Sunday, July 27, 2014

Menu Plan: Summer (July 27 - Aug 2)

**There is now a photo album on the RH Facebook page just for food photos. If you like to see a photo of a dish to judge whether you want to try it or not, then follow the link to view the album. (I tend to like recipes & cookbooks that include lots of photos). Let's be honest, some dishes are just too pretty to not take a picture! ;) **

  • I'm enjoying more leftovers for lunches nowadays. Some days I have a bit of extra time to cook a full meal for lunch. Other times, though, I'm more pressed for time and we end up doing breakfast for lunch at the last minute. (Plus, leftover lunches is also a great way to reduce expenses because I don't have to purchase as many meal ingredients).
  • Fridays has become pizza night in our home. But we're not talking the standard cheese and pepperoni pizzas. We try to find a new pizza recipe each week, and we've come up with some interesting ones over time! Last week we had caramelized onion and white bean pizza, and this week's selection will be black bean nacho pizza. It's fun to end the week with pizza (and it still be plenty nutritious!). 
  • There are some types of meals we include each week such as grill, sandwich, pasta, pizza, and brunch for lunch/dinner. I've noted these meals with [ ] in the menu plan below. I'm adding a new one- slow cooker/make ahead. It would be nice to have a meal ready to go on Sundays after church. The only problem is that I've not used my CrockPot for cooking meals. So, I need your help! What are your favorite slow-cooker or make-ahead meals?
  • We were given lots of bell peppers from a friend, so we have several meals involving bell peppers this week


*Note: I include links to the recipes if they are available online. Some recipes are from cookbooks we have at home, and while I can't share the recipe I can direct you to the source. Other dishes or meals are created by myself or my husband, and we can do our best to explain how to recreate it. If you'd like additional information on any of the meals or our menu planning, then please feel free to contact me. :) 

-cereal with fruit
-eggs, toast

-leftover pizza
-corn chowder (I use fresh corn & potatoes instead of cans)
-repeat sandwich
- repeat corn chowder
-breakfast for lunch: french toast, bacon, fruit

-Chicken quesadillas (chicken, bell pepper, monterrey jack cheese, salsa), tortilla chips & salsa
-pierogies with cabbage and sausage
-veggie plate: corn, black eye peas, cornbread, tomato, cucumber, squash
-stuffed bell pepper (using a variation of this recipe)

- fruit and peanut butter
- popcorn
- snack bars
- melon

Grocery Shopping
all purpose flour
monterray jack
cream cheese
tortilla chips
fettuccine pasta
heavy cream
sour cream
smoked sausage/ kielbasa
plum tomatoes
turkey sausage
avocado (for Tennyson)

*Note: Reviving Homemaking is not affiliated with any of the sites or companies included in the links, and was not asked to include or recommend them or their recipes in this post. (I simply like what they have to offer!)

What's on your family's menu plan this week?

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