Menu Planning

What’s For Dinner – Week of Jan 31, 2017

I have been terrible about posting my meal plans – but they’re so handy to look back on and if I inspire one person to start meal planning and budgeting then it’s totally worth the effort.  It also helps me remember what we had from week to week, and I can absolutely go back and mark out new things we tried that we either liked, felt “meh” about, or hated.  It’s good to have a reference point.

So this week is pretty standard – nothing too crazy – trying 2 new recipes – a Oricchette Pasta with Sausage, Kale & White Beans dish from my Cook’s Country (America’s Test Kitchen) One Pan Wonders Cookbook and a Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry recipe from Dinner At The Zoo.  Since we’re almost to the end of the week, and I’ve been horrid about getting this posted, I can report that both recipes were REALLY good, but I’d recommend low-sodium soy sauce AND chicken broth for the stir fry – mine ended up a tad salty.  Not inedible, and it was fine for my, but hubby said “Salty” and cleaned his plate….. so take that as you will.

Sunday, Jan 31, 2017 –  Oven Roasted Pork Chops & Hassleback POtatoes with Onions & Mushrooms.  I made this one up, but I have to say I LOVE hasslebacking potatoes because they cook faster and you can spoon tasty stuff down between the slices.  Yum.

Monday, Feb 1, 2017 – Simple breakfast night – just some French Toast (which i DO NOT EAT) and Bacon.  My hate-affair with french toast didnt start until adulthood, but eggy soggy bread with scrambled eggs smashed into it…no thanks.  Hubby & the boy love it though.

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2017 – Oricchette Pasta with Sausage, Kale & Cannellini Beans.  This was from the Cook’s Country cookbook and was excellent.  Hubby REALLY liked it, even though he picked out the kale a bit.  He ate some, picked some out.  I pick my battles.

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2017 – Manwich, French Fries & Salad.  Yes, we eat Manwich.  Its fast, easy, tasty… Boy & Hubby both like it and it’s one of the “convenience” foods I do keep in the pantry for “those nights.”  You know all about “those nights,” right?

Thursday, Feb 4, 2017 – Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry.  I really liked this recipe and thought the mushrooms in it were EXCELLENT.  Boy and Hubby both hate mushrooms so there was whinging.  I ignore it because mushrooms are easy to pick out and I made them french toast this week.  They can suck it up for 1 night.

Friday Feb 5, 2017 – That’s tonight, because i’m really late with this blog post.  Tonight I’m making a Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe I haven’t tried before.  Boy and Hubby both like Chili’s version – but all of the copycat recipes I’ve found call for VELVEETA. Sorry, not a convenience food I approve of…so found a different version at Like Mother Like Daughter.  Hopefully it goes over well.

Saturday Feb 6, 2017 – We’re going simple with leftover soup and grilled cheese to extend it a bit in case we don’t have too much leftover.

So this is our menu for the week? What are you having/did you have?  Share your trials and tribulations and let me know if you’ve got any ideas for things that would fit in with our “groove.”

Happy Planning,






AboutCarrie Hill

Carrie Hill is the mother of 2 human children, and 5 fur babies. She has a husband who is a great guy, a good food tester, but a bit of a nut, just like her. She enjoys writing, reading, cooking and baking in her spare time.


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