Menu Plan Monday 7/31/17

marching band camp

Happy final-day-of-July Menu Plan Monday! I hope you’ve all had a good week. Here, the highlight was marching band camp beginning for daughter #3. Here you can see a picture. They’re just starting to find their locations for the various places in the show that they learn. The weather has been pretty good so far (not too hot, and with just a little rain). I always particularly dislike rain since I can imagine how hard it is for someone with glasses, like my daughter, to play and march with rain running down her glasses, and also rain is very destructive to her flute. But the band keeps marching.

I’m grateful that my poison ivy is almost all cleared up now! I’m not sure if the twice-a-day zyrtec I’ve taken for the past week is mostly to credit, or whether it’s just finally gone on its own. Either way: yay!

Here’s the week’s menu plan:

Monday: Chicken in a Crumb Basket — I’m reading an Amish fiction book now about an Amish lady who has a cooking club. This is one of the recipes in the book which sounded good, so I thought I would try it — sounds a lot like chicken pot pie, don’t you think?

Amish Chicken Recipe

Tuesday: leftover buffet (the fridge is getting full)

Wednesday: chicken tacos — I will just cook chicken breasts in the crockpot and season them, then cut them up (my sister gave me a Pampered Chef scissors-type thing that cuts it up great), and serve them with other taco toppings on tortillas.

Thursday: Tuscan Beans and Vegetables — from one of our homemade “family favorites” books —

3 19-oz cans cannellini or other white beans, rinsed

1.5 lb squash, cut in 1″ pieces (I will use zucchini as that’s what we currently have a lot of)

medium chopped onion

10 oz spinach

1 T. grated lemon peel

1 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon each sage and salt

1 cup chicken broth

3 oz. mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan.

Mix beans, squash, onion, spinach, lemon peel, thyme, sage, and salt in 9 x 13 baking dish. Add broth; cover tightly with foil.

Bake 55 minutes at 350 degrees until squash is tender. Sprinkle with cheese; bake uncovered 5-10 min. until cheese melts.

Friday: Chicken Fried Rice — no recipe, because it’s Chicken Helper 🙂 (they’ve had those on sale quite a bit recently)

I’ll probably make zucchini bread too, since we have zucchini now and the girls (and I!) love it 🙂

More menu plan ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.

What’s new with you this week? I’d love to read about it in the comments.







6 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday 7/31/17

  1. I began my first precolonoscopy meds with today’s breakfast. Tomorrow I will eat nothing all day except for munching on clear Jello, etc. Then Wednesday at 8:30 will be my fourth colonoscopy at Mooresville. I don’t mind them in the least. I call this my vacation for 2017, although I preferred Alaska in 2016! Oh well – both are cooking breaks…

  2. I think I’d love your Amish dish. I would also enjoy your Tuscan beans and vegetables if there were no spinach in it. I can hardly abide cooked spinach.

    I pray you don’t have a lot more rain. It’s supposed to be dry here until Thursday, so maybe it will be there too. I’m surprised they continue marching in the rain, knowing how hard moisture can be on some of the instruments.

  3. The recipes all sound very good to me! Especially that Amish dish, which reminds me of a scalloped chicken recipe that I should get out of my recipe box to try again. Everything sounds yummy to me as long as I don’t have to cook it myself! 🙂

  4. Tropical Storm Emily paid us a visit last night and today! We got lots of rain, some wind, some thunder and lightening. But the worse thing is that we lost power at 11:30a.m. and it didn’t come back for 5 hours. So I have no idea what we’ll be eating tonight but we’ll have leftover chili on Tuesday. We’ll be eating out on Wednesday evening and I’ll think about the rest of the week whenever. All of your recipes sound delicious, as always.

    I love hearing about your daughter’s band, practices, marching, etc. I was in the Tell City band back in the dark ages and both daughters were in the Mount Vernon (VA) high school band (very near the mansion) so I am familiar with the long, hot practices and yes, practicing in the rain! I just never understood that. Karen played a flute in concert band but played a piccolo in the marching band. Michele (older daughter) played a clarinet in both.

  5. I couldn’t help thinking as I saw the band photo how much organization and planning it takes to get all those kids together in good form! The chicken recipe looks delicious, and very easy to refer to by revisiting your post. This week I took care of my grandchildren and then took my mother to the eye doctor to get ready for cataract surgery.

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