Weekly Meal Plan 20180217

It’s the Family Day holiday on Monday, so let’s celebrate by trying a new recipe – Greek Lamb and Orzo.  There aren’t too many spices in it, so you could add your favourites, to liven it up.

There are two other new recipes — Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Pasta and Sweet Potato-Pear Soup. Both of them look simple to prepare, and shouldn’t take too long to cook. But we’ll see == I’ll post the details here, if we try these recipes.

The soup calls for a peeled and diced pear – we could use one from a jar of pears, if there aren’t are ripe pears in the produce section.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Feb 18, 2018. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Chicken, roasted

Monday Greek Lamb and Orzo

Tuesday — Fajitas

Wednesday Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Pasta

Thursday Sweet Potato-Pear Soup

Friday — Peameal Bacon

Saturday Hamburger Scramble

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week (to be updated later).

Sunday – ??

Monday – ??

Tuesday – ??

Wednesday – ??

Thursday – ??

Friday – ??

Saturday – ??

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Weekly Meal Plan 20180210

It’s a very snowy weekend, so it’s the perfect time to stay inside and cook. We haven’t had the Quick Loaded Potato Soup for a few months, so that should warm us up on Monday.

On Tuesday, we’ll have pancakes and bacon, because it’s Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday). We’ll do a big pot of beef and barley stew on Wednesday, and that should make plenty of leftovers for Thursday night.

There’s still some leftover turkey in the freezer, so we can use that for hot sandwiches on Friday night. Keith loves those, and they’re pretty easy to make.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Feb 11, 2018. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Monday Quick Loaded Potato Soup

Tuesday — Pancakes and Bacon (Pancake Day)

Wednesday Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew

Thursday Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew

Friday – Turkey (Hot Sandwiches)

Saturday — Beans & Wieners

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. On Monday, we had Knorr Cream of Leek soup, instead of making the Loaded Potato Soup. To make it a little fancier, we sprinkled crumbled blue cheese on top, just like they used to do at Fenton’s Restaurant, in Toronto. (That was our “special occasions” restaurant, long ago).

Keith made the Beef and Barley stew on Wednesday, and as planned, there was plenty left over for Thursday’s dinner too. It’s nice to cook once and eat twice!

On Friday, when we remembered that it was Lunar New Year, we got Chinese food, instead of making hot turkey sandwiches – we’ll have those sandwiches tonight, instead.

Sunday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Monday — Soup & Sandwiches

Tuesday — Pancakes & Bacon

Wednesday Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew

Thursday Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew

Friday — Chinese Food

Saturday — Turkey

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Weekly Meal Plan 20180203

It’s the Super Bowl tomorrow, so we’ll be eating chili for supper – it’s a football championship tradition. I’m sure there will be leftovers, so we can eat those on Monday, if we don’t want to cook the chicken thighs.

And, the cold weather is back again, so we’ll make hot, hearty rib-sticking meals for the rest of the week. Keith won’t want to grill the beef on the outdoor grill on Saturday, so we’ll use the indoor one. No danger of hypothermia that way!

The Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew is adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens “Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes”, and we enjoyed it the last time we had it

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Feb 04, 2018. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Chili con carne

Monday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Tuesday Pork Chop Suey

Wednesday Pasta Carbonara With Mushrooms

Thursday Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew

Friday — Beans & Wieners

Saturday — Beef Tenderloin

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. Keith made a huge pot of chili on Sunday, so we had leftovers on Monday, instead of the chicken thighs. I figured that would happen!

On Thursday, Keith had a craving for Cabbage Rolls, so he bought some at Starsky’s, a Polish grocery store, here in Mississauga.

We were going to have ribs from Costco, on Friday, instead of the beans and wieners, but ended up having veggies, cheese and crackers instead. Sometimes you just have to go with Plan C!

Sunday Chili con carne

Monday Chili con carne

Tuesday Pork Chop Suey

Wednesday Pasta Carbonara With Mushrooms

Thursday — Cabbage Rolls

Friday — Cheese & Crackers

Saturday — Beef Tenderloin

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew

Prep: 15 min  Cook: Low 9 hrs, High 4.5 hrs   Servings: 5

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced Italian tomatoes (basil, garlic, oregano)
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen whole kernel corn
  • 2 teaspoons steak sauce or BBQ sauce

Toppings

  • 2/3 cup shredded Tex-Mex cheese

Directions

  1. In a medium sized slow cooker (3-4 quart), add all ingredients except toppings.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 9-11 hours, or on high for 4.5-5.5 hours
  3. Serve, and sprinkle with shredded cheese

Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes

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Weekly Meal Plan 20180127

There aren’t any new recipes in the plan for this week, but we’ve only made the Pineapple and Cashew Stir Fry once, about a year ago. I can’t find any notes from that meal, about how it tasted, or if there were any problems with the recipe. I’ll remember to make notes this time!

The rest of the recipes are meals that we’ve had many times, and always enjoy. There’s nothing too complicated or time consuming. I picked Turkey Schnitzel for Friday, because that’s Groundhog Day, and I wouldn’t mind eating that dinner over and over again, if we get stuck, like Bill Murray did!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Jan 28, 2018. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Monday Pineapple and cashew stir fry

Tuesday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Wednesday — Quesadillas

Thursday — Ham Steak

Friday — Turkey Schnitzel

Saturday — Beef Tenderloin

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. I made the Swiss Steak on the stove top, instead of the slow cooker, and it was even better than usual. We also had some rib-eye steak in the mix, so that added extra flavour too.

Keith was in the mood for meatloaf on Tuesday, so the chicken thighs fell off the menu. The meat loaf was delicious, as always, and there’s one in the freezer for later, so that’s a bonus!

And our grandson was here on Saturday, so we had burgers (his favourite), instead of steak.

Sunday Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Monday Pineapple and cashew stir fry

Tuesday Mary Beth Albrights Sweet And Spicy Meatloaf

Wednesday — Quesadillas

Thursday — Ham Steak

Friday — Turkey Schnitzel

Saturday — Burgers

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Weekly Meal Plan 20180120

We’re heading into a January thaw this week, if you can believe the weather forecast. However, it will be a long time before spring arrives, so I’ve planned another week of hot and comforting meals.

We haven’t had the Penne with Tomato and Beans before, and the Lemon Shrimp Scampi with Artichokes is a new recipe too. The shrimp is cooked in foil packets on a grill, but we’ll do them in the oven – the grill is covered with snow!

The rest of the meals are old favourites, and nothing too complicated (as far as I can remember).

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Jan 21, 2018. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Chicken, roasted

Monday Ginger Beef Stir Fry

Tuesday Penne With Tomato and Beans

Wednesday Pork Medallions with Grainy Mustard Sauce

Thursday Lemon Shrimp Scampi with Artichokes

Friday Pasta Carbonara With Mushrooms

Saturday — Peameal Bacon

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. Keith found a lovely roaster on Sunday – much nicer than the scrawny chickens that were available recently.

I made the Penne with Tomato and Beans on Tuesday, and it was quick and tasty. It’s not something that you’d pick as your all-time favourite meal, but a good non-meat dinner.

Keith made the rest of the meals, and everything turned out great, including the new Lemon Shrimp recipe. He couldn’t find frozen artichokes, so he substituted canned ones, and that worked out nicely.

Sunday — Chicken, roasted

Monday Ginger Beef Stir Fry

Tuesday Penne With Tomato and Beans

Wednesday Pork Medallions with Grainy Mustard Sauce

Thursday Spaghetti With Asiago Meatballs

Friday Lemon Shrimp Scampi with Artichokes

Saturday — Burgers

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Weekly Meal Plan 20180113

There’s another cold week in the forecast, so I’ve put hearty dinners on the menu plan. The only new recipe is the Slow Cooker Lasagna, and it uses Italian sausage, instead of ground beef.

The Shepherd’s Pie is already in the freezer, so that will be an easy meal to prepare. The Mexican Beef and Rice ingredients are in the freezer too. I saved them the last time we made this dish, so that should be easy too!

I know those things are in the freezer because I did an inventory this week. It should really help with menu planning, and making sure that we don’t put things in the freezer, then forget all about them.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Jan 14, 2018. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Flaky Mushroom And Gruyere Tarts

Monday Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet

Tuesday Root Vegetable Zoodle Soup (picture below)

Wednesday Slow Cooker Lasagna

Thursday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Friday — Peameal Bacon

Saturday Shepherd’s Pie, Simple

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. The Zoodle soup was fun to make – we should use that spiralizer more often. The soup tasted great, and looked pretty too, with the colourful vegetable spirals. There’s a picture below.

We also enjoyed the Slow Cooker Lasagna. We’ve always made it with ground beef, and this version, with spicy sausage, was a nice change. The recipe says 4-6 servings, but it filled our 6 quart slow cooker. We froze 2 loaf pans full of lasagna, to enjoy later.

Sunday Flaky Mushroom And Gruyere Tarts

Monday Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet

Tuesday Root Vegetable Zoodle Soup (picture below)

Wednesday Slow Cooker Lasagna

Thursday Slow Cooker Lasagna

Friday — Lamb Chops

Saturday — Fish & Chips

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Root Vegetable Zoodle Soup

Root Vegetable Zoodle Soup

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