Menu Plan Monday Nov.29-Dec.4 – Frugal Novice

Menu Plan Monday Nov.29-Dec.4

Menu Plan Monday

It’s THAT time of year, where holiday things are starting to pop up (and here in Texas it’s finally starting to feel like… well, fall, at least. Most of the time). It’s definitely a busy time of year but I love it! We put up our tree and most of our decorations this weekend – I am in the holiday spirit, for sure! Have you decorated yet?

On to meals for the week:

Monday: Buffalo pizza and green beans

Tuesday: Chick Fil A or Jason’s Deli with friends – free kids’ meals at both places!


Thursday: We’re babysitting, so we’ll have four kids aged 3 and under at our table. Chicken nuggets, cooked carrots, and french fries it is!

Friday: Holiday party! No food to think about… but I do need to come up with a good White Elephant gift idea.

Saturday: Chicken Taco Soup with guacamole and chips. We may be having friends over for dinner & games, but either way this is a nice easy meal for a Saturday. I love my Crock Pot!

There you have it! While you’re here, please take a second to enter one (or all!) of my giveaways – I’ve got FOUR that end tonight at midnight! They’re all listed in the upper right corner of the screen, or you can click the individual links below to go to a specific giveaway.

• Rubik’s Slide Game (MSRP $19.99)

• BookSwim Three Month Membership (Valued at $74.85)

• Art from MD Anderson’s Children’s Art Program & $10 donation made in your name (or name of your choice)

• Night Before Christmas Kit from (MSRP $29.95)

• A Pair of EZ Sox – perfect for any toddler on your list!

• Corn Dog Maker from (MSRP $29.99)

PLUS, I’ve got MORE giveaways to add this week!! I’m really excited about them all & think you will be too. :)

Have a wonderful week, everyone – and stay warm!


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  • Miz Helen November 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Your menu looks great. I would love your Chicken Taco Soup. Thank you for sharing and have a good week.

  • Natalie November 29, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Questions regarding the soup? Do you drain the beans? Do you think putting the chicken breasts in frozen would work, since it cooks so long? Sounds great and expect to make it tomorrow! :-)

  • Christi November 30, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Natalie – I do not drain the beans, and I definitely think frozen chicken breasts would work! I’ve used frozen chicken tenderloin before and they’ve worked just fine. It does cook such a long time that I think even larger pieces of chicken would do just fine. Hope you love the soup as much as we do!

  • Michelle November 30, 2010 at 7:25 am

    I used frozen chicken breasts the last time I made it and they cooked just fine. The soup is wonderful!

  • Jennifer November 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    The soup recipe sounds like something we would loove. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Natalie November 30, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    This soup was fantastic! I personalized it a little (used frozen chicken, 1 can black beans, 1 can red kidney beans, 1 can corn). It was super easy, but hard to resist as I smelled the goodness while it was cooking all day. I will be making this again! Thanks for the recipe. :-)

  • Christi December 1, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I’m so glad you liked it, Natalie! I will have to try adding red kidney beans next time we make it. Brian would love it if I added corn, but that is one veggie I am not good about eating. :)

  • Karen December 2, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I’m your newest follower, the Chicken taco soup sounds interesting, I’m going to try it for dinner tomorrow night!