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Speck333 02-26-2012 11:33 AM

March 2012 Weekly Dinner Menus
 
Each week I pick out 6 things to make for dinner (one night is what we call FFY, or fend for yourself, night). This weekly menu becomes the base for the shopping list. Shopping is usually on Sundays, so Monday starts my "menu week".
I start these menu threads every week and month so I have a record of what I fixed and to share to help others perform this sometimes tedious task. I have been doing this since June 2010 and as far as I know, all of the threads are still in this forum if you just go back far enough or search for them, you can find them.
Please share your weekly menus here, too, and post or ask for recipes related to your menus. We are no longer allowed to post links to recipes on outside websites, but if it's here on LCF, please link to it. You may also list the recipe title exactly and say it's from "such and such website", or "so and so's blog".


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Week of Feb. 27-Mar. 4
MON: Grilled chicken salad
TUE: FFY
WED: Baked pork chops and salad
THU: Paleo Sweet and Sour meatballs (from the lateral eating blog - actual title is "My mumís sweet and sour meatballs with a twist") and sauteed shredded cabbage
FRI: Grilled steak and salad
SAT: Chicken parmigiana (from my "Joy of Cooking" cookbook) and green beans
SUN: Peppery Roast Beef (from Taste of Home)

pcaltman 02-27-2012 07:01 AM

Week Feb 27 - March 4

Monday - Sloppy Joe's, seasoned homemade fries, salad, canned fruit
Tuesday - Roaster chicken, gravy, rice, salad, baked cauliflower & onions
Wednesday - Spinach lasagna, spaghetti, noddles, salad, homemade bread
Thursday - Chicken alfredo, noddles, salad, leftover bread
Friday - Pizza & pizza toppings or leftovers
Saturday - Cheeseburgers, homemade fries
Sunday - Son's 18th birthday:)

kare30bear 02-27-2012 03:06 PM

Week of 2/27- 3/4
 
Mon. 2/27: Parmesan Ranch Pork Loin + Mashed Cauli w/Cheese
Tues. 2/28: Broccoli & Chicken Casserole
Wed. 2/29: Steak Lettuce Wraps + Roasted Green Beans w/Mushrooms & Balsamic
Thurs. 3/1: 7 Layer Beef Tostadas (using LC Wraps)
Fri. 3/2: Cajun Pork Chops topped w/LS's Creamy Cheese Sauce + LS's Spinach Gratin
Sat. 3/3: West African Chicken + Cauli Rice
Sun. 3/4: Black Bean & Beef Chili + LC Cornbread

LS = Linda Sue's

I didn't care for that lasagna I made last week. It was too salty and too cheesy (but not in a good way). More as in the way where the cheese "noodles" were just not great in it and gave it a weird texture... so I was pretty bummed after putting SO much work into it for that kind of end result. :dunno: I MUCH prefer the Spinach Lasagna from LS's site. Glad you liked it Speck!! :up:

pcaltman 02-27-2012 06:11 PM

Hi Karen is the brocooli & Chicken casserole Linds's? If not do you have a recipe, please? That sound really good:) I have lots of chicken to use up......

kare30bear 02-27-2012 06:46 PM

The one I am making is from the Better Homes and Gardens website. It has noodles in it (which I will use Dreamsfield).

ingredients
4 ounces dried medium noodles
2 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
1
10 ounce package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 - 10 3/4 ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese (2 ounces)
1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Paprika

directions
1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain well.
2. In a 2-quart casserole stir together noodles, chicken or turkey, broccoli, and green onions.
3. In a medium mixing bowl stir together soup, milk, cheese, basil, and pepper. Stir into noodle mixture.
4. Bake, covered, in a 350 degree F oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with paprika. Makes 6 servings.
from the test kitchen
Make Ahead Tip Prepare casserole; cover and chill up to 24 hours. Bake as above.

Speck333 02-27-2012 08:48 PM

oh gawd I miss tostadas!


Karen, bummer about the lasagna. We've all been there though. Lots of $$ in ingredients, lots of time in prep, for bleh or meh results.

Pcaltman, you don't look old enough to have an 18 year old! Happy birthday to him.

greengeeny 02-27-2012 11:11 PM

I haven't had time to make my menu yet for this week. I will be making it tomorrow...for tonight, I made the steak with queso shrimp and loaded cauliflower for dinner. :)

pcaltman 02-28-2012 06:06 AM

Speck thanks. We started young. My husband is 41 and I am 44. I can't believe he is turning 18 and going off to college in the fall:( I guess that's why we had 3 more:) Need to keep busy some how:)

cookwithme65 03-04-2012 12:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Speck333 (Post 15446966)
Each week I pick out 6 things to make for dinner (one night is what we call FFY, or fend for yourself, night). This weekly menu becomes the base for the shopping list. Shopping is usually on Sundays, so Monday starts my "menu week".
I start these menu threads every week and month so I have a record of what I fixed and to share to help others perform this sometimes tedious task. I have been doing this since June 2010 and as far as I know, all of the threads are still in this forum if you just go back far enough or search for them, you can find them.
Please share your weekly menus here, too, and post or ask for recipes related to your menus. We are no longer allowed to post links to recipes on outside websites, but if it's here on LCF, please link to it. You may also list the recipe title exactly and say it's from "such and such website", or "so and so's blog".


~~~~~~~~~~
Week of Feb. 27-Mar. 4
MON: Grilled chicken salad
TUE: FFY
WED: Baked pork chops and salad
THU: Paleo Sweet and Sour meatballs (from the lateral eating blog - actual title is "My mumís sweet and sour meatballs with a twist") and sauteed shredded cabbage
FRI: Grilled steak and salad
SAT: Chicken parmigiana (from my "Joy of Cooking" cookbook) and green beans
SUN: Peppery Roast Beef (from Taste of Home)



Hi Speck, How were those sweet and sour meatballs last week? I'll be restarting lc'ing and looking for ideas again. - Kristan

cookwithme65 03-04-2012 12:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kare30bear (Post 15449896)
Mon. 2/27: Parmesan Ranch Pork Loin + Mashed Cauli w/Cheese
Tues. 2/28: Broccoli & Chicken Casserole
Wed. 2/29: Steak Lettuce Wraps + Roasted Green Beans w/Mushrooms & Balsamic
Thurs. 3/1: 7 Layer Beef Tostadas (using LC Wraps)
Fri. 3/2: Cajun Pork Chops topped w/LS's Creamy Cheese Sauce + LS's Spinach Gratin
Sat. 3/3: West African Chicken + Cauli Rice
Sun. 3/4: Black Bean & Beef Chili + LC Cornbread

LS = Linda Sue's

I didn't care for that lasagna I made last week. It was too salty and too cheesy (but not in a good way). More as in the way where the cheese "noodles" were just not great in it and gave it a weird texture... so I was pretty bummed after putting SO much work into it for that kind of end result. :dunno: I MUCH prefer the Spinach Lasagna from LS's site. Glad you liked it Speck!! :up:

Loving your menu Karen! Thanks for the ideas. Where is the west african chicken recipe from. Did you like it?

Speck333 03-04-2012 11:44 AM

Kristan, the paleo sweet and sour meatballs were good! My DH gobbled them up and said they were "better than OK" which is high praise coming from him! LOL! I did spice up the meatballs more than what the recipe said and did not use the bacon. And I used splenda instead of honey in the sauce, and I used corn starch instead of arrowroot powder to thicken the sauce. I served them over stir fried cabbage.
The use of coconut flour in the meatballs is a really good idea. No, it doesn't make them taste coconutty. The highly absorbent coconut flour really holds the fat in the meatballs and helps them from becoming too dense.

Speck333 03-04-2012 04:38 PM

Week of March 5-11
 
MON: Carne Asada (I like the recipe from Simply Recipes online)/zucchini-cheese casserole
TUE: Grilled Chicken Salad
WED: FFY
THU: Ham steak/green beans
FRI: Indian Butter Chicken/wilted garlic spinach
SAT: Grilled Tri Tip Steak/Salad
SUN: Chili

kare30bear 03-04-2012 08:23 PM

Week of 3/5- 3/11
 
Kristan- Actually I never did get to making it yet so it's on the menu (AGAIN) for tomorrow. :doh:
Speck- That Indian Butter Chicken sounds interesting...may have to give it a shot. ;)

Mon. 3/5: West African Chicken + Green Beans & a LC Wrap
Tues. 3/6: Pork Lasagna Florentine
Wed. 3/7: Mustard Chicken + Italian Broccoli & Cheese Casserole
Thurs. 3/8: No Noodle Lasagna (from Linda Sue's site)
Fri. 3/9: Sirloin Onion & Pepper Skillet + Cauli w/Cream Cheese Sauce
Sat. 3/10: BBQ Beef Brisket (Linda Sue's) + Spinach Pie
Sun. 3/11: Mexicali Spaghetti Squash Casserole

pcaltman 03-05-2012 06:55 AM

Good morning all,

Trying to use up things in the freezer and not go to the store. Working on the budget a bit, so here we go:

Week March 5 - March 11

Monday - Zesty chicken, leftover rice from Son's chinese birthday, salad
Tuesday - Chicken pot pie (shell for kids, just soup for DH and me), pumpkin pie, jello
Wednesday - Spaghetti & meatballs, noodles, baked cinnamon apples
Thursday - Tarragon chicken, rice, salad, canned peaches
Friday - Pizza & pizza toppings
Saturday - Ham, Diced parmesan potatoes, salad
Sunday - Turkey, gravy, mash potatoes, mash cauliflower, peas

kare30bear 03-08-2012 08:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kare30bear (Post 15467076)
Kristan- Actually I never did get to making it yet so it's on the menu (AGAIN) for tomorrow. :doh:
Speck- That Indian Butter Chicken sounds interesting...may have to give it a shot. ;)

Mon. 3/5: West African Chicken + Green Beans & a LC Wrap
Tues. 3/6: Pork Lasagna Florentine
Wed. 3/7: Mustard Chicken + Italian Broccoli & Cheese Casserole
Thurs. 3/8: No Noodle Lasagna (from Linda Sue's site)
Fri. 3/9: Sirloin Onion & Pepper Skillet + Cauli w/Cream Cheese Sauce
Sat. 3/10: BBQ Beef Brisket (Linda Sue's) + Spinach Pie
Sun. 3/11: Mexicali Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Verdict on the African Chicken...interesting flavor...the kids and I liked it...DH wasn't ecstatic but didn't totally hate it. The Pork Lasagna Florentine was good...I think it needed more sauce, but only bc I added Dreamsfield noodles so I should have thought of that. :doh: Mustard chicken was good, as all the ones I try are and was simple to make. The Italian Broccoli was weird, I didn't have cottage cheese (never do) so I subbed w/ricotta and it just didn't mesh as I'd like so I'd like to make it again, but maybe with cream cheese instead. :dunno: And as far as the No Noodle Lasagna goes...Idk if I am doing something wrong but everytime I make this it turns watery...good flavor, I especially like the blend of sweetness in the zucchini with the other ingredients but I have no idea why mine keeps turning out this way. :(

I know my kids and DH are going to cry about the sirloin w/onion and peppers, they all hate onions and peppers...maybe I will leave it off of theirs. I decided not to get a brisket bc I had already spent a buttload of money at Costco and was not willing to pay $30 for a brisket so I need to come up with an alternate dish for Saturday. :confused:

Hope everyone is having a great week. :hugs:

pcaltman 03-09-2012 06:32 AM

Speck do see a weight gain when you eat ham?

Speck333 03-09-2012 11:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pcaltman (Post 15479945)
Speck do see a weight gain when you eat ham?

It's hard to say. I had a small piece of ham for dinner last night and am up in weight today, but I think that's either because I had a small roll at a party yesterday afternoon (you know how they make little sandwiches out of them on party trays), or, more likely, because I drank several diet sodas last night. I have noticed that makes me retain water. The piece of ham I had last night was very small, I can't imagine it was enough to make me retain this much water. A few times a year when I have a large ham dinner, like Easter, I eat a lot of ham, but also eat a lot of food in general, and so of course gain the next day, but always chalked it up to all the food, not the ham specifically. So, really, I don't know, maybe. lol

Speck333 03-09-2012 08:02 PM

Karen, what are the spices for the African chicken? The zucchini lets go of a lot of water if you are using it as "noodles" in the lasagna. You might try lightly salting the cut zucchini and laying out on a towel to get some of the water out before using it.

We had the Indian Butter Chicken tonight, and man, was it good! DH and loved it, DS wouldn't even try it and DD only ate one small chunk. Their loss. Made me long for basmati rice to soak of the sauce, though. :(

kare30bear 03-10-2012 07:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Speck333 (Post 15481883)
Karen, what are the spices for the African chicken? The zucchini lets go of a lot of water if you are using it as "noodles" in the lasagna. You might try lightly salting the cut zucchini and laying out on a towel to get some of the water out before using it.

We had the Indian Butter Chicken tonight, and man, was it good! DH and loved it, DS wouldn't even try it and DD only ate one small chunk. Their loss. Made me long for basmati rice to soak of the sauce, though. :(

I'll have to remember that tip next time for the zucchini. ;)

The West African Chicken is from Kalyn's Kitchen:
Ingredients:
1-2 T olive or canola oil (the recipe called for 2 T, but I think you could use less)
1/4 cup finely diced red onion (could also use regular onion)
1 T finely minced ginger root (I wouldn't use ginger from a jar for this dish)
2 tsp. finely minced jalapeno (I used pickled jalapenos which worked fine. Increase if you want it spicy.)
salt to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp. sea salt)
1 tsp. chile powder
1 cup chicken stock (chicken broth from a can is fine)
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter (use natural peanut butter without added sugar for South Beach Diet)
2 T tomato paste
1 T cider vinegar
3 cups diced, cooked chicken (use white meat or carefully remove fat from dark meat for South Beach Diet)
fresh ground black pepper to taste
3-4 green onions (scallions) thinly sliced

Instructions:
Finely chop the red onion, ginger, and jalapeno, and roughly chop the chicken. Heat oil in a heavy pan, add finely diced onion, ginger, and jalapenos, season with salt, and saute about 2 minutes. Add the chile powder, stir into other ingredients, and saute about 1 minute more.

Add chicken stock, peanut butter, tomato paste, and apple cider vinegar, stir, and bring to a slight boil. As soon as it starts to boil, lower heat to a very gentle simmer, add roughly chopped chicken, gently stir to combine, and let simmer 10-15 minutes. (Resist the urge to stir it very much, or the chicken will shred apart, which you don't want here.)

While mixture simmers, wash, dry, and slice green onions. After 10-15 minutes, gently stir again if the oil from the peanut butter has separated. Serve hot, with a generous handful of green onion slices on each serving.

Speck333 03-10-2012 08:18 PM

Does the peanut butter give it a Thai feel?

kare30bear 03-10-2012 11:32 PM

I think so. I used reg onions instead of red and I don't ever have ginger root so I went against the recommendation and used the ground ginger from a container anyways. I also used the pickled jalapenos instead of the fresh ones and didn't have fresh green onions but had the freeze dried from a container. I put this in a wrap, think it would be good over cauli rice also.

Speck333 03-11-2012 11:55 AM

I always sub ground ginger in recipes.

Speck333 03-11-2012 04:37 PM

Week of March 12-18
 
MON: Grilled Chicken Salad
TUE: FFY
WED: Baked pork chops/green beans
THU: OUT - pizza?
FRI: Grilled steak/salad
SAT: Corned beef and cabbage dinner, of course. :)
SUN: Baked Tilapia (parmesan and herb crust)/green beans

robyn416 03-11-2012 04:46 PM

Just starting on my LC diet and I think this will help me figure out what to eat besides roasted chicken and green beans! Thanks!:)

Speck333 03-11-2012 08:56 PM

Welcome aboard Robyn!

kare30bear 03-11-2012 10:41 PM

Week of 3/12- 3/18
 
So, I purchased a cookbook, which was available as a pdf, it's from the 24/7 Low Carb Diner blog. The items in bold are from that cookbook and I am pretty sure I am unable to give out the recipes to them directly so I just wanted to give a heads up. ;) It's $10 and has 157 pgs.

Mon. 3/12: Teriyaki Pork + Chinese Fried Cauli "Rice" (Linda Sue's)
Tues. 3/13: Exotic Chicken Wraps + Bacony Broccoli Salad
Wed. 3/14: Slow Texas Beef + Parmesan Encrusted Zucchini
Thurs. 3/15: Meatballs Roma over Dreamsfield Noodles
Fri. 3/16: Crispy Orange Pork + Cauli Garlic "Rice" (both from Linda Sue's site...going to attempt making the orange chicken crispy:dunno:)
Sat. 3/17: Mama Mia Chicken Bake
Sun. 3/18: Taco Pizza

pcaltman 03-12-2012 06:05 AM

Hi all,

Week March 12 - March 18

Monday - Brunswick stew, homemade bread
Tuesday - BBq chicken thighs, diced rosemary potatoes, canned peaches
Wednesday - Chili
Thursday - Ham & cheese croissants, baked potato wedges, salad
Friday - Pizza & deep dish pizza
Saturday - Pork chops, salad, cinnamon apples
Sunday - chicken divan, rice, homemade bread

Speck333 03-12-2012 06:30 PM

So many good ideas here!

Speck333 03-18-2012 02:13 PM

Week of March 19-25
 
MON: Steak and spinach (and bacon and parmesan) pinwheels/raw veg and ranch dip
TUE: Grilled chicken salads
WED: Ruben casserole
THU: Baked pork chops/green beans
FRI: Crock pot stuffed peppers
SAT: Grilled steak and green salad
SUN: Whole roasted chicken/mashed cauliflower (I got a sample from the LC Foods Corp. that's supposed to make mashed cauli taste more like potatoes. I'll let you know how it goes).

BTW does anyone have experience with once a month cooking? I'm thinking about doing this for next month.

kare30bear 03-18-2012 05:22 PM

Week of 3/19- 3/25
 
Mon. 3/19: Yankee Pot.....basically a stew using turnips instead of potatoes (24/7 Low Carb Diner recipe)
Tues. 3/20: Bourbon Chicken (LS) + Veggie AuGratin (24/7 Low Carb Diner recipe)
Wed. 3/21: Crusted Pork Chops (LS)+ Green Beans w/Mushrooms & Bacon
Thurs. 3/22:Italian Sausage Bake (24/7 Low Carb Diner recipe) + Baked Spinach
Fri. 3/23: Chili in a Flash (24/7 Low Carb Diner recipe) + Cheese "Chips" for the adults, fritos for the kiddos.
Sat. 3/24: Tortilla Pizzas + Side Salad
Sun. 3/25: Schewan Pork (24/7 Low Carb Diner recipe) + Cauliflower "Rice"


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