Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Epic Fail

So, Menu Plan Monday, has gone down the drain yet again.  I really should do it since I am cooking out of the pantry, but I have discovered the fine art and even more finely tuned science of the defrosting of frozen meats in the microwave.  Besides, I'd rather play with my babies.

Speaking of babies, Capitol Baby #3 is a GIRL!  We are expecting her around Halloween...let's just not go as late as November 11th at 11:11 am just so we can win some stupid contest LOL

Monday, May 2, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Apparently, a little over a year ago I was menu planning for MPM and was in labor with my now one-year old Capitol Babies.  SHK...Go figure?  Hoping to get back into the swing of things and do some pantry cooking over here in our nation's capital.  Who knows how it'll go....we'll see around Halloween when Capitol Baby #3 is due to arrive LOL

Monday, 2 May 2011
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs
    • Meatballs are a "maybe I'll reveal the secret family recipe" later
    • Sauce is a recipe from the original Biggest Loser Cookbook called "Superior Spaghetti Sauce"
  • Garlic Bread
    • Just use whatever rolls or bread you have on-hand.  We are using leftover homemade hamburger buns from a recipe I found on Food.com I believe.  Have to double check and will post the recipe when I do my series on homebaked breads.
    • We mix margarine and some Tbsps of Tastefully Simple's Garlic Garlic & Onion Onion spices...usually like 1/3-1/2 cup of tub margarine & a 2:1 ratio of the Garlic to Onion seasonings and then bake til the bread is crispy
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas
  • Minute Brown Rice (cause we have like 10 tons of it to use....the beauty of being a military family: when neighbors and friends PCS move, you're usually gifted with pantry leftovers that can't be packed :D
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken (a combo of two recipes from Betty Crocker's Chinese Cookbook)
  • Oven Baked Brown Rice (a friend gave me this recipe...it's super simple, but I will have to post it later since mommy-brain is making my brain into mush right now)
  • Broccoli Florets
Thursday, 5 May 2011
  • Busy-Day Cheesy Chicken (from some Gooseberry Patch cookbook...today is an appt with the good ole OB for CB #3 so I will prolly very lazily throw in a couple cups of frozen broccoli so I have nothing to cook when I make it off the Beltway)
  • Leftover Rice from last night
Friday, 6 May 2011
  • Vegetarian Chowder (oh yes to using the million pounds of dried beans I love to buy but don't know how to use.  WIC in our county is really great with education on nutrition and gives out lots of nifty things at your appointments and their events.  I got this recipe from a bean cookbook they gave out during a fair at our family readiness center on our base.)
  • French Sandwich Bread
Saturday, 7 May 2011
  • Grilled Chicken Breast (consisting of fileted b/s chicken breast then seasoned to taste on each side with Tastefully Simple's Garlic Garlic and Seasoned Salt.....no I am not a consultant for them)
  • Creamy Scalloped Potatoes (another Betty Crocker masterpiece.....go get the 1969 version of the BC Cookbook...it rocks and teaches you some great techniques)
  • Carrots
Sunday, 8 May 2011
  • Chicken Breasts Diane
  • Leftover Creamy Scalloped Potatoes
  • Mixed Veggies
I plan on making two 'snacks/desserts' for the week as well.  One is "Pinto Bean Applesauce Raisin Cookies" (from that bean cookbook I was telling you about) and "Custard Pie" (from the Household Searchlight Recipe Book from the late '30s....and mostly making this because I have a ton of milk that I need to use and the recipe for the crust for tonight's Chicken Pot Pie made more like 3 crusts, not they typical 2 LOL).

I'll post Bubba and the babies' reviews throught the week or on next MPM.

Ciao for now!

<3 M