Saturday, August 11, 2018

Weekly Menu Plan for August 12 to August 18, 2018

It's been a tad hot out there!  Most days we've had here in August have been too muggy and sticky to be outside for long.  I sure wish the kids didn't have to be sitting in a classroom all day - this is prime swimming weather!

This week's menu continues with some good old-fashioned comfort food for the kids, as they transition into being in school all week.  They are coming home hot and tired, and ready for some relaxing family dinner time.

The oldest granddaughter is in high school, and the first football game is this coming Friday.  We always enjoy going to the games, and cheering on our team. She is in marching band, and oh my goodness they are so good!  I can't wait to see their show for this year.  Last year was SO GOOD, I don't know how they can top it!  My kids went to the same high school my grandkids go to.  When my son was in the same marching band she is in, they won the Bands of America National Competition.  That was so exciting - and my granddaughter is in the same band!  They always make the Finals competition, but haven't won it again since then.  I would love for her to experience that!

But on to this week's menu plan.  First off, it will help if you cook all the chicken you need for the week at the beginning of the week.  Usually on Sunday, I toss frozen chicken tenderloins (I buy the big bags of them at Sams Club) in my crockpot with some seasoned chicken broth, set it on low, and let them go all day.  When they are done, I just drain them and put them in a covered bowl in the fridge, ready to use when I need them.  If I have cooked more than I need, I just chop the chicken and make a bowl of chicken salad for lunches.

Here is this week's menu plan:  (Recipe notes and links are below)
For a printable copy, please click HERE.


Chicken and Rice Bake is from Mommy's Kitchen - this recipe makes two 9X13 casseroles.  I usually just take one of them to my daughter's house so they can enjoy it, but you can freeze one to use later.  I have never frozen the 2nd one, though.  I like giving it to someone just to be nice!

Banana Cream Pie Bars is from Like Mother Like Daughter - a yummy no-bake dessert!


Ham and Egg Breakfast Sliders are from Mom Endeavors - she actually calls them Gameday Breakfast Sliders.  These are really good, my family gobbles them up.  Make these the night before, follow her directions to #6 on her recipe, where it says you can refrigerate them at this point.  Cover them with aluminum foil, then all you have to do in the morning is brush them with the melted butter and bake for 15-20 minutes. It makes your morning much easier, because most of the dishes and pots and pans from prepping the recipe are already done!  

State Fair Casserole is from Everyday Mom's Meals - this is really a corn dog casserole. It's much easier to make than corn dogs on a stick, and kids love this meal.  Since the State Fair started the same day school started, there's not much chance the kids will be able to go.  So this way they at least get a taste of some state fair food!  This is a dinner made for kids!


Yogurt Parfaits - this isn't really a recipe, I just layer vanilla yogurt, strawberries or blueberries, and granola in individual dishes.  I repeat the layers twice.  That's it - super easy!

Broccoli Cauliflower Bacon Salad is from Genius Kitchen - we all love this salad.  Since I use frozen chicken patties and onion rings, this is the only thing I need to prep early in the day.  I like to make it in the morning or the night before serving, then just pull it out of the fridge at dinner time.  There are lots of recipes for this salad, but this one is my favorite and the one I always make.

No-Bake Banana Split Dessert is from Sugar Apron - sometimes I just line the pan with whole honey graham crackers, and let them soften all day from the cream filling poured over them.


Meatloaf is from Yummy Healthy Easy - sometimes the best recipes are the easiest!  This is very similar to what my mom used to make, and it just beats the other fancy ones I've tried hands down!


Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo is from Delish - I have made this a bunch of times.  My grandkids love bowtie noodles, and anything Alfredo.  So this dish is always a hit with them!  I have made the sauce as per the recipe from Delish, but if I am in a hurry I just use 2 jars of bottled Alfredo sauce from the store.  Still good!  The homemade sauce is definitely richer and better, but sometimes I just need a quick substitute!  


Crockpot Swedish Meatballs is from The Country Cook - this is one of my favorite recipes!  I use frozen meatballs from Sam's Club that are gluten free, and I like it served over mashed potatoes.  But everyone else in my family likes it best served over egg noodles, so this week I am treating them to their noodles!

Blueberry Pie is from Veronica's Cornucopia - I haven't tried this one yet, but I cannot wait to make it!  It sounds yummy!

That's it for this week!  I hope you find something you and your family like, or you can use an idea or two to help you plan!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Weekly Menu Plan for Week of August 5 to August 11, 2018

Sorry this is a little late getting posted.  I had a busy weekend and not much computer time!

I have a super busy week planned ahead, so this week's menu is easy and quick to prepare.  I plan on using the grill a few times, which will most likely be operated by my husband.  That lets me prep things inside while he is out grilling, and I like that on busy days.

Since I have to be off and running in a couple minutes, here is a copy of this week's menu:

For a printable copy, please click HERE
Recipe links are below.

Recipe Links:


Baked Spaghetti is from Deep South Dish

The rest of the week I am using tried and true recipes that are easy to throw together.  If you would like a copy of a recipe I haven't linked to or shared, please let me know and I will post it.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Weekly Menu Plan for July 29 to August 4, 2018

It's that time of year again!  The grandkids go back to school this coming week, although it seems like we just started vacation!  I wish I could say the kids are excited about going back to school, but it seems like they could use a few more weeks of swimming and just being kids.  Summers are awfully short for kids these days!

This week's menu will probably be shared with the kids and grandkids, since the back to school week is busy for everyone!  I am trying to make things they will all enjoy, and a lot of comfort food to help them get back in the swing of things.  When I was little, I always loved coming home to a kitchen that was full of yummy things baking and cooking!

I have a few ideas for desserts this week.  I know I will be baking some cookies, and a pie or two.  I just haven't decided yet which ones I want to make!  So I left desserts off the menus, and hopefully will fill it in as the week goes by.

Here is the menu plan for the week:  (For a printable copy, click HERE.)
Links to recipes are below.

Recipe Links:

Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancakes are from Mirlandra's Kitchen
Chicken Fried Rice is from All Recipes

Blueberry Chicken Salad is from Taste of Home
Apple Butterscotch Fluff is from Mostly Homemade Mom

Apple Topped Pork Loin is from Taste of Home
Lemonade Fruit Salad is from The Pinning Mama

Cinnamon Roll Waffles is from Genius Kitchen
Baked Barbecued Spare Ribs is from Taste of Home
Stick of Butter Rice is from Thirty Handmade Days
Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad is from Genius Kitchen

Breakfast Casserole is from Leelalicious

That ought to do it for this week!  I think I will be spending a lot of hours in the kitchen this week, but it is totally worth it!  Have a great week!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Weekly Menu Plan for July 22 to July 28, 2018

Welcome to the last full week of July!  Can it be??  Grandkids are headed back to school next week already.  It seems as if summer just started!

I took two of them shopping for school supplies last week - what fun!  No matter how old I get, I still get excited to see all the pens, crayons, markers, notebooks...all that fun stuff!

This week's menu is still built around the heat!  Although we have had a couple rainy days and the temps have cooled a bit, it's still going to be hot during the upcoming week!  And I hate to be in a hot kitchen when it's hot outside!

Ice cream and no-bake desserts are what I love at this time of year!

Here is my menu plan for the coming week:  
For a printable copy, click HERE.
Recipe links can be found below.

Recipe Links:

Slow Cooker A-1 Steak is from A Year of Slow Cooking

No Churn Apple Pie Ice Cream is from Celebrating Sweets ( I cannot WAIT to try this one!)

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Fettucine is from Six Dollar Family

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Dessert is from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

 I hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Weekly Menu Plan for July 15 to July 21, 2018

This week's menu plan is great for mid-July!  It is going to be sunny and hot most of the week here, so I plan to keep the kitchen as cool as possible.

We like to eat out on the porch in the summer, but since it is in the middle of a remodeling job, we haven't been able to enjoy it much this year.  Hopefully next summer it will be ready for us!

Here is the menu for this coming week:  For a printable copy, please click HERE.
Please find recipe links below.

Recipe Links:

Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad is from Eating On A Dime
Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake is from Cooking With Carlee

Retro Tuna Macaroni Salad is from The Kitchen Magpie

Hawaiian Cheesecake Salad is from The Slow Roasted Italian

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Bowls is from Budge Bytes

Key Lime Pie is from Southern Bite

That's it for this week!  Hope you have a good one!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad (Gluten Free)

I love to make salads in the summertime for dinner.  This one is definitely a keeper!

I found the original recipe on Melanie Makes.  You can find the recipe for her Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad here.  It is so yummy!  

I made a few changes, as I seem to be doing quite often these days.  Here are the changes I made to her yummy recipe:
First, I used gluten free corkscrew pasta from Ronzoni.  I cooked it to the firm stage, which was 8 minutes.  It came out perfect for the salad.
Second, I used bottled Caesar Salad dressing.  I really was going to make the homemade Caesar salad dressing using the recipe from Melanie Makes, but at the last minute I chickened out (no pun intended) because of the raw eggs.  I am sure it would have been just fine, but with my luck I would have gotten sick.  So I decided to go on the safe side.
Third, I chopped the salad and mixed it all in a bowl.  Her presentation was much prettier, I must say! But since I made it for just my husband and myself, I didn't see the need to impress him! Teehee!

Please visit Melanie Makes for her yummy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe, as well as for her recipe for homemade Caesar Salad Dressing.

If you would like my adapted recipe, here it is:  (for a printable copy, please click HERE.)

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Taco Pasta Skillet (Gluten Free)

You know how sometimes things don't go like you had it planned out in your head?  Well, this recipe is one of those things.

I meant to make the recipe from Chef In Training titled Taco Pasta Casserole.  It looks so good, and I'm sure it is!  I chose it to make this week, and while making my shopping list I quickly scanned the ingredients and jotted down the few things I needed that weren't in my pantry already.

So here is what happened.  We just got back from a 2 week vacation.  There is a TON of laundry and cleaning to be done, and lots of suitcases to unpack.  I had my yearly mammogram scheduled for 9:00 AM this morning, and lots of other errands to run besides grocery shopping.  So I was in my high speed mode.

By the time I got back home from the doctor and running errands, it was after noon.  I grabbed my shopping list, and on the way to the store I decided that I was starving.  Really really starving.  But I couldn't take time out to eat because I had to get home to finish unpacking and do more laundry.

So I decided that I would make the casserole gluten free by using gluten free pasta, so I could eat it too.  I grabbed a box of Ronzoni elbow macaroni and finished the rest of my shopping.

By the time I got home it was almost 4:00.  I unloaded groceries, and immediately started dinner because I WAS REALLY HUNGRY.  I pulled out my trusty Dutch oven, made the whole 12 oz. package of gluten free pasta, started browning the hamburger, and then looked at the directions for the recipe.

Uh-oh.  It pays to read the directions before starting the recipe.  I know that!  I am not exactly new to the kitchen.  As I looked at the directions on the Chef In Training blog, I saw that it called for a sauce using milk and FLOUR.  Well, bummer.  That would throw my gluten free idea right out the window.  Then I saw that it needed to be baked.  It was about 92 degrees here today, and no way was I turning on the oven and no way was I waiting that long for dinner!  So here is what I did:  I threw in a jar of salsa con queso cheese dip from Aldi's, a large jar of mild salsa from Aldi's, and although I meant to throw the dry ranch dressing seasoning in I forgot all about it.  I just threw in one package of McCormick's gluten free taco seasoning.  I also threw a diced onion and green pepper in with the hamburger.  I just cooked it on the stovetop in my Dutch oven, and at the end I threw about a cup of grated cheese into it and stirred it up.

And guess what?  It turned out good!  We really liked it, and have plenty left for lunches this week.   am sure the original recipe I intended to make would taste wonderful and a bit different - probably creamier.  So I can't wait to try it next week!  But I will still make it gluten free.  All I will do is sub cornstarch for the flour.

I would definitely make this again, but next time I will use gluten free penne pasta or a more substantial pasta.  I will also add sliced black olives, but I was out of them.  I think black beans might be a good addition too!

Here is a copy of the recipe.  If you would like a printable copy of the recipe, click HERE.

The Salsa Con Queso and Mild Salsa I used were both from Aldi's.  

I am sure you could easily use regular pasta in place of the gluten free pasta and it would be delicious!

This was an easy, quick stovetop dinner.  I think you'll like it!