Saturday, October 22, 2011

This Week's Menu

Every once in a while I receive an email asking about menu planning.  Generally people want to know if I have tried any of the menu planning software on the market.  Although I am curious about how they work and have heard great things about programs such as MacGourmet Deluxe and Living Cookbook, I haven't tried them.  Generally I sit down sometime between Thursday night and Saturday morning to make a menu and shopping list for the coming week. Before I decide on the menu, I take into account what I can use that's frozen, sales and coupons, work days and after school activities that don't land us home until six o'clock.  Here's this week's menu complete with links and a shopping list!

Saturday:  Chicken Enchiladas, served with rice, carrots sticks and a salad

Sunday:  Michigan Pot Roast, PW mashed potatoes, green beans

Monday:  Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings, sauteed spinach (I've never made this recipe before, but it gets good reviews.  I'm going to read the reviews and adapt the recipe accordingly!)

Tuesday: Autumn Pork Chops, cous cous, steamed broccoli

Wednesday:  Paula Dean's Lasagna Soup, salad

Thursday:  Oven Baked Shrimp Scampi, roasted zuchini with olive oil and garlic

Friday:  Make Your Own Pizza, salad

Shopping List:
Lots of these items may be in your kitchen cabinets and fridge already.  I wanted to include everything that would be needed for the recipes in case my pantry staples are not yours!

2 packages (10 count)  flour tortillas
(2)8 ounce cream cheese
shredded mexican cheese blend
rotisserie chicken
brown rice
4 pound chuck roast
onion soup mix
beef broth
corn starch
5 lb bag russet potatoes
green beans
half and half
6 center cut pork chops
brown sugar
4 apples
cooking sherry
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can biscuit dough
5 boneless chicken breast
olive oil
green pepper
1 pound ground beef
2-14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
lasagna noodles
15 ounce can tomato sauce
2 -16 ounce bags mozzarella
2 pounds frozen, raw shrimp
2 shallots
white wine
crushed red pepper
panko bread crumbs
5- 7 inch pizza crust
jar of tomato sauce
lettuce and salad fixings

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