Menu Plan Monday: November 25th, 2013


 November 25th – December 1st

25th – Rosemary Chicken and Veggies (Crockpot) – Emeals 507

26th – Deluxe Baked Macaroni and Cheese – (Taste of Home – December 2013 – pg 72)

27th – Pesto Chicken Tortellini Soup x 2– Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

28th – Thanksgiving Meal at the Coyan’s

Simple Turkey  / Herb Butter

1 14-15 pound turkey
1 stick margarine, softened
Bay leaves
Adobo, to taste
1 carrot, chunked
1 stalk celery, chunked
1 onion, quartered
1 green apple, quartered
½ C. water

Heat oven to 500 degrees. Wash the turkey and pat dry (save the bags of parts for your gravy). In the turkey cavity place all your vegetables. Separate the skin carefully from the turkey and place bay leaves and slices of half of the margarine under the skin. Rub the outside of the turkey with the rest of the margarine. Season to taste with adobo. Place turkey breast side up in a roasting pan. Put water in pan around the bird not over, you don’t want to wash away the margarine or seasoning. Cover turkey tightly with foil, removing the foil about 1 hour before turkey is done to brown the skin. Cook turkey at 500 degrees for 30 minutes, turn oven down to 325 and cook for 3-4 hours or until done, a meat thermometer inserted into the thigh without touching the bone should read 180 degrees when bird is fully cooked. Let turkey rest for 30 minutes before serving.

Stuffing-Dressed Up

2 boxes of stuffing mix like Stove top
1 huge onion, sauteed
4 stalks celery, sauteed
1 lb. sausage, cooked

Prepare stuffing according to package directions, before serving stir in other ingredients.

Paul’s Stuffed Mushrooms

Green Bean Casserole

Honey Glazed Carrots

Parsnip Potatoes

Dinner Rolls

Cranberry Caramelized Onion Sauce

1 Tbs. vegetable or canola oil
1 large yellow onion, cut into medium dice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
One 12-oz. bag fresh or thawed frozen cranberries, rinsed and picked over (3-1/2 cups)
1 cup granulated sugar


  1. In a 10-inch straight-sided sauté pan or skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, a pinch of salt, and a grind or two of pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden-brown and very soft, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the lid, increase the heat to medium high, and cook the onions, stirring often, until deep caramel-brown, an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add the cranberries, sugar, a pinch of salt, and 1/2 cup water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat
  3. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, then cover, turn off the heat, and let cool to room temperature

Pumpkin Pie Bars (Simple & Delicious: Oct/Nov 2013 – pg54)

Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars (Simple & Delicious: Oct/Nov 2013 – pg52)

Sugarfree Pumpkin Pie

29th – (Holiday) Turkey Soup with Egg Noddles and Vegetable (Thanksgiving Island)

30th – Turkey Dijon Melts – Chips&Dip (Simple and Delicious Cookbook – pg 60)

1st – Pancakes, Bacon and Scrambles Eggs

Lunch:   Pesto Pasta in a Jar / Cobb Salad in a Jar

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning –  Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

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