Menu Plan Monday: February 15th, 2016


February 15th – 28th, 2016

Hello Friends –  Hope you have had a wonderful weekend.   We are a little late on our menu plan this week.  Since we have Monday off, we decided to save our shopping for Monday.   As you can see we have a lot of carry over from our last menu.  This sure made for easy planning this week.  Hope you all have a wonderful, productive and warm week!

Some Favorites from our last menu:

Oven Roasted Green Beans
Slow Cooked French Onion Soup (8 Hours) – (Eating Well – Jan/Feb 2016 – pg 48)
Rutabaga Fries (Fresh December 25th, 2015)
Quinoa Pilaf – (Fresh, January 22, 2016)
Apricot Pork Chops
Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons


Monday, 15th – (Soccer) Sausage Stuffed Squash, and Kale Salad (Fresh, January 29, 2016) with Rutabaga Fries (Fresh December 25th, 2015) 

Tuesday, 16th – BEEF STIR-FRY brown rice (Fresh January 15th, 2016)

Wednesday, 17th – Biscuits and Gravy

BISCUITS  AND GRAVY (Family Fav) – Double Recipe for our Family –

25 min | 5 min prep


· 1 lb bulk pork sausage

· 2 tablespoons butter or margarine

· 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

· 1/4 teaspoon salt

· 1 teaspoon pepper

· 3 1/2 cups milk

  1. In a large saucepan, cook the sausage over medium heat until no longer pink.
  2. Stir in the butter until its melted.
  3. Sprinkle the mixture with the flour.
  4. Gradually stir in the milk, salt, and pepper.
  5. Bring the gravy to a boil and cook and stir for 2 minutes until thickened.
  6. Serve over biscuits.

Thursday, 18th – (Soccer) – Chicken and Bacon Caesar Wraps – Chips – Grapes

Friday, 19th – (Meatless) – Fish and  Chips

Saturday, 20th – BROCCOLI HAM CHEDDAR RICE (Fresh February 5th, 2016)

Sunday, 21st –  DIJON MUSHROOM PORK – Salad (Fresh, January 22, 2016)


Monday, 22nd  -(Soccer) – SHRIMP SCAMPI,  spinach rice and Pears (Fresh January 15th, 2016) – Double for our family

Tuesday, 23rd – (Soccer & FPU) – Chicken Salad and Veggies

Wednesday, 24th – ROAST PORK TENDERLOIN butternut apple quinoa – (Fresh, January 22, 2016)

Thursday, 25th – (Soccer) – ALMOND CRUSTED TILAPIA Butternut Squash & Kale (Fresh February 5th, 2016)

Friday, 26th – (Meatless) Alfredo Gluten Free Pasta with Shrimp and Salad

Saturday, 27th – Rotisserie Chicken – Roasted Winter Veggies (Fresh February 12th, 2016)

Sunday, 28th –  PORK MARSALA garlic green beans & potatoes (Fresh February 12th, 2016)





Future Meatless Meals:

Fish with Lemon Dill Quinoa – (Fresh, January 29, 2016)

Egg Fried Rice

Spinach 3-Cheese Stuffed Shells

Butternut Squash Soup and Grilled Cheese

Stovetop mac and Cheese and Peas

Pancakes and Egg


The Fresh 20 is a 5 day meal plan. They offer the following menus: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Classic, Vegetarian, For One, Kosher and Lunch


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 also great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

Wishing you a wonderful week!!

Easy Skillet Lasagna Recipe

Did your mom make Hamburger Helper meals when you were a kid??  My mom did as they were a quick and easy way to feed our family.  I like to make quick meals during the week and skillet meals fit that bill, but I try make all our meals from fresh ingredients.

Easy Skillet Lasagna
I found the recipe for Easy Skillet Lasagna on Lynne’s Kitchen Adventures Blog and I just had to try it.   It was a hit with our family and will be added to our easy weekday meal list.   Lynne is a Menu Plan Monday Participant so make sure you check out what is on her menu each Monday!

Easy Skillet Lasagna Recipe
Recipe type: Main Dish - Beef
Cuisine: Italian
Do you remember Lasagna Hamburger Helper?? This recipes reminds me of that, but only it is good! An easy meal to make during the week after work.
  • ◾1 pound ground beef
  • ◾1 onion, finely chopped
  • ◾1 clove garlic minced
  • ◾1- 14½ ounce diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ◾1½ cups water
  • ◾1 – 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • ◾1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • ◾2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ◾1 teaspoon salt
  • ◾2½ cups broken lasagna noodles or other similar shaped pasta (I various leftover Penne Pasta)
  • ◾3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • ◾1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ◾1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. ◾In a large skillet cook beef with onion until beef is cooked and onion is tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  2. ◾Add tomatoes, water, tomato paste, parsley, oregano, and salt to skiller. Stir well.
  3. ◾Add in pasta and stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, checking part way through. Add more water if needed.
  4. ◾Combine Parmesan cheese and ricotta cheese and drop by spoonfuls on top of pasta mixture. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and cook covered 5 more minutes or until cheese has melted.
  5. Serve with Salad and Garlic Bread.

Happy Cooking!


Fried Rice with Chicken Recipe

I decided to make my hubby’s favorite type of food for his birthday, Chinese food.   This year he decided to go to Great Moon Buffet for lunch on his birthday, just my luck.  Since the meal was all planned, he also had Chinese food for supper.   I served Fried Rice with Chicken, Egg Rolls, and Egg Foo Young.


Fried Rice with Chicken
Cuisine: Ethnic
Serves: 6
Great recipe to serve as a side or main dish. We often serve this with Egg Rolls to complete our meal.
  • 9 bacon strips, diced
  • 1-1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3 medium carrot, chopped
  • 3 celery rib, chopped
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 4-1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 6 Tablespoons soy sauce
  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels.
  2. In the drippings, sauté the chicken, carrot and celery until chicken juices run clear; remove and keep warm.
  3. In the same skillet, scramble eggs over medium heat, breaking into small pieces.
  4. Stir in the chicken mixture, rice, soy sauce and bacon.


Happy Cooking!


Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce Recipe

cookbookFor Christmas last year (2012), my hubby bought me a new cookbook called Taste of Home BEST LOVED Recipes.   We have only made a few recipes from the book, but so far every recipe has been blog worthy!   Since we had some fresh dill in the garden and Salmon in the freezer, I decided to make the Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce.  The Creamy Dill Sauce adds a wonderful flavor to this Salmon.

I believe my hubby said it will take me 10 years to try every recipe in this cookbook, if I made a recipe a day!   I love a good challenge.

Salmon with Dill Sauce(Source)

Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce Recipe
Recipe type: Main Dish - Fish
Serves: 6
This is a great recipe to use the dill from our garden. The dill and horseradish gives the creamy sauce a wonderful taste. Salmon was very tender.
  • •1 salmon fillet (about 2 pounds)
  • •1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning
  • •1 teaspoon onion salt
  • •1 small onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • •6 lemon slices
  • •1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • •1/3 cup sour cream
  • •1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • •1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • •1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • •1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • •3/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • •1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • •Pepper to taste
  1. •Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with heavy-duty foil; grease lightly. Place salmon skin side down on foil. Sprinkle with lemon-pepper and onion salt. Top with onion and lemon. Dot with butter. Fold foil around salmon; seal tightly,
  2. •Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Open foil carefully, allowing steam to escape. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 8-12 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  3. •Combine the sauce ingredients until smooth. Serve with salmon.

Happy Cooking!


Slowed Cooked Pulled Pork Recipe

A great pulled pork recipe that works for our family!  You can simply put this in the crock pot,  go about your day and a wonderful meal is waiting for you later in the day.  I love that this recipe isn’t BBQ as it meets the needs of our diabetic family members.  I was looking for new recipes using pork since we had purchased a pig recently and this recipe fit the bill.   This recipe is a keeper and was originally found at Moneywise Moms site!

Slowed Cooked Pulled Pork Recipe
Hubby generally does not like meals cooked in the crockpot, but he loved the flavor of this Pulled Pork!
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. sweet paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1¼ tsp. coarse salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 3-4 lbs. pork roast
  1. In a slow-cooker pot, stir onion, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, tomato paste, paprika, Worcestershire, mustard, salt, and pepper until combined. Add pork to sauce mixture and turn to coat well with sauce.
  2. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook pork mixture on low setting as manufacturer directs, 8 to 10 hours or until pork is very tender.
  3. With tongs, transfer pork to large bowl. Turn setting on slow cooker to high; cover and heat sauce to boiling to thicken and reduce slightly.
  4. While sauce boils, with 2 forks, pull pork into shreds. Return shredded pork to slow cooker and toss with sauce to combine. Cover slow cooker and heat through on high setting if necessary.

Happy Cooking!