Saturday, February 28, 2015

Weekly Dinner Menu March 1-7

     If there is one thing I dislike the most, it's not knowing what to make for dinner. As most people know, I am a total planner. I plan everything in order to make my life just a bit simpler. When you're feeding a family of six , there is one thing I have learned. You have to be on your A-game with dinner. If by chance you forget to plan dinner that night, you'd better have a frozen pizza or corn dogs on hand. My biggest peeve is making daily trips to the grocery store. Going shopping with four kids is not my idea of fun, so if  I can make just a couple trips a week the better off we all are. On Saturday afternoons, I like to go through my grocery ads and plan my menu according to what is on sale that week.
     When making my weekly menu, I always make sure to have my recipe binder with all our favorite go-to recipes out and opened. I also use Pintrest for new dish ideas in hopes of adding to our family recipe binder. We are always open to trying new recipes as long as I the adapt the recipe to the picky eaters in the house.
     When planning my menu, I like use a meal planning calendar to keep track of what I need to pull out of the freezer the for the next day and what perishables I may need to buy. Here is a link to the printable I use courtesy of

Meal Planning Calendar

     Meal planning is fairly simple and really takes the guess work out of the daily question "Mom, What's for dinner?" Feel free to copy mine if you would like. With further ado, here's my March 1-7 menu.
 Sunday, March 1: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup -recipe courtesy of

        This is one of my favorite soups to make. It's easy and quick. I don't normally use my Crockpot for this recipe, instead I just boil my chicken while I combine everything else in my soup pot. After my chicken is done, I chop it up and throw it in. I am a fan of flavor, so I like to add in extra cumin, chili powder and also throw in some red pepper flakes. Cook on medium heat until it comes to a boil then finish it on low until cooked through.
Monday, March 2: French Onion Salisbury Steaks,- recipe courtesy of, Garlic 
Mashed Potatoes, Stuffed Corn Bake- photo courtesy of and Grandma's Homemade Hot Rolls.
Tuesday, March 3: Lasagna, Salad, and Garlic Bread.
                                          Dessert: Gooey Butter Cake-recipe courtesy of
Easy Lasagna-  8" by 11" pan
1lb. ground beef - I like to use half pound of sausage and half pound of beef.
oven ready Lasagna noodles          16 oz. sm.curd cottage cheese
1 jar pasta sauce                              2 eggs
1/2 C. parmesan cheese                   mozzarella cheese
Italian seasoning
     Cook meat and drain. Mix jar of pasta sauce (reserving 1/4 C.) into meat and add in Italian seasoning. In separate bowl, combine eggs, parmesan cheese, and  fairly good amount of cottage cheese. Using 8" by 11" baking pan, layer: couple spoonful's of reserved sauce, noodles, meat sauce, cottage cheese mixture until you top the pan. Last layer should be rest of reserved pasta sauce. Top mozzarella cheese. Take a small amount of water an go around edges of noodles to prevent sticking. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 45 minute or until noodles are cooked through. Serve.
Wednesday March 4:  Wild West Sizzlin' Chicken Tacos-recipe courtesy of
     This is one of my husbands favorite meals. I don't normally fix it to often, but when I do, he usually takes whatever is left in his lunch.

 Thursday, March 5: Sweet and Sour Chicken- recipe courtesy of Fried Rice and Saute' Veggies (yellow squash, carrots, onions, and broccoli florets)
      I absolutely love Chinese food. Love it! So anytime I can make it at home at a fraction of the cost I would spend on a family of 6 eating out, makes me a happy momma. This is one of my personal favorites meals. The fried rice is super easy to make. I follow the recipe on the back of the Sun-Bird Fried Rice Seasoning Mix. You can find that in Oriental aisle at your local supermarket. Chopped your veggies and sauté them in EVEO until tinder. Season with garlic salt and pepper.

Friday, March 6: Little Caesars Pizza
                               Dessert: Brownies and Ice cream
     TGIF!!! Momma doesn't have to COOK! Holla! Fridays are our family fun nights, where we hang out,play games, and watch movies during the colder months. During the summer weekends we tend to do pizza at the drive-in if the kids keep to their weekly tasks. On Fridays there is no specific dinner time and best of all, no bed time. Where ever the kids drop for the night is usually where they will wake up in the morning.
Saturday, March 7: Feed yourself day. Leftovers.
                                  Dessert: Whirley Pop Cinnamon Popcorn-recipe coming soon!
     Well, there you have it. A weeks worth of meals. I did you the favor of planning and providing you with recipes, now its up to you to do shopping. Enjoy!

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