Monday, February 1, 2010

Menu for Feb. 1 - 7 and Review from Last Week....

Be sure to visit I'm an Organizing Junkie for many more menu plans for the week. Here is our menu for this week: (Reminder blue names are linked to a recipe)
  • Monday - Fishsticks, Kraft macaroni-and cheese, peas
  • Tuesday - Taco Casserole (new recipe), cornbread
  • Wednesday - Porcupine Meatballs, mashed potatoes, green beans
  • Thursday - Zatarains Red Beans & Rice with kielbasa, biscuits
  • Friday - Pizza Biscuit Bake (new recipe), salad
  • Saturday - Leftovers /Clean out fridge
  • Sunday - Leftovers /Clean out fridge

Next, the review of last week's new recipes:

Chicken Macaroni Casserole - Delicious, definitely a keeper. Easy to make and would be great if you have to take something for a Church dinner, family reunion, etc. I also froze two meals of this, and will let you know how it does when we thaw it, and use it for another meal.

Mini Shepherd Pies - YUM....we loved these and so did Lexi. I will tell you when Lexi likes my new recipes because she is a fairly picky eater. She is enjoying trying these new recipes though.

Salmon Rice Puff - YUCK - we definitely won't be having this again. We mixed in some mayonnaise just to get a portion down and threw away the rest.

Also, when we make recipes that are larger portions, I am starting to freeze portions so we can just take them out, thaw them and have a homemade meal. I saw the trick in a magazine to freeze things flat. The meal freezes and thaws faster and it takes up less space in your freezer. So, from my meal plan last week, I already have 5 frozen meals.

Hope you are all enjoying your Monday.♥

31 comments:

vintage girl at heart said...

Great idea to freeze things flat!!!
I want to try the macaroni recipe.
I love anything with cheese in it!!
Good to know that Lexi likes some of the new recipes..we have picky eaters too. Everyone likes totally different stuff!! Makes it hard to cook!!
We are still being inspired to eat at home more and try new recipes because of following your lead!!
I have a few recipes I'd like to post soon!!!
Hope yall are warm and dry. School is out again here today due to freezing drizzle.
How about there??

Libby said...

Sounds like a good week! I know what you mean by a picky-eater. I made PioneerWomen's Comfprt Meatballs this weekend. I thought that they were very good. I left out the onions for the boys, they barely put one to their lips and said "we just don;t like meatballs" Grrrr!
Have a great day!
Libby

Marilyn said...

Love that freezer idea. Mine is a mess! The meals sound great. You are so industrious. I will cook the same thing over and over. I admire you and look forward to your menus and reviews. Enjoy today!

duchess said...

All of of this week's recipes sound good. Can't wait to hear how they turn out.
Have a great Monday.

Amelia said...

New week sounds like it holds for some good eating. Was it fresh salmon or canned salmon...I think either you like it or you don't....I love it right out of the can...now my husband who normally eats anything would rather have a piece of cold stale dry toast as eat salmon.

Enjoy the new dishes and looking forward to next weeks menu review.

Stacey said...

You are doing so well! Too bad that salmon recipe didn't turn out. Makes me mad when that happens but you do have to experiment. We freeze things in bags/flat like that too. I always have soups, chilis, beans, etc. frozen in bags. Last week we did the frozen burritos that The Reluctant Entertainer talked about. My boys were home from school on a snow day so they helped me.

Speaking of...we are still having snow days. I need to show pictures but we ended up with a ton of snow here last week. Then it iced this weekend. Man, I'm ready to get out!

Lisa & Gerald said...

mmmm sounds yummy...

Joanna said...

Sounds yummy! I love the idea of freezing the things flat. I have never done that but will be trying that out next time I have something like soup and even tomato sauce {which I usually have a lot of}. I am the picky eater here and I am trying so hard to try out new recipes to expand our normal weekly rut. So far the recipes I have tried are so good. Of course there is the occasional yuck!

Kimberly said...

I agree with everyone else -- I love the freezing it flat. I hardly have any freezer space as it is, and I want to get rid of all those Ziploc and Glad contains, or at least reduce our collection.

T.J. said...

This is so timely, Darlene! i have taco meat left over from the weekend and was wondering what to do with it. I am soooo making taco casserole tonight for dinner!!!

Heather said...

ooh i should start doing that! and freezing flat would be perfect!

JC said...

Thanks ...
I've always wondered what porcupine meatballs were ..
I make swedish meatballs.

I don't cook as much as you do. I have never been domestic ...

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Darlene, sure sounds good. Wow, I need to do something like this....inspiring!

Barb ♥

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Darlene
I have never heard of Porcupine Meatballs! You are so organised making extra and freezing portions. I wish I enjoyed cooking but I don't! Reading your blog makes me feel like cooking more and trying new things as I always stick to the same boring things that I know people like.
Lindsay
x

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

I'll have to try those mini shepherd pies--I love shepherd's pie, but my little guy is soooo picky. Luckily he is a fan of anything mini...so this might work for him!

~ Sarah

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Yum! sounds good to me! Love the mini-shepherds pie !
Have a great week.....
★Linda

April said...

I agree with the others...your freezer idea ROCKS! I really enjoy these posts, Darlene...I look forward to them every Monday!

The Muse said...

my beloved...freezes and cans...i just keep my place, as official taste tester :)

passing your mac and cheese on to the dinner wish list :) sounds yummy!

Lana said...

I've never frozen meals to use later, but it's a great idea! I also need to plan out our menu each week like this!

Judi said...

Hi Darlene
What a great idea...and you can label and see through the bag at a glance to find what you are looking for. I have such a problem with the stuff I freeze for not remembering whats in there plus the amount of space things take when you don't have the exact size container.

Your recipe order is working so well for you. I like the macaroni and cheese recipe. We had sheppard's pie on Friday and it was yummy but I had my eye on macaroni and cheese.

I'll let you know if I make it on Friday.

have a great evening
Judi

jeanne said...

Hi Darlene, your recipes and menus are fun and inviting. I know you are enjoying this challenge.
Cheri' is going to be at the most 10 lbs. She is almost her height and size but she needs to fill in. She is so fluffy it is hard to tell how tiny she is. Babette was 20 lbs. A very large mini. I like the smaller size better. Our Trippy, before Babette was 10 to 11 lbs and just right. We chose not to shave her face yet. We love the puppy look.

Have a great rest of the day.
Hugs, Jeanne

Katie said...

Hi Darlene,
That is a great idea. Hope you have been doing well. Lexi is sure growing up.

Julie Harward said...

HI THERE..I'M SO GLAD YOU STOPPED BY, I LOVE YOUR BLOG TOO. IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE SOME OF THE SAME RECIPES HERE. I;M ADDING YOU TO MY BLOG LIST, I LOVE FINDING REALLY NICE PEOPLE! COME SAY HI ANY TIME :D

Jason and Tammy Sabourin said...

Hi there! Found your wonderful site through "Meal Plan Mondays." I'm now a follower of your blog.

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

I love reading your reviews, Darlene. Thanks so much. I also really appreciate the tip about freezing things flat. Thanks for sharing.
Mary Lou

Shell in your Pocket said...

Look at you Miss Cooker! I love the idea of freezing flat!

sandy toe

Aleta said...

I like the frozen flat idea! Excellent. I have a small freezer, so it's good to have ideas like that :)

And thank you for sharing the meatballs recipe. I'll give it a try. Very creative!

Nina said...

Hi Darlene, thanks for sharing your week's menus. Your blog will be the first I look at each Monday morning. I live alone so it's hard to come up with some ideas and your meals look so easy and tasty.
I was wondering if there are ladies who live in the Midwest City OK area who have a craft club, where they meet maybe once a month or every two weeks to make crafts. I would like to be included if there is. Or maybe start one if there isn't.

Ruth Ann said...

I bought a cookbook that has all kinds of meals to freeze. You basically take several hours and cook for the entire month! I'm not going to cook for a month, but maybe for a week or two ahead of time. Let me know which recipes freeze really well, cause I'd love to try them! Have a great week, and thanks for sharing your recipes!

Carol VR said...

Freezing things flat, sounds like a fantastic idea. I always worry however as to how to appropriately re-heat the "leftovers".

Any suggestions you can provide?!?

Do you toss it back in the oven, nuke it, heat it on the stove...???

I recently came across a cookbook called the "big cook" which allows you to customize your batch size and gives ample direction on preparing the dish after freezing with many different alternatives.

I'm hoping to try a recipe soon.

Controlling My Chaos said...

I love the freezing meals flat. I've got to try that.