Monday, August 13, 2012
Weekly Menu: Making Meals Stretch
Sunday: Grilled Burgers and Hot dogs, Baked Beans, Chips, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and Pecan Pie
I made up two packets of hamburger into burgers yesterday. We thought we might have more guests for dinner. As it happened, Mama came by after dinner and so we had a few leftovers. Kate took a burger home with her. John had one for supper last night. I have a very few leftovers now, just enough for a single meal. John used two hot dogs this morning in an omelet he prepared for our breakfast as well as the remaining onions.
Monday: Ravioli Lasagna, Salad, French 'Buns'
I made a crock pot of lasagna this morning. I used cheese ravioli, cottage cheese and mozzarella, along with a jar of chunky vegetable sauce from the pantry. There were enough leftovers to make up a casserole dish for freezer. That's one of my 'secret' leftover uses. Put it in a dish, freeze it and use as a convenience meal later. Just thaw and reheat. I do recommend keeping track of ready prepared foods on a separate list of freezer items.
Tuesday: Grilled Steak, Scalloped potatoes, Three Bean Salad
We cooked the steak yesterday on the grill, since the coals were hot. I plan to cook potatoes in the crock pot. A friend lines her crock with aluminum foil and sprays with non-stick spray for messy things like this dish. I'll follow her lead. If you use heavy duty foil you can form TWO containers and cook a second item in the crock pot as well. I mean to do just that with a can of beans, chopped leftover hamburger and hotdogs.
Wednesday: Bean Pot Bake, Coleslaw, Corn Muffins, Plum Tart
The baked bean dish I cooked in the crock pot yesterday will reheat in the microwave (or oven as I bake muffins).
Thursday: Lemon Roasted Chicken, Pan Roasted New Potatoes, Green Peas with creamy herb butter
I do occasionally cook my roasted chicken in the crock pot...and if it is to be hot Thursday, I shall use it to cook the chicken. I stuff my chicken with lemon halves, onion and rosemary as a rule. I noticed that the Pioneer Woman has a similar recipe up today and she smooths butter over the skin of the chicken. It looked wonderfully brown. I don't expect I'll use my butter for an everyday chicken dinner, but I might be tempted for a Sunday dinner perhaps.
Friday: Chicken and Broccoli Pot Pie, Mashed Potatoes, Peach Salad
I had a lovely pot pie recipe years ago that called for ham and broccoli in a light lemon sauce. It was delicious but when we stopped eating ham years ago, I never used the recipe again. I've thought of it often and this evening as I typed out the Lemon Roasted Chicken menu it occurred to me that I might substitute chicken for the ham and it do nicely, too, since lemon is such a great accompaniment to broccoli or chicken either one. I'm looking forward to attempting this old favorite recipe once again.
Saturday: Corn and Black Bean Enchiladas, Salad, Molten Lava Cakes
I have one last pan of the enchiladas in the freezer. I put a sauce with green chilies on the last batch and John thought they were too 'warm'. I'll use a cheese sauce on these which should be a better choice I think. It shall easily be heated up if we choose to go to synagogue. I'll make the molten lava cake batter and the salad on Friday.