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Weekly Menu Plan – 25.0

Hi MincedReviewers!

Below is my weekly meal plan for this week for you to use next week. Let me know if you try any of these, if you loved them, loathed them or changed them.  **note-there are two templates at the bottom of this blog for you to use as well.  A weekly menu chart that you can print out and stick on your fridge and a grocery store template that you can print and check off what you need.

SundayLemon, Herb & Parmesan Crusted Fish – Delicious recipe from BBC’s goodfood.  Here is a handy conversion site to change the metrics to US standards.  Serving with Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Quinoa Salad.

Sunday Side-Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Quinoa Salad 500

Monday – 4-Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Tacos:  Excellent recipe that I found on Cooking Light’s website.  I do, however, make a few adjustments to make it a bit more kid friendly (i.e. not scream inducing spicy).  I increase the salsa 1/2 cup and reduce the chili sauce by 1/2 cup.  I also squeeze juice from 1/2 a lime and add 1Tbs of Adobo Seasoning. (click for the recipe that I use to make a big batch of adobo seasoning). Serve with corn/flour tortillas and black beans.  

TuesdayTuna Pasta Salad with Dill & Peas.  This wonderful recipe is from Lauren’s Latest.  The thing that I love most about this recipe is that it is just as good hot as it is cold. I must point out that you have to love dill in order to truly appreciate the deliciousness of this recipe. 

WednesdayTurkey and Quinoa Meatloaf.  This AllRecipes recipe is a healthier version of the classic comfort food, meatloaf. A few changes:  I substitute BBQ sauce for the hot sauce for the kiddos.  I used 1/2 the brown sugar (too sweet-yikes).  I like to use a muffin pan vs. a loaf pan. Helps portion it out and prevent crumbling.  Serve with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and steamed fresh green beans.

ThursdayZesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue.  This is our favorite Slow Cooker BBQ and perfect for night when we have evening baseball games.  The best scenario is to serve with cole slow on top but tonight we will keep it simple.  Serving on bakery rolls and sweet potatoes fries on the side (frozen Trader Joe’s).

Friday– Take a break, will ya?!

Saturday– Grillin’ and Chillin’ night.  Steaks on the grill.  Corn on the cob.  Grilled sweet peppers.  Summer Shandy.  Most importantly… S’mores for dessert.  P.S. I say chill, because I don’t grill. 🙂 

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

Weekly Menu Plan – 24.0

Hi MincedReviewers!

Below is my weekly meal plan for next week.  It really helps to have your meals planned out in advance for several reasons.  It’s a money saver, a time saver and definitely a calorie saver.  The hard part is figuring out what to make so hopefully I am taking the stress out of that for you.  There are two templates at the bottom of this blog for you to use as well.  A weekly menu chart that you can print out and stick on your fridge and a grocery store template that you can print and check off what you need.  **please note that I have three boys in baseball so there are few crockpot days in a row. 🙂

Sunday – Asian Sesame Grilled Tuna Steak.  I just came across the recipe again.  I used to make this quite a bit but grew a little tired of it. Its time to bring it back.  A tuna steak is such a wonderful alternative to salmon. Serve with Garlic Mushroom Quinoa – another delicious AND healthy recipe.  This is definitely a day of a little more cooking complexity.  No rushing today.

Monday– CrockPot night- Bolognese Sauce.  Serve over noodles and with garlic bread.   This is an excellent recipe. I do use a 1 1/2 lbs, of organic, lean beef instead of the veal and pork. I’m sure that it is wonderful either way.  As a side note: Your house will smell fantastic when you get home.  This is also a great recipe to make ahead and freeze. 

Tuesday– CrockPot night-Cashew Chicken.  This recipe by a fellow blogger is a wonderful crock pot recipe that the whole family will love.  Serve over rice. Done and done.   **note-If you aren’t a huge cashew fan, you can substitute another nut (almonds or peanuts would work well too).

WednesdayCheesy Taco Casserole – Oh man, this is really good.  Really.  Really good.  A fairly quick weeknight meal from a great site (ohmyveggies.com) that everyone will love.  I don’t change a thing.

Thursday– Breakfast for dinner!  The whole family loves this.  Make it whatever you feel like you have time to do.  Eggs? French Toast? Cereal? Waffles?  Whatever you want to make.  

FridayCrab Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata. Crab spaghetti with Lemon what??

gre·mo·la·ta
ˌɡreməˈlädə/
noun
a dressing or garnish made with chopped parsley, garlic, and grated lemon zest, served as an accompaniment to meat or fish.
So, now you know. 🙂  This is such a wonderful recipe.  I found it on foodiecrush.com and am obsessed with the crumbly topping.  Yum!
Saturday– Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. We are headed to a professional baseball game so no cooking for me.  I think you need a break too! 

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

Weekly Menu Plan 23.0

Hi MincedReviewers!  I have dropped the huge giant roasting pan .. um.. I mean ball…on my menu planning posts.  I will not lie and say that I am back on track BUT I am going to post a menu plan for this week. For those of you that are new to MincedReviews, the menu plan is a week full of recipes that I love, that will help you get ready for your upcoming week and ahead of upcoming grocery shopping trips. Happy cooking everyone!

Sunday –  Fire Roasted Tomato and Feta Pasta w/Shrimp– Wow that’s a long name for such an easy recipe.  This actually makes a great mid-week meal but I can’t wait, so Sunday it is. 

Monday– My ‘I’m not actually cooking’ night.  Making Trader Joe’s Kung Pao Chicken. Throw it over rice.  Done and Done.

Tuesday–  Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken– A healthy, clean recipe that you can make in advance and throw in the slow cooker.  So fantastic and I just love how the delicious the house smells when we get home.

Wednesday–  Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff– Okay, so two nights in a row of crock pot meals may seem a bit excessive but with baseball season starting, it’s a must do.  This recipe is basically the anthesis of Tuesday night in terms of healthy BUT you gotta slip once in a while.  I add button mushrooms to this recipe and try to keep it organic.

ThursdayCauliflower, Tomato and Chicken Sausage Quinoa Gratin – Wow.  Wow. Wow. Wow.  Love love love this recipe. Wonderful right out of the oven and even better reheated.

Friday – Lemon, Herb & Parmesan Crusted Fish. – An easy, healthy way to end the week.  Serve with rice or orzo and a veggie that you love. 

Saturday–  No cooking for you (or me in this case)  Have an easy night tonight.

Don’t forget to click on the link below to use the printable grocery list!  This will help keep you on track as you shop.  Hope this helps streamline your grocery store trips! The goal is for you to go to the store ONCE this week. Save time. Save $$.

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

Weekly Menu Plan – 23.0

Hi MincedReviewers!   Back by popular demand…a weekly menu plan.   For you new MincedReviewers, the menu plan is basically what I plan on cooking for the week, with a few tips and tricks thrown in.   Happy cooking everyone!

 

Sunday –  Bayou Catfish.   This recipe by AllRecipes was easy, light and delicious.  I love this recipe because it is easy AND healthy.  A great combo.  I have made this a few times, once as directed with corn meal and another time with Panko.  Both versions were wonderful but the panko coating had slightly more crunch.  Serve with Corn on the Cob and Sweet Potato Wedges/Fries.

Monday– Pasta with Basil, Tomatoes and Feta.  This is a great Summer pasta dish.  A fantastic way to enjoy some of the ripe garden veggies.  The boys pick the tomatoes and basil while I start cooking.   Serve with a yummy side salad and garlic bread.  Did I mention FETA??  You really can’t go wrong with a recipe that has the word feta in the title.  Can’t wait!!  

Tuesday–  Chicken Tamale Casserole.   This is a new recipe from Cooking Light that I am trying this week.  Not 100% sure about the creamed corn (not a fan) BUT I am a fan of tamales and this appears to be an easy way to make something similar.  I am going to serve with black beans and rice.   

Wednesday–  Potato, Red Pepper and Feta Frittata – I know.  I know.  Another Feta recipe.  I just can’t resist.  This recipe is yum, yum and yum.  Don’t be intimidated by the word frittata like I was.  After making this once, I realize that the ingredient possibilities are endless.   I saw this recipe on another blog, The Kitchn and followed this to the teaspoon.

ThursdayZesty Slow Cooker Chicken BBQ  w/ Sandwich Slaw– My BIL and SIL made this over the Summer on vacation.  I immediately asked for the recipe (s).  It is almost unbelievably easy and full of flavor.   The BBQ has only five ingredients AND you throw it in the slow cooker!  The slaw recipe adds a fantastic crunch.  Serve without the roll for a gluten-free option,  Serve with chips/fries/sweet potato tots.  Keep the sides simple.  

Friday –  No cooking for you (or me in this case)!  Have an easy night tonight.

Saturday–  Chinese Chicken Salad.   This recipe by Ina Garten is such a wonderful, versatile meal.  You can eat it hot or cold.  You can eat alone or on your favorite bakery bread.  PLUS if you really want to save time, pick up an already roasted chicken from your local grocery store.   

Don’t forget to click on the link below to use the printable grocery list!  This will help keep you on track as you shop.  Hope this helps streamline your grocery store trips! The goal is for you to go to the store ONCE this week. Save time. Save $$.

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

Salted Caramel, the new Pumpkin.

Gold.  I’ve struck gold.  I have created THE perfect salted caramel recipe.  If I do say so myself.   🙂  Salted Caramel Apple Bread.

I was asked to participate in a product review for the Sweet Creations by Good Cook NonStick Mini Loaf Pan and create an original recipe.   My level of expertise on reviewing bakeware-high.  My level of expertise on creating an original recipe-n/a.

Before I unveil the recipe of all recipes (or in my case the only recipe), let’s discuss the pan.  It is a four cup (four loaf) pan which is great because you can make smaller loaves (bread, meatloaves, etc.) or make different types of loaves.  This versatility is great for anyone cooking for more than one.   It has a nonstick coating.  My loaves came right out when I flipped the pan over.  The pan is a tad lighter than I expected (not necessarily a negative).  Overall this pan is great addition to any baker’s arsenal of pans.

Now…(drum roll please)…the recipe:

Caramel Apple Sea Salt Bread

All MincedReviewers get 25% off the mini loaf pan!  Click here to shop.  Enter the code: SWEETLOAF .

Happy Baking everyone!!

Weekly Menu Plan – 22.0

Hi MincedReviewers!   I was starting to slip, going to the grocery store 3-4 times a week, spending more $ than I should be.  I needed to rewind and go back to you where I started.  I planned my menu for the week, printed my grocery store template off to check off what I needed and off to the grocery store I went.  I bought a TON but I feel better prepared and certainly will save money.  You never really end up leaving with just the one thing you went in for.  The below is what I am planning on preparing this week.  Happy cooking everyone!

Sunday –  Cod with Italian Crumb Topping.   This recipe by AllRecipes was shockingly delicious.  I am not sure why I had lower hopes for this but I was surprised.   The only thing I changed in this recipe is that I brushed the fillets with olive oil instead of egg whites.  Served with Jasmine rice and green beans. 

Monday– Chicken Breasts with Avocado, Tomato and Cucumber Salsa.  I am making this tonight and am crazy excited for this.    I found this on Cooking Light and really it couldn’t be any more perfect for this time of year.  

Tuesday–  Pasta with Tomatoes and Mozzarella.  I am making this Epicurious recipe for the first time.  I’ve made similar dishes though.  I am thinking I may add pancetta (or super crispy turkey bacon) to this for a little more flavor.   I am going to serve this with salad and fresh bread.  

Wednesday–  Breakfast night!  I am soo hungry for a spinach feta omelet!   The boys love breakfast for dinner so we try to do this every couple of weeks.  Please see the blog link below on how to make the perfect omelet.

The Omelet Blog.

Thursday– Spice Rubbed Salmon with Lemon Garlic Spinach.  This is  a new recipe for me.  I found it on Cooking Light. I’ll let you know how it goes and if I make any changes after Thursday. 

Friday –  No cooking for you (or me in this case)!  Have an easy night tonight.

Saturday–  Chicken Souvlaki Gyro Style.  My SIL and BIL made this recipe from AllRecipes while we were on vacay together this summer.  AmaZing!  The big change on this recipe is to purchase the tzatziki sauce vs. making homemade.  I am all for homemade, in fact I usually prefer it, but the return on investment. The $ to buy all the ingredients, the time to make just does not outweigh buying a small tub of ready made tzatziki sauce.  Trader Joe’s makes an excellent one! **note** the pic above is a pic of my plate on vacation.  Yum! 

Don’t forget to click on the link below to use the printable grocery list!  This will help keep you on track as you shop.  Hope this helps streamline your grocery store trips! The goal is for you to go to the store ONCE this week. Save time. Save $$.

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

A Happy 4th of July Menu.

A Happy 4th of July Menu.

Okay, so it’s not the 4th YET but plans are being made, groceries are getting bought and recipes are being searched for.  To help you in your ‘Best 4th Ever’ quest, I’m sharing my menu and a few tips and tricks.

  1. Appetizers – I like to keep the appetizers simple.  There’s enough to do, don’t you think?  A simple veggie tray, chips and salsa,  pretzels and pub cheese.  Done and done.
  2. Main Dish(es) – We keep it traditional in this house.  Hot dogs, hamburgers (made with a burger press), brats (boiled in beer first).  The usual. This year, however, I’m going to twist it a little with toppings.  For the burgers, I am going to make spicy mayo (mayo w/a little Tabasco),  saute mushrooms, saute onions, make guacamole and fry up some bacon.  For the hot dogs and brats, I am going to saute peppers and serve with fun cheeses and rolls.  Think of it as the sundae bar for a BBQ. 🙂
  3. Sides – Corn on the cob.  Check out this You Tube video on how to shuck corn.   Super easy.   A new pasta salad I found, Spicy Pasta Salad with Smoked Gouda, Tomatoes and Basil.  This recipe is by one of my fave cooks, Ree Drummond (a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman).  I also found a recipe by Robert Irvine called, Bacon-and-Egg Potato Salad.  Need I say more.  The title says it all.  I canNOT wait to try this.   Plus it doesn’t look complicated.  Bonus.   We will serve easy stuff too… chips, fruit salad, etc…
  4. Desserts –   By request of my five-year old, I will be making Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries.  I found this recipe on Pinterest and it actually turned out just liked it looked.   I am also going to make traditional chocolate chip cookies.  My favorite choco chip cookie recipe ever is on the back of a package of Trader Joe’s chocolate chips.  Trader Joes’ Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  For some reason this only has three stars.  Wrong. wrong. wrong.  These are amazing.  So says me!  I do sprinkle with a little sea salt before cooking.  Delish!

I think that’s it!  So hungry for this stuff now!  Share with everyone what you will be cooking this 4th.

Have a wonderful 4th of July everyone.

Happy BBQ’ing!!