Menu Plan Monday – Frugal Novice

Menu Plan Monday

Wow, it’s been months since I’ve participated in this. Can we say scattered, much? That’s not to say I haven’t been doing some planning here and there, but not as organized as I’d like to be. My two-year-old is sick today, which is awful (seriously, sick kids are so pitiful!) but I did take advantage of time sitting with him this morning to plan out meals for the week. Now, grocery shopping still has to take place today because of how crazy our weekend ended up being, but at least I’ve got some sort of plan in place!

Monday: Leftover shredded chicken enchiladas. We tried a new recipe I found via Pinterest. Ours didn’t turn out nearly as pretty as the example (how on earth do you keep corn tortillas from cracking?) but they tasted good and we enjoyed trying something new. If we make them again I’ll add minced jalapeno for some heat, and a little sour cream for some tang.

Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan & Easy Parmesan Risotto. Yup, that’s the upside to working from home with a sick child – Food Network is inspiring. The Barefoot Contessa featured a “risotto” that you bake in the oven, taking away the need to stand at the stove stirring for 45 minutes. I’m so curious if this will live up to our standard risotto recipe.  Now, my “chicken parmesan” will really be chicken breaded with Italian breadcrumbs, seasoning and parmesan, baked in the oven. I figure it can’t mess up too badly, right? We’ll have salad with it, pulling out some veggies for the kids to have on their own.

Wednesday: Leftover chicken & risotto. Trying to be SO much better about using up our leftovers and not letting them go to waste! We’ll have it with some cooked green beans this time.

Thursday: Chicken stir fry – it’s been a while since we’ve done this! We’ll add in zucchini, onion, carrots, and broccoli. YUM! I love that it’s an easy dinner, too.

Friday: Hamburgers & french fries. It may be nice enough to use our awesome Weber grill outside, but if not we’ll use our indoor grill that does a pretty great job itself. I also want to roast some garlic in the oven – it is SOOO good smeared on a burger!

Saturday: We’ll probably go out for dinner, although I have no clue where. I’ve found that Friday nights we almost always want to stay in because we’re just so tired from the week, but then Saturday we’re often at home so much that getting out for dinner is really nice.

What are you eating this week? Any new recipes I should try?

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