Menu Plan Monday 2/6/17

healthy fish dinner

Happy Monday to all you readers out there! How was your weekend? My accompanying for band solo contest is over, and the day was a lot of fun. Really, I think if I could choose my perfect job at this point in my life, it would be playing for kids at contest every day. Of course, this is totally unrealistic, but still. On contest day, everyone gets dressed up. Everyone (pretty much) seems happy and excited. Everyone is complimentary of others. It’s life as life should be — kind of like Disney World (without the rides, good food, high ticket prices, crowds … okay, so it’s really not like Disney at all, except for that “pixie dust feeling”). The three students I played for who had group 1 solos all received gold ratings, so they will go to Indianapolis in three weeks for state competition. I’ll go to that too, and it’s another fun and exciting day.

This week is a little quieter since contest is over. But, there are still things to do. Piano lessons of course, and a few other things here and there. Daughter #3 and I took a walk in the wonderful, spring-like weather Sunday. I wish I could say spring is arriving, but I know it’s a bit early to hope for that yet. Still, I already am noticing light arriving earlier in the morning and departing later in the evening. Yay!

In other food-related news, on contest day, I treated myself to lunch at Arby’s, where I tried their new King’s Hawaiian Fish Sandwich. I recommend it; it was really tasty.

As to cooking and dinners, I’m feeling pretty uninspired lately. I feel like I make the same thing over and over, and often when I want to try something new, it will not appeal to one or more family members. So, I apologize for the lack of variety here. I notice it too, believe me.

Monday: Roasted Chicken and Vegetables – Cut up a couple of chicken breasts, a couple of carrots, a couple of 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: YOYO (you’re on your own — I give piano lessons until 5:15 and have to volunteer in band concessions 5:15 – 9).

Wednesday: fish night — probably baked, with pesto sauce? Last time we had fish, I prepared it in a skillet with a little olive oil and bread crumbs (top photo). It was good!

Thursday: Chicken Tortilla Bake — I found this recipe crumbled up under the crockpot the other day. Let’s see if it merits saving …

Friday: make your own pizza —  I make the dough and each person makes their own pizza with the toppings they like.

homemade pizza

You can find more menu planning ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.

What are you up to this week?

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5 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday 2/6/17

  1. Yesterday I made the roasted potato strips to have for this week. I also soaked kidney beans. In a few minutes I will use them to make kidney bean salad. It will be my vegetable/salad this week. I got the recipe from my cousin Dianne at Uncle Gordon/Aunt Dorothy’s Memorial Day picnic in 2006. I went to the Fish Stand Friday and bought three pieces of fried cod. So I have 2 of those left for some meat for Mon./Tues. I’ll eat at church Wednesday evening.
    I too did Solo/Ensemble Saturday. 6 of mine got gold, 1 got bronze. Afterwards I ate at Johnny Carino’s in Columbus. I had 16 layer lasagne.

  2. I’m glad you and Attic Girl had good times at your contests on Saturday. I was happy to see that your niece did well in vocal solo.

    I know you often fix tilapia. I recently read that most of what is sold in the USA has been raised in China and is not fit to eat. I don’t know if that is true or not. Just something I thought I’d pass on.

  3. I’ve been so busy with a little redecorating and have not given much thought to food for the week except for tonight I’ll make a casserole with pork & beans and ground turkey instead of ground beef. It’s a recipe my husband loves but he’s not supposed to eat pork & beans because of a diet restriction so I haven’t made it in ages. This will be a treat for him. I am doing only half the recipe so I’ll feel less guilty for making it!! I am so happy to know how well the students did at the music contest. I remember all the years I participated as a soloist or a member of an ensemble.

  4. Monday’s chicken and vegetables sound delicious! I might try it with sweet potatoes. Why didn’t I ever think about YOYO when my kids were in high school? Come to think of it, they did practice a lot of their 4-H food on us. I guess it’s the same thing. Congratulations to you and your students on the gold ratings!

  5. Congratulations to both you and Attic Girl for the big wins at the contests on Saturday! Thanks for the tip on the new fish sandwich available at Arby’s. It is probably my favorite of all of the fast-food venues, although Wendy’s is good, too. And who can resist a stop at McDonald’s once in awhile for the egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich that is available all day now. I love mild white fish (preferably haddock), so Wednesday nignt is my pick of the week. 🙂

    I have also read and heard that tilapia fish are “iffy” at best if they come from certain parts of the world, especially China. It was a couple of years ago or more that I first learned that, so I never ever buy tilapia or order it at a restaurant. Perhaps if you read the label carefully that type of fish would be safe from other places. I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade if you are a tilapia fan, but please be careful. Tonight I am having a turkey sandwich on Hawaiian sweet rolls with smoked Swiss cheese and a left-over cup of bean ‘n bacon soup left over from our annual church “souper bowl” fundraiser. It used to be a chili cook-off, but now it is any kind of soup that is shared and judged for the top winners. Recently desserts were added to the line-up for right after church on Super Bowl Sunday. There is a container for a free-will offering available as a money-maker. Maybe another reader will tell their church about this neat idea. It is very popular at Pleasant Chapel.

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I enjoy hearing from you.