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

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 (to be updated later).

Sunday – ??

Monday – ??

Tuesday – ??

Wednesday – ??

Thursday – ??

Friday – ??

Saturday – ??

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Weekly Meal Plan 20180106

We’re still freezing, here in Mississauga, so there are lots of hot, comforting meals this week. Three of the meals will go into the slow cooker around noon, so that makes it relaxing at supper time – just serve and eat. The Gnocchi can be assembled at lunch time, and then cooked at supper time. I did that last time, and it worked well.

Monday and Tuesday we’re trying new dishes, so I’ll post the recipes later, if they’re worth keeping. The Instant Pot Honey Garlic Sticky Chicken is the first meal I’ve cooked that uses the pressure cook setting on my Instant Pot, so keep your fingers crossed that nothing goes horribly wrong! If it works out, I’ll try more pressure cook recipes.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Jan 07, 2018. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Chicken, roasted

Monday — Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew

Tuesday — Instant Pot Honey Garlic Sticky Chicken

Wednesday Slow Cooker Beef With Tomato Wine Sauce

Thursday Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Kale

Friday Chinese Longevity Soup

Saturday Cottage Roll With Vegetables

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. On Sunday, we ate some of the capon that we froze after our New Year’s Day supper, instead of roasting a chicken.

Monday’s Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew was okay, but not great, so I won’t bother putting that recipe on the blog. Tuesday’s chicken got bumped, because Keith went to Costco, and brought home a box of Swiss Chalet ribs.

We stuck to the menu for the rest of the week, and we’re staying warm in this sub-freezing weather.

Sunday Capon, Roasted

Monday — Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew

Tuesday Ribs, Barbecued Back

Wednesday Slow Cooker Beef With Tomato Wine Sauce

Thursday Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Kale

Friday Chinese Longevity Soup

Saturday Cottage Roll With Vegetables

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Weekly Meal Plan 20171230

Happy New Year! We’ll have our grandkids here tomorrow night, to help us celebrate, and I hope that they fall asleep way before midnight! We certainly aren’t late night party people these days.

We sometimes have a baked ham on New Year’s Day, but it will just be the two of us, so a ham steak will be just enough. Maybe some scalloped potatoes on the side too, if we remember to pick up a package before the stores close for the day.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Dec 31, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Tourtière

Monday — Ham Steak

Tuesday Slow Cooker Sausage Cassoulet (picture below)

Wednesday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Thursday Soba Noodle Soup with Roast Beef

Friday Pasta Puttanesca

Saturday — Cheese Fondue

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. We had four of the meals from the plan, and chose other items for the rest of the week.

The Slow Cooker Sausage Cassoulet was a new recipe, and Keith couldn’t find a fully cooked chicken sausage, so he used a pork/chicken blend instead. There was lots of chopping, to prepare the cassoulet, so we cooked it on high for a couple of hours, then turned it down to low, so it would be ready by supper time.

It was delicious and hearty – perfect for the freezing temperatures! We’ll definitely have it again. You can see my bowlful in the photo below.

Sunday — Tourtière

Monday — Ham Steak

Tuesday Slow Cooker Sausage Cassoulet (picture below)

Wednesday Salmon Roasted in Butter

Thursday Soba Noodle Soup with Roast Beef

Friday — Chinese Food

Saturday — Beef Tenderloin

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Slow Cooker Sausage Cassoulet

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Weekly Meal Plan 20171223

It’s only two days until Christmas! I’m sure that the little kids are getting very excited for the big day, and lots of the big kids too. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Meal planning was pretty easy for this week, because we’ll have traditional foods on Sunday and Monday, with leftovers on Tuesday. Christmas Eve is for hot and cold snacks, with a Tourtière for those who want something more substantial. We’ll have a roast Capon on Christmas Day, with all the trimmings.

For the rest of the week, I picked easy meals, so we can relax, after all the excitement. For Saturday, I picked Salmon Roasted in Butter, but Keith might prefer a different type of fish, or a different meal altogether.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Dec 24, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Tourtière

Monday Capon, Roasted

Tuesday Capon, Roasted

Wednesday Spanish Toss

Thursday — Peameal Bacon

Friday — Beans & Wieners

Saturday Salmon Roasted in Butter

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. On Christmas Eve, we had so many other things to eat, that we never did cook the Tourtière. Nobody missed it though, and we’ll have it on New Year’s Eve instead.

The Spanish Toss was a nice change after the heavier meals, and it was quick and easy to prepare. Keith found lamb chops on Thursday, so we had those, instead of peameal bacon.

By the end of the week, I had a stomach bug and head cold, so we changed the menu to accommodate that. The beef stew is in the Instant Pot now, and smells wonderful, so we’re looking forward to that tonight.

Sunday — Cheese & Crackers

Monday Capon, Roasted

Tuesday Capon, Roasted

Wednesday Spanish Toss

Thursday — Lamb Chops

Friday — Cheese & Crackers

Saturday Beef Stew

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Weekly Meal Plan 20171216

Just one more week to get ready for Christmas! There’s nothing new on the menu this week – just some old favourites. We’ll be busy stocking the kitchen with snacks, treats, and tasty ingredients for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We won’t have much time or energy left for learning new recipes!

I think there’s still one package of Asiago meatballs in the freezer. If not, we can buy some, and serve the rest as snacks on Christmas Eve!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Dec 17, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Spaghetti With Asiago Meatballs

Monday — Quesadillas

Tuesday Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Wednesday Cranberry Pork Chops

Thursday Lemon, Chicken and Olive Bake

Friday Hamburger Scramble

Saturday Garlic Lemon Shrimp

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – we stuck to the plan until Saturday, when we had Prime Rib, instead of Garlic Lemon Shrimp.

Everything tasted great, but I had a bit of a panic on Wednesday, because I didn’t realize that the Cranberry Pork Chops were to be cooked in the slow cooker. Fortunately, Keith was paying attention, and he got those started just in time.

We forgot to buy chicken broth on Thursday, for the Lemon, Chicken and Olive Bake, so we substituted a Knorr Stock Pot, and some water. It turned out a bit too watery, but still tasted good.

Sunday Spaghetti With Asiago Meatballs

Monday — Quesadillas

Tuesday Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Wednesday Cranberry Pork Chops

Thursday Lemon, Chicken and Olive Bake

Friday Hamburger Scramble

Saturday — Prime Rib

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Weekly Meal Plan 20171209

There are just a couple of weeks until Christmas, so I guess we shouldn’t eat too much until then! We’ll need to save room for all the holiday goodies.

On Tuesday, I’ll make a big batch of the Spanish Ground Beef Dinner, and we can have leftovers the next night. That will give me time to marinate the chicken for Thursday’s supper. It’s the only new recipe on the menu for this week – Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs. I love those flavours, so I hope the dish lives up to my expectations.

On Sunday night, I’ll roast a chicken, and maybe Keith will make his special Cranberry Orange sauce again. It was delicious when we had it with lamb, and again with last week’s chicken thighs.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Dec 10, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Chicken, roasted

Monday Panko Pork with Arugula Apple Salad

Tuesday Spanish Ground Beef Dinner

Wednesday Spanish Ground Beef Dinner

Thursday Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs (marinate 12-24 hours)

Friday — Beans & Wieners

Saturday — Ravioli

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – we had a few of the planned meals, and a couple of changes. On Sunday, the roast chicken was delicious, and there was enough left over for another meal on Monday.

Keith made the panko pork on Tuesday, and we had leftovers on Wednesday. That bumped the Spanish ground beef dinner to Thursday, and we just made half the recipe, so there weren’t any leftovers.

Today, Keith found lamb chops at the grocery store, so we’re having those instead of ravioli. And now I’d better get back to decorating the tree and wrapping presents!

Sunday — Chicken, roasted

Monday — Chicken, roasted

Tuesday Panko Pork with Arugula Apple Salad

Wednesday Panko Pork with Arugula Apple Salad

Thursday Spanish Ground Beef Dinner

Friday Salisbury Steak

Saturday — Lamb Chops

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Weekly Meal Plan 20171202

This week, I picked a few recipes that we haven’t had for a while, like the Ground Beef and Potato Scallop. That last time we had that was in March, so it’s time to have it again.

The Cranberry Chicken Breast is a recipe that we’ve only tried once, way back in September 2016. We could make that with chicken thighs, instead of the breasts, and it might be moister.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Dec 03, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Ground Beef and Potato Scallop

Monday Pasta Carbonara With Mushrooms

Tuesday Pork Chop Suey

Wednesday Cranberry Chicken Breasts With Mushrooms

Thursday Chili Shrimp and Coconut Risotto

Friday — Peameal Bacon

Saturday — Ribeye Steak

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – we stuck to the plan for the entire week!

On Sunday, I made the Ground Beef and Potato Scallop, and we served that with peas on the side. Next time, I’ll add peas and/or carrots when cooking the beef. Also, I added Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and a few herbs to the meat, to bump up the flavour a bit. I’ve updated the recipe, to help me remember those changes!

On Wednesday, Keith made the Cranberry Chicken, with thighs, instead of breasts. He made his own Cranberry Orange sauce, instead of using the canned sauce. It was excellent, and now he’ll have to make that sauce any time we’re having chicken! (or turkey, or lamb, or pork, and maybe even on toast!)

Sunday Ground Beef and Potato Scallop

Monday Pasta Carbonara With Mushrooms

Tuesday Pork Chop Suey

Wednesday Cranberry Chicken Breasts With Mushrooms

Thursday Chili Shrimp and Coconut Risotto

Friday — Peameal Bacon

Saturday — Ribeye Steak

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