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Friday, September 5, 2008

Menu and Grocery List (Sep 8 - 14)


Fragrant Lemon Chicken
Marinated Spicy Pork Chops
Green Beans
Boiled Potatoes
Green Salad
French Bread
Refried Beans
Tangy & Sweet Meatloaf (Freezer friendly)
Steamed Carrots
Mashed Potato Soup
Dinner Roll
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
1 tablespoon brown sugar (Marinated Spicy Pork Chops)
1/2 cup bread crumbs dry (Tangy & Sweet Meatloaf)
1/4 cup brown sugar packed (Tangy & Sweet Meatloaf)

1 cup water hot (Fragrant Lemon Chicken)
cup lemon juice fresh (Marinated Spicy Pork Chops)

Condiments and Salad Dressings
1 tablespoon chili sauce (Marinated Spicy Pork Chops)
1/3 cup ketchup (Tangy & Sweet Meatloaf)
1/4 cup pineapple preserves (Tangy & Sweet Meatloaf)
1 dash Worcestershire sauce (Tangy & Sweet Meatloaf)

Dairy, Eggs, and Milk
3 cups milk (Mashed Potato Soup)
1 cup sour cream (Mashed Potato Soup)
1 cup cheddar cheese shredded, for garnish (Mashed Potato Soup)
2 cups Cheddar Cheese Shredded (Tacos)
1 cup Sour Cream Suggested Topping (Tacos)
1 egg (Tangy & Sweet Meatloaf)

Ethnic Foods
3/4 cup soy sauce (Marinated Spicy Pork Chops)
28 oz Spaghetti Sauce (Spaghetti Dinner)
Refried Beans (Suggested Side)
Salsa (Tacos)
12 Taco Shells (Tacos)

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

Herbs and Spices
to taste salt (Fragrant Lemon Chicken)
to taste pepper (Fragrant Lemon Chicken)
1/2 teaspoon rosemary dried, crushed (Fragrant Lemon Chicken)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (Marinated Spicy Pork Chops)
to taste salt (Mashed Potato Soup)
to taste pepper (Mashed Potato Soup)
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)
to taste garlic powder (Tangy & Sweet Meatloaf)

Meats, Fish, and Seafood
1 3 pound chicken whole (Fragrant Lemon Chicken)
4 -6 pork chops center cut (Marinated Spicy Pork Chops)
1/3 cup bacon crumbled, cooked, for garnish (Mashed Potato Soup)
1 pound Ground Beef (Tacos)
1 pound ground beef (Tangy & Sweet Meatloaf)

Pasta, Rice, and Beans
3 cups potato flakes (Mashed Potato Soup)
16 oz Spaghetti (Spaghetti Dinner)
Rice (Suggested Side)

1 apple peeled, cored and quartered (Fragrant Lemon Chicken)
1 stalk celery with leaves, chopped (Fragrant Lemon Chicken)
1 onion chopped (Fragrant Lemon Chicken)
1 lemon zested and juiced (Fragrant Lemon Chicken)
Green Salad (Suggested Side)
Potatoes (Suggested Side)
Carrots (Suggested Side)
Lettuce Suggested Topping (Tacos)
1 large Onion (Tacos)
1 Tomato Suggested Topping (Tacos)

1 1/2 cups chicken broth (Mashed Potato Soup)
1 10 3/4 ounce can Tomato Soup Condensed (Tacos)

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.


Amy said...

We tried your fragrant lemon chicken and all of my kids (6,4,2) ate it. Practically a 1st. Was very easy. Definitely a repeat!

Carrie said...

I am glad you, and your kids, liked the chicken recipe. I hope you find more recipes that your whole family will eat at CarriesCooking.