Happy Labor Day everyone. Labor Day is a day to recognize the economic and social contributions of US citizens. So, in celebration of this day, it seemed appropriate to send out this week’s meal plan to you on this day of all days. I hope that this will help you save some valuable time this week.
Sunday–Chili! It’s officially September now, so I am going to start adding heartier meals. Crock pot meals. Casseroles. Etc. Sunday always seems to be a perfect chili in the crock pot day. Of all the chili recipes that I have cooked, this is my favorite. I do change a few small things. I use V8 instead of plain tomato juice and I add a can of seasoned diced tomatoes. I also omit the green pepper (not a fan).
Monday– Hot Dogs, Potatoes and Cheese, Oh My. – Clearly a made up name. Not sure this even had a name growing up. This was one of my favorite meals when I was little. Pretty unhealthy so my Mom would only make this once in a while. She would use her seasoned cast iron skillet but you can use any fry pan you want (as long as it has a lid). **note before cooking-Boil 6-8 potatoes for 10 minutes. Drain and cut into small one inch bites (think fried potato size), add to fry pan with 2 tbsp of butter/margarine. Add in 1/2 onion (chopped fine) if you like onion, fry until potatoes are cooked thru (about 10-15 minutes) and onions are opaque. Add 1 tsp of sea salt and 1 tsp of pepper. Add 6-8 hotdogs (cut into 1 inch slices). Heat another 5-10 minutes. Cover entire pan with slices of American cheese (usually 4-5 slices). Add cover and turn off heat. Serve after cheese has melted. Delicious. Unhealthy. Comfort food. She would usually throw some sort of veggie on the plate to offset this crazy concoction.
Tuesday– Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Admittedly, this recipe is a little complicated for mid-week so I try to make everything the night before and then reheat and serve in the lettuce leafs. Serve with rice and a few cucumber slices. Soooo good. If you like PF Changs, lettuce wraps, you will love this recipe! *note- If you don’t have rice wine vinegar, you can use white wine or apple cider vinegar with a touch of sugar added.
Wednesday– Taco Night!!! Chicken. Beef. Make this an easy, make your own taco night. The boys love putting together their own tacos. Put all the stuff to make the tacos in the center of the table and everyone can go nuts making their own. Other than browning the meat and adding a little taco seasoning, this is an easy mid-week meal night. I usually like to make a can of black beans and a packet of micro rice (the 90 second kind) to go with this.
Thursday –Simple Shrimp Glaze w/Pasta- This recipe is a yummy Cooking Light recipe. it is easy and only a few ingredients. This recipe calls for skewers and grills. I like to cook this in a square glass casserole dish (I also drizzle a little olive oil over all the shrimp), cook for 20 min at 350 and pour over thin spaghetti noodles (that have been tossed with a little olive oil and garlic salt). Serve with garlic bread and a salad. Omit the garlic bread, use protein noodles or whole grain noodles to make this a super healthy mid-week meal!
Friday– It’s the end of the week, live it up a little. Order pizza. Order Chinese. Go to dinner. Goal for today: no dishes to wash. 🙂
Saturday– French Onion Soup. WOW. If you like french onion soup at all, this is the recipe for you. Even 2/3 of my boys like this recipe. It is fantastic. Since Eric doesn’t consider soup a meal, I typically have to serve something else with it, so I am adding turkey/cheese grilled cheese for him and plain grilled cheese for the boys too.
Have a great week everyone! Next week I hope to have a printable shopping list that you can print out with everything that you will need for the current week’s menu. The goal is for you to go to the store ONCE this week. Save time. Save $$.
and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.
Happy Labor Day and Happy cooking everyone!!