and such…

If you’re still hungry,
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or visit I’m an Organizing Junkie!