Menu Plan Monday


It’s Menu Plan Monday again! This weekend, I was looking around the remains of the garden. There’s not a lot; even the weeds have slowed down:


From the left, we have the remains of an alfalfa patch (treats for the rabbit and chinchilla), thyme, and cilantro, and my pitiful tomatoes. The tomatoes haven’t done well this year, and I’m not sure why. Usually at this time of year, the plants would be full of green tomatoes, ready to gather the night before the first frost. This year, there are probably under a dozen green tomatoes, and I’ve hardly had any to freeze or make into sauce. I’d like to think that the puny harvest portends a mild winter. We’ll see … if you have a garden, how has it done this year?

Here are the week’s plans:

Monday: BBQ Ranch Chicken Casserole — new recipe that looks good to me UPDATE — this was delish!

Tuesday: Spaghetti. Yep, just plain spaghetti and pasta sauce. The kids requested it, and it’s easy, so …

Wednesday: Tater Tot Enchilada Bake — another new recipe, but — tater tots, enchiladas  — what’s not to like? UPDATE — sadly, this wasn’t that exciting. Won’t make again.

Thursday: Tacos — another request from the kids. They requested simple, so I’ll just set out bowls of toppings, shells, and turn everyone loose …


Chicken Parmesan – an easy family favorite

1 jar marinara sauce

4 chicken breast halves

2/3 c. shredded mozzarella

1/4 c. bread crumbs

2 T. olive oil


Pour marinara sauce in bottom of ungreased 12 x 8 dish.

Place chicken over sauce.

In small bowl, mix cheeses, bread crumbs and oil. Sprinkle evenly over chicken.

Bake at 350 30-35 min.

Serve over noodles.

chicken parmesan

What are you cooking this week? More ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.

3 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday

  1. Two people I sat by at our church dinner yesterday were discussing their tomatoes and both said their tomatoes had NOT done well in 2014.

  2. My tomato harvest this year was on the small side as well. I usually have more than I can handle, but this year I was only minimally overwhelmed.

    That BBQ ranch chicken casserole looks great, I’m pinning that for future use!

  3. Maybe the tomatoes didn’t do well because the summer was so cool — just speculation.

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