Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What's on the Menu Monday

I meant to post this on Monday but couldn't finish it over the weekend (I got sick Sunday night) then I was busy with my birthday girl yesterday!


I've been wanting to do another one of these for awhile... but haven't had a menu before Monday in several weeks! When I was with the kids at the Library earlier last week I picked up a couple cookbooks that I've thoroughly loved and will definitely be purchasing as soon as possible.

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1,000 Easy Recipes is one of the simplest cookbooks I've ever come across. It's full of great photos with tons of variations on each recipe. For example, there is a basic pancake recipe but then there are like twenty variations, one I'll be trying soon: Red Velvet Pancakes. How yummy does that sound? And Buffalo Nachos? Yes, please!

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I got this recipe book out of the Library too - can't wait to try some of these.


I printed coupons from Eat Better America and got some duplicates at BettyCrocker.com which helps take a couple dollars off the yogurt I buy every week. Now that it's summer I've been putting those Gogurt tubes in the freezer for a cold afternoon snack - cold and healthy! Score. I also printed some coupons from Coupons.com loaded some coupons onto my grocery stores loyalty reward card from RedPlum and though it took a few minutes to go through all of those websites according to my receipt I saved about $20 - which is totally worth it to me right now. So here is my menu for this week:



Breakfasts

This week I tried to add some variety. For the last week or two we've just cad cereal every day, lately they've started asking for something else so here are our breakfasts for this week

Oatmeal


Eggs & Toast

Grits


Buttermilk pancakes

Cinnamon rolls (made in my bread maker)

Lunches

For the most part our lunch routine stays consistent. We have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, yogurt or a cheese string and maybe a few cookies or chips. I have one who objects to peanut butter so she usually eats a Nutella sandwich.

Egg salad sandwiches with BBQ chips and pickles

Spaghetti o's and fruit salad

Grilled cheese sandwiches and pickles

PB&J

Nachos

Dinners

I try to incorporate a few staples and cheaper meals into every menu. I think I could have done a better job of that this week, but to be honest I'm pretty sick of spaghetti, mac & cheese and hot dogs and chicken nuggets. Yeah - so sick of all of that.

Meatball sub sandwiches (with bought meatballs and jarred sauce it is a super-quick meal that is really satisfying I just need to figure out some sides that go with it - any suggestions?)

Cobb salad with (with frozen chicken patties, hard boiled egg, avocado, shredded cheese, lettuce & tomato - I am really looking forward to this meal!)

BBQ chicken in the crockpot shredded and served on sandwich rolls

Rice with beans, corn, tomato & guacamole

Red Velvet Pancakes (because I so love making breakfast for dinner)



How to make perfectly peeled hard boiled eggs

On Saturday I made a dozen hard boiled eggs for egg salad sandwiches and cobb salad. They turned out perfectly and peeled like a dream. Here is what I did:


  • Place your eggs in your pan in a single layer
  • Fill the pot with enough water so that all of the eggs are completely covered
  • Set the pot on the stove and turn you burner to medium heat
  • Lightly salt the water
  • Bring the water to a simmer
  • Set a time for 10 minutes
  • If you get a rolling boil turn the heat down a little more
  • After you ten minutes are up take the eggs off the stove and place them in the sink under running cold water
  • I usually just put the whole pot in the sink under the faucet, I don't drain the water or anything so that the eggs cool down slowly
  • The eggs need to sit under cold running water for 10 minutes
  • After those ten minutes are up drain the eggs 
  • Shake the pot gently and let the eggs bump into each other and roll around a bit
  • I like to put some more cold water in the pot and let the water get into the cracks of the shell
  • The eggs peel like a dream! 
  • Set them in an air-tight container in the fridge to use in a day or two.



Do you write menu posts are the week in food posts? I want to read it! Please leave a comment with the link to your blog.

4 comments:

  1. I haven't done a menu plan post in forever! I usually link up with "I'm an Organizing Junkie" @ http://orgjunkie.com/ and gets tons of ideas there, too.

    And that Cobb salad does look/sound amazing.

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  2. Wish I was close enough to "drop in" for dinner some evening! Grandma's privilege!

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  3. salad alongside the meatball subs :)

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  4. or broccoli or carrot sticks... Ian says cucumber. celery works too.

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