Sunday, April 29, 2012

Menu Plan Monday | 4.30.12

Here goes my first ever edition of Menu Plan Monday. I'm not looking to win any Creative Kitchen or Health Nut awards, I'm just a girl attempting to start the week armed with a P-L-A-N.

Open/Leftovers = Matt's working late.

Old Standby = Goulash + "homemade" {bread maker} bread.*

Yes, we're talking goulash like your mama used to make...elbow noodles, browned hamburger, diced tomatoes, corn, ketchup, onions, salt/pepper. One bite and I'm 10 years old again. Bonus points if served with a cold glass of milk.

*Dylan likes to point out that Mommy's bread isn't really homemade... "because the machine does most of the work."


I pinned this recipe a couple of days ago. It looks easy enough, and we've had some success with Asian-style chicken lettuce wraps. I'm not sure how the kids will do with the buffalo taste but I figured I can modify it if needed (leave some plain chicken out and serve it differently). I've been looking for a homemade ranch recipe too, so I'm eager to give it a try.


Thursday's are always tricky because Ella has gymnastics from 5-6:30pm (i.e. the world's worst extracurricular activity time slot.) I've made this recipe a few times and the kids love it served over rice. Throw in some steamed broccoli and everybody's happy. 

The boys are on their own; the girls and I will be at a Mother/Daughter dinner with my mom.

Family Night = Pizza Casserole.

This was one of Matt's favorites growing up: spaghetti noodles + an egg and Parmesan cheese layered with ground beef, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni (or your favorite pizza toppings). 

Side note: Weekend nights drive me nuts because I rarely feel like cooking, but the other options (eating PBJ's, ordering pizza, grabbing fast food, going out to eat) make me bonkers for other reasons - they're boring or expensive or unhealthy or hard to pull off with a two year old. I'm hoping I can get in the habit of making dinner at least one weekend night since it's also a good time for us to be able to all sit down and enjoy a meal together.

Whatcha got cooking this week?


  1. Your menu looks great Katie! I hate cooking on the weekends too.. its unofficially my hubbys time to cook. I dont tell him.. I just pretend to forget and see what he comes up with. Haha.. horrible. I know.

  2. This is very inspiring and I love the connection between food, memories and family traditions, And something new.....for our menu this week... sweet potato quinoa burgers{did I see quinoa on your menu?;)|}, peanut chicken salad, salmon and rice, and creamy chicken alfredo....

    1. mmmmm...I'm coming to your house for dinner this week!

      and yes, I thought about declaring one night of the week quinoa night ;)

  3. Dylan may be a little too observant :)

    Dinner at our house this week is burgers, tilapia w/ cheesy broccoli rice, beef stew, philly steak sandwiches, roasted chix and veges, chicken enchiladas and at the recommendation of your wonderful self, chix avocado salad sandwiches, which were so good the first time they'll be making many appearances in my weekly menus. I may have to try your honey sesame chicken recipe next week- sounds yummy!

  4. can I come and eat at your house this week? sounds yummy! :)


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