Weekly Menu Plan – July 29, 2012

 

Not only is this officially the last week of the month, but it also starts a new month in the middle of it.  If I thought the last full week of a month was hard to plan, this is the one instance that is harder.  The one thing that makes it easier is if I have sat down and made up the menu for the upcoming month.  Then it isn’t near as hard.

I used to just repeat meals in the order that we ate them the month before.  This may have been okay doing it for one month, but it didn’t work repeatedly.  We like more variety than that.  Even if we do have similar meals each month (spaghetti, hamburgers, salad, etc.) there are new ones thrown in that help create the variety we crave.

Turns out that this is the week of new crock pot meals.  I have used it twice so far and wonder why it is I haven’t done more. The majority of the recipes are from a cookbook I got from the library.  There is also a corresponding website that you can check out – A Year of Slow Cooking.  So far one has been a hit and the other may be with a bit of tweaking.  Actually even the one we really liked got a bit of tweaking, but doesn’t almost every recipe?  Each family is different and some prefer more of a particular taste than other.  For example, tonight we had Black Bean Soup.  My husband thought it needed a bit of lemon juice to it to add some tartness.  Tasted great afterwards(probably did before too, but my husband appreciated the addition) and will be a repeat for us.

Breakfasts:

  1. Crepes, fruit, meat
  2. Overnight Grits (from the crockpot cookbook, but doesn’t seem to be on the website)
  3. Eggs, toast, fruit
  4. Pumpkin muffins
  5. Shakes
  6. Eggs, toast, fruit, meat

Lunch:

  1. Eat Out
  2. Chicken with Chipotle Lime sauce(cut with ketchup and some honey), red peppers and corn; peas, rice
  3. Salad
  4. Rolled Steak, Tomato Curried Potatoes, beets
  5. Chili, cornbread
  6. Minute Steaks, roasted potatoes, peas, beets
  7. Beef curry, rice, bananas, tomato slices (?)

Supper:

  1. Church event – supper included
  2. Black Bean Soup (cut in half to fit my crock pot), rolls
  3. Ribs (in crock pot as I will be home late), leftover tomato salad
  4. Small Salad
  5. Toast, tomatoes, cheese, tea
  6. Cabbage Rolls
  7. Pizza, homemade

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