Menu Plan Monday – Decmber 3, 2012

These are the ingredients we use to make Chocolate Chipotle Chili (from the book “Don’t Panic, Its in the freezer”, though it may be from their second book), by far our favorite recipe to date.  We do eat other chilis, depending on what we are in the mood for.  However, this is the one most frequently seen on the table.  I served it at a get together last month and all the ladies asked for the recipe … and they weren’t just being polite.

The red peppers turned my cutting board orange.  Most of it left when I washed it.  With time the majority of the color goes away, but the board is never again completely white unless bleached.


Chocolate Chipotle Chili

The corn bread muffins, that were in the freezer, were a great accompaniment to today’s meal.  Both parts of the meal were actually in the freezer.  I sat the chili out this morning, finished heating it through on the stove (a crock pot would have also worked), and put the muffins in the microwave for 1 – 1.5 minutes. (The more muffins, the longer the time.) A delicious meal that would have taken over 30 minutes took me about 5 minutes of prep time.   I think I said it before, but I will say it again for good measure, “I love my freezer.”

Now for this week’s menu plan:


  1. Eggs, toast, fruit
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, toast, fruit
  4. Rusks, coffee, tea
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal or grits
  7. Eggs, toast, bacon, fruit


  1. Eat Out
  2. Chocolate Chipotle Chili, corn bread muffins
  3. Salad
  4. Elegant Steak Dionne, roasted potatoes, peas, carrot sticks
  5. Pizza
  6. Meatloaf, stuffing, beets, peas
  7. TBD


  1. Sandwiches
  2. Red lentil soup, bread
  3. Turkey Chili
  4. Sandwiches, tea
  5. Chicken with green curry sauce, water chestnuts, rice, steamed carrots
  6. TBD
  7. Crock pot beef stew (using what I have with a recipe as a guide)

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For more ideas also check out This Week For Dinner and Everyday Moms Meals.

Also check out Confessions of a Homeschooler’s December’s Monthly Meal Plan.  If this is a new concept to you, take some time to think it over.  Imagine only having to sit down once a month to menu plan, rather than 4 or 5 times.  It worked for me, perhaps it will do the same for you.