Menu Plan Monday – Frugal Novice

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday

Goooood morning! It technically is morning, since I’m sitting here at midnight writing this. We had a great weekend at a conference, which I’ll tell you more about later, and I got to experience Fogo de Chao for the first time. It is definitely a special occasion kind of place at $45/person, but I’ve wanted to try a Brazilian steakhouse for a long time so we splurged. We planned ahead and didn’t eat much at all today – it was a good thing, because this place provides a lot of food. A lot of HEAVY food. A lot of AMAZING food. I fell in love at the salad bar, with its fresh mozzarella and other cheeses to try, along with prosciutto, roasted peppers, and a variety of other offerings.

Then we got to the main part of the meal. If you’ve never been, here’s how it works: you have a little disc, with one side red and one side green. You keep the disc on red until you’re ready for meat. Then you turn it to green and servers stop by with skewers of different kinds of meat; you’re able to keep trying different kinds of meat until you turn the disc back over. I had bacon-wrapped chicken and filet mignon, pork ribs, and various cuts of sirloin. I have to mention the sides, too – they bring garlic mashed potatoes, polenta cakes, fried bananas (in some sort of cinnamon sauce, it appeared) and these amazing, buttery little rolls. Every bite I ate, I loved. Brian and our friend that went with us had the same opinion, so although it was a pricey meal it was worth it!

I didn’t mean to go off on such a tangent about the meal, but I guess I’m still in awe of how great everything really was! I am also SO stuffed and won’t need to eat breakfast (or lunch either, probably) tomorrow. On to food for the week:

Monday: Paninis and soup – something easy and light sounds good!

Tuesday: Chick-fil-A – surprise, surprise!

Wednesday: Grilled chicken, green beans, and brown rice

Thursday: Pasta with marinara and ground beef, salad, & raw veggies

Friday: Leftovers – we almost always have leftovers with pasta.

Saturday: Chicken stir fry with kung pao sauce, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, and brown rice

Hope you have a great week and good food this week!

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  • Aline March 14, 2011 at 8:10 am

    My mom’s family is from Brazil so I’m not surprised that your going on and on about your steakhouse experience. I still remember going to one when I was a kid. Believe me that memory is still fresh in my mind thirty years later! I know, it’s that good. Last summer I recreated some of the Brazilian steak sauces used for barbecue for my kids and they are still talking about it.

    • Christi March 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Oooh do you have any recipes for the sauces? I’d love to try introducing some new flavors for grilling!

      • Aline March 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

        Just google Brazilian steam marinade, chimichurra, churasco and you get all sorts of yummy marinades and sauces. I just combined a whole bunch of the recipes I found and added whatever condiments my family likes (i.e. garlic).

  • Tara V March 14, 2011 at 9:44 am

    We have a steak house about an hour from us. We go maybe once a year, it’s pricey, but fun to go.
    Have a great week, your menu looks good.

  • Kelly March 14, 2011 at 10:26 am

    That sounds great! Do you have a panini press or what do you use to make your paninis?

    • Christi March 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      I got a Food Network brand press/grill at Kohl’s, and we absolutely love it. We have used it closed for sandwiches, and open for grilling chicken or burgers. It also came with griddle plates for pancakes, etc. and waffle plates. We haven’t tried those yet, though.

  • heidi March 14, 2011 at 10:43 am

    We have a Brazillian place like that here in town! I have not been there (since I don’t eat meat I don’t think there would be much for me there…HA!) but my family says it is the yummiest place they have ever been!!

    • Christi March 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Yeahhhh that might be a little bit of a waste for you! :)

  • Janalyn March 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    We got to Texas de Brazil downtown for every special occasion now! They have an email membership where you get a complimentary dinner with the purchase of one regular dinner for your birthday and anniversary, which really helps keep the cost down. I LOVE going there! And am now craving it… wonderful.

    • Christi March 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      I think you have a special occasion coming up Wednesday… :D

  • Rachel -- Following In My Shoes March 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    My husband wants to try Fogo de Chao SOOOOO badly; I need to surprise him with that sometime.

    • Christi March 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      You should! Definitely go REALLY hungry, though!