Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Menu Planning Monday!!(Posted on Tuesday:)

 Okay, for awhile now I have been planning our meals on a weekly basis, but have not posted any! My dear friend, Ami, recently asked why I don't post them... so here I am. I haven't been blogging as much because I have seriously been on the organizing war path. When we moved, I was damned and determined to have a small part of the old, anal retentive Nicole back. I needed her back!!! I am happy to report that all my work is finally starting to pay off. I have most of the rooms organized (although I am in the middle of a 30 day purge thing, which is SO fun) the way I like them and I have routines for the kids as well as myself. I have a new household binder, a coupon binder and a budget box. The main thing I am lacking is the stupid laundry skills. Man, what is it with laundry?? WHY does it suck so bad???

Here is my routine for meal planning and grocery shopping.....
1. Sunday's I sit down and figure out all the meals for the week (of course taking into consideration whether or not the big kids are with us that week)

2. I write down all the meals on my personalized shopping list (thanks Jen at http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/)

3. I then figure out all the ingredients needed for each meal, including sides, then I write out whatever else I need from the store.

4. I then transfer the meals onto this calendar (again http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/) and it sits next to the stove so I never have to hear, "What's for dinner?"

(I just put it in a frame so I could use it as a dry erase board)

5. The final step is coupons......:)

Here are my meals for this week (April 10-16):

Monday:          Crock-pot chicken

Tuesday:          Chicken Roll- Ups

Wednesday:     Mesquite chicken (we use the Weber marinades.... so yummy) on the grill with a medley of fresh veggies (zucchini, squash, peppers & onions)

Thursday:          Pasta with veggies  (bow tie noodles with cut up zucchini, squash, mushrooms and covered in Philadelphia cooking creme- Italian Cheese and Herb)

Friday:              Salsa chicken

Saturday:          Creamy Dijon herb chicken.

Here are some of the recipes:
Chicken Roll-ups (This is from the Cooking with Grace cookbook)
*1 can of 8 refrigerated crescent rolls (we use two cans when the big kids are here)
*10 oz can of chunk white chicken or cook your own- 2-3 pieces, diced

*1 can cream of chicken soup (optional 2 cans for creamier taste- we do this)
*2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese- divided use

*Salt and pepper to taste

1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
2. Spread out some foil and lay out the crescent rolls
3. In each roll put:
     A little chicken
     2 T. shredded cheese
     salt and pepper
4. Roll them up and put in deep dish
5. Whip cream of chicken soup with 1 can of water, or simply use 2 cans without water for a creamier taste. Since its thicker, you'll have to spread it with a spoon)
6. Pour spoon around the rolls
7. Cook for 30 minutes
8. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese and cook for 5 or 10 more minutes until cheese is melted.

Serve over a bed of rice:)

Salsa Chicken:
*4-6 chicken breasts
*1 Taco seasoning package
*1 cup salsa
*1 can cream of chicken soup
*Sour cream

1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of a crock pot
2. Cover with taco seasoning
3. Follow with cream of chicken soup
4. And then salsa (I usually use more than a cup....)
*Cook on high for 4 hours*
5. About 10 minutes before serving, put in sour cream. We usually put in about 1/2 cup or so.....

You can serve it with Spanish rice and Mexican corn!!


  1. Yahoooo!!! THank you my friend! Little by little, life gets easier!! :)

  2. wow! impressive! i am luck to get ONE meal like yours done in a week, perhaps one of these days i'll catch up to you ;) thanks for the help!

  3. I keep thinking about getting my meals all planned out, but it just never seems to happen, maybe next week, you've inspired me =) And I'm totally going to try out those recipes, they sound good!

  4. Thanks for the new recipes! Having new ideas is always good.
    Planning for the week makes it so much easier to cook everyday! On the few weeks I don't plan, I am lost.

  5. I plan on Sunday mornings too!!!! After I go thru all my coupons and sale adds: ) We should chat as we plan. I always draw a blank after a couple of days. Esp. planning for dinner and the preschool!

  6. Nicole, we tried your Chicken Roll up my kids loved them. Going to try your other Chicken dinner. Thanks so much for sharing them.

  7. I am so glad you liked them!!!


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