Menu Plan Monday 7/4/2016

Menu plan Monday again — this time on the 4th of July! Happy holiday to everyone!

It’s a quiet holiday here. The neighbors we often celebrate with are in China. I’m okay with not doing anything, though — we are recently back from a big vacation, had a trip to a theme park, and there will be other small travels still to come this summer, so some downtime actually sounds lovely. We have the good fortune to see a great fireworks display from our house, so there’s not even the need to travel for that.

Here’s the plan for this week:

Monday:  Walking Tacos. Have you had these? We served them at my daughter’s graduation last spring. Then, Saturday the girls and I went to a nearby shop that was hosting a lunch for its customers. They served — walking tacos. We all enjoyed them and the girls said that I should make them. Basically, I’ll buy corn chips. You put some on a plate, then add Mexican-seasoned chicken or beef, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, cheese, etc. I think the “walking” comes from the fact that often these are served in individual-sized bags of Fritos. They’re good and easy.

Individual Rhubarb Crisps too — with ice cream — our nod to July 4th, and I love having rhubarb out in the garden!

Tuesday: Veggie Skillet Lasagna — torn from a magazine. I should be able to get a zucchini from the garden this week! My tomatoes are still green though, so I guess I will have to buy those …

Wednesday: fish night. You know the drill — some baked types of salmon or whatever; also some breaded types for the kids. Daughter #3 will try making yeast rolls again. 4-H baking judging is just a week away …

Thursday: Cheeseburger Buns — a favorite of the girls; they take a bit of time but are worth it. Basically, hamburger and cheese baked into bread dough.

Friday: Chicken and dumplings — no real recipe; I just cook chicken breasts, celery, carrots, onion, and broth and make homemade noodles. On the advice of my sister-in-law, a few months ago I bought a spaetzle maker and have tried that in place of noodles. I have to say the results were tasty, and it was easy.

chicken and noodles spaetzle

Here’s the spaetzle maker in action, in case it’s new to you:

spaetzle maker

That will do it for the week here! What is new in your kitchen or world this week? Any exciting July 4th plans? Share in the comments.

More menu plan Monday ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.



4 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday 7/4/2016

  1. I wish you had gone in more detail about the spaetzel maker. I could google it and find out, I guess. At this point I am clueless what you are grating that makes something like noodles. My kitchen in the last half a week has turned into an apple factory. A friend told me I could come get all the apples I wanted from under her large apple tree in town. I went twice. I got a 5 gal. bucket for me and a 5 gal. bucket for a friend TWO times! The tree had not been sprayed. The apples were little and they were anything but nice. I don’t think I cut into one decent apple. So nobody appreciates the 20 containers of applesauce I got more than I do! Hard work is its own REWARD!

  2. We also are having a “down” day today. I always welcome a quiet holiday. Guess that shows how old I am getting!! I also am curious about the spaetzel maker. I’ve eaten it lots of times but had no idea how it’s made. All of your upcoming meals sound delicious, as usual. And of course, now I’m hungry!!

  3. Your rhubarb pie on the 4th of July sounds great! Having your own rhubarb is a real plus. I did absolutely no cooking on the 4th, because I had my favorite rainbow trout meat at Cracker Barrel for lunch, and my husband and I were invited to my brother’s house for supper and Euchre and Dominoes. Sherry is a very good cook, and it was a very fun time! For dessert she had blueberry pie and sugar creme pie…yum,yum!

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