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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Menu and Grocery List (Sep. 15 - 21)


Jam Chicken
Dinner Rolls
Strip Steaks with Broccoli and Spicy Orange Sauce
Sausage Ziti Bake (Freezer Friendly)
Green Salad
French Bread
Chicken Quesadillas
Mexican Corn
Green Salad
Slow Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
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)
French Bread (Suggested Side)

Baking Supplies
2 1/2 cups flour (Calzones)
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast dry (Calzones)
1 teaspoon sugar (Calzones)
1/4 cup brown sugar packed, light (Slow Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs)
2 tablespoons flour (Strip Steaks with Broccoli and Spicy Orange Sauce)

Basic Cooking Ingredients
1 tablespoon oil (Calzones)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (Strip Steaks with Broccoli and Spicy Orange Sauce)

1 cup water (Calzones)
2 tablespoons water (Jam Chicken)

Canned Goods
1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained (Slow Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs)
Mexican Corn (Suggested Side)

Condiments and Salad Dressings
2 tablespoons jam any flavor (Jam Chicken)
1 jar (9 to 10) ounces sweet-and-sour sauce (Slow Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs)
1 tablespoon orange marmalade (Strip Steaks with Broccoli and Spicy Orange Sauce)

Dairy, Eggs, and Milk
4 ounces cheese (Calzones)
1 pound Montery Jack Cheese shredded (Chicken Quesadillas)
8 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded (Sausage Ziti Bake)

Ethnic Foods
8 Burrito Size Flour Tortillas (Chicken Quesadillas)
3 tablespoon soy sauce (Jam Chicken)
1 32 ounce jar Spaghetti Sauce (Sausage Ziti Bake)
3 tablespoons soy sauce (Slow Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs)
2 teaspoons sesame oil (Strip Steaks with Broccoli and Spicy Orange Sauce)

Frozen Foods
1 bag (1 pound) broccoli frozen, cut, thawed (Strip Steaks with Broccoli and Spicy Orange Sauce)
Green Beans (Suggested Side)
Peas (Suggested Side)

Herbs and Spices
1 teaspoon salt (Calzones)
1 tablespoons ginger fresh, grated (Jam Chicken)
to taste pepper (Sausage Ziti Bake)
to taste salt (Sausage Ziti Bake)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (Slow Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (Slow Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs)
to taste salt (Strip Steaks with Broccoli and Spicy Orange Sauce)
to taste pepper (Strip Steaks with Broccoli and Spicy Orange Sauce)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (Strip Steaks with Broccoli and Spicy Orange Sauce)
1 teaspoon Black Pepper (Taco Seasoning)
1 tablespoon Chili Powder (Taco Seasoning)
1/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (Taco Seasoning)
1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano (Taco Seasoning)
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder (Taco Seasoning)
1 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin (Taco Seasoning)
1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder (Taco Seasoning)
1/2 teaspoon Paprika (Taco Seasoning)
1 teaspoon Salt (Taco Seasoning)

Meats, Fish, and Seafood
8 ounces Meat cooked and diced (Calzones)
2 Chicken breast boneless, skinless halves (Chicken Quesadillas)
1 pound chicken breast boneless, skinless (Jam Chicken)
1 1/2 pounds Italian Sausage Sweet, bulk (Sausage Ziti Bake)
2 1/2 pounds frozen meatballs you can use basic freezer meatball recipe (Slow Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs)
4 Strip Steaks trimmed, boneless (Strip Steaks with Broccoli and Spicy Orange Sauce)
Pasta, Rice, and Beans
1 pound ziti uncooked (Sausage Ziti Bake)
Rice (Suggested Side)

3 to 4 tablespoons veggies chopped (Calzones)
2 cups fresh mushrooms sliced (Sausage Ziti Bake)
1 large onion chopped (Sausage Ziti Bake)
2 bell pepper 1 red and 1 green, chopped (Slow Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs)
Green Salad (Suggested Side)
Potatoes (Suggested Side)

1 cup beef broth (Strip Steaks with Broccoli and Spicy Orange Sauce)

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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