Menu Plan Monday 2/22/2016

vegetable lentil soup


Hi everyone — how has your week been? I have really loved our weather the past few days. We probably made it up to 60 degrees over the weekend, which felt very springlike. Daughter #3 and I went to bonsai club at a local library branch which has begun a seed bank. I “checked out” 8 packs of seeds (odd term since you obviously don’t return them, but they hope you might grow something with them and them bring back seeds from those plants). I went to the symphony Saturday night and didn’t even need a coat. Pretty awesome in February!

But, now it’s cold again. Not for long, though. March will soon be here, and you know what begins in March — spring, for real!

So, here’s the week’s menu plans. It’s a pretty easy week for me (purposely so):

Monday: Cashew Chicken Quinoa Bake — new recipe to me; my husband’s cousin Kristin posted it on Facebook and it looked good. Speaking of good, Kristin is a great writer. Check out her blog (and her books!).

DID YOU KNOW? If you want the recipe, hover your mouse over the name of it here, and you should be able to click to get it. One of my blog frustrations is that this is often not obvious to readers.

Tuesday: Progresso Soup was on sale last week — I bought 3 cans of the lentil variety, and plan to have it heated for after piano lessons. I have 30 minutes between lessons’ ending and dinnertime, so I may try to get dough going in the bread machine so that I can quickly make breadsticks to have to go along with the soup.

Wednesday: Hawaiian Chicken: a friend and frequent commenter (Leona) loaned me a church cookbook she likes. Church cookbooks almost always seem to have great recipes! Here is one that looked good:

4 chicken breasts

1 can chunk pineapple, with juice

1 medium onion, diced

3/4 cup ketchup

4 T. butter

1 T. worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4. t. dry mustard

1/3 cup vinegar

Place chicken pieces in 9 x 13 pan. Mix other ingredients together in saucepan over heat. Pour mixture over chicken. Bake 1-1.5 hours at 350, til tender.

The author says this is good with pork chops or spareribs too. I plan to make it in the crockpot.

Hawaiian Chicken


Tortilla Soup (made it last week and have enough left to repeat)

16 oz. refried beans

14.5 oz. chicken broth

5 oz. chunk chicken (I usually just cook 1 chicken breast)

15.5 oz. black beans, rinsed

3/4 cup salsa

Combine all ingredients.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 min.

Crumble a few tortilla chips in the bottom of each bowl.

Ladle soup over chips and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

Friday: Fish night — I will bake some fish (I have some plain fillets and others breaded); probably mashed potatoes and green beans too.

What is new in your kitchen or in your life this week? It’s always fun to hear from you in the comments.

More menu plan Monday ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.


7 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday 2/22/2016

  1. It reached 72 in Seymour Saturday. I played pick up sticks in my yard. More of the same is needed. I am pretty immersed in leftovers at my pad and that makes me super happy!

  2. Hey, thanks for the plug, Susan! I think you will enjoy the quinoa bake. I was pleasantly surprised how well it turned out. BTW, I used plain old milk in place of the almond milk or whatever it was they suggested. It turned out just fine. Forgot to mention that!

  3. It all sounds really good. I enjoy Church and other organization’s cookbooks, too–especially old ones. I have one where everyone is listed as “Mrs. Husband’s Name.” Cute. I posted my 3 choices yesterday on Facebook. Interesting week–we’ll see how it goes.

  4. All of your meal ideas for this week sound yummy, but I think that my favorite would be the Wednesday chicken breast one. You will have to tell me if it turns out as well as the recipe states. Hope that your family likes it!

  5. I had an adventure this afternoon. I was eating a leftover pork chop and gave a small piece of it to Snookums. It apparently got caught in her throat, and she had foam/saliva drooling out of her mouth a couple of inches long. I picked her up and ran my finger down her throat, but didn’t feel anything. Then I put her on my knee and tried to do the Heimlich on her. Nothing came out, but she was apparently able to get it down finally. It scared me half to death. I thought I was losing her. I’ll think long and hard before giving her another piece of meat. So that’s what’s happening at my house today.

  6. Wednesday’s dinner sound so darn good. I am going to give that one a try soon.
    First time here, howdy I am Pam. hehehe

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