Skip to content

Weekly Menu Plan, Apr 20 – Apr 26

2014 April 21
by Alicia

What a whirlwind week last week!  My husband was traveling for work, and we hosted our families for both a celebration of my daughter’s third birthday and Easter.  It was a busy week and weekend, but we made it :)

Of the new recipes, we liked the fries (even though I over-baked them a little).  The sourdough rolls were a little odd texture-wise, so I’m not sure that I’ll make them again.  Do you all know of any good uses for sourdough starter?  The sourdough recipe that I’ve been using calls for fed starter, so any time I make it, I’ve got a cup of starter that I either have to use or toss.  Frugal me can’t imagine throwing it away! ;)

Dinners
Chicken Penne Bake (new recipe to us), garlic bread
Green Pork Enchiladas (using leftover pulled pork from last week)
Chicken Bacon & Ranch Wraps, with Avocado
Salt & Pepper Chicken, edamame
Leftover Ham (maybe quiche? or casserole?)
Macaroni & Cheese, peas
Pretzel Dogs, corn

What’s on your menu plan this week?
Looking for some inspiration?  Check out my growing archive of weekly dinner menus.

Week 17 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

2014 April 17
by Alicia

Homemade pizza sauce is easier to make than I thought!  One time, I was out of it with no time to go to the store, so I grabbed some tomato sauce and started experimenting.  I must say that this sauce is so much more flavorful than the sauce you buy in a store.  And you can control the amount of the spices to your liking!

Homemade Pizza Sauce

In about 30 minutes or so, you can have pizza sauce at the ready, for using to top a pizza, or to use for dipping with crispy ravioli!

read more…

Weekly Menu Plan, Apr 13 – Apr 19

2014 April 13
by Alicia

This past week, we tried all of the new recipes that I had on our menu plan.  We thought they were all OK, but none of them were so outstanding that we wanted to have them again soon.  I much prefer simply sauteeing asparagus rather than the boiling and baking that the new recipe required.

We will have lots of family in town at the end of this week, as my daughter turns 3 on Wednesday!  She’s growing up so fast.  Her favorite pastime lately is singing.  I love hearing her belt out “Let it Go” from her current favorite movie.  I asked her what she wanted for her birthday meal, and she responded “Quesadillas!”  :)  I’ll be sure to make her some quesadillas this week, but I think I’ll make her my favorite birthday meal when our family is in town:  Fried chicken!

Dinners
Spaghetti, french bread, peas
Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon, Buttery Sourdough Buns (new recipe to us)
Beef enchiladas, corn
Homemade Pizza
Pulled pork sandwiches, Crunchy Baked Fries (new recipe to us)
Orange Cashew Chicken, rice
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, Broccoli & Bacon Salad

What’s on your menu plan this week?
Looking for some inspiration?  Check out my growing archive of weekly dinner menus.

Week 16 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Simple Side: Sauteed Asparagus

2014 April 10
by Alicia

I love simple sides.  And asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables to cook as a side around this time of year.  If you are looking for how to cook asparagus, this is the easiest and tastiest way that I know, and it’s sure to turn out every time.  Sauteed asparagus is a quick and delicious side for just about any spring dish.

Sauteed Asparagus

read more…

Weekly Menu Plan, Apr 6 – Apr 12

2014 April 6
by Alicia

I’ve been doing pretty well lately with making the new recipes that I want to try.  However, last week I did not make two of them.  We did make the tilapia, and my son raved about it!  He mentioned several times during the meal that, “we should have tilapia more often” ;)  Unfortunately, My daughter came down with a stomach bug, so my efforts the rest of the week were more geared toward keeping the house disinfected and the rest of the family healthy than making new recipes!  I hope we stay healthy this week.

Dinners
Chicken Pot Pie
Crispy Baked Ravioli, peas
Bean & Cheese Burritos, corn
Crispy Cheesy Buttermilk Chicken, Parmesan Asparagus (both new recipes to us)
Honey & Spice Baked Chicken (new recipe to us), green beans
Dinner at our friends’ house
Dinner with our Small Group (we’re hosting and providing several kinds of kabobs!)

What’s on your menu plan this week?
Looking for some inspiration?  Check out my growing archive of weekly dinner menus.

Week 15 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Simple Teriyaki Chicken

2014 April 3
by Alicia

Simple Teriyaki Chicken is so easy and quick, it’s barely even a recipe!  However, I wanted to share this super simple way to prepare chicken with you all.  We love to eat it over rice, but it would also be excellent on a salad or even in sushi!  The chicken cooks in less than 15 minutes, and with the use of a sheet of foil, cleanup is a breeze.

Simple Teriyaki Chicken

read more…

Weekly Menu Plan, Mar 30 – Apr 5

2014 March 30
by Alicia

I was able to make both of the new recipes for us last week. We really enjoyed the Korean BBQ recipe, and the chicken was OK (I used honey instead in case you were wondering ;) ).  I will probably double the Korean BBQ recipe the next time I make it so that we have more leftovers.

This week shouldn’t be quite as busy for us, but we are still adjusting to a new schedule.  I’m so happy to let you all know that my husband is starting a new full-time job this week!  He’s been working from home and staying with our kids during the day for the last four years.  It’s been wonderful, but now that the kids are getting older, we are ready for a new chapter in our lives.  Last week, he had a short (one week!) contract job, so it was a good transition for us with getting used to a new schedule and all.

I’m feeling the need for some Asian/spicy food lately, so I’m loading up the menu with all kinds of those yummy things.  Three more new recipes to try, and I hope for more good reviews!

Dinners
Crab Rangoon, Soba Noodles with Ginger Scallion Sauce
Honey & Spice Baked Chicken (new recipe to us), green beans
Chicken Yakisoba (new recipe to us)
Sweet & Spicy Tilapia (new recipe to us), asparagus, rice
Sausage, Pepper, & Onion Pizza
Sweet & Sour Chicken, rice, steamed broccoli
Dinner with our Small Group (not sure what we’re taking yet!)

What’s on your menu plan this week?
Looking for some inspiration?  Check out my growing archive of weekly dinner menus.

Week 14 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Chicken Stir Fry

2014 March 28
by Alicia

Whenever I find myself with an excess of vegetables on hand, I like to make Chicken Stir Fry.  It’s simple, and I almost always have the rest of the ingredients on hand.  When served over rice, it is a complete meal that is quick enough for a weeknight meal.

Chicken Stir Fry

read more…

Weekly Menu Plan, Mar 23 – Mar 29

2014 March 24
by Alicia

Do you have any great ideas for leftover baked potatoes?  I am going to do soup one night, and might make some twice-baked for the freezer, too.  I’m curious to see if you all have yummy ideas for the leftovers from our planting day!  In case you were curious, we now have a total of 400 grape vines in the ground :)

The new beef stroganoff recipe last week was good. My husband thought red wine might taste better instead of white, so I might try that substitution next time.  Despite our busy schedule this week, I’m still going to attempt a few new recipes this week!

Dinners
Cheesy Potato Soup
Tilapia, rice, peas
Ground Beef Shepherd’s Pie
Bulgogi Korean BBQ (new recipe to us), rice
Bean & Cheese Burritos (request from my son!), corn
Maple Cornflake Chicken (new recipe to us, will use real syrup or maybe honey!), carrots
Dinner with our Small Group (we are taking peanut butter bars)

What’s on your menu plan this week?
Looking for some inspiration?  Check out my growing archive of weekly dinner menus.

Week 13 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

2014 March 20
by Alicia

Sweet Potato Biscuits are one of my favorite quick breads to add to a meal.  They are buttery, light, and delicious!  We love eating these biscuits with a slathering of butter, and either honey or sandhill plum jelly!

Sweet Potato Biscuits

read more…