If you are frustrated trying to decide what to have for dinner every night let me help. On Friday, a shopping list for the next weeks meals is posted. Visit http://www.CarriesCooking.com/ each day and your dinner frustrations will be over. I hope you join me for this free, time and money saving guide.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Menu and Grocery List (Apr. 7 - Apr. 13)


Bistro Chicken with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes (allow for 2 hour marinade time)
Green Beans
(Prep for Tuesday - Defrost and marinade overnight)
Barbecued Flank Steak
Dinner Rolls
Penne Arrabbiata
Green Salad
(Prep for Thursday - Defrost chicken)
Chicken Enchiladas (freezer friendly)
Refried Beans
Green Salad
(Prep for Saturday - Defrost Chicken)
Garlic Lime Chicken
Crescent Rolls
Free Day

First, I want to explain what I have called the 'free day'. I have used other meal planning services and found that there was always one day that my family would eat out. The free day is the opportunity for you to either eat out, catch up to my meals, if you are behind, or make something that you or your family loves.

Second, I have added a new feature! A great suggestion was made to have one meal a week that is freezer friendly. (Thanks Andrea, from MommySnacks) You can either make the meal and eat it, make it and freeze it, or double the recipe and do both. If you have the space, it is great having a few premade meals in the freezer. Just put the meal together, don't cook it, and freeze it. Then when it is time to eat it, defrost and follow the cooking instructions.

Grocery List

Bakery Item
Crescent Rolls (Suggested Side)
Dinner Rolls (Suggested side)

Baking Supplies
1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)

Basic Cooking Ingredients
3/4 cup vegetable oil (Barbecued Flank Steak)
1 tablespoon olive oil (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
cooking spray (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
1 teaspoon olive oil (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
2 tablespoons olive oil (Garlic Lime Chicken)
3 tablespoons olive oil divided (Penne Arrabbita)

3/4 cup white wine dry (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
1 tablespoon water (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
4 tablespoons lime juice (Garlic Lime Chicken)
1/4 cup white wine (Penne Arrabbita)

Canned Goods
2 tablespoons tomato paste (Penne Arrabbita)
1 (28 ounce) can canned tomatoes whole, chopped (Penne Arrabbita)

Condiments and Salad Dressings
3/4 tablespoon honey (Barbecued Flank Steak)
2 tablespoons cider vinegar (Barbecued Flank Steak)
1/4 cups mustard (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)

Dairy, Eggs, and Milk
1 tablespoon butter (Chicken Enchiladas)
1 cup Cheddar Cheese Shredded (Chicken Enchiladas)
1/2 cup sour cream (Chicken Enchiladas)
2 tablespoons butter (Garlic Lime Chicken)
Parmesan cheese grated (Penne Arrabbita)

Ethnic Foods
1/4 cup soy sauce (Barbecued Flank Steak)
8 flour tortillas 8 inch (Chicken Enchiladas)
1 (4 ounce) can green chile peppers chopped and drained (Chicken Enchiladas)
Refried Beans (Suggested Side)

Frozen Foods
Frozen Pizza (Pizza)
Breadsticks (Suggested Side)
Broccoli (Suggested Side)
Corn (Suggested Side)
Green Beans (Suggested Side)

Herbs and Spices
1 1/2 teapoons ground ginger (Barbecued Flank Steak)
1 teaspoon garlic powder (Barbecued Flank Steak)
1 teaspoon thyme (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
1 teaspoon marjoran (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
1/2 teaspoon rosemary dried, crushed (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
1/4 teaspoon salt (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
1/4 teaspoon pepper (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
1 teaspoon chili powder (Chicken Enchiladas)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (Garlic Lime Chicken)
1 teaspoon garlic powder (Garlic Lime Chicken)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder (Garlic Lime Chicken)
1/4 teaspoon paprika (Garlic Lime Chicken)
1 teaspoon pepper (Garlic Lime Chicken)
1 teaspoon salt (Garlic Lime Chicken)
1/2 teaspoon thyme (Garlic Lime Chicken)
1 bay leaf (Penne Arrabbita)
1/3 teaspoon parsley (Penne Arrabbita)
1 teaspoon basil (Penne Arrabbita)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (Penne Arrabbita)
1 teaspoon salt (Penne Arrabbita)

Meats, Fish, and Seafood
1 1/2 pounds flank Steak (Barbecued Flank Steak)
4 6 - ounce chicken breasts skinless, boneless, halves (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
2 cups chicken breast cooked and chopped (Chicken Enchiladas)
6 chicken breasts boneless, skinless haves (Garlic Lime Chicken)

Pasta, Rice, and Beans
1 pound penne pasta cooked (Penne Arrabbita)

1 tablespoon onion minced (Barbecued Flank Steak)
2 potatoes cut into 8 wedges, about 1 pound (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
1 1/3 cups onion chopped (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
4 cloves garlic minced (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
1 Onion chopped (Chicken Enchiladas)
3/4 medium cloves garlic divided (Penne Arrabbita)
Green Salad (Suggested Side)

1 (16 ounce) can chicken broth (Bistro Chicken w/ Rosemary Potatoes)
1 (10.75 ounce) can Cream of Chicken Soup Condensed (Chicken Enchiladas)
1/2 cup chicken broth (Garlic Lime Chicken)

Be sure to check your refrigerator and pantry for any of these items that you already have. Also, don't forget to add items for breakfast, lunch and every day items. Going grocery shopping is much easier if you have a list of everything you need. Check out the Master Grocery List to make sure you aren't missing anything.

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