Menu Plan Monday – October 21st – November 6th


Menu – 10/21 – 11/6/11

Busy week,but always made so much easier by having our menu planned.   Recipes from this week that were a hit included the following:

Pecan Crusted Fish   – very good….sauce received mixed reviews

Herbed Green Beans – hubby made these beans – very good – also used sauce on brussel sprouts.

Loaded Baked PotatoSoup and Cheese Pull Aparts – everyone likes this soup!

Fri – Hotdogs/ Fries (Grocery Shop)

Sat – Rotis. Chicken, Risotta, Corn (House Warming party)

Sun – Pioneer Woman Roast  – Blueberry Coobler  (both very good – add to site)

24 (working late) – Stuffed Green Peppers

6 large green peppers
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1 (16 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
1 (16 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
salt and black pepper to taste
1 bag of instant white rice
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese     

Brown your ground beef and chopped onion in a large skillet on low. While it’s browning cut the tops off of each pepper. Rinse the seeds out from the inside cavity. Place in a baking dish. Boil your white rice according to package directions, drain out the water. In a large bowl combine: diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, salt, black pepper and rice. Stir in the ground beef and onion mixture.

Optional: You can stir some chopped green pepper into this mixture if desired.

Spoon mixture into each shell. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. Remove and sprinkle cheddar cheese on top. Place back into the oven for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted. Makes 6 servings.

How To Freeze

Let them cool. Wrap each individual pepper in plastic wrap. Place 4 at a time into a 1 gallon sized zipper closure bag. Label and freeze. They will keep up to 6 months in the freezer. When you are ready to use, defrost them in the microwave and then microwave reheat them for 5 minutes. Remove from microwave and sprinkle with some fresh cheese. Instant dinner on a busy night

25 (MPTP) – Beef Vegetable Soup – (Fix it and Forget it Book – pg 133) crock 8-10 hours)

26 (Tommy’s Birthday) Mom’s Mac& Cheese – Sausage – corn

27 Breaded Pork Chops – Spaetzel – Carrots – Pg20 –  Simple and Del.

28 (Friday) White Castle Sliders and Fries

29 (Date Night – Play) Slow Cooker Beef Stew

2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups beef broth
3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped

Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, salt and pepper; pour over meat and stir to coat. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots and celery. Cover. Cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours. Serves: 6.

 30 (Tony’s Benefit 4 to 10) – Broccoli, Potato and Cheese Soup (Fix and Forget it pg 167)  Crock – 4 hours
31 (Halloween)  Squirmy Wormy Sandwiches – good add to site!

1 package (16 oz) hot dogs
1 tbls vegetable oil
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tbls brwon sugar
2 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp spicy brown mustard
Dash Liquid Smoke, optional
6 Hamburger buns

Cut each hot dog into eight strips. In a large skillet, saute hot dogs in oil until goden brown.

Stir in ketchup, brown sugar, Worchestshire sacue, mustard and Liquid smoke if desired; heat through. Serve on buns. Yield 6 servings. Tip: Use your favorite bottle barbecue sauce for even quicker treat!!!  

1 – Sausage Rice Casserole/ Veggie/ Salad

2 – HASH BROWN SOUP/ Biscuits
1 sauteed onion (from freezer)
3 cans chicken broth
1 large bag frozen hash browns
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cups milk
1 pound Velveeta cheese

Combine sauted onion and broth, bring to boil. Add hash browns, bring to boil. Add soups (don’t dilute) and milk, bring to boil. Add Cheese. Heat until cheese melts. Optional, serve with bacon bits on top.
This is one of my family’s favorite recipes and it is quick and easy! –

3 – Beef Enchiladas/ Spanish Rice

4 (Tommy Family Party) – Sloppy Joes/ Chips/

5  Tommy Friends Party/Halloween party  – Pizza

6 – Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed potatoes, Corn


Recipes to Try in the Future:

Pesto Chicken Tortellini Soup 

Simple Chicken and Dumplings


Dutch Oven Recipes to Try:


For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie. and participate in Menu Plan Monday.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!


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