03 February 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Well, this menu planning is really helping me! And even though none of you were really going to come by my house to check and see if I was really cooking what I said I was going to cook, I still felt accountable somehow to really follow thru. Maybe that's the trick in posting my menus:)....I did pretty well, although I really didn't like the slow cooker chicken & rice. The rice was too mushy (maybe I used the wrong kind) and the whole thing was waaaaaaay too salty. However, the pot roast from The Pioneer Woman was truly yummy!! We all loved it. I'll be making that again. Thursday night we had a change in plans and I ended up making some pretty good sloppy joes ( I don't think I've had those in a hundred years! I was inspired by The Sparrow's Nest.) Her "home fries" were really good, too.

So, here's this week's line-up:

Monday: French Dip Sandwiches and Sesame Almond Salad (recipe below)

Tuesday: Beef Vegetable Soup with Buttermilk Cornbread

Wednesday: (meal at church)

Thursday: (meal at our college ministry)

Friday: Tacos (since I never got around to those last week)

And now I'd like to share the recipe to one of our very fave salads:

Sesame Almond Salad

1 head lettuce, torn (or a bag of Spring greens)
2 Tbls. bacon bits or 2 slices, cooked & crumbled
1/2 cup chow mein noodles
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
3 oz. sliced almonds (I usually don't add these)
3 Tbls. sesame seeds
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved

~Mix above together and then toss with the following dressing:

4 Tbls. sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbls. white vinegar
1/4 tsp. pepper
~Mix dressing well; refrigerate before serving, if desired. Shake well before adding to salad.

To check out more delicious menus go to I'm an organizing junkie! Enjoy!


Sharon said...

Yum! I especially love Beef Vegetable Soup. :)Glad to hear menu planning is beneficial to you. It always is for me, too.

By the way, beautiful pictures on your sidebar! We honeymooned in Hawaii in 2003. What a beautiful place!
Have a great week!

Rona's Home Page said...

What beautiful family photos.
It's great to hear that menu planning is so helpful to you.

Kari said...

Ooh...I love the French Dips. Makes me hungry. =)

PlanningQueen said...

I am going to give that salad a go. It is summer here and the perfect weather for it.

Hadias said...

Great menu.

Nancy said...

Welcome to MPM. Glad to hear the menu planning is working for you. I've done menu planning for years but just recently joined the MPM/blogging crowd. Stop by and visit - - www.3blondesandthelaw.blogspot.com

Mommychicky said...

I like the Sesame Almond Salad... I bet it would be really tasty with grilled chicken. Oh, BTW - your children are adorable.

Thanks for sharing and have a great week... my menu is up here.

Jasmine31 said...

I want some french dip sandwiches! lol Good plan!

Wendy said...

Your menu looks delicious! Have a great week!

Niki said...

Welcome to MPM. Your menu sounds great. Have a lovely week.

The Fischer Family said...

Welcome to MPM! I'm new also and have found it very benefical because like you said you've got something to hold you accountable! Have a blessed week!

Nikki said...

The Roasted Chicken legs were so so, not much flavor. I didn't have the exact seasoning that she suggested, thinking I'll try that next time! Glad you enjoyed your pot roast! I LOVED it when I made it!!

Tammi said...

Glad to hear from you. I have planned my menus for several years now just to save money on groceries but have just now started getting interested in blogging. Sounds like a yummy week!