Monday, January 25, 2010

Menu for Jan. 25 - 31 & Review for Last Week...

I'm ready for the week with another menu plan and three new recipes again! Remember, any names in blue are linked to the recipe. Go by and visit I'm an Organizing Junkie for many other meal plans for the week.

Next, I'll give you my review of the three new items from last week. I didn't link to them again, but remember they are on my meal plan from Monday of last week.

1. Old-Bay Roasted Sweet Potatoes......they were just ok in my opinion. We had them with ham and that wasn't a good choice. I was having trouble with the old-bay seasoning (seafood type seasoning) being on "sweet" potatoes. I am used to sweet potatoes being....well, sweet! I am going to try them one more time at a later date with old-bay sauteed or grilled shrimp. I think that would be a better match. We will see.

2. Parmesan Chicken Fingers - Definitely delicious and simple to make!! They have a VERY strong Parmesan flavor though, so if you don't like much Parmesan flavor reduce the amount you use. I think this same recipe would work well with a packet of ranch dressing (seasoning) used in place of the Parmesan when you are making it. Lexi had a friend over that evening and after we all ate dinner, I put up the left-overs. They were in later and pigged out on the rest of the chicken. So, we will definitely keep this recipe.

3. Sausage, Broccoli & Noodles - Yuck! I ate a bowl of it but it will not be a keeper. I also had a hard time working with the turkey sausage......it is a less firm sausage that you have to take out of the casing and it was just grossing me out.

I hope you are all enjoying your Monday.♥

30 comments:

Libby said...

Yumm! Those sound really good! I am going to try the Parmesan Chicken..that sounds like something my boys would eat! and it has Lexi's seal of approval!
Have a great day!
Libby

Marilyn said...

You are really learning some good dishes. I'm with you on that turkey sausage and removing it. Yuck. Are you getting tired of cooking yet? When I cook a lot of meals I get tired of doing it. Love eating it but tired of the actual work. I'm just lazy like that. Enjoy today. Did you hear we may get some snow Thurs. night? Yikes!

April said...

I have a recipe for Paremesan Chicken Fingers and we all love them! So easy to make! I love your comments about the turkey sausage. I've never tried it...and probably never will! ;)

duchess said...

Your menu this week sounds good. I love that you critique the new recipes - thanks for the warnings.
Hope your week gets off to a good start - we're wet & windy here.

Amelia said...

The new recipes sound promising.

So glad to read your true feelings on the new recipes you tried. I agree some are keepers and others are to be pitched.

Enjoy the week.

Marydon Ford said...

... and what time are you serving? Chuckle!

Have a beautiful week.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Shelia said...

Darlene! I'm so impressed with you having your menus all planned! Everything sounds delish! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Joanna said...

Sounds like a yummy menu!!

Lisa & Gerald said...

sounds yummy...Have a wonderful day..Hugs..

Heather said...

lol, great reviews! gotta love honesty! I'm going to have to try the old bay sweet potatoes. I bet they would be good with steak or seafood like you suggested.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Darlene, you are making me hungary. Sounds like your family is having a great week of food!

Barb ♥

Shell in your Pocket said...

Do you come to people's houses and cook??

sandy toe

T.J. said...

Yeah, but lucky for me I adore Parmesan. YUMMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Yum, Darlene. Thanks for these reviews! Sounds like you found some keepers. :-)

XO,

Sheila

SmilingSally said...

Sounds like a tasty week.

Carrie said...

keep these recipes coming I made the crockpot chicken it was a hit! I add mushrooms to it :)

I am going to try to make those chicken fingers with the ranch

Have a great day

Carrie

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Darlene, I just love your menus and reviews!! I know I said that before, but I just do!! OOOOoooohhh they make me ready to be off my diet! LOL!

PS If you ever ride with your hubby to Tyler for his work, let's grab a cup of coffee! =)

Deb said...

I'm going to follow your recipe links Darlene as they ALL sound like something my husband & son would enjoy. I'm a vegetarian, but I can usually adapt most recipes and make a little "side dish" for myself :-)

Jerri said...

The Parmesan Chicken sounds wonderful. I will definitely give this a try...

Jerri

Lindsay-ann said...

I enjoyed hearing how last weeks meals went. This weeks menu looks delicious. I love hearing about all the different dishes you have over there.
Lindsay
x

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

I think turkey sausage is gross anyway. Here is Iowa, we love our pork......Now the parm chicken does sound like a winner. I'm looking forward to the review of the salmon thing. we just eat our salmon the same way all the time...maybe you will have something good for us?
You are doing a great job!
★Linda

Dawn said...

Thanks for your review of the recipes from last week!

This week the one that appeals to me is the mini shepherd's pie. I never have liked the taste of burger frozen and eaten again unless it is in a sauce. I am really interested in hearing what you think of that, especially if you freeze them.

Have fun cooking.

take care,
Dawn

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Great idea, giving us the lowdown on the dishes you tried. I don't think I could handle the sweet potatoes like that either. I like my SWEET potatoes SWEET! Duh!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Darlene- Thank you so very much for your sweet words, dear friend. You make me smile!:) (You know I adore you!) These recipes sound amazing! Old Bay sweet potatoes and those chicken fingers... mmmmmmmm!!!! There is a storm headed our way, Toots! Stock up your fridge and break out the blankets! Lori

Life is good! said...

the parmesan chicken fingers would be a hit with my family, i will have to make them, thanks! your menu for the week looks good!

Judi said...

Hi Darlene
Oh I am loving the look and sound of the Sheppard's Pie recipe. I think we might just have that for Friday night around this part of the woods..*s*..

Thank you for the review. I will have to try the chicken fingers I love those and so does Madeline. She always orders them when we go out.

have a lovely day
and happy cooking and staying on a plan
Judi

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Sure appreciate the reviews, Darlene.
And seeing this post reminded me that I haven't made Shepherd's Pie in a long time. The Taco soup sounds great for this time of year too.
Take care,
Mary Lou

Christina said...

Everything sounds good. Glad to see that someone else uses canned salmon---my sisters make fun of me that I make salmon patties. We also love a creamy tuna casserole every once in a while and they make fun of that too.

I'm catching up in blogland. Routine after Christmas was harder to get back into than I thought it would.

T.J. said...

Hi Darlene! I love ya just so darn much that I gave you a Kreativ Blogger award on my blog.

Thanks for such a fun place to visit :)

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

I've been trying new recipes too and they haven't all been keepers. I'm off to read the details of the ones you posted for this week!
~Michelle