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".
Week of Feb. 27-Mar. 4
MON: Grilled chicken salad
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)
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:)
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:
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......
The one I am making is from the Better Homes and Gardens website. It has noodles in it (which I will use Dreamsfield).
4 ounces dried medium noodles
2 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
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
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.
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.
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. :)
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:)
Hi Speck, How were those sweet and sour meatballs last week? I'll be restarting lc'ing and looking for ideas again. - Kristan
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.
Week of March 5-11
MON: Carne Asada (I like the recipe from Simply Recipes online)/zucchini-cheese casserole
TUE: Grilled Chicken Salad
THU: Ham steak/green beans
FRI: Indian Butter Chicken/wilted garlic spinach
SAT: Grilled Tri Tip Steak/Salad
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
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
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:
Speck do see a weight gain when you eat ham?
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. :(
The West African Chicken is from Kalyn's Kitchen:
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
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.
Does the peanut butter give it a Thai feel?
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.
I always sub ground ginger in recipes.
Week of March 12-18
MON: Grilled Chicken Salad
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
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!:)
Welcome aboard Robyn!
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
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
So many good ideas here!
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.
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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