Weekly Meal Plan 20171007

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s a holiday weekend here in Canada, and the family will come for a big turkey dinner on Sunday. Then, if we’re lucky, there will be enough leftovers for a delicious dinner on Monday too. Keith found a turkey in the Tinder Park Nature Centre, when we visited Rochester last week, and you can see it below.

That will be enough poultry for the week, so I’ve put other items on the menu for Tuesday to Saturday. It’s been a long time since we’ve had the Hamburger Scramble or Pork Tenderloin with Carrots. We’ll try them this week, to see if we still enjoy those dishes.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Oct 08, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Turkey

Monday — Turkey

Tuesday Hamburger Scramble

Wednesday Pork Tenderloin with Carrots

Thursday — Ravioli

Friday — Ham Steak

Saturday Sea Scallops With Brown Butter, Capers and Lemon

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – we stuck to the plan every day! Everything was tasty, and we really enjoyed the two recipes that we hadn’t made for a long time.

Our family dinner on Sunday was delicious, and it was great to see everyone. We ate early, so that everyone could get home before it was too dark, if they wanted to. And, there was lots of food left over for our dinner on Monday.

On Tuesday, Keith had the hamburger scramble with some of the leftover turnips from Thanksgiving. No turnips for me, thanks!

And Keith enjoyed our turkey dinner so much that he bought a couple of small frozen turkeys, so we can cook another one in a few weeks. We’ll just have to remember to defrost it a couple of days ahead. That shouldn’t be a problem, right?

Sunday — Turkey

Monday — Turkey

Tuesday Hamburger Scramble

Wednesday Pork Tenderloin with Carrots

Thursday — Ravioli

Friday — Ham Steak

Saturday Sea Scallops With Brown Butter, Capers and Lemon

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Thanksgiving Desserts

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Happy Thanksgiving!

turkey at Tinker Park Nature Centre

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Weekly Meal Plan 20170930

We had a short vacation last week, but we’re back to our regular schedule now. The heat wave is over too, so that makes it easier to plan and cook our suppers.

We’re starting with a prime rib on Sunday, and there will be enough for leftovers on Monday. I’ve put easy meals on Friday and Saturday, so we can save our energy for the Thanksgiving dinner next Sunday.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Oct 01, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Prime Rib

Monday — Prime Rib

Tuesday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Wednesday Pasta Carbonara With Mushrooms

Thursday Slow Cooker Pork With Sauerkraut and Apples

Friday — Beans & Wieners

Saturday — Peameal Bacon

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. We stuck to the plan until Friday, when our snack of cheese and crackers turned into a meal. The beans and wieners got bumped to Saturday, and we’ll have the peameal another day.

Sunday — Prime Rib

Monday — Prime Rib

Tuesday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Wednesday Pasta Carbonara With Mushrooms

Thursday Slow Cooker Pork With Sauerkraut and Apples

Friday — Cheese & Crackers

Saturday — Beans & Wieners

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Weekly Meal Plan 20170923

It’s autumn, but we’re in the middle of the first heat wave that we’ve had this year! It’s too hot to cook, so there are simple dishes on the menu plan for this week. Maybe we’ll be back to fall temperatures next week.

The Weekly Plan

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

Sunday Garlic Lemon Shrimp

Monday Pork Chops Pizzaiola

Tuesday — Beans & Wieners

Wednesday — Quesadillas

Thursday — Peameal Bacon

Friday Pasta Carbonara With Mushrooms

Saturday — Ribeye steak

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – we only had one of our planned meals! On Monday, we headed to Rochester, NY, for a short vacation. We shopped, and did some sightseeing, and ate way too much every day, at local restaurants. It was a nice break, and we’ll get back to our regular schedule next week – I hope!

Sunday Garlic Lemon Shrimp

Monday — Dinner Out

Tuesday — Dinner Out

Wednesday — Dinner Out

Thursday — Cheese & Crackers

Friday — Ribeye steak

Saturday — Fish & Chips

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Weekly Meal Plan 20170916

We’re still shopping for a new refrigerator, so the old one doesn’t have too much food in it. That’s enough to worry about, so I’ve kept the meal plan simple for this week.

We haven’t had the Slow Cooker Beef with Tomato Wine Sauce for a long time, and that will be easy to make on Sunday morning. The last time we had the Enchilada Pie was in 2009, so I guess it’s time to try that one again too!

The Weekly Plan

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

Sunday Slow Cooker Beef With Tomato Wine Sauce

Monday Pork Tenderloin in Lemon Sauce

Tuesday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Wednesday Slow Cooker Enchilada Pie

Thursday Garlic Lemon Shrimp

Friday — Peameal Bacon

Saturday Spaghetti With Asiago Meatballs

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – our fridge problems threw the whole plan into chaos. We had the Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce on Tuesday, and Spaghetti with Asiago Meatballs on Saturday. Other than that, we didn’t have any meals from the plan.

But the new fridge arrived on Friday (2 hours after the end of the delivery time estimate). It’s good and cold now, so we’ll be able to get back to normal.

Sunday — Prime Rib

Monday — Prime Rib

Tuesday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Wednesday — Chinese Food

Thursday — Fajitas

Friday — Sandwiches

Saturday Spaghetti With Asiago Meatballs

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Weekly Meal Plan 20170909

We’ll keep things easy this week – we’re tired out from making those complicated new recipes last week! There’s just one new item this week – Spicy Grilled Pierogi – and it looks really easy.

If I make a roast chicken tomorrow, that should last us a couple of days. We’re going out for a fancy lunch on Tuesday, so we might not be too hungry at supper time. The Ginger Beef Stir Fry on Wednesday is one of my favourites, so I’ll make that. It’s a bit complicated, but worth the effort!

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2 Ingredient Frying Pan Bread

My sister sent me this recipe, and I was skeptical that it would turn out very well. But, I bought some yogurt and flour, and made a batch of this 2 ingredient frying pan bread. It was delicious! Here is the very quick and easy recipe – there are pictures at the end.

2 Ingredient Frying Pan Bread

This bread is dense, and a little chewy. Use a good quality yogurt, because that’s what gives the bread its flavour. I used 2% plain Greek yogurt – that’s the highest fat I could find.

Serves 4     Based on the recipe from Buzzfeed

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole-fat plain Greek yogurt (get good quality, you’ll taste its flavour)
  • 1  cup self-rising flour , plus 1/4 cup for rolling
    • NOTE: To make your own self-rising flour, see instructions below

Preparation

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together yogurt and 1 cup flour until smooth.
  2. Transfer dough to a floured surface, and cut into 4 equal pieces.
  3. Roll out each piece of dough to about 8 inches across – use plenty of flour to keep the dough from sticking
  4. Heat a medium-sized non-stick frying pan on medium high
  5. Put a piece of rolled out dough in the frying pan – no oil or butter needed
  6. Cook each side for 2–4 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through.
  7. Serve immediately (Also good later!)

How to Make Self-Rising Flour

Mix together the following ingredients

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Making the 2-Ingredient Frying Pan Bread

Roll out the dough – use plenty of flout

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Cook the first side in non-stick frying pan (no oil or butter needed), over medium-high, for about 2 minutes

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Flip, and cook the other side for about 2 minutes, until cooked through (the first side of this one was a little too brown!)

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Remove from the frying pan, cut into wedges, and enjoy!

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Weekly Meal Plan 20170902

There are two new recipes for this week – White Cheddar and Bacon Risotto, and Steak Salad with Butternut Squash and Cranberries. I found them while flipping through magazines, and they looked great. Both recipes should take about 30 minutes to prepare – or so they claim! I’ll let you know how it goes, if we make them.

On Sunday, we’ll put the chicken stew in the slow cooker around noon, and then relax until supper time. There’s usually enough for the next night too, so I didn’t plan anything for Monday night. That’s the end of the long Labour Day weekend too, so we shouldn’t be doing too much labour!

We enjoyed the Pork Chop Suey in June, so I finally added the recipe to this blog, with our tweaks to the original recipe. I like to break the steps down, into Prep and Cooking steps – that gives us a better idea of what’s involved.

The Weekly Plan

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

Sunday Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Stew

Monday – Leftover Chicken Stew

Tuesday White Cheddar and Bacon Risotto

Wednesday Steak Salad with Butternut Squash and Cranberries  (picture below)

Thursday Pork Chop Suey

Friday — Beans & Wieners

Saturday — Beef Tenderloin

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. We had leftover beef casserole on Sunday, and followed the plan for the rest of the week.

The Chicken Pot Pie was tasty, but really watery – more like soup than stew. I figured out why though – I used a 2-cup box of chicken stock, instead of a Knorr “chicken stock pot”. It’s a small container (about 1/4 cup) of a gelled stock – no wonder mine was too watery!

The risotto was tasty too, but lots of steps and constant attention. We enjoyed it, but probably wouldn’t make it again. However, the Steak Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash was amazing! We made a few tweaks to the recipe, and I’ll post it here soon. You can see the picture below.

Sunday Lazy Day Beef Casserole

Monday Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Stew

Tuesday White Cheddar and Bacon Risotto

Wednesday Steak Salad with Butternut Squash and Cranberries (picture below)

Thursday Pork Chop Suey

Friday — Beans & Wieners

Saturday — Beef Tenderloin

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Steak Salad with Butternut Squash and Cranberries

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