Saturday, September 28, 2013

Kelly's Menu 9/30 thru 10/6

The start of the school year is always a whirlwind in our house!  I haven't been meal planning as well as I should.  And some days that Pizza Hut drive-thru across for daycare is too tempting so I throw out my plan and bring home pizza. With special events coming up everywhere and the extra expenses of the holidays, I don't have time to not be prepared and have to stick to the budget.

This is one of Joyce's recipes that I haven't made yet. I finally decided to try it after about 4 mentions about how good it is from my friend Jennifer.  I'm looking forward to a one dish dinner.
Tuesday-Slow Cooker Italian Beef and frozen veggies
I am trying to get my kids to eat an actual warm meal on dancing night.  Last year, I packed a lunch box with items we could eat quickly and easily in the car...let's just say when you don't always check the back of the minivan you might have some messes.  We love these sandwiches on rolls with pepper-jack cheese.

Wednesday- Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken with quinoa
John and I love this chicken dish; the kids enjoy finding the pieces of pineapple.  I serve this on quinoa instead of rice for the nutritional benefits.

Thursday-White Pizza Dip and Leftovers
We're having a fall feature pot-luck for lunch.  I'm bringing something easy...I can throw everything in the mini slow cooker, and it will be ready before the first lunch. Since my coworkers are great cooks, I know I'll eat too much at lunch so leftovers for dinner work.

Friday-Stuffed shells and broccoli 
I prepare jumbo shells then shove frozen meatballs in them, cover with sauce and some Italian seasonings in a baking dish and top with mozzarella cheese.  Bake for 20-30 minutes, and my kids are super happy. 
I pick up pizza crusts and sauce whenever they are on sale.  I'll pull some out of the freezer and let John feed the kids dinner since I get to go out for my book-club! We've been reading Eat That Frog-21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
We'll be heading to my parent's house for Sunday dinner.  This is my family's favorite!  I have a few new pumpkin desserts I'll be trying to make soon, so I figure I should make it at least once for the Fall. 

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