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, May 30, 2008

Menu and Grocery List (Jun. 2 - Jun. 8)


Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade
Green Beans
Corn Bread
(Prep for Tuesday - Defrost pork chops)
Zesty Grilled Pork Chops
Dinner Rolls
Broccoli-Stuffed Shells (Freezer Friendly)
French Bread
(Prep for Thursday - Defrost beef)
Chipotle Shredded Beef Tacos
Mexican Corn
(Prep for Friday - Defrost chicken)
Baked Chicken Fingers
Garlic Oven Fries
(Prep for Saturday - Defrost chicken)
Baked Slow Cooker Chicken
Baked Potato
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, 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
2 cups corn bread cubed (Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade)
Corn Bread (Suggested Side)
Dinner Rolls (Suggested side)
French Bread (Suggested Side)

Baking Supplies
1 1/2 cups Bread Crumbs fine, dry (Baked Chicken Fingers)
1/4 cup brown sugar packed, light (Zesty Grilled Pork Chops)

Basic Cooking Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil (Broccoli - Stuffed Shells)
2 teaspoons olive oil (Chipotle Shredded Beef Taco)
1 tablespoons Canola Oil (Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade)

1/4 cup lime juice (Zesty Grilled Pork Chops)

Canned Goods
Mexican Corn (Suggested Side)

Condiments and Salad Dressings
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce (Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade)
6 dashes hot sauce (Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade)
1/2 cup Cayenne Pepper Sauce ie. Franks Hot Sauce (Zesty Grilled Pork Chops)

Dairy, Eggs, and Milk
1/2 cup butter melted (Baked Chicken Fingers)
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese grated (Baked Chicken Fingers)
1 cup ricotta cheese (Broccoli - Stuffed Shells)
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded (Broccoli - Stuffed Shells)
cheese (Suggested Topping)
Sour Cream (Suggested Topping)

Ethnic Foods
3 cups spaghetti sauce (Broccoli - Stuffed Shells)
Flour tortillas warmed (Chipotle Shredded Beef Taco)
16 ounces chipotle salsa (Chipotle Shredded Beef Taco)
Salsa (Suggested Topping)

Frozen Foods
10 ounces broccoli chopped, frozen, defrosted (Broccoli - Stuffed Shells)
Peas (Suggested Side)
Broccoli (Suggested Side)
Green Beans (Suggested Side)

Herbs and Spices
1 tablespoon basil (Baked Chicken Fingers)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (Baked Chicken Fingers)
1 tablespoon Thyme (Baked Chicken Fingers)
1 teaspoon Paprika (Baked Slow cooker Chicken)
To Taste Pepper (Baked Slow cooker Chicken)
To Taste Salt (Baked Slow cooker Chicken)
2 teaspoons basil (Broccoli - Stuffed Shells)
to taste salt (Broccoli - Stuffed Shells)
to taste pepper (Broccoli - Stuffed Shells)
1 teaspoon thyme (Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade)
to taste salt (Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade)
to taste pepper (Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade)
1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade)
1/2 teaspoon allspice (Zesty Grilled Pork Chops)
1/2 teaspoon pepper (Zesty Grilled Pork Chops)
2 teaspoons thyme (Zesty Grilled Pork Chops)

Meats, Fish, and Seafood
6 Chicken Breast Boneless, skinless halves cut into 1 1/2 inch slices (Baked Chicken Fingers)
1 2 to 3 pound Whole Chicken (Baked Slow cooker Chicken)
1 Beef Shoulder Roast boneless (2-2 1/2 lbs) (Chipotle Shredded Beef Taco)
4 chicken breast skinless, boneless, haves, pounded 1/4 inch thick (Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade)
4 - 6 rib pork chops 1 inch thick (Zesty Grilled Pork Chops)

Pasta, Rice, and Beans
20 large pasta shells (Broccoli - Stuffed Shells)

2 tablespoons garlic minced (Chipotle Shredded Beef Taco)
3 tablespoons cilantro chopped, fresh (Chipotle Shredded Beef Taco)
1/2 cup onion chopped (Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade)
1/4 cup celery chopped (Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade)
1 tablespoon garlic minced (Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade)
4 scallions chopped (Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade)
Potatoes (Suggested Side)
1 tomato diced (Suggested Topping)
6 cloves garlic coarsely chopped (Zesty Grilled Pork Chops)

1 (14 ounce) Can Beef broth (Chipotle Shredded Beef Taco)
1/2 cup chicken broth (Cornbread - Stuffed Chicken Roulade)

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.


Extraordinary Ordinary Life said...

Very organized! We do freezer meals at least once a week as well!

Carrie said...

Extraordinary, Thank you! I try to be organized. If you get a chance I would love to know what some of your favorite freezer friendly meals are. It is great having something in the freezer that you can just pop in the oven, or on the stove top, when you don't have time for anything else.