Menu Plan Monday ~ Week of October 10, 2011

Menu Plan Monday Fall LogoIt’s raining in Texas!! Given that our last productive soaking rain was more than 15 months ago, the water coming from the sky is a pretty big deal for us. The cooler weather doesn’t hurt either. With the weather feeling more fall-like my menu plans can take on a similar feel. Soup, chili, and braised meats will be popping up more and more. I have to say I’m pretty excited. While I love summer foods and grilling, I’m ready to move on, at least for a few months.

This Week’s Plan

As part of the changing of the seasons I’m making my crock pot work even harder. I’m also raiding my newly replenished freezer stash a bit this week to make dinners easy on busy nights.

  • Monday: On the way home from the airport
    The kiddo gets in later in the evening so we’ll grab something easy on the way home so her weekly schedule doesn’t get too mucked up.
  • Tuesday: At the game
    Sushi takeout at the game was fun although I did get a few odd looks. I’m thinking I’ll go with the easy Chick-fil-A sandwich this week.
  • Wednesday: Chicken lettuce wraps with steamed rice (freezer stash)
    This dinner takes 15 minutes to go from freezer to table which is just perfect for a mid-week dinner. I’m hoping to get the recipe for this go-to family favorite this week.
  • Thursday: Chicken noodle soup, garlic bread
    Shredded chicken from my freezer stash and pre-chopped veggies will help this soup come together quickly but taste like it simmered all day. Leftovers will be great in a thermos for Friday lunches.
  • Friday: Dinner and a movie
    We have a mother-daughter movie date scheduled for Friday evening. I’ll be ready for it after a long week.
  • Saturday: Chalupa Dinner Bowl
    I have to run 14 miles on Saturday so I’ll need a long nap and an easy dinner on tap. The filling for these dinner bowls cooks in the crock pot all after noon for a hearty dinner that takes very little work on my part.
  • Sunday: Lamb Chile with Corn and Scallion Pancakes
    I meant to make this chili a couple of weeks ago but didn’t so I still have the lamb in the freezer. It should make enough to add a couple of dinners’ worth to my freezer stash.

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