Happy Menu Plan Monday, everyone! This, as always, has been a busy week. My oldest daughter moved 3 hours away back to college and her classes start tomorrow. She is doing really well, but still, as a mom it’s so sad to see her leave. I guess you experienced moms know all about this, though. She has an apartment this year and is so excited to cook. Last night when she called, she was making chicken parmesan, one of our favorites. One of the things I love about menu planning is that it’s a great example to our kids of planning ahead, and then of cooking and eating at home. Of course, as with many parts of parenting, there’s no guarantee our kids will follow through with this on their own. But if they’ve seen the example, at least they’re more likely to.
My sister and I went to the state fair Saturday. Despite a few downpours, it was a fun visit. We saw the kids’ three 4-H projects there. When I was younger and in 4-H, we usually didn’t go to the state fair. When we did, it was a thrill. Now, my own kids have little to no interest in going. What’s up with that??! I had my annual delicious strawberry shortcake in the Farm Bureau Building (see a photo up at the top).
So, this week there are more tomatoes ripening in the garden. I’m not sure why, but many of my tomatoes this year have started rotting in spots. I have to pick them right away or they are mostly rotting away. Daughter #1 took a few to college (where she has an apartment this year) and has already reported making tomato sauce. I cut up several last week and froze them. This week, I hope to keep on top of them again.
Here’s the menu plan:
Monday: Oven Roasted Chicken and Veggies —
Cut up a couple of chicken breasts, a few carrots, a few potatoes – put in a roasting pan, then top with 1/3 c. olive oil and a packet of dry onion soup mix. Bake 45 minutes at 400.
Tuesday: Stacked Burrito Pie — made it before; delicious. On my way home from the state fair, I stopped at a favorite spot — Trader Joe’s — and bought some interesting chia seed tortillas to use in this.
Wednesday: Italian Beef and Spinach Pie — an “old” favorite from homemade cookbook #1. Haven’t made it in a while, but it sounds good — and does involve tomatoes 🙂
Thursday: Slow Cooker Orange Chicken with rice; I made it before and it was pretty good. Similar to the orange chicken you get at the Chinese places.
Friday: Stir Fry — no special recipe; I just cook some chicken, alfalfa sprouts, carrots, and snap peas (frozen from the garden) in soy sauce and serve with rice.
More menu plan Monday ideas at OrgJunkie‘s
So what is new on your table on at your house this week? Share in the comments!