Sunday, November 29, 2009

Menu Monday

I planned this week's menu while we were still at my parents' house, and Clay helped me. We are having some of his favorite meals this upcoming week.

1. Poppyseed Chicken, brown rice, green beans
2. grilled chicken breasts, ranch potatoes, green beans
3. meatloaf (from the freezer), mashed potatoes, peas
4. tacos
5. breakfast (eggs, bacon, grits, and biscuits)

We eat leftovers or go out to eat for Sunday lunch, and we always eat cereal for Sunday supper.

Brown Rice
1 cup rice
1/2 stick butter
1 can French onion soup
1 can beef consomme soup
Melt the butter in the bottom of a square (9x9) glass baking dish. Stir in the rice and soups. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for one hour. Stir before serving.

Ranch Potatoes
Peeled and sliced potatoes (enough for your family)
Ranch dressing (made with the dry powder---add your mayo and milk)
grated cheddar cheese
salt to taste
Boil the potatoes until tender.
Layer in a 9x3 glass baking dish: potatoes, ranch dressing, cheese. Repeat. Bake uncovered at 350 until heated through and cheese is melted....about 25 minutes.

Grilled Chicken
I buy those frozen chicken breasts in a bag. Thaw enough breasts for your family (I usually cook 2-3 extra to shred for chicken tortilla roll-ups for the next day's lunch). Marinate for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator. I buy marinade at Kroger when it is on sale for $1. I add the whole bottle to a zip-lock bag of thawed breasts. If I am cooking the entire bag of breasts, I just thaw and then marinate the chicken in the bag it came in. Sometimes I marinate the chicken in Italian salad dressing.
Preheat the grill to about 400. I cook the breasts about 5-6 minutes per side.....longer if they don't look done.

Have a happy cooking week! Enjoy cooking for your family!
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1 comment:

  1. I need to plan my menu for the week, too. All too often I plan it in the grocery store!

    My 8 yr old daughter was looking over my shoulder at your blog the other day and said she really liked your picture across the top of your blog. She said, "Oh, look, they have 5 kids, too, but they all know how to look at the camera and smile." So true!