Weekly Meal Plan 20161203

We veered off the plan last week, but that’s okay – this is just our starting off point. Any day that we’re in the mood for something different, we’ll go in that direction instead!

So, in that spirit, here is the plan for this week. There’s nothing new on the menu, just some old favourites, and simple dishes for this busy time of year. Check back later, to see how the week went.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Dec 04, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Peameal Bacon

Monday — Ravioli

Tuesday Beef Stew

Wednesday — Quesadillas

Thursday Cranberry Chicken Breasts With Mushrooms

Friday — Beans & Wieners

Saturday — Burgers

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 20161126

The Grey Cup game is tomorrow (Canadian football championship), so we’ll be having our traditional chili dinner that night. Keith will get it started in the slow cooker in the morning, and the house will smell wonderful all day long.

The Garlic Lemon Shrimp got bumped off the menu last week, so I’ve put it on again this week. We’re heading into the busy holiday season, so there aren’t any new recipes. Let’s keep things simple in the kitchen, while we’re busy everywhere else!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Nov 27, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Chili con carne (Silver Palate Cookbook)

Monday Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Potatoes

Tuesday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Wednesday — Tortellini

Thursday Garlic Lemon Shrimp

Friday — Peameal Bacon

Saturday Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – we had 3 of the planned meals, and improvised on the other nights.

I made the chili in our Instant Pot (a multi-function cooker), and that turned out really well. I sautéed the onions and meat in there first, then added the other ingredients, and turned it to the slow cooker setting. That makes much less clean up, and a delicious meal.

We finally had the garlic lemon shrimp, and it was just as good as it was the first time. The shrimp were cooked perfectly, and the dish is a little spicy, but not too much.

The Instant Pot was used again on Saturday, to make the Swiss Steak. It’s very easy to use, after you’ve made a couple of things, and I’m really glad we bought it.

Sunday — Chili con carne

Monday — Chili con carne

Tuesday Chicken, Panko crusted

Wednesday Garlic Lemon Shrimp

Thursday — Ham Steak

Friday — Pizza

Saturday Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

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Cooking chili in our Instant Pot (a multi-function cooker)

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Weekly Meal Plan 20161119

There is one new recipe on this week’s menu – Root Vegetable Zoodle Soup. I saw the picture in this month’s Bon Appetit magazine, and it looked beautiful. Keith likes root vegetables and bacon, and I need an excuse to use my Spiralizer, so I hope we try it!

It’s old favourites for the rest of the week, and we can roast a chicken on Monday, or pick up a rotisserie chicken at the supermarket. That will make good leftovers for lunch the next day or two.

On Thursday, we can skip the Arugula Apple Salad that is the side dish for the Panko Pork, and have canned vegetables instead.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Nov 20, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Meat Loaf, Easy

Monday — Chicken, roasted

Tuesday Pasta Carbonara

Wednesday Root Vegetable Zoodle Soup

Thursday Panko Pork with Arugula Apple Salad

Friday — Quesadillas

Saturday Garlic Lemon Shrimp

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. Keith found veal shanks at the grocery store, so he made Osso Buco on Monday. The chicken and pasta got bumped to the next day, and the soup and pork fell off the menu. I still want to try the Zoodle soup though, so maybe I’ll add it to the menu in January, when the holiday rush is over. That’s a good time to start eating light again!

Our granddaughter came to visit on Saturday, so we changed the Garlic Lemon Shrimp to Fish & Chips – but we’ll put lemon on it!

Sunday Meat Loaf, Easy

Monday Osso Buco, Slow Cooker

Tuesday — Chicken, roasted

Wednesday Pasta Carbonara

Thursday — Ribeye steak

Friday — Quesadillas

Saturday — Fish & chips

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Weekly Meal Plan 20161112

It’s getting colder now, so the soup and stew recipes in my collection look much more appealing. I’ve added two new recipes this week, and one is a Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Stew. The meat gets browned before slow cooking, and it wouldn’t hurt to precook the carrots a bit too.

The other new recipe is a Spinach and Feta Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust. I haven’t made a quiche for approximately 100 years (or so), and this one looks really pretty. You slice the sweet potatoes with a mandolin, then arrange them in a pie crust, and bake that for a while, later, the filling is added, and that is baked. I might have to volunteer to make that one. Or, we can just have an omelet instead!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Nov 13, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Cottage Roll With Vegetables

Monday Quick & Creamy Chicken Stew

Tuesday Spinach and Feta Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust

Wednesday — Tortellini

Thursday Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew (picture below)

Friday — Beans & Wieners

Saturday — Chicken stir fry

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – a few things were changed. On Tuesday, we had leftover chicken stew, instead of making the Spinach and Feta Quiche. On Wednesday, Keith was in the mood for ham steak, so we had that instead of the pasta. Friday, we ordered Chinese food, and moved the beans and wieners to Saturday.

Keith made the Beef and Barley Stew on Thursday, and it was filling and delicious. Instead of using thyme springs, he used dried thyme. The servings bowls might not have looked quite as fancy as the picture in the magazine, but the flavour was just as good, I’m sure.

When it went into the slow cooker, the stew looked rather watery, so Keith added a bit more barley, and some flour/water mixture. We won’t do that next time though, because it was really thick at serving time! There is a picture below.

Sunday Cottage Roll With Vegetables

Monday Quick & Creamy Chicken Stew

Tuesday Quick & Creamy Chicken Stew

Wednesday — Ham steak

Thursday Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew

Friday — Chinese Food

Saturday — Beans & Wieners

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Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew – delicious!

Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew

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Weekly Meal Plan 20161105

We’re trying a couple of new recipes this week – I found both of them in this month’s Cooking Light magazine. Keith likes all things potato, so he quickly agreed to trying the Quick Loaded Potato Soup.

We’ve never made a Cassoulet before (that we can remember!), so we’ll see how the Slow Cooker Sausage Cassoulet turns out. If we have too many leftovers, we can eat those on Friday, instead of making the pasta.

The Cornmeal Chicken is something we’ve had a few times before. In the summer, we use fresh tomatoes and peaches for the salsa, but since it’s the fall, we’ll use canned instead. Or, we could just buy a jar of Mango Salsa.

And now we have to focus on remembering to turn back the clocks tonight. I hate the time-change weekends!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Nov 06, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Beef Stew

Monday Pork Medallions with Grainy Mustard Sauce

Tuesday Quick Loaded Potato Soup (picture below)

Wednesday Cornmeal Chicken with Peach Salsa (canned tomatoes and peaches)

Thursday Slow Cooker Sausage Cassoulet

Friday Pasta Puttanesca

Saturday Ribs, Barbecued Back

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – we stuck to the plan, except for the Cassoulet. That looked too complicated for the amount of energy that we had on Thursday, so Keith cooked the sausages, and served them with beans and mashed potatoes instead. On the Food Network, I’m pretty sure that they’d call that a “deconstructed Cassoulet.”

The Quick Loaded Potato Soup was delicious, and we’d definitely eat that again! I’ve added a picture below, so you can see how it turned out.

Sunday Beef Stew

Monday Pork Medallions with Grainy Mustard Sauce

Tuesday Quick Loaded Potato Soup (picture below)

Wednesday Cornmeal Chicken with Peach Salsa

Thursday — Chicken Sausages

Friday Pasta Puttanesca

Saturday Ribs, Barbecued Back

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Quick Loaded Potato Soup, topped with bacon, white cheddar, and chives – delicious!

Quick Loaded Potato Soup

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Weekly Meal Plan 20161029

Our slow cooker will get a good workout this week, if we stick to the meal plan! It’s nice to get the meal ready in the morning though, so there’s very little to do at supper time. The only hard part is smelling the delicious food all afternoon.

The Cranberry Pork Chops, Turkey Breast With Gravy, and Garlic Lemon Shrimp are all new recipes, but they look fairly easy. We’ll see how it goes!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Oct 30, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Monday Garlic Lemon Shrimp

Tuesday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Wednesday Cranberry Pork Chops (picture below)

Thursday — Tortellini

Friday Slow Cooker Turkey Breast With Gravy

Saturday — Peameal Bacon

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – we had most of the meals on the plan, with a couple of changes. The Garlic Lemon Shrimp was delicious, with a bit of spice from the cumin. Keith said it was easy to cook, and he served it with a bit of pasta. 

The Cranberry Pork Chops were delicious too, and I made the gravy on the stovetop, after they finished cooking. There is a picture below – it’s a bad picture, but it’s the only one that I took of our meals this week!

The turkey breast was okay, but not great, and I was very disappointed in the gravy that I made at the end. We might try another turkey breast in the future, but will roast it, instead of using the slow cooker.

Sunday Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Monday Garlic Lemon Shrimp

Tuesday — Burgers

Wednesday Cranberry Pork Chops

Thursday — Peameal Bacon

Friday Slow Cooker Turkey Breast With Gravy

Saturday Beef Stew

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Cranberry Pork Chops with Stovetop Gravy

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Weekly Meal Plan 20161022

We’re having a prime rib roast tonight, so there should be leftovers for Sunday’s supper too. Then, whatever bits are left, can go into the pasta on Tuesday night.

The baked chicken legs recipe is one of my favourites, and we haven’t had it for over a year. The house fills with garlic smell, so shut the bedroom doors before you make this, or you’ll dream about garlic all night!

The ham jambalaya is another recipe that we haven’t had for a long time – I put that recipe on this blog in 2008! It looks perfect for a cool fall evening, so I’ll let you know how it turns out.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Oct 23, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Prime Rib

Monday Saucy Baked Chicken Legs With Olives and Tomatoes

Tuesday Pasta With Steak Strips (picture below)

Wednesday — Beans & Wieners

Thursday — Meatloaf, Melt in Your Mouth

Friday Spicy Ham Jambalaya

Saturday — Quesadillas

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – this might be the first time that we’ve totally stuck to the plan! And it turned out that Tuesday was National Pasta Day, so that was the perfect choice for our supper that night.

Keith made most of the meals, and I cooked the Ham Jambalaya, after he prepped all the ingredients. That dish was filling, and tasted good, but not great. I saved some of the leftovers, and will definitely splash some hot sauce onto it, before eating it.

Sunday — Prime Rib

Monday Saucy Baked Chicken Legs With Olives and Tomatoes

Tuesday Pasta With Steak Strips (picture below)

Wednesday — Beans & Wieners

Thursday — Meatloaf, Melt in Your Mouth

Friday Spicy Ham Jambalaya

Saturday — Quesadillas

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Pasta With Steak Strips

Pasta With Steak Strips

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