Menu Plan Monday: May 10-15 – Frugal Novice

Menu Plan Monday: May 10-15

Hi everyone! Did you have a good Mother’s Day? I had a really nice one – and got to take a two hour nap. Can’t get much better than that! Brian and the boys gave me this Willow Tree figurine:

Isn’t it perfect? The boys are just the right sizes to be J & C. And this is really a pretty familiar scene – me holding C and J right at my side (often whining for me to hold him too, ha). I know this figurine will be even more special as the boys get older, because it will bring back so many memories from when they were younger.

Ok, on to my menu for the week! It involves a couple of grilled items – we LOVE to grill out in the spring and summer!

Monday: Grilled chicken with veggies. We’ll probably use our Kick’n Chicken seasoning – it’s really good! I actually discovered it through a sample at Sam’s… one of the few times I’ve actually bought something I sampled. It’s got a really nice flavor profile to it and has a grinder built right in to the container.

Tuesday: Dinner at Rosa’s with some friends. I usually get their tostadas… and a tortilla. They make their tortillas fresh, and they’re SO good! I’m trying to eat healthier, though, so wish me luck on trying to pass up the tortillas. :)

Wednesday: FISH. Yes, you read that right. I’m getting brave and making tilapia! I’m a little nervous, honestly. Yep, I’m 28 and scared of eating fish. I’m trying Susan’s method of baking the fish in little foil packets with lemon juice and veggies – she suggested baking them for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. I’m also going to add some minced garlic (I love garlic!) and parsley. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Thursday: My mom’s Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe – I never got around to making it last week because some friends invited us over for a Cinco de Mayo party complete with fajitas and enchiladas! Anyway, I don’t know if I mentioned it last week but when I make this recipe I add a can of Rotel too, because we like things a little spicy. I also get the reduced fat sour cream and mix a little in because we really like the flavor of that added in.

Friday: Casserole leftovers with salad.

Saturday: Casserole leftovers AGAIN. Yes, I know that’s not very exciting. But it’s great for us because it means a break from cooking for the weekend, and it definitely saves money to be able to stretch a meal out over several days like that. Since we like the casserole so much it doesn’t bother us to have it three nights in a row. I can’t say that about too many recipes!

So, that’s it for this week! Be sure and check back tomorrow – I’m doing a giveaway for a $60 gift card!

As always, have a wonderful week!


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  • FoodontheTable May 10, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for sharing the enchilada recipe. I’m a sucker for anything with green chilis!

  • Jacquie May 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    We use the kick n’ chicken seasoning as well. We like to grill with it. We also like to eat fish but it has to be seasoned right. McCormick has a grillmates seafood rub that is AWESOME! We love it and put it on our seafood with lime or lemon and then we grill it or broil it or bake in tin foil or in a skillet. Basically we use it no matter how we cook it and it tastes so good. My favorite is when my hubby puts the seafood rub and lime on shrimp and then on a skewer and grills it. I am normally not a shrimp fan but it is good that way.

    We made this new recipe this weekend that was inexpensive and so delicious. I blogged about it.

  • Christi May 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Jacquie, when I tried to go visit your blog it gave me an error message! I’d love to go check it out!

  • Charla May 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I’m curious to find out how the eating fish scenario goes! :)

  • Jacquie May 10, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Can you delete my comment? I can’t figure out how to edit or delete my comment and that is not the correct link to my blog.
    Here is the correct link:
    Thanks! :-)

    • Christi May 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm

      Fixed it! I’m glad to have found your blog! :)

  • Marsha May 11, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Christi – we love tilapia!! We hope you like it too. We used to eat it all the time in Tanzania because we got it fresh out of Lake Victoria!! I usually bake or broil it with a little butter and lemon/pepper seasoning or paprika and pepper. Enjoy!!