July 26, 2010

Menu Plan apparently works

So, last week I decided I was OVER the stupid menu plan.

And I spent more time than ever trying to figure out what to feed us and what to buy at the store.  If you read here, you know I have a love/hate issue with menu planning.  I actually HATE it, but it’s necessary and useful and hopefully inspires you to plan a menu and save yourself some money and time.

This week, I’m linking up again with Orgjunkie.com’s menu plan link up.  You can head over to her site and find TONS of other people menu planning like me.


Caprese pasta and grilled chicken.


Crockpot Lemony Garlic Chicken Thighs

6-bone in, skinless chicken thighs

5 smashed garlic cloves

1 tbsp lemon zest

1/3c lemon juice

1/3 c chicken broth

1 tbsp corn starch

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup packed chopped baby spinach

8 oz angel hair pasta

1-Place thighs into crock and scatter with garlic cloves.

2-in a small bowl, stir together zest, juice and broth.  pour half into the crock pot.  cover and cook on high for 3 hours (or low for 5)

3-remove chicken thighs from crock and keep warm.  discard garlic cloves. stir together remaining lemon mixture, cornstarch and salt and pepper.  wisk into crock with chopped spinach and cook 30 minutes on low or high

4-cook pasta according to directions.  Stir into sauce in crock pot and serve with chicken

(from woman’s day magazine)


CSA pickup day

Mexican Brown Rice Casserole

1 lg onion, chopped
1 medium sweet pepper, seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 c crushed tomatoes
3/4 medium grain brown rice
1.5tsp chili powder
1tsp oregano
1 pkg spicy chicken sausage, cut into bite sized pieces
reduced fat sour cream and shredded cheese is for garnish and is optional
1-stir together onions, peppers, garlic, tomatoes, rice, spices and sausage with 1.5c water.  Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5.
2-Serve with sour cream and cheese as garnish


Crock pot sloppy joes, tater tots and sliced veggies


my brother is coming in from out of town, though they’re not leaving until late.  We’ll probably have pizza for dinner so they can have something here to eat when they get in


Family Get-together

Hamburgers and natural casing, locally made hot dogs (yummy!), pasta salad, watermelon and cheesy potatoes


butt chickens, corn on the cob, and baby redskin potations with butter and dill.

For more reading, here’s what we were cooking a year ago.

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6 thoughts on “Menu Plan apparently works

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    I have a love/hate relationship with menu planning too! I’m so inconsistent, but when I do it I definitely save time and money. I’m going to check out Orgjunkie.com as you suggested and I’m also going to try your crockpot sloppy joes recipe. It’s a favorite of my husband but I hate using the prepackaged mixes.

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      I always hope that menu planning will end up offering no benefit and that it will be better to fly by the seat of our pants. Never happens. Then we either eat out too much, eat late or waste hours doing the “what do YOU want to eat?” thing. My husband and kids are like dogs. They’ll eat whatever I sit down in front of them, so it’s much easier if I just plan the darn thing.

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    All I have to say about Monday is yum.

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      Thanks. <3

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    Tuesday was pretty good, too!

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