Menu Plan Monday 12/5/16

Blount Vegetarian Chili soup

Welcome to December, friends! Can you believe we are so close to Christmas now?

I feel glad that I have most of my gifts purchased. But there are many other things to prepare for this month. This week will bring a Nutcracker performance that I’m hoping to attend with daughter #2, and my Christmas piano recital/party for my students is Saturday. I really enjoy that, and I will spend the end of the week getting food ready for it. I’ll post about it next week so you can all attend vicariously.

In other news this week, I put up my birdfeeder. I was prompted by seeing a male and female cardinal couple hopping around on the patio. So pretty! Usually, it takes several days for birds to discover the feeder (I don’t leave it up in the more temperate months). But this time, within an hour or so they arrived. I even looked out once and saw an 18″ tall hawk sitting nearby! Yikes!

Here’s a look at this week’s plans:

Monday: Tuscan Chicken Soup — just tore it out of a magazine; this recipe looks similar. I like soup on cold days. Most soups are easy to make, and they’re just — cozy.

Tuesday: Meat and Cheese Lasagna — cut this out as I was clipping coupons. It just looked good — despite one daughter seeing me and commenting, “I don’t like that … gooey stuff in lasagna.” Hmmmm …

Wednesday: Italian Beef and Spinach Pie — from my “homemade cookbook” — something I’ve made for years. Yummy.

Thursday: Cheeseburger Pie — one of the kids’ favorites. It uses Bisquick, and the good news is that recently I learned that Meijer carries its own brand of Bisquick baking mix. Much cheaper and works just the same!

Friday: Tortilla Soup (a perennial, easy favorite)

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.

What Christmas events fill up your time this week? Are there any special holiday foods you like to make? You can find more menu planning ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.

6 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday 12/5/16

  1. Saturday is our church staff Christmas Party. It is always one of my favorite nights of the year. In 2000, Ellen and Brian were visiting me and I took them as my guests. When we got home, Brian asked me privately if I would approve of his marrying Ellen. That was a very happy night!

  2. We put up our birdfeeders this weekend, too! And they’re way out of reach of the squirrels. Have been seeing a lot of activity. Have a warm week!

  3. We have our BI Christmas party on Thursday night. I’m looking to it. BI provides part of the food. We take part of it. I’m making a cherry cheesecake. I always prepare something that I really like but would never make for myself alone. I anticipate a good evening.

  4. Patrick LOVES cheeseburger pie–maybe I’ll make it. I he asked for it a few weeks ago, then made other plans so I didn’t fix it.
    For the record, I’ve never heard of anyone taking down a birdfeeder. Any reason? I realize it prevents overly obese squirrels, but…..

  5. Joe has our bird feeders up all year long, because different birds come to visit us in different seasons. Of course, there are many more bird varieties in summer, but winter birds are fun to watch also.
    Your Tuesday evening menu appeals to me the most, because I am a big lasagna fan. Thanks for the TIP at the end. I will definitely have to try that one!

  6. As you know, your weekly menu always makes me hungry! This week sounds very appetizing. I used to make a Cheeseburger Pie that my daughters loved. It was put in a regular pie crust which made it easy since I bought a frozen pie crust. Nobody knew that I didn’t make it!!

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