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Menu Plan Monday #4

Menu Plan Monday

Postmortem on last week's plan

Egads! We didn't follow the plan at all.

On two separate days, we wound up going to a nearby Mexican restaurant for supper or lunch. So, serving home-made soft tacos wasn't going to be a good idea. But, I had bought 6 pounds of ground beef, so I cooked it up for the freezer. Five pounds were seasoned with the taco seasoning and one pound was put up plain for some dish where the spices would interfere with the flavor.

I was going to buy a couple of chickens to cook using the classic "Sticky Chicken" recipe, but hubby wanted to buy a rotisserie (already cooked) chicken from the deli case. Turns out that wasn't such a bad idea, as my neighbor called on Wednesday and said she had bought too many rotisserie chickens and would we like one. So, we've had two chicken meals which used up the breasts from one of the chickens. I then pulled the meat from both birds, put it into the freezer in 2-cup portions. I then threw the bones & skin into a large pot with some water, celery, and carrots (I forgot the onions) and wound up with 2 quarts of stock I'm putting into the freezer.

 

The Plan: December 21-27, 2008

Breakfasts: Muffins, Oatmeal, Yougurt & fruit, and eating out

Lunches: Help-yourself, occasional meal out

Dinners:

  • Sunday (12-21): Kielbasa, rice, green beans
  • Monday (12-22): Oven-fried chicken, noodles, carrots, peas
  • Tuesday (12-23): Eat out
  • Wednesday (12-24): Chili & rice, apples
  • Thursday (12-25): Ham & Turkey, Mary Potatoes, broccoli, green bean casserole, fruit salad (or ambrosia), yams, pumpkin pie
  • Friday (12-26): Egg casserole, toast, bananas
  • Saturday (12-27): Dinner out

 

Mary Potatoes

1 package shredded potatoes (Simply Potatoes brand)
2 cups half-and-half
4 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 onion, finely chopped or grated

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit. Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish. Mix all ingredients together with a little salt & pepper and pour into the prepared dish. Bake until browned on top -- about 45 minutes.

Variations

  1. Replace the parmesan cheese with 1 cup shredded cheddar or cheddar mix.
  2. Add garlic, or herbs of your choice to the potato mix; or buy the seasoned potatoes
  3. Double and bake in a 9x13 "brownie" pan
  4. Bake along with meat at any temperature from 325 to 450; adjust cooking time accordingly

 

Egg Casserole

2 c. bread cubes
1 c. (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
6 eggs
2 c. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash of pepper
1/2 c. diced ham

Place bread and cheese in bottom of a greased 9-inch square pan. Sprinkle with the ham. Combine the eggs, milk and seasonings. Pour over the bread, cheese, and ham. Cover. Set in the refrigerator over night. The next morning remove cover and bake at 325 degrees for one hour until set. (Cooking time can be reduced if you let the dish warm up on the counter before putting it into the oven.)

Makes six servings

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