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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Our Dinner Menu

I love posts where people list what their family will be eating for the week because I'm all about finding new, yummy, healthy recipes to make! So, I will try to start doing this each week either Saturday, Sunday or Monday, depending on when I get my act together...and it might help me be a better meal planner for the week. Now, I don't cook every night of the week; not that we eat out, but sometimes (um, especially lately) Matt will pick up something on his way home so when I plan meals, I usually plan 4 meals for the week.

Our Dinner Menu this Week:

Monday: Low-fat Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo with added broccoli (from Kraft Foods website)

Tuesday: Turkey Chili with fritos and cornbread (not the healthiest sides, but oh well) - this is my sister's recipe and I've never tried it, but have heard it's yummy

1 package ground turkey

2 cans black beans

1 can of your favorite brand Salsa

1 can tomatoes

1 tablespoon chili powder

chopped onions (optional)

Cook the turkey meat. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 mins. Top with shredded cheese.

Wednesday: Baked Chicken Strips with baked potatoes and green beans
The chicken strips are great because the ingredients are all pretty much staples; I love dipping mine in honey - yum!
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
dash of thyme, paprika, & lemon pepper
6 TBS butter, melted
chicken tenders or breasts cut into nuggets
*Melt butter in pie dish
*Stir dry ingredients in another pie dish
*Dip chicken into butter, then dry ingredients
*Arrange on a cookie sheet and bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes (I flip halfway through)
Thursday: Tacos - I buy the El Paso Hard and Soft taco dinner kit


Leslie said...

I LOVE that you are doing this. I cook most nights of the week but I am a horrible planner. No pressure but it would really help me out if you do this weekly. We'll just have what you are having! How are you feeling?

Amanda said...

i LOVE when people ad their menu plans. i was actually just sitting down to write mine out.

Annie said...

Ohhhhh I might just have to start copying this! I am definitely a terrible cook and can never think of ideas!! I love that you share all your great cooking recipes!!!

The Wilson Family said...

Ooohhh... I love it!!! Please, please do this every week! You know how bad I am at cooking... maybe this will inspire me! You are always such a great cook!

Lucy said...

wow! I am really impressed. I am the worst housewife. I think I have probably cooked 4 meals in my life... so pathetic. One of my goals for 2009 is to learn how to cook and do it more often! You have just inspired me.

Also, I just read your comment. Reid is so cute! I think Eleanor and he have a connection because Eleanor was going to be Reid if she were a boy... definite chemistry between the 2 of them!

Dunhams said...

So fun! That's what I do too...4 recipes a week, but I've never thought to put them on here :) It definitely helps with my grocery shopping and motivating me to be good and cook :) I will definitely be stealing some of your ideas!

Lindsay Wagner said...

This is a fantastic idea! I'm home sick today, so my man is heading to the grocery store for me when he picks up Hayden from school, and I just emailed him our list for the week...I just might have to copy your idea!!! :)

Leslie said...

Meredith thanks for your sweet birthday email. Sometimes (many times) I forget how lucky I am to be the mother of 3. Hope to see you soon, esp as a preggo. You are the cutest!

Donnell Days said...

What a great idea! I will definitely be trying your recipes...the chicken strips look yummy!! :)

Donnell Days said...

What a great idea! I will definitely be trying your recipes...the chicken strips look yummy!! :)

Brooke said...

Yum! Those all sound so good! Thank you for sharing . I'm definitely not adventurous when it comes to cooking, but those sound so easy to try.

TeamRiss said...

You are a big rockstar for doing this in advance like that. I need to take lessons from you. I'm going to try harder.