I started a day early with my menu this week, on Saturday. I went to Costco and spent a bunch of money, and brought home too many things for the freezer. I needed to do some cooking, both to use up some of the food right away, and because I didn’t want to spend any more money after spending so much at Costco! On the plus side, I shouldn’t need meat for the next two months, I have so much now.
Saturday: Italian Sausage and Potato Roast, fruit salad
The girl started the fruit salad as soon as I came home, with a little of each of the fruits I bought–raspberries, cherries, red grapes, and blueberries. We actually ate it as an appetizer. The house smelled AMAZING as the sausage and veggies were roasting–this was definitely a hit with the whole family.
Sunday: Ground turkey sloppy joes, sweet potato fries, steamed broccoli
Love these, and so easy! I don’t do exactly what the linked recipe says–I use more onions, peppers and garlic, and a 15 ounce can of tomato sauce rather than the 8 ounce can plus ketchup–but this gives the general idea. So flavorful and delicious.
Monday: Feta-olive stuffed chicken thighs with tomato basil sauce, kale and quinoa pilaf, roasted butternut squash
There is still kale growing in my garden! In January! The mind boggles. I had no idea this was an option–picking fresh produce in the winter. The butternut squash came cubed from Costco, and I will roast the whole package and use the rest on Thursday.
Wednesday: Beef stew
I make my own version of this with V8 juice. When I started eating meat again this past spring, I really wanted to make stew, but that seems like a fall/winter dish to me. I forgot all about it when fall came, though! I finally remembered, and we are having it this week.
Thursday: Butternut squash risotto, glazed radishes
This is a good way to use the leftovers from Monday and feel like we are eating something different. Plus, the kids love this stuff, and so do I! Also, I am scheduled to get two root canals on Thursday morning, so I am hoping this will be easy to eat.
Friday: Slow cooked BBQ beans and chicken sausage
To save me from myself and my desire to go out to eat on Friday nights, I am going to try the crockpot.
What are you making this week?
As always, this post will be linked to orgjunkie.com’s Menu Planning Monday–lots more inspiration over there!