Weekly Meal Plan 20171118

Another cold, damp week lies ahead, so we’ll stay inside and eat hot, comforting food. A roast chicken on Sunday always gets the week off to a good start, and gives us leftovers for a lunch or two.

There’s one new recipe on the schedule this week – Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin. It only takes 30 minutes, so it should be easy to prepare. Just cook the roast for a while, brush with the glaze, then finish cooking. We’ll see how it goes!

The rest of the week is old favourites, and our granddaughter might be here on Friday night, so we’ll have Turkey Schnitzel – she loves that!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Nov 19, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Chicken, roasted

Monday Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet

Tuesday — Ravioli

Wednesday Maple-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Thursday Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Friday — Turkey Schnitzel

Saturday — Ribeye steak

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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Slow Cooker Beef Barley Stew

We’ve made this recipe a few times, and really enjoy it. It goes into the slow cooker in the morning, and your hearty, filling stew is ready at suppertime. The barley thickens the stew, so don’t add more than the recipe calls for (like we did the first time!)

Our version is based on the original from the Cooking Light website. I adjusted it for 4 servings, and added a step to deglaze the pan that the meat is browned in. That adds extra flavour to the stew, and it tastes even better when we have the leftovers the next day.

Slow Cooker Beef Barley Stew

Prep Time: 30 min    Cook Time: 7-8 hrs     Serves 4

Ingredients (1)

  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 cup uncooked hulled (whole grain) barley
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

Ingredients (2)

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine

Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients from list 1 into a 4-6 quart slow cooker.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high.
  3. Add the onion and celery, and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned – about 3 minutes.
  4. Add onion and celery to the slow cooker
  5. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet, and add the chopped carrots
  6. Cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned – about 3 minutes.
  7. Add carrots to the slow cooker
  8. Add remaining oil to the skillet, and add half of the beef.
  9. Brown on all sides, to a dark brown (about 5 minutes) – this will add flavour to the stew.
  10. Add beef to the slow cooker
  11. Repeat with the remaining beef
  12. Add garlic cloves to skillet, and cook for 30 seconds
  13. Add wine to skillet, and stir, to deglaze the pan, for about 1 minute
  14. Pour the pan juices into the slow cooker
  15. Cover the slow cooker, and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours.
  16. Discard bay leaves, and serve in big bowls.

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Weekly Meal Plan 20171111

The temperature has plunged in the past couple of days, so winter is finally here. It’s time for some hot and hearty meals! And there won’t be anything cooked on the barbeque, for quite a while.

We haven’t tried the Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Kale before, so I hope we have it this week. I’ll volunteer to cook it, because it has a few steps. Everything else is an old favourite, and we’ll have a break on Friday night, by ordering a pizza.

I’ve even done some baking lately (cookies and muffins), so perhaps I’ll do that again this week.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Nov 12, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew

Monday Easy Chicken Casserole

Tuesday Cottage Roll With Vegetables

Wednesday Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Kale (picture below)

Thursday Hamburger Scramble

Friday — Pizza

Saturday Spaghetti With Asiago Meatballs

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. We had leftovers from the stew on Sunday, so the Chicken Casserole fell off the menu. There were leftovers from the Cottage Roll too, so we bumped the Gnocchi to Thursday, and dropped the Hamburger Scramble.

On Thursday, I made the Gnocchi, and it was very tasty – we don’t remember ever having gnocchi before. We’ll make it again, but with a bit less kale next time. I assembled the casserole ahead of time, and stored it in the fridge, then popped it in the over at suppertime.

Sunday Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew

Monday Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew

Tuesday Cottage Roll With Vegetables

Wednesday Cottage Roll With Vegetables

Thursday Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Kale (picture below)

Friday — Pizza

Saturday Spaghetti With Asiago Meatballs

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Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Kale

Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Kale

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Weekly Meal Plan 20171104

We’re turning the clock back an hour tonight, so we get an extra hour of sleep. That’s great news, and we should have lots of energy to cook supper tomorrow. The forecast calls for an “extreme amount” of rain, so it will be the perfect time to stay inside and cook a hearty supper.

There’s nothing new on the menu this week, just some old favourites that will keep us filled with hot, comforting food. And when Keith makes Shepherd’s Pie, he usually prepares two or three, and freezes the extras, so that means a couple of easy suppers in upcoming weeks.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Nov 05, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Slow Cooker Pork With Sauerkraut and Apples

Monday Salisbury Steak

Tuesday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Wednesday Pasta Carbonara With Mushrooms

Thursday Chicken stir fry

Friday — Ham Steak

Saturday Shepherd’s Pie, Simple

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – only the Chicken Stir Fry fell off of the menu plan. On Wednesday, Keith’s back was sore, so we opted for sandwiches, instead of Pasta Carbonara. That got moved to Thursday, and we’ll have the Chicken Stir Fry some other time. 

All the dinners turned out well, and Keith will be making that Shepherd’s Pie tonight – we’re looking forward to it. It’s been so cold for the past couple of days, that it’s nice to have some hot comfort food for supper.

Sunday Slow Cooker Pork With Sauerkraut and Apples

Monday Salisbury Steak

Tuesday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Wednesday — Sandwiches

Thursday Pasta Carbonara With Mushrooms

Friday — Ham Steak

Saturday Shepherd’s Pie, Simple

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Weekly Meal Plan 20171028

Tomorrow, we’re having a turkey dinner, with all the fixings, even though it’s not a holiday of any kind. Keith found some frozen ones, right after Thanksgiving, and we’re thawing one out now. That should last us a couple of days, then we’ll freeze the leftovers for another meal or two later.

Tuesday is Halloween, so we’ll eat early that night, before the trick-or-treaters start arriving. There’s a new recipe for Wednesday, and I’ll make that. It doesn’t look complicated, but we’ll see how it goes.

The rest of the week we’ll have old favourites, with simpler meals toward the end of the week, when we’re tired out!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Oct 29, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Turkey

Monday — Turkey

Tuesday — Ravioli Puttanesca

Wednesday Biscuit Topped Beef Casserole

Thursday Pork Tenderloin in Lemon Sauce

Friday — Beans & Wieners

Saturday — Ribeye steak

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – we stuck to the plan on 5 days, so that’s pretty good. On Sunday, the turkey hadn’t quite defrosted, despite being in the fridge for over 48 hours. It turned out nicely though – we just had to cook it longer, and Keith made the stuffing in a separate dish.

The Biscuit Topped Beef Casserole tasted great, but the biscuits weren’t cooked through. I made half the recipe, and didn’t quite bake it long enough, apparently. Fortunately, I baked four of the biscuits in a separate pan, and they were perfect, so we tossed the topping biscuits, and ate the pan ones instead.

Sunday — Turkey

Monday — Turkey

Tuesday — Ravioli Puttanesca

Wednesday Biscuit Topped Beef Casserole

Thursday — Turkey Schnitzel

Friday — Swiss Chalet

Saturday — Ribeye steak

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Weekly Meal Plan 20171021

The weather forecast for next week shows a warm beginning, then rain in the middle of the week, followed by cooler days. I’m not sure how that will affect our appetites, or our willingness to spend time cooking supper!

I’ve put some easy favourite dishes for the end of the week, in case we’re tired out. Earlier in the week, we’ll have dishes that we enjoy, but they take a bit more work. We’ve never had the Chicken with Peaches before, but it looks easy, so maybe we’ll give it a try.

We’re having chili tonight, so there might be leftovers. We could have those on Sunday night, instead of the Pork Chops with Cranberry Stuffing. It’s been on the menu a few times, but always seems to fall off!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Oct 22, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Pork chops with Cranberry Stuffing

Monday Garlic Lemon Shrimp

Tuesday Chicken With Peaches

Wednesday Ginger Beef Stir Fry

Thursday — Tortellini

Friday — Pizza

Saturday — Burgers

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. As I predicted, there was lots of chili left from Saturday’s supper, so we had that on Sunday night too. It’s even better on the second day!

The Pork chops got bumped to Monday, and they were tasty too. It’s a simple dish to make, with a package of stuffing mix.

I also made the Ginger Beef Stir Fry on Wednesday. At lunchtime, I did most of the prep work, so everything was organized ahead of time. That made it more relaxing at supper time.

We also had ribs from Costco on Tuesday, instead of Lemon Shrimp, and Chinese food on Thursday, instead of Tortellini. We had our flu shots that day, so our arms were too sore to do any cooking! Well, that sounded like a good excuse. 😉

Sunday Chili con carne

Monday Pork chops with Cranberry Stuffing

Tuesday Ribs, Barbecued Back

Wednesday Ginger Beef Stir Fry

Thursday — Chinese Food

Friday — Pizza

Saturday — Burgers

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Weekly Meal Plan 20171014

It looks like the temperature will be going up again next week, after we get through a rainy Monday. Nothing too hot in the forecast though, just low 20s – that sounds perfect!

So, I’ve kept the meal plan simple, in case we want to spend time outdoors, instead of in the kitchen. Keith made the Asiago Meatballs a few weeks ago, and we still have some in the freezer, to Tuesday’s meal will be easy! Then, a couple of slow cooker meals, and easy suppers for the other days.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Oct 15, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Monday — Turkey Schnitzel

Tuesday Spaghetti With Asiago Meatballs

Wednesday Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Thursday Peppery Maple Chicken

Friday — Peameal Bacon

Saturday Chili con carne

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – we stuck to the menu for the entire week! Keith did all the cooking, except for the Peppery Maple Chicken, which I cooked. Keith is even getting used to the Instant Pot, and made our chili in that today. Here’s the one that we have – I love it! Brown the meat in it, and then change to the Slow Cooker setting after adding the rest of the ingredients.

All the other meals were good too, except for the corned beef that we had on Sunday. It was really tough – we’ve never had that happen before. It was cooked the same way that we always do it, so it must have been a problem with the meat, rather than the cooking method.

Sunday Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Monday — Turkey Schnitzel

Tuesday Spaghetti With Asiago Meatballs

Wednesday Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Thursday Peppery Maple Chicken

Friday — Peameal Bacon

Saturday Chili con carne

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