"" Three Ladies and a Dad: Menu Planning Monday

Monday, March 31, 2008

Menu Planning Monday

I went shopping last night for my first week on this. I can tell we are already going to save so much money! Plus, it feels great to know I am not going to have a dinner meltdown figuring out what to cook.

Week of March 31

Monday - Stuffed Shells
This are Jeremy's favorite meal that I cook. Ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese, plus an egg, all stuffed in a shell, topped with spaghetti sauce. I thought this would be a great time to try out a new homemade spaghetti sauce recipe I have. I use all low-fat cheeses and add some spinach in there as well. Very yummy!

Tuesday - Turkey Burgers with (I forgot the name of it)
The turkey burgers are 1-1.5 lbs. ground turkey breast, 1 egg, some spinach, 1 medium onion, and some oatmeal to get it to hamburger consistency. I usually add ground flax seed to ours as well. Your really cannot taste it. The side dish is something I got from an Ab's Diet cookbook that taught me so much about nutrition. It is basically just any kind of bean you want - we use black, red, garbanzo...whatever you want. I also add some corn. We like it cold but the recipe calls for it to be hot and topped with cilantro, which I am not a fan of. We just salt and pepper it out of the can and mix and serve.

Wednesday - Fajitas!
Shrimp and chicken with just about any vegetable you can think of! Peppers, onions, garlic, spinach, sugar snap peas, broccoli and whatever else I can find! We serve ours on whole wheat tortillas and omit cheese and sour cream and all that jazz.

Thursday - Salmon, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.
This is pretty simple. Make sure to top the salmon with fresh lemon juice!

Friday - Chicken and brown rice.
I plan on cooking enough chicken on Wednesday for this too. I buy 99% Fat Free cream of chicken. Then I put it in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan and add some water and brown rice. Mix in the chicken and bake. Very yummy and a one dish meal, which is great for Fridays!

Head on over to Laura at Organizing Junkie for more menu ideas.

Other menu followers - you might want to check out the tips/rules on Menu Planning Monday. It's really simple, although it sounds complicated and you can talk to me about any questions.


Mrs. Dirnberger said...

OH I am soo interested in this idea!!!!! WE have such a hard time planning meals and such just with the 2 of us. I am always trying to make healthy food/organic just whatever and it really is stressful!!!! I want to do this also...do i just go to the website you have posted. Its so much easier making junkey food then healthy and that sucks. So I need help

Anonymous said...

Great menu. The turkey burgers look really interesting but I am not sure if my meat loving husband would go for them...

Have a good week!

Mommychicky said...

Welcome to MPM! Your bean side dish reminds me of this "poor mans caviar" thing I made.

Thanks for sharing your menu and have a great week.

My menu is up at Don't Eat Baby.

Laura said...

Great job planning! It DOES save money and stress...and you don't have to have those meltdowns at dinnertime! Everything you planned sounds yummy too!