Menu Monday 1/4/2010

Heather says:

Menu planning does a lot more than just keep my grocery budget in line, it prevents the 4pm refrigerator stare. We’ve all been there, right? You gaze into the depths of the produce bin waiting for something to jump into your arms shouting “Cook me! I’m delicious!”  A few minutes of planning on Monday morning (and a reminder on my calendar to pull ingredients from the freezer) saves me a lot of time and frustration.

  • Monday – 15 Bean Soup, garlic & cheddar biscuits (remember those from Red Lobster?), Winter Wilted Spinach Salad
  • Tuesday – Chicken fajitas, refried beans, Spanish rice
  • Wednesday – C.O.R.N.
  • Thursday – Pot roast, rice and gravy,roasted turnips, rutabaga & Brussels sprouts
  • Friday – Dilled salmon, baked sweet potatoes, peas & almonds
  • Saturday – Pizza night – I think I’ll experiment w/ taco pizza
  • Sunday – Sticky chicken, glazed carrots, collard greens & northern beans

C.O.R.N. = Clean out Refrigerator Night

So tell me, what’s for dinner?


  1. Hallee on January 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Just seeing the words "dilled salmon" made me hungry for it! I may need to seek out some fresh salmon next week.

  2. HeatherSolos on January 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I am trying to work more fish into our diet. For Christmas my father gave me an Italian cookbook, I can't wait to try out some of the seafood recipes.

  3. KellyH on January 5, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Monday – penne w/shrimp & pesto, spinach salad
    Tuesday – pulled pork, roasted brussels sprouts, mashed sweet potatoes
    Wednesday – potluck at church
    Thursday – chicken fajitas w/….?
    Friday – chili
    Saturday – meatloaf with potatoes & green beans
    Sunday – don't know yet…

    You inspired me with the fajitas…that's something we haven't done in a while. 🙂

  4. Sandy on January 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    My family loves my "speciality" Pizzas. I make taco with leftover refried beans, salsa, any leftover meat from Mexican food and cheese (light on the cheese); I do a Buffalo Chicken wing with bleu cheese dressing, hot sauce, chicken and motz cheese; I do a Philly Cheese steak with ranch dressing, meat, onion, peppers, mushrooms and cheese. The list goes on. Use your imagination and what is hanging around in your frig or freezer. Pizza is a great gather up the fragments meal.

  5. Nancy Cox on January 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Monday – Waffles, pancakes and bacon.
    Tuesday – Spaghetti and meatballs
    Wednesday – Leftovers
    Thursday – Grilled chicken and biscuits
    Friday – Bacon and Potato soup with rolls
    Saturday – Pizza
    Sunday – Noodles and Ham

    Now I just have to actually do all this. Having a plan is still much better than nothing at all.

  6. Carol Shive Mirek on January 4, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Love those garlic and cheddar biscuits, I will make some when my oven functions. Which leaves me to my cooking dilemma for the week! No working oven. And I won't cook in the microwave, other than warming up leftovers, or making steamed veggies.

    Monday: crockpot chicken
    tuesday: Mac & cheese (stovetop)
    Weds: order pizza (I work all day)
    Thursday: Leftovers
    friday: Pork chops in brown gravy

    The weekend is up in the air, we will see if we have a working oven or not.

  7. Phillip Guyton Jr. on January 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    hmmmmmm garlic & cheddar biscuits……. don't tempt me!! sounds sooo good!

  8. Stacy on January 4, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I'm forever doing the 4 p.m. refrigerator stare–sometimes it starts earlier, like at 2 or 3, which is a little bit better. I have only planned to make chicken tonight and pork ribs tomorrow…not much of a menu. Speaking of pizza though, I am a big fan of barbecue chicken pizza.

  9. Tinkerschnitzel on January 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Monday: steak and baked potatoes
    Tuesday: quiche
    Wednesday: Bruschetta chicken with Italian red potatoes
    Thursday: dinner with the inlaws or eating out
    Friday: pork roast with dill red potatoes

    As a side note, I got 2 5lb. bags of red potatoes at the store because they were buy 1 get 1 free. Is there a way to store red potatoes (or potatoes at all) so they don't go bad so quickly?

    • HeatherSolos on January 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm

      If you have a cool, dry place that's best. It's too bad root cellars aren't the norm any more. Potatoes fare best in the dark from 45 – 50F. That's really hard to pull off in my coastal climate. If you store potatoes in the refrigerator some of the starches convert to sugars, you can sort of undo the damage by letting them sit at room temperature (70ish) for a few days.

    • Nancy Cox on January 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm

      Vegetable bin in the fridge works the best for me. I have tried storing them in the garage in the dark in one of those potato bags, but they seem to sprout faster. Might also try using them up faster. Potato soup is pretty good this time of year, and you can freeze the leftovers.

  10. CJ McD on January 4, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Monday- hamburgers, white bean and escarole soup
    Tuesday- fajitas, guacamole, refried pinto beans
    Wednesday- pork tenderloin, potato gratin, steamed broccoli
    Thursday- cream of cauliflower soup, grilled cheese, salad
    Friday- Italian breaded chicken breasts, steamed green beans, pasta with parsley-lemon-wine-butter sauce
    Saturday- BBQ spareribs, oven fried potatoes, spinach or greens (tbd), salad
    Sunday- To be determined. Need to do a post-holiday inventory of the deep freezer this week. It will be something from the depths….

  11. Michael Carnell on January 4, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Your supposed to be coming to the Charleston Tweetup on Bowen's Island on Tuesday, not making chicken fajitas.

    Now pardon me while I go do the refrigerator stare so I can figure out what to feed the kids tonight…

    • HeatherSolos on January 4, 2010 at 7:39 pm

      I am cooking early in the day for the family. The main meal will be served for lunch. The sitter will make sandwiches or a pizza while I enjoy oysters.

      • HeatherSolos on January 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm

        Sweet! Answering with my phone has finally decided to work! (It's the little things that make me happy)

  12. Julie on January 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Hello! I'm new here, trying out a resolution to cook more dinners at home. 🙂

    Here's my menu for this week:
    Monday: Chicken marsala + whole grain spaghetti
    Tuesday: Chili + cornbread
    Wednesday: Meatball tagine + couscous
    Thursday: Dinner at my parents' house
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Arroz con pollo
    Sunday: Korean dinner at my parents' house

  13. Lindsay on January 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Last week, I roasted two chickens and we enjoyed meals made with the leftovers all weekend. So easy! The first night was chicken, kale, and potato soup. Then, BBQ chicken pizza. And finally, chicken curry over rice last night. Now that all the chicken is gone, we'll just do a simple pasta dish tonight. I have no idea what the rest of the week holds, which is not how I like to start the week! Looks like I'll be going to the grocery store tomorrow…

    • HeatherSolos on January 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm

      I love planned overs. Last night as I was putting away the pork roast, I shredded some, stirred it in w/ the gravy, topped it with mashed potatoes and some cheddar. Today for lunch we had swineherder's pie. 😉 Sure it doesn't sound as nice as shepherd's pie, but it was still delicious.

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