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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Menu for the week

In my last post, my sweet Emily told me I looked like a cute college girl in my apron pic...and then she asked if I would post my menu for the week. Anything she asked after that statement, I would grant her! Or just anything- period! So I've made my menu for this week, and I'm posting it.

Monday: We are eating with the Feldman family! Yay! I am bringing a salad with lots of good vegetables (grape tomatoes, avacado, red bell pepper, Craisins, pine nuts and croutons) and I'm making my homemade dressing. I got this recipe from my sister-in-law, Lisa, and I posted it months ago. Check it out! Also, my goal is to make homemade rolls to bring with me.

Tuesday: White Chicken Chili. This stuff is heavenly!
2 lbs. cooked and shredded chicken, 2 cans Great Northern beans, 2 cans Rotel, 2 T minced garlic, 1 t chili powder, 4 t cumin (it seems like a lot, but trust me!) 1 t oregano, 5 c chicken broth, 3 c Monterey Jack cheese, 1 t salt, 1 t pepper, 1 c fresh chopped cilantro, 1/2 a bag frozen corn, and 1 c sour cream. I put everything except the cheese and sour cream in the Crock Pot for the day. Then about 30 minutes before I serve it, I add those in. I serve over rice, and offer sour cream to top with again. So good! This recipe came from Tamara Wingfield in a cookbook. I just added in the corn. Thanks Tamara!

Wednesday: homemade pizza. I make pizza crust dough in my bread machine, roll it out, and top with whatever we like. Cheese for the kids, veggies for us. Bake it until it's brown and bubbly. My kids love it!

Thursday: Grilled cheese and tomato basil soup! I love this recipe, and I didn't think I liked tomato soup! It's the La Madeline recipe, contributed by Ashley Garratt in a cookbook. So easy...1 stick of butter (that's how every tasty recipe starts, unfortunately), 7 leaves fresh basil (we grow it in our herb garden! Go Rusty!), 4 c tomato juice, 1 big can crushed tomatoes, 1 c heavy cream. Mix together all ingredients in big pot and simmer for 30 minutes.

Friday: Date night!

Saturday: I try to do something in the Crock Pot because it's our church night. I am making BBQ chicken sandwiches. Put Chicken or meat of your choice in the crock pot (slightly browned) and cover it with BBQ sauce of your choice. Heather adds soy sauce and cilantro to hers. Serve on hamburger buns. I like Swiss or Cheddar cheese slices with mine. I'm serving with salad and chips this week. (Left over salad ingredients from earlier in the week.)

That's it! As you can see, just about everything I'm making this week I've accumulated from church type cookbooks. They're the best! I tweak them from time to time, but when you have friends that are good cooks, it helps!
As you can see, we don't eat meat every night, which saves money. The White Chicken Chili will help feed the larger groups we have on Tuesday nights for HOPE group, that usually show-up hungry, although I fear I never will have enough food in our house for college boys! What will I do when I have three teenage boys and a growing girl???
As for shopping, I live by a menu and try to NEVER go back to the store if I don't have to. I avoid HEB during the week like it's the plague.
If y'all have any meals or planning tips to share with our sweet new wives and Moms, bring them on! I always love new recipes too!

*Emma put a recipe she found for us on her blog too! It turned out great, so it's worth sharing!


Missy said...

Here's one of our favorites: Chicken Pot Pie

1 Rotiserre chicken from the grocery store, shredded
2 cans Cream of Chicken with Herbs soup
1 package of frozen mixed vegetables, defrosted
1 package of Philsbury Rolled pie crusts

Place one of the pie crust in your pie plate. Mix all of the other ingredients in a large bowl. Pour mixture into pie plate. Cover with the second pie crust. Cut vent holes in the top crust, and place the pie plate on a cookie sheet or pizza pan. Bake in oven for 1 hour at 325 degrees.

You can also alter this by using only one pie crust on the top to lower the carbs. You can also add salt and pepper to taste.

I make this for the new moms in our church. It is very easy to share, and it will feed an entire family!

The Roberts' said...

thank you!!! i love getting new recipes!! & they sound yummy!!

Cindy Seay said...

Hey babe,
Sometimes the hardest part is planning the menus. I love seeing what you are cooking this week.
I remember those days clearly and miss them sometimes.
i love you,

Lindsay said...

So will you post your menu each week so all of us uninspired menu planners can just copy your menu??? I'm totally making the Tomato Soup - we don't have La Madeline in Nashville and that is one of my faves...yummy.

Jeanie said...

My favorite cookbook is "how to cook everything." It has a lot of simple (less than 6ingredient) recipes and they are really good. It also gives excellent practical instructions. It is now one of my standard wedding gifts. Try the weekend scrambled eggs. They take 45 minutes to cook, but are out of this world. My sons best friend who is the pickiest eater in the world, begs me to make these every time he comes over.

I also like "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone" because it shows you how to use vegetables for main dishes. The salads in this book are unique and delicous. My guys aren't as fond of it because they like meat. My favorites are the apple, celery, guyere salad and the braised radishes.

Also, one of my favorite summer meals is deviled eggs, fresh fruit, cheese and crusty bread. My meat eaters love this meal.

I had a garden this year and my tomatoes turned out wonderful. I have tried numerous recipes this summer but my favorite is

slice tomato in half
sprinkle with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning
Top with crumbled blue or feta cheese
Sprinkle with Italian dressing
Broil for 2 minutes


The Vann's said...

Yummy recipes!! Thanks for sharing. I feel like we always eat the same things over and over so I am going to try your recipes to spice things up around here.


Emily said...

WHOOP! Yay for Jenn recipes! I can't wait to try the tomato soup because I'm all about the La Madeline soup...yumm yumm. Thanks for putting up your recipes. Your such an organized mommy!

Miss YOu!

mimi said...

Check out the cookbooks by sue gregg. www.suegregg.com the set of books include a master index which plans out menu for a month, crossreferences whick book the recipe is in, it's biblically based, shares Scripture for certain recipes, gives cost analysis (based a few years ago but still good). I gave my daughter, Judy Dornak, a set if you want to borrow them. She doesn't have time yet for them. they're truly wonderful--also low carb based. Let me know what you think.
Mimi Hildebrandt

The Heslip Twins said...

I'm looking for some crockpot recipes. Do you have a lot of those?