Menu Monday 1/18/2010

Heather says:

Would you look at that, it’s Monday again.

  • Monday – Cottage pie (it’s like shepherds, only with beef), roasted broccoli
  • Tuesday – Shredded pork tacos, black beans, guacamole
  • Wednesday – Cabbage and leek soup, toasted cheese sandwiches
  • Thursday – C.O.R.N.
  • Friday – Blackened salmon, roasted green beans, cornbread, herbed & buttered parsnips
  • Saturday – Third time’s the charm, right? – Taco Pizza
  • Sunday – On the road again, just can’t wait  . . .

CORN = Clean out refrigerator night.

Next week’s menu should be a lot of fun. My children and I are heading to Florida with my foodie friend, Heidi. Between joint efforts in the kitchen and  a teenage clean up crew, it’s going to take a lot of self-control to not go nuts.

Tell me, what’s on your menu this week? Feel free to share or link in the comments.


  1. Becca on January 19, 2010 at 8:28 am

    In honor of all the rain we are supposed to get in Phoenix this week….the menu has a lot of good 'ole comfort foods that serve up well with the sound of rain on the roof (rain is such a novelty in the dessert!)

    Monday: Macaroni and Cheese with Vegetable Side and Baked Apples
    Tuesday: Grilled Cheese with Chicken Noodle Soup
    Wednesday: Pulled Pork Barbecue (in the crock pot) with homemade hush puppies
    Thursday: Homemade Vegetable Soup with Beef Broth Base, Egg Noodles
    Friday: Breakfast for Dinner: Blueberry Muffins, Pancakes, Srrawberries, Bacon, Eggs and Grits (we sneak flax seed into the breaded items…shhhhh, don't tell the kids!)
    Saturday: Tacos with spanish rice, refried beans (rain will be over Friday night…..probably for months!)
    Sunday: Spaghetti with fresh bread

  2. Tea Trips to London on January 19, 2010 at 4:50 am

    My husband is British. We usually have either Cottage Pie or Shepherd's Pie once a week. (Sometimes difficult to find ground lamb locally here in Moncks Corner.) The leftovers are wonderful for lunch the next day. This week it will be a Cottage Pie.

    I recently learned how to make Cornish Pasties (at my husband's request – he misses them!) and I have a question. The recipe uses rutabaga (called "Swede" in the UK) which I do not care for but it's essential to a Cornish Pastie. Q: Can whole [or raw, diced] rutabaga be frozen? Never having cooked with rutabaga before, I know nothing about them.

    If I can get down to Publix and buy some lamb chops, I want to try what is called a Lancashire Hotpot which is basically lamb chops (2 per person), sliced onion, sliced potatoes, and salt & pepper layered in a heavy, cast-iron/enamel covered casserole (and a coffee cup, oops I mean tea cup, of water) and baked for 2 hours.

    We don't get home from work until 5:10pm but sometimes I'll prepare a casserole ahead of time and my best friend 2 doors down (who works from home) will come down mid-afternoon, take it out of the fridge, and pop it into the oven for me.

  3. Alice Dick on January 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    That cabbage and leek soup sounds very intriguing, Heather. Would love to see the recipe.

  4. tracy on January 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Hello Heather and group! I truly hope that I am not out of place to ask for some advice. I am about to go thro surgery for cancer and Doc says I wont be able to much for 2-3 weeks. I always cook from scratch and I am looking for some "t.v." dinner ideas. I have done the meatloaf and mash, turkey and mash, soup, spagetti and I am not in the mood for the sameold when I come home this time. Does anyone have any ideas for something new that I can make to serve 1, I dont have a problem with bulk cooking. It just needs to be freezer and micro friendly. Thank you so much! If Heather doesnt want this to clog up her group, with her permission of course, my e-mail is Thank you Heather if you allow this!

    • HeatherSolos on January 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm

      Of course it's ok. I'm very sorry you're having to go through this.

    • @carolinadreamz on January 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm

      I've had some success, lately, with Stuffed Bell Pepper soup.. very rich and cooks down, over low temp, for hours, in a stock pot.. thickens like chili. I put it in pint freezer jars and microwave it to heat, after its thawed.

      I, also, just recently, froze chili mac, without cheese. After it thawed, I stirred in shredded cheese and microwaved it.

      I don't, usually, microwave, but I have a bad back, and I've been cheating, lately.

      Good luck with your surgery. ~Heidi

  5. @carolinadreamz on January 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Now that its time to go work on dinner, I've managed to finish the menu! 🙂

  6. Mrs. Jen B on January 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Well now I'm confused. I thought that shepherd's pie was beef. All this time I was wrong!

  7. Tinkerschnitzel on January 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Let's see if I can actually cook this week without giving in to my laziness about cooking. Fortunately, the Eating Out Envelope is nearly empty.

  8. julie on January 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Monday I'm doing "fried" baked pork steaks (bigger-thinner than pork chops)–probably mashed potatoes-not sure what other sides as of right now…still havn't gotten to planning my menus–really want to….just gotta do it……..

  9. DanaB on January 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Another oddly eerie heavily foggy morn here in Central Indiana…Happy Monday 🙂

  10. Julie on January 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Monday – Guinness Stew and biscuits
    Tuesday – Wild rice stuffing and celery root puree
    Wednesday – WW spaghetti with pork bolognese
    Thursday – Leftovers
    Friday – Kids choice, probably McDonald's or other such blahness
    Saturday – Butternut squash curry
    Sunday – Dinner at my parents' house

  11. Heather on January 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Monday-Tuscan Chicken over Rice

    Tuesday-Corned Beef and Cabbage

    Wednesday-Crockpot Meatloaf, Mashed Potato, Corn

    Thursday-Pasta Bolognese, Green Beans, Garlic Bread

    Friday- Ham and Bean Soup, Yeast Rolls

    Saturday- Steak, Mac and Cheese, Peas

    Sunday- Calico Beans, Cornbread

    • Julie on January 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Heather: would you mind sharing your recipe for ham and bean soup? It sounds yummy and perfect for the rainy days we're supposed to be having all week in LA.

  12. Julie on January 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Monday – Salmon with Pesto, buttered noodles, & green veg of some variety.
    Tuesday – Couscous with Chickpeas, Tomatoes, & Zucchini
    Wednesday – Shepherd's Pie
    Thursday – Potato Corn Chowder
    Friday – going out to eat
    Saturday – Turkey Chili w/ cornbread
    Sunday – Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

  13. La_Tomate on January 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Monday – Pad Thai (I hope – never cooked with chinese cabbage before, so it'll be "a la me" – my own wee twist on things)
    Tuesday – Lasagne
    Wednesday – Sweet and Sour Chicken a la me
    Thursday – Fresh Pasta
    Friday – Chicken Curry a la me
    Saturday – Lasagne
    Sunday – Fresh Pasta

  14. Rita on January 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    How do you roast broccoli? It sounds so good and even easy but I have not heard of roasting it.
    Thank You!

    • Alice Dick on January 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm

      Cut it into florets, medium size (you can peel and chop the stems and use them too). Heat oven to 375-400. Toss the broccoli with some olive oil, spread it out on a pan and salt and pepper it, and roast for 15-20 minutes (keep checking it). You can roast cauliflower this same way and it is DELICIOUS.

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