Menu Plan Monday April 14

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Leftovers. Chicken Noodle Soup and Stuffed Shells. Sorry; no recipe for either.  It was one of those “dump some frozen chicken breasts in to boil while you clean and chop the rest of the carrots in the vegetable drawer and get excited you have celery too” for the soup and the shells were made previously and frozen, and made an appearance this weekend.


Home-made pizza.  I’ll use this recipe from I’m an Organizing Junkie!for the crust, and then have our standard olive and pepperoni toppings.  We’re trying turkey peperoni this time. I have yet to find a great home-made sauce recipe though so I always get the store brand at Meijer.. please share if you have one!


I have been ending up with an ‘extra’ meal either because we have too many leftovers, or because we eat something else.  I’m not planning one day each week for this reason.  I pick Tuesday.


Ground Beef Gyros from “Mom On A Journey”.  I’ll also try making hummus one more time, and attempt to make my own pita bread in the bread maker.


I have Two Bean Chili With Corn in the freezer that I’m going to defrost, I don’t know where the recipe is now but it’s easy: kidney beans, black beans, ground beef, corn, tomatoes and chili powder.


I have been challenged to make a main dish a recipe using cocoa by “The Simple Cajun Life.  She was quick to specify that chocolate cake cannot be counted as a main dish. So here it is: Cocoa Chili Pork Ribs.  I will let you all know how it turns out.


Pepperoni chicken from “Teaching Diligently”.  Hopefully the turkey pepperoni goes over well on Monday, because I’ll be using it in this dish too.


Here is my ‘Food Triangle Theory’ update (the original post is here): I am happy to report that I have successfully made white bread, wheat bread, pizza crust, and bagels in my bread maker.  I have switched to big bags of rice rather than rice mixes (‘bye Zatarains! Ciao Uncle Ben!  It’s been real.), and no longer use instant rice.  I have yet to go all brown – because there are times that it just has to be Jasmine rice even though it’s white.  We no longer have Goldfish or any other crackers except Saltines for soup.  We all have our vices.

Last week as I was investigating buying a grinding mill so I could make my own flour at home I decided I had done a pretty good job in the bread and grains category and needed to move on.  I can always come back to it, but it doesn’t make any sense to eat sandwiches made from lunchmeat full of sodium and nitrates on bread made of home-ground flour.  Onward and upward! Fruits and veggies, here I come… 

For more Menu Plan Monday, head over to Laura’s Blog.



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9 responses to “Menu Plan Monday April 14

  1. For a lighter brown rice, try Texmati — it’s an American brown basmati. Not quite the same as jasmine but more fiber and definitely more delicate than a regular brown.

  2. I love those changes you’ve made for your bread and grains! I used to be so good about rice, we made brown rice all the time. Now it just seems to take too much time…and, I must confess, I have a stockpile of 2 minute rice (the stuff in little bags that microwaves in 2 min.). For all the healthy stuff I buy, I think that rice cancels it all out! Great menu!!

  3. Looks like a great menu. I also have been saving one night a week for “Leftover Buffet”, which makes life a little easier and also helps use up the leftovers in a timely manner. Have a great week!

  4. great menu!

    Good job on the menu changes.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Enjoy the your week!

  5. Your menu looks great and healthy!!

  6. I think you’ll enjoy the turkey pepperoni – it’s a hit around here, and as I’m sure you know, it’s more WW friendly.

    I’m impressed with your grain-switch. We try here, but sometimes convenience wins 🙂

  7. planningqueen

    My kids would love the gyros. I will definitely have to give them a try.

  8. I can’t wait to hear how your ribs turn out! I love food challenges!

    Have a great week!

  9. Great menu, thank you for sharing!

    Menu Plan

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