Weekly Meal Plan 20180602

It was unusually hot last week, but this week’s forecast is for cooler weather. There’s a thunderstorm in the forecast for Saturday night, so I didn’t plan any grilling for that night, just in case!

I put a couple of new recipes on this week’s plan, and both are easy recipes that go into the slow cooker. The Beef Soup can be made in the morning, and the noodles added just before supper. The Pork Chops only take 4 hours, so I’ll make those after lunch, and we’ll enjoy them at suppertime.

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The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Jun 03, 2018. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Slow Cooker Steak Soup With Noodles

Monday Slow Cooker Fast Pork Chops

Tuesday — Turkey Scaloppini

Wednesday Sausage Pasta with Vegetables (picture below)

Thursday Pork Chop Suey

Friday — Ham Steak

Saturday Shepherd’s Pie, Simple

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. The Slow Cooker Steak Soup with Noodles was delicious! I didn’t even brown the steak – just dropped it into the slow cooker. I’ll add a bit more broth next time though – it was a very thick soup. Our granddaughter reluctantly tried some, gobbled it up, and went back for a second bowl. 

The Slow Cooker Fast Pork Chops was okay, but I wouldn’t make it again – at least not in the Instant Pot. The meat was overcooked, and dry.

Keith couldn’t find turkey scaloppini on Tuesday, so he got a different cut, and we made Turkey Stir Fry instead. He also made the Sausage Pasta on Wednesday, and it turned out very well. Keith didn’t add mushrooms, and we didn’t miss them. The whole wheat pasta is chewier than regular pasta, so it seems like a heartier meal.

And tonight we’re having a Cheese and Ham Omelette, with the ham steak left over from last night.

Sunday Slow Cooker Steak Soup With Noodles

Monday Slow Cooker Fast Pork Chops

Tuesday Turkey Stir Fry

Wednesday Sausage Pasta with Vegetables (picture below)

Thursday Pork Chop Suey

Friday — Ham Steak

Saturday — Omelette, Ham & Cheese

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Sausage Pasta with Vegetables

Sausage Pasta with Vegetables

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Weekly Meal Plan 20180526

We’re expecting hot weather next week, so I’m not sure how much cooking we’ll want to do. I picked easy recipes for the week, and we can just eat sandwiches and salads, if we’d rather not cook!

It’s a long weekend in the USA and the UK, so they might be having picnics and grilled food – if all the events aren’t rained out!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, May 27, 2018. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Chicken, roasted

Monday – Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Chops

Tuesday Bean and Bacon Soup

Wednesday Creamy Chicken Tomato Skillet

Thursday Cherry Tomato Pasta

Friday Meat Loaf, Easy

Saturday Chili Shrimp and Coconut Risotto

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. We stuck to the plan from Sunday to Wednesday, and I did the cooking, to give Keith a break.

For the Cranberry Pork Chops, I cut way back on the sugar, and they were very tasty. I added “Slow Cooker” at the start of the name, to remind myself that they’re cooked that way.

The Bean and Bacon Soup was good and hearty, but bland tasting, even though I added a bit of lemon juice and a few seasonings. If we have that again, we’ll definitely need to bump up the flavour somehow.

On Thursday, when I looked at the Cherry Tomato Pasta recipe, I realized that it was almost the same as the Creamy Chicken Tomato Skillet from Wednesday night (I loved that recipe – it’s definitely a keeper!) So, Keith made his meatloaf on Thursday night, and we ordered a pizza on Friday.

Sunday — Chicken, roasted

Monday Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Chops

Tuesday Bean and Bacon Soup

Wednesday Creamy Chicken Tomato Skillet

Thursday Meat Loaf, Easy

Friday — Pizza

Saturday Chili Shrimp and Coconut Risotto

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Weekly Meal Plan 20180519

It’s the first long weekend of the summer, but the weather isn’t very summery. I’ll cook burgers inside tomorrow night, instead of asking Keith to grill them.

There’s one new recipe on the menu this week – Sausage Pasta with Vegetables. It’s made with turkey sausage, but we could use a different kind, if that is hard to find at the grocery store.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, May 20, 2018. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Hamburgers with Brown Gravy

Monday Pork Tenderloin in Lemon Sauce

Tuesday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Wednesday Pasta Carbonara With Mushrooms

Thursday Sausage Pasta with Vegetables

Friday — Peameal Bacon

Saturday Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. We stuck to the plan for most of the week, but didn’t have the Sausage Pasta with Vegetables. I had that recipe in the “Poultry” category, because it uses turkey sausage, and didn’t notice that there was pasta 2 nights in a row. Oops!

So, we moved the Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet to Thursday, and we’ll have the Sausage Pasta another time. And tonight we’re having the Grilled Steak and Veggies again, because we enjoyed that so much last week.

Sunday Hamburgers with Brown Gravy

Monday Pork Tenderloin in Lemon Sauce

Tuesday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Wednesday Pasta Carbonara With Mushrooms

Thursday Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet

Friday — Burgers

Saturday Grilled Veggies and Steak

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Weekly Meal Plan 20180512

The weather definitely affects our meal planning – hearty foods seem more appealing in the winter, and we usually want lighter meals on hot summer days. We’re never sure what the weather will be like in the spring and fall though – it could be hot, cold, or something in between.

I picked a new grilled steak recipe for this week, and checked the weather forecast for next week, to see which day looks best for grilling. I picked Saturday, but we can switch days, if necessary, or cook something different. There’s a new chicken recipe too, and we’ll have that on Monday.

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The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, May 13, 2018. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Quick Loaded Potato Soup

Monday Dijon Chicken Smothered in Mushrooms

Tuesday Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew

Wednesday — Lasagna

Thursday Garlic Lemon Shrimp

Friday Pork, Maple-Glazed with Roasted Vegetables

Saturday Grilled Veggies and Steak

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. We stuck to the plan for most of the week. The maple=glazed pork got bumped, because we had leftover beef and barley stew on Wednesday night.

The new recipe, Dijon Chicken Smothered in Mushrooms, was delicious, and easy to make. We’ll definitely have that again. Keith is making the grilled steak and vegetables tonight, even if it’s raining. We have a new barbeque wok, so we’re ready to roll!

Sunday Quick Loaded Potato Soup

Monday Dijon Chicken Smothered in Mushrooms

Tuesday Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew

Wednesday Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew

Thursday — Lasagna

Friday Garlic Lemon Shrimp

Saturday Grilled Veggies and Steak

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Weekly Meal Plan 20180505

We had a wild wind storm here yesterday, and lost power for about 15 minutes. Fortunately, that didn’t interfere with our supper, but we could have grilled the meat, if necessary. Lots of people are still without power though, so I hope you’re not among them!

This week, there are several old favourite meals in the plan, and one recipe that we haven’t had since 2010 – Warm Greek Pasta Salad. We liked it back then, according to my notes, so I’m not sure why we never had it again.

There’s a tub of free cottage cheese in the fridge, so that’s what inspired me to put Lasagna on the list. I can make a double batch, and freeze some for another time. And, to give ourselves a break, I’ve put Pizza on the plan for Friday night.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, May 06, 2018. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Chicken, roasted

Monday — Lasagna

Tuesday Cottage Roll With Vegetables

Wednesday Ginger Beef Stir Fry

Thursday Warm Greek Pasta Salad (picture below)

Friday — Pizza

Saturday Salisbury Steak

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – we did a great job of sticking to the meal plan! The only change was that we had Spaghetti on Monday, instead of Lasagna. Keith made extra sauce, and used that to prepare a couple of small Lasagnas. Those went into the freezer, and we’ll enjoy them later.

The Warm Greek Pasta Salad turned out well, and I’ll definitely make that again. It will be great on a hot summer night!

Sunday — Chicken, roasted

Monday Spaghetti With Asiago Meatballs

Tuesday Cottage Roll With Vegetables

Wednesday Ginger Beef Stir Fry

Thursday Warm Greek Pasta Salad (picture below)

Friday — Pizza

Saturday Salisbury Steak

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Warm Greek Pasta Salad

Warm Greek Pasta Salad

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Weekly Meal Plan 20180428

There’s one new recipe on the menu this week – Grilled Halibut with Chimichurri. The weather is getting warmer now, so I hope that Keith will feel like grilling on Saturday!

We’ll have indoor meals the rest of the week, with a few old favourites, and a recipe that we tried long ago, but haven’t had for a few years — Spinach Fettuccine.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Apr 29, 2018. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Osso Buco

Monday Osso Buco

Tuesday Pork Chop Suey

Wednesday Easy Chicken Casserole

Thursday Spinach Fettuccine

Friday — Peameal Bacon

Saturday Grilled Halibut with Chimichurri

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. We didn’t have much Osso Buco left on Sunday, so we bought Cabbage Rolls at the deli, and had those on Monday.

It was our Anniversary on Wednesday, and we went out for a lovely lunch. We weren’t too hungry at supper time, we Keith made us tuna sandwiches, instead of the chicken casserole.

On Thursday, we really enjoyed the Spinach Fettuccine, that we hadn’t made for a long time, and will definitely have it again soon. Keith couldn’t find any Halibut on Saturday, so we got Lamb Chops instead, to grill on the barbecue.

Sunday Osso Buco

Monday — Cabbage Rolls

Tuesday Pork Chop Suey

Wednesday — Sandwiches

Thursday Spinach Fettuccine

Friday — Peameal Bacon

Saturday — Lamb Chops

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Weekly Meal Plan 20180421

It’s Keith’s birthday on Monday, so he picked ribs for supper that night. He’ll pick some up when he goes to Costco that morning. And, instead of a birthday cake, I’ll make his favourite dessert – Apple Crisp.

There’s one new recipe on the menu this week – Creamy Chicken Tomato Skillet. It’s from the Cooking Light website, and they claim that the prep time is only 20 minutes. Recipes usually take about twice the estimated time, at least the first time you try them, so we’ll see!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Apr 22, 2018. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Ham Steak

Monday Ribs, Barbecued Back

Tuesday — Fajitas

Wednesday Pork Tenderloin in Lemon Sauce

Thursday Spaghetti With Asiago Meatballs

Friday Creamy Chicken Tomato Skillet

Saturday Ginger Beef Stir Fry

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. The first 3 days, we followed the plan, and then we had turkey scaloppini on Wednesday, instead of the Pork Tenderloin in Lemon Sauce. The turkey had lemon and capers, so it was pretty close to our original plan!

The spaghetti was delicious on Thursday, so we had it again on Friday. The only problem was finding the Asiago cheese for the meatballs.

Then, our granddaughter came to visit, so we had one of her favourites on Saturday – Turkey Schnitzel. Just use a Veal Schnitzel recipe for that, with thinly sliced turkey breast, instead of the veal.

Sunday — Ham Steak

Monday Ribs, Barbecued Back

Tuesday — Fajitas

Wednesday — Turkey Scaloppini

Thursday Spaghetti With Asiago Meatballs

Friday Spaghetti With Asiago Meatballs

Saturday — Turkey Schnitzel

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