Saturday, January 17, 2015

This week's menu!

I thought I would link up this week's menu items!  The recipes are all really easy and can be prepped ahead of time, of course!

Sunday: Prep Ahead:  Season up the chicken Saturday night and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
Slow Roasted Chicken, Steamed Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes
This is one of those rare recipes that is a hit with everyone!  It's so easy and so good!

Monday: Prep Ahead: This is so easy to prepare.  You can do it quickly the morning of or get everything ready the night before and store your slow cooker insert in the fridge.  That's what I usually do.
Slow Cooker Pulled PorkPortuguese Sweet Bread in the bread machine (scroll down for recipe), Carrot Sticks

Tuesday: Prep Ahead: Make the meatballs Monday night after the kids go to sleep and store them in the fridge overnight.
Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs , Salad
We were supposed to have these last week but we ended up having bread machine crescent rolls with turkey and cheese.  I don't have a link to this recipe but if you want it, let me know! It's a great one.

Wednesday:  Prep Ahead: Defrost the picadillo meat in the fridge overnight.
Picadillo Quesadillas, Snap Peas
A couple weeks ago I tried a slow cooker picadillo recipe and I have to admit, it wasn't a keeper for us.  I felt like we were eating chili that needed more flavor.  It made a ton though so I froze it in 1 cup containers and we will use it for quesadillas!

Thursday: Prep Ahead: Prepare the entire recipe Wednesday night and store in fridge. I have actually made this recipe 2 days ahead of time and it was still great.
Baked Ziti, Salad
I love this recipe but if you don't cover it while it bakes, it dries out.  Also, I always double it and get two pans out of it.  It freezes really well!

Friday: Prep Ahead: Set the bread machine up with the ingredients in the morning and use the delay timer to have the dough ready at 5:00pm. I usually set the dough to be ready about an hour before I actually want to eat dinner.  This way, it can rise for a half hour and the girls can have time to prepare their pizzas.
Make Your Own Pizza , Cucumbers, Red Peppers, Carrot Sticks
The girls like to make their own little creations.  Talia actually prefers to make a copycat version of Domino's cheesy breadsticks.

Saturday: Prep Ahead: Mix everything in the morning and store in the fridge until ready to bake!
Tomato Basil Shrimp , Brown Rice, Sautéed Broccoli Rabe

Have a great week!

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