Menu for March

As I said earlier, I am trying planning for a full month.  Keep coming back because I will be adding recipes as I cook all month!  Also just an fyi I use ground turkey in place of beef for every dish I make.

Week 1

Monday 1st–  Chicken Enchiladas

Tuesday 2nd–    Baked Potatoes and Broccoli

Wednesday 3rd–   Church Fellowship

Thursday 4th–   Crockpot Pineapple Chicken

Friday 5th–   OUT OF TOWN!

Saturday 6th–   OUT OF TOWN!

Sunday 7th–   OUT OF TOWN!

Week 2

Monday 8th–   Burritos Skillet

Tuesday 9th–   Crescent Chicken Squares

Wednesday 10th–   Church Fellowship

Thursday 11th–   Turkey Burgers

Friday 12th–   Homemade Pizza

Saturday 13th–   Out for Dinner

Sunday 14th–   Left Overs

Week 3

Monday 15th–   Taco Salad

Tuesday 16th–   Meat Loaf

Wednesday 17th–   Church Fellowship

Thursday 18th–   Lasagna

Friday 19th–   Homemade Pizza

Saturday 20th–   White Chicken Chili

Sunday 21st–   Left Overs

Week 4

Monday 22nd–   Burritos

Tuesday 23rd–   Southwestern Chili

Wednesday 24th–   Church Fellowship

Thursday 25th–  Greek Pitas

Friday 26th–   Homemade Pizza

Saturday 27th–  Sloppy Joes

Sunday 28th–   Left Overs

Week 5

Monday 29th–   Chicken Roll-Ups

Tuesday 30th–   Spaghetti and Meatballs

Wednesday 31st–   Church Fellowship

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What To Do When You Can’t Sleep

Or at least this is what I did!

Why not attempt to plan my menu for the entire month of March?!?  For some reason I have decided to make March a month full of trying new things to get more organized.  So for starters, I completed my menu!  It was really easy; easier than doing my weekly for some reason.  Now don’t get too excited over this…come back at the end of the month to see if I actually followed it!

First I sat down with a blank calendar and started filling in things that we have going on.  For example we will be out-of-town one weekend and taking the youth group to a concert another weekend.  Then I filled in our Wednesday’s because we eat dinner at church, Friday’s we always make home-made pizza and we are going to try Sunday’s eating left overs.

Next let me just say that I compiled a list last year (one weekend while I was confined to the bed during my pregnancy) of all the food we like to eat regularly.  So after the first step that left me with 16 days to fill in…not too bad!  Then I just went through my list and plugged things in.  To help spread things out I made Monday’s Mexican themed, Tuesday’s are easy meals and Thursday’s are more gourmet since I feel more like cooking later in the week.

I finished it all up in less than a half an hour…this is really good for me!  This month I only put one new item on the menu.  Since my menu will be hanging of the fridge I plan on writing if we liked the new recipe or not.  Then at the end of each month I will put the menu in my 3 ring binder that sits nicely with my cookbooks.  So when I sit down to plan future months it should go really fast as I can refer to past menus!  At least that is my plan!

Oh one additional thought…as I sit and look over my menu I am seeing some ways that I can prepare ahead.  Like I have 3 meals that require taco meat.  Since I buy my meat in bulk I can easily cook enough taco meat for the whole month the first day I have to make it.  Then I can just divide it into 3 portions and freeze the ones for future meals.

Come back Monday and I will post me final menu…just in case I change anything this weekend!

Menu

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I have been feeling a bit better so I think I will cook some this week.

Monday-  Shepherds Pie
Tuesday-  Chicken Pot Pie (my MIL is making)
Wednesday-  Layered Enchilada Bake
Thursday-  Left Overs
Friday-  going out of town

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*updated Monday night with recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup!

Oh I really am struggling with what to make this week!  I haven’t even gone to the store and don’t want to unless I have to.  So our meals this week maybe boring.  And yes I am making up all of these meals as I write…so unorganized!

Monday- Chicken Tortilla Soup
Tuesday- Cheeseburgers on English Muffins, Baked French Fries, Milk Shakes
Wednesday- Skillet Lasagna
Thursday- Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole 
Friday- Homemade Pizza (it was so good last week we are doing it again!)

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Better Late Than Never

So maybe it is already Wednesday but I still have to cook something this week!

Monday- Out of town.
Tuesday- White Chicken Chili and Rita’s Brownies
Wednesday- Chicken Roll Ups and Washington Apple Cake
Thursday- Corned Beef Hash and Corn Bread
Friday- Homeade Pizza

I will post some of these recipes as I cook them this week!

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Menu Plan Monday

Last week we did pretty good with our menu.  We had a day or two that we ate sandwiches instead of what was planned because we just weren’t that hungry.  Also since we don’t have the house finished there are some days that I just don’t feel like cooking.  We get our counter tops installed this week so that will help.  Also we should get the plumber to come out and install the sink.  (I have been washing my dishes in the bathroom sink for now.)  That’s life when you live in a construction zone!

Yesterday we grilled out.  I was all so tasty!  We had burgers, grilled corn on the cob, fresh green beans, and tomatoes with feta cheese an ranch dressing.  I figured I would use Amy’s idea from last week and “fill the grill” while we were at it!  I cooked chicken and kielbasa for a few meals this week.  

So this week should go like this…

Monday-  Voodoo Pasta and Italian bread.
Tuesday-  Fresh green beans, ham, potatoes; with corn bread.
Wednesday-  Grilled chicken salad.
Thursday-  Kielbasa, potatoes and sauerkraut.
Friday-  Hamburgers, homemade french fries, milk shakes. 

Thanks to Amy I don’t have much cooking to do; just some reheating!

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Menu Plan Monday

I used to participate in this from time to time and it was so helpful.  It is a great feeling to be organized espesialy at dinner time.  Last night I did a great job planning ahead and was able to put a great meal on the table almost effortlessly.  We were busy most of the day so when I went in the kitchen Blake just assumed I would serve something quick and easy.  To his surprise we had steak, baked sweet potatoes, steamed asparagus, and fresh homemade bread.  My mother-in-law gave me a bread machine that she never used and I bought a 3 dollar used recipe book yesterday and like magic we had fresh bread with dinner!  I am hoping dinner will be as easy every night this week!

Monday- Chicken Broccoli Rice Bake

Tuesday- BBQ Chicken and Corn on the Cob

Wednesday- Fresh Green Beans, Potatoes and Ham

Thursday- Burritos

Friday- *Out to dinner for my birthday!

Saturday- Potato Soup

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