Sunday, February 24, 2013

Kelly's Menu 2/25 - 3/3

This is the last week before spring track starts.  Preparing this meal plan is my attempt at getting myself ready for the additional two evenings my husband will be out of the house.  Spring track means so many great things-longer days, more sun, warmer temperatures, the end of the school year...but the beginning is always hard.

I read a great quote by the author Sophie Kinsella, "Sometimes you don't need a goal in life.  You don't need to know the big picture.  You just need to know what you're going to do next."  This meal plan is me trying to keep it together by making simple plans.

Monday-Hearty Taco Stew
This great slow cooker meal will be a great way to start the week.  We'll be enjoying our dinner with fresh bread bowls.
Tuesday-Chicken and Spinach Rigatoni
I picked up a Kraft Philadelphia Cooking Creme a few weeks ago; it disappeared in the fridge.  I rediscovered in yesterday; it needs to be used this week.  It works great with this one dish recipe.
Wednesday-Leftover Hearty Taco Stew
Wednesdays are the busiest days in our home with tutoring and two dance classes added to the mix.  I'll top a few baked potatoes with the leftover stew for a quick meal.
Thursday-Slow Cooker Italian Beef with Honey Ginger Carrots
Beef roasts were on sale last week.  This is another easy crock pot meal; I'll prep it Wednesday night.  When I prep the night before, I add about 30 minutes to the cook time to compensate for the cold crock.
I bought salmon weeks ago when Costco featured a coupon; its been in the freezer ever since.  I am looking forward to trying Joyce's tried and true salmon recipe (look for it later this week).
Saturday-Spinach Mozzarella Egg Bake
I hate spending the weekend mornings cooking, but love eating with the whole family to start the day.  I'll get this ready at night and bake it in the morning.  I may throw some green food coloring in to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday as well.
Sunday-Grandma's Apple Crisp and Spinach & Artichoke Dip
We'll be having dinner with my family so I will need to bring a dessert, the apple crisp. I have a party to attend; I hate to show up empty handed so the dip modified to go in a small crock pot with some mini Club crackers will be great!

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