Menu Plan Monday – April 9

I hope you all had a Happy Easter for those that celebrate it. My contribution to our Easter meal was a mixed green salad with blood oranges, strawberries and avocado in a balsamic vinaigrette. I just love putting fresh fruit in salads! We had a nice day with family and I finally cleaned out my garden so that I can plant my vegetables next weekend. So far, I am planning on tomatoes, jalapeños, cucumber and okra. I seem to never have luck with bell peppers so I may not try that again this year. Of course I’ll be planting plenty of herbs as well. My mint and thyme has already come back from last year.

And here is another picture of my daughter, 3 months old today! Time flies…..

From this past week’s menu, the standouts were the Garden Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti that my sister-in-law made and the Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin. Even without the parmesan cheese, the meatballs were great. I’ve made this recipe once before and I forget how good they are. The pork tenderloin, which I actually made with a pork loin was very flavorful and moist. Even though it involves some cooking before going into the slow cooker, which I generally don’t like to do, these extra steps really provide a boost of flavor. We also enjoyed making our own pizzas one night. Everyone had their own dough to personalize it. My son had so much fun making his own pizza – he even put on sweet bell peppers which lately he won’t eat. Involving children in meal preparation is a great way to get them to try more foods, even if it is pizza with veggie toppings!

Here is what is planned for this week’s menu:

Monday: Lentil Bolognese Spaghetti (going to combine a few recipes) with Roasted Zucchini

Tuesday: Husband cooking dinner (most likely Asian inspired)

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Carribean Jerk Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans

Thursday: Savory Herb Pork Chops with Mashed Red Potatoes and Broccoli

Friday: Corny Tuna Cakes (will probably sub salmon) from The Mom’s Guide to Meal Makeovers with Sauteed Mediterranean Vegetable Blend

Saturday: Huevos Rancheros with a Green Salad

Sunday: Clean out the Fridge!

Have a wonderful week!