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Friday, August 8, 2008

Menu and Grocery List (Aug 11 - 17)

Menu

Monday
Crock Pot Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Breast
Mashed Potatoes
Corn
Tuesday
Peachy Pork Chops
Green Beans
Dinner Rolls
Wednesday
Cheesy Italian Tortellini (freezer friendly)
Green Salad
Bread sticks
Thursday
Chipotle Shredded Beef Tacos
Refried Beans
Friday
Pizza
Green Salad
Saturday
Pineapple Chicken
Rice
Broccoli
Sunday
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
Dinner Rolls (Suggested side)

Basic Cooking Ingredients
2 teaspoons olive oil (Chipotle Shredded Beef Taco)

Canned Goods
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes Italian-style, undrained (Cheesy Italian Tortellini)
1 (4.5 ounce) can sliced mushrooms (Cheesy Italian Tortellini)
2 canned peach halves, drained (Peachy Pork Chops)
2 cans (8 ounces each) pineapple chucks in juice (Pineapple Chicken)

Condiments and Salad Dressings
1/2 cup peach jam (Peachy Pork Chops)

Dairy, Eggs, and Milk
1 cup Cheddar Cheese shredded (Cheesy Italian Tortellini)
1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded (Cheesy Italian Tortellini)
1/2 cup butter (Crockpot Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Breast)
2 tablespoons butter (Pineapple Chicken)

Ethnic Foods
1 (16 ounce) jar marinara sauce (Cheesy Italian Tortellini)
16 ounces chipotle salsa (Chipotle Shredded Beef Taco)
Flour tortillas warmed (Chipotle Shredded Beef Taco)
1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce (Peachy Pork Chops)
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce (Pineapple Chicken)
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
parsley flakes (Crockpot Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Breast)
pepper (Crockpot Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Breast)
1 tablespoon rosemary (Crockpot Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Breast)
salt (Crockpot Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Breast)

Meats, Fish, and Seafood
1/2 pound ground beef (Cheesy Italian Tortellini)
1/2 pound Italian Sausage casings removed (Cheesy Italian Tortellini)
1 Beef Shoulder Roast boneless (2-2 1/2 lbs) (Chipotle Shredded Beef Taco)
1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts boneless, skinless (Crockpot Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Breast)
4 -6 1/2 inch thick pork chops loins (Peachy Pork Chops)
4 large chicken breast boneless, skinless, halves, trimmed (Pineapple Chicken)

Pasta, Rice, and Beans
1 (9 ounce) package cheese tortellini refrigerator or fresh (Cheesy Italian Tortellini)
Rice (Suggested Side)

Produce
3 tablespoons cilantro chopped, fresh (Chipotle Shredded Beef Taco)
2 tablespoons garlic minced (Chipotle Shredded Beef Taco)
5 cloves garlic minced (Crockpot Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Breast)
Green Salad (Suggested Side)
Potatoes (Suggested Side)

Soup
1 (14 ounce) Can Beef broth (Chipotle Shredded Beef Taco)
1/2 cup chicken broth (Crockpot Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Breast)
3/4 cup chicken broth (Pineapple 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.

2 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I'm making the Crockpot Chicken and the Tortellini this week. Thanks for the great recipes!

Carrie said...

Elizabeth,
I am glad that you found my site. I hope your meals turn out great!
Carrie