Monday, March 2, 2009

Menu Planning Monday

Ok, it's time for me to start menu planning again!! I haven't been very good at it for a couple of months but I am ready to plan, plan, plan!

Here's what we are having this week-
Monday-BBQ chicken, Ranchers Potatoes(recipe below!! Soooo yummy!) and garlic peas
Tuesday- Tacos, pinto beans
Wednesday-Crockpot pork chops with gravy (new recipe), baked potatoes, green beans
Thursday- Lentil Stew, Garlic Muffins (I leave out the onion) or cornbread muffins.
Friday-Meatballs & Pink Sauce (this was my favorite meal as a kid!!! See the recipe below.), rice and brocolli
Saturday- Chicken Tortilla Soup
Sunday- Crockpot beef roast, mashed potatoes, a veggie (not sure what yet)

Breakfast- cereal, oatmeal, waffles and homemade egg mcmuffins.
Lunch-PB&J sandwiches, quesadillas, grilled cheese, cheese and pimento sandwiches, tuna sandwiches
Snacks-Hummus and veggies, PB toast, cheese and crackers, tortilla roll ups, fruit

Meatballs and Pink Sauce
*This was my favorite meal growing up! I don’t really have exact measurements, I wing it as I go. But here’s a guideline.

Ground beef and meatball fixings (I use egg, milk, bread crumbs, garlic powder, salt, pepper and any other seasonings that happen to sound good that day!)
1 cup (or more) beef broth
Flour/water paste (maybe a couple tsp of flour and water each)
Sliced mushrooms
Lemon Peel- a couple of good size strips
1 Bay leaf
½ cup or so sour cream
3 TBS or more ketchup
Cooked rice

Make your meatballs as you normally would.
Brown meatballs in a skillet and drain the grease.
Remove meatballs to a plate.
Mix beef broth with the flour/water paste in the skillet. Whip it to remove any lumps. Bring to a boil. Add the meatballs back into the pan.
Add lemon peel, sliced mushrooms and a bay leaf.
Simmer for about 15 minutes.
Add sour cream and ketchup to taste. Heat to hot (but not boiling).
Serve over white rice.

Rancher's Potatoes
by Dirt Road Scrapper in the ScrapShare cookbook
6 large potatoes, washed & cubed into chunks
1 can chopped green chilies
5 strips bacon, cooked & chopped
8 oz. sour cream
3/4 c. Ranch dressing
1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
Place potatoes in a large casserole dish with a dash of water and microwave on high until almost tender. While they're cooking, combine all other ingredients and stir well. Stir into potatoes. Place dish in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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  1. I really need to get back to it too! I got off track with the whole move - maybe I will make it a goal for next week :)

  2. Yum! I'm definitely going to be trying those potatoes! I have a recipe really close to your meatball one!


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