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