Sunday, October 10, 2010

Menu Plan Monday -- Week of October 11, 2010

*Hosted by Laura at

I am starting our second week of making our main meal at noon. The days that it actually happened last week went great. It was a wonderful feeling to have the cooking for the day done in the afternoon. We went to our evening activities and I didn't feel rushed. There was a good meal waiting for my husband when he got home, and the kids and I enjoyed a hot meal together in the afternoon. (My husband is working a lot of hours at the current time, and doesn't get to eat dinner with us right now.)

There were a couple of days that I didn't get this accomplished for one reason or another, but my goal this week is to see that I am able to for at least Monday through Thursday.

Possible Breakfasts
oatmeal, cereal & cheese sticks, muffins, pancakes, smoothies, egg sandwiches

Light Meal
Sandwiches--PB&J, egg salad, tuna, meat, ABC (apples, bread & cheese)

Main Meals
Monday - Sausage Lentil Soup with Spinach, biscuits
Tuesday - Chili & cornbread
Wednesday - Chipotle Chicken Burritos
Thursday - Shredded Pork Sandwiches, carrot sticks, roasted cauliflower
- Grilled Chicken, quinoa, broccoli
Saturday - Grilled Pizza
Sunday - Chicken Stew with cornmeal dumplings

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Looks Yummy in the Week of October 4, 2010

I am going to try to make a post each week that will highlight recipes that I have found that I am interested in trying. This could potentially be a big post--I LOVE looking at recipes!

No Bake Granola Bars
Pumpkin Granola
Candy Corn Popcorn Balls
Caramel Apple Muffins
Homemade Cracker Jacks
Chocolate Malt Cake
Monster Mash

Monday, October 4, 2010

A New Plan of Attack

Two new things:

1) I am making our noon meal our big meal--the one I do all the cooking for. Our evenings are simply too crazy and getting everyone fed has been all but a nightmare. So, I will make a nice hot meal for the children and myself and fix a plate for my dear husband to warm when he gets home. Not the best thing in the world, but my hope is that I will feed him happier food this way. I know that I am pretty happy about it as it is our first day, and I have this feeling of weightlessness because I do not have to cook this evening. Also a bonus, the children and I had a nice sit-down meal together.

2) I have been looking at "Menu Plan Monday" for quite some time now. It is hosted by Laura at Organizing Junkie I never seem to actually menu plan anymore. That ended sometime around the time Bubbie Boy was born, I believe. However, I am not going to post my menu plan for the entire week. Hopefully each day I will add what I made that day. This is more for me to keep up with what I have cooked, and hopefully have a better source of ideas to pull from. So . . . here goes!


*Grilled Turkey Tenderloin
- marinated in soy sauce, apple juice, garlic powder, ground ginger and canola oil. Sorry this was an eyeball and dump kind-of recipe--that is the way I cook.
*Steamed Brussel Sprouts
*Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

*Potato Soup

- I winged this one. Diced some potatoes, carrots, garlic and onions. Brought that to a boil in chicken broth, then reduced to a simmer to cook through. Added a can of drained corn and some half & half. Then pureed slightly.
*Steamed Broccoli

*One Pot Italian Pasta
*Doctored Green Beans

*Biscuit-Topped Chicken Pot Pie
*Homemade Applesauce

Hubby called and said, "Let's go out tonight." NO PROBLEM!!!

*Gourmet Hamburgers
*The Best Potato Fries

Grilled Pizza

Sunday, October 3, 2010

It's the Great Pumpkin Muffin, Charlie Brown!

We LOVE pumpkin muffins around here. And, as you can probably tell, I try to make everything a little healthier. I think this one fits the bill.

The Pumpkin Muffin according to A Desire to be Heard

2 bananas
1 can (15oz) solid packed pumpkin
2 whole eggs
2 egg whites
1/4 c. oil + applesauce to make 2/3 c.
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. yogurt or buttermilk
2 c. white wheat flour
1/2 c. oatmeal, ground
2 T. flax seeds, ground
1/4 c. wheat bran
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. cloves
roasted, unsalted pumpkin seeds, optional

Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Grease muffin tin or line with cupcake papers.

Using a hand blender (or other kitchen implement that will "smash"), combine bananas, pumpkin, whole eggs, egg whites, oil + applesauce, brown sugar and yogurt or buttermilk. Blend until very smooth.

In another bowl, combine flour, ground oatmeal, ground flax seeds, wheat bran, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Gently fold dry mixture into wet mixture--use a light hand.

Fill muffin tins 2/3 full. Top each muffin with pumpkin seeds, if desired.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy! Makes approximately 18 muffins.

This is linked to Colleen's Kitchen Recipe Swap.