Monday, February 7, 2011

Menu Plan Monday: 2/7 - 2/13

Success! All three of the new recipes we tried last week were huge hits and will be going into regular rotation.

 Mexican-Style Brown Rice Casserole was hands down our biggest hit of the week. It's actually classified as a main dish, but I couldn't get my husband to bite (no pun intended) on that because it doesn't have any meat. Instead, we had it as a side dish with enchiladas. The recipe says it makes 6 servings as a main dish so I made it into 10 side-sized portions instead. That was plenty. The reheated leftovers are as good, if not better, than the first night.

The Dijon-Roasted New Potatoes were a fantastic side dish option. The Dijon mustard gave great flavor without overpowering the potatoes.

The Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese was delicious. I was afraid it would be too dense, but it wasn't super heavy. I did cut it into 8 servings rather than 6 as recommended in the original recipe. That was plenty for a portion. Instead of serving my broccoli on the side, I piled my mac & cheese right on top. It was great! My husband and I both think this would be great with some mixed vegetables added in before baking, even possibly subbing them for 1/2 the pasta.

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After so many new recipes last week, we're going back to mostly tried-and-true dishes for the upcoming week. Wednesday's Spicy Beef Noodles will be new to us, but the rest are pure comfort foods in anticipation of the cold temperatures this week.

Monday: Super Saver Sloppy Joes, Mixed Vegetables

Tuesday: White Bean Chili, Corn

Wednesday: Spicy Beef Noodles, Green Beans

Thursday: Smothered Buttermilk Chicken, Biscuits (for hubby), Brown Rice (for me), Salad

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Dining Out

Sunday: Cheeseburgers or Homemade Pizza


  1. You're exactly right - our hubbys sound the same! If I try a bunch of new recipes one week, I have to have tried and true recipes the next. :) I even said to him last week, "suffer" through these meals and next week will be steak, lasanga, etc. He was more than happy to deal.

    I can not wait to try the Smothered Buttermilk Chicken!! `Thanks for sharing :)

  2. hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your potato recipe looks yummy! Hope you have a great week!

  3. I agree with Keli ~ I cannot wait to try the Smothered Buttermilk Chicken! It looks DELICIOUS! Great pictures! :)