Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Week of REAL Menus (and the Recipes)

Even though I'm the "Around the Table Lady" one of the things I struggle with is thinking of what to have for dinner. I try to come up with a week's menu before I go grocery shopping and then include all the ingredients for those meals on my shopping list. But some weeks nothing sounds good. Or I just made that. Or it's all chicken (my favorite meat). Or so-and-so will be here and they can't have sugar or don't eat meat or are gluten free or...

One of the reasons it's hard is because I want to include lots of vegetables in the side dishes, but I don't come up with many creative alternatives so we have lots of salads or broccoli/pepper stir fries (two of my favorite ways to eat veggies because I like to eat real vegetables, not sauces and fats with a few veggies thrown in to make one feel like they are eating vegetables). 

So I thought I'd tell you what our menus for the past week of dinners were, side dishes and all. My hope is that you'll get some ideas from these meals. It would be great if you thought everything I fixed this past week sounded delicious and you wanted to make it all--then your week's menu is ready! But I seldom find a full week menu like that, not even my own old menus. But I hope these meals (and recipe links) will give you a head start on your meal planning this week.

I had to leave at 1:30 to drive 90 miles to pick up my husband returning from two and half weeks in Africa. Usually we have a big family lunch at our house after church on Sunday, so this was unusual, but quick.
Grilled Cheese

Welcome home dinner for my husband!
Pork Roast -- place defrosted 3 pound pork roast in slow cooker; sprinkle beef and onion soup mix over the top; pour in 1/2 cup white wine, a little on top and the rest on the sides. Slow cook on low for 5-6 hours. While slicing meat, add 2 Tbsp cornstarch to liquid, turn to high and whisk till smooth. Cover and cook till thickened.
Roasted Potatoes
Roasted Carrots
Green beans with almonds

Strawberry/Walnut Chicken Salad -- I didn't use blueberries because they are too expensive this time of year and I had walnuts, not pecans on hand, but it was still delicious

Pork Quesadillas -- I chopped the leftover pork from Monday and put it on half of a tortilla, added salsa and cheese, folded them in half and toasted them in frying pans on medium until the cheese was melted.

Antipasto Pasta Salad -- large portions on one dish nights! 
P.S. I like my olives only cut in half, not chopped.

This was the day before my parents were moving out of our house after four months and into theirs, so there were lots of last minute things to do. How great to have dinner in the slow cooker!
Slow-Cooker Asian Meatballs 
Stir fried green beans with almond slices

This was moving day so we spent most of the day at my parents' new house unpacking, but came back to mine to have dinner. The raisin bread was because that's what we had in the house.
Chicken sausage -- they look like brats, and we grilled them
Stir fried broccoli, peppers, and onions
Toasted raisin bread

Happy Dinners!

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Photo Credit: Antipasto Salad
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  1. You said you don't use many ways to fix vegetables. Don't you like to add various things to green beans (very versatile) or sauces? Pea salad includes past, corn salad is great mix, etc.

  2. Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party.



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