Menu Plan Monday 8-3-2015

chicken parmesan


Welcome to menu planning for August!

Even though we still have a couple of weeks here until school starts, August always feels like the end of summer to me. Daughter #3 is almost finished with her first band camp. Daughter #1 is making this pile in the dining room — less than two weeks until she heads to college (sniff).

pile for college

But, one constant in life is eating. And therefore, cooking. Even though I complain about cooking and menu planning, really when you come down to it, it’s one of those routines that gives life comfort. So, let’s get to it.

rhubarb pie

Let’s start with rhubarb. I have a nice rhubarb patch in the garden thanks to a start from my mother-in-law’s several years ago. I love rhubarb desserts, and so do maybe 2 of the girls. It’s just one of those things people either like or they don’t.

A friend shared her rhubarb pie recipe with me this week. I made it, and it was good (my pictures of it, not so much. But trust me, it was). Above, there’s the pie ready to go into the oven.

rhubarb pie

… and here it is fresh out, with ice cream, of course. Here’s the recipe:

Rhubarb Pie

Combine in mixing bowl:

2 eggs

3 cups finely chopped rhubarb

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons flour


Stir well and put into unbaked pie crust.

Bake at 375 for approx. 1 hour.

How’s that for an easy pie recipe?

Here is the week’s menu plan:

Monday: Leftover buffet. I have been so busy the past few days. Cooking just is not happening today, but that’s okay because the refrigerator needs cleaning out.

Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan – daughter #3’s 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.

Wednesday: Garden Pasta Bake – easy; combines pasta and veggies in a meatless dish

garden pasta bake

Thursday: White Chicken Chili. No recipe here, but the other day I discovered a packet of seasoning for it that has been there … um, quite a while. I think it’s time to give it a chance. You know white chicken chili, though. It’s basically chicken and white beans.

Friday: fish night — I think I have a bag of tilapia filets. Some type of garden vegetable too.

What are you cooking this week? When does school start where you live?

More menu planning ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.

4 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday 8-3-2015

  1. The thought just occurred to me – when your oldest daughter goes to college, you will notice a difference with one less mouth to cook for, one less person eating lots of fruit, etc.
    I am glad the rhubarb pie recipe includes eggs. Aunt Dorothy taught me to always add an egg or two to rhubarb pie. I think it helps thicken it.
    If you girls leaving for college was a sad thing for me, I have blocked on that part. Many mothers have such a time when their child even starts school. For me, it made me SO happy that you were starting to learn! It honestly was NOT that I was glad to get rid of you, lest somebody may try to read this into my words.

  2. P.S. I made Unbelievable Chicken yesterday so I’ll eat it most all week and that’s a happy thought! I suggested to Ellen I could make it for Kate’s party. It’s easy and everybody loves it.

  3. Thanks for getting Grandma Bear’s Rhubarb Creme Pie back into my recipe file! This recipe never fails and is super easy. Yes, the eggs make all of the difference in getting the filling texture just right!

  4. I LOVE rhubarb pie. Wish I had some. Enjoy it!

    I was given a handful of fresh green beans yesterday. I’ll buy another handful to put with it, put some bacon or ham in it and a little onion. Ummmm! Will that be good.

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