Menu Plan Monday

menuplanmondayMenu Plan Monday has arrived again. This week, I have gotten out into the garden a little. I planted a row of spinach which is peeking out from the soil, and a row of snap peas. I also transplanted my basil outside, which looks okay, and my thyme, which appears to have been a casualty. Rhubarb is ready, and it looks like all the strawberry plants have survived — although they are quite small. This is the second year for those plants, so hopefully they will produce some berries. It will be good to be able to just walk out the back door for fresh, organic food again ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the week’s menu. Maybe I could call this “Duggar week” (as in the TV show 19 Kids and Counting), since I am making two recipes from a book of theirs.

Monday: Tater Tot Casserole — from the Duggars’ book. I change it some — only make 1/2 the recipe, use skim milk instead of evaporated, and much less meat. And add veggies as side dishes — otherwise it’s rather bland, color-wise at least.

Tuesday: Savory Bean and Spinach Soup โ€” itโ€™s good :) Also bread from the bread machine.

2 qt. chicken broth

1 #10 can diced tomatoes

1 #10 can northern beans

1/2 box long grain wild rice

1 large onion, diced

garlic powder



1/2 bag of fresh spinach

parmesan cheese

Wednesday: Cincinnati Chili (another Duggar recipe). I don’t think I have tried this one yet.

Thursday: Foil Pack Southwest Chicken — as I’ve said before, I do a lot of foil pack meals since they are so easy to individualize.

Friday: This is my very special oldest daughter’s 17th birthday! Her requested meal is:

Spicy Potato Casserole — from an Amish Cook column in our newspaper

1.5 lb browned ground beef

1 pkg taco seasoning

1 small onion, diced

8 medium potatoes, boiled and shredded (or use a bag of hashbrowns)

4 T butter, melted

2 cups shredded cheese

1 t. salt

1 pint sour cream

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 soup can milk

2.5 cups crushed corn chips

Combine ground beef, taco seasoning and onion.ย  Put mixture in bottom of 9 x 13 dish.ย  Mix potatoes with butter, cheese, salt, sour cream and soup.ย  Mix with milk.ย  Spoon over hamburger mixture.ย  Top with remaining chips.ย  Bake 45 minutes at 350.

She also wants cheese bread — which she makes really well ๐Ÿ™‚ For dessert, mint chocolate chip ice cream pie

Saturday: Hopefully relatives will be here for the girls’ birthdays. I say hopefully because my dad is having open heart surgery on Tuesday (if you’re the praying type, prayers are appreciated). Saturday may be the day he needs to move to his next location. But, if things work out, relatives will be here to celebrate. This is also my very special middle daughter’s 15th birthday. The years fly by so quickly!

Her requested meal is for everyone to make his or her own sandwich. But … I figure the relatives might want a bit more than that. So we’ll do the sandwich thing next week and I will make Cheeseburger Buns and Chinese Cabbage Cole Slaw. She wants a Watermelon Cake — honestly I am not sure how this is going to go over, or hold up. But I bought a personal size watermelon today to try it. I will let you know ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, this has turned into quite a lengthy post. If you’re still reading, thanks for sticking with it. Wishing you all a great week! What is on the menu at your place?



4 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday

  1. You certainly have a loaded week looming. Hoping for the best!

  2. Tonight I’m making chicken quesadillas. Haven’t made them in forever, so it will be a welcome change. Pair that up with some refried beans baked in the oven and covered in a layer of cheddar cheese…and will cut up a ripe avocado or two.

    I have also found a new love for tilapia. As meat prices go higher, fish seems to get cheaper! Plus, most of the household likes it since the flavor is so mild. Found a great topping recipe made from butter, mayo, panko crumbs, parmesan cheese and some spices. I’ll probably slide that in to my dinner plans this week…

  3. I’m the praying kind, and I will be praying for your dad. I’m eager to read updates about him.

    I’m technologically challenged, I admit, but I never did find the recipe for the watermelon cake. I’m wondering how in the world that would work.

    I hope you get to have a birthday celebration for your two older daughters.

  4. Ah! At last, I located the recipe for watermelon cake.

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