Menu 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 🙂
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 — it’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
1/2 bag of fresh spinach
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. Put mixture in bottom of 9 x 13 dish. Mix potatoes with butter, cheese, salt, sour cream and soup. Mix with milk. Spoon over hamburger mixture. Top with remaining chips. Bake 45 minutes at 350.
She also wants cheese bread — which she makes really well 🙂 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 🙂
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?