Menu Plan Monday – August 27

Our cupboards are bare! Well, not really. My husband and I decided to do a major pantry clean out and reorganization last night. We still have to get some containers for items so it looks like we will be without a kitchen table for a few more days. Not sure if I can stand it, but it will be so nice when it is all said and done. We reorganize it every so often, but this time we are taking it a step further to utilize the space better and buy containers for opened food. What are your favorite pantry organizing tips and/or products?

This month has really gotten away from me and you may have noticed I’m not blogging as often besides Menu Plan Monday. Hopefully September will be a better month as I get caught up on a few projects and can spend more time in the kitchen and blogging!

This past week’s menu plan was certainly one of those that was just a mere suggestion.  But that is the beauty of menu planning, it is meant to be flexible. Though I did make the Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos, which we all enjoyed. For my Chicken and Thai Eggplant Curry, I had a terrible time finding red curry paste. It appears my grocery store no longer carries it. Instead, I ended up using a bottled Thai green curry sauce that was quite good. It paired beautifully with the chicken Thai eggplant. I added some Thai basil out of my garden that really took it to the next level. This is such an easy meal to pull off too: just sauté some onions, garlic and chicken then add the sauce and eggplant and simmer until chicken is cooked through and eggplant is tender. Meanwhile my rice cooker is doing all the work to cook my rice perfectly.

Here is this week’s menu plan:

Monday: Shredded Beef and Barley with Steamed Broccoli and Strawberries

Tuesday: Veggie Spaghetti with a Spinach Nectarine Salad

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: White Bean, Spinach and Tomato Pasta with Sliced Pears

Friday: Asian Peanut Butter Pork over Brown Rice with Roasted Okra (bumped from last week)

Saturday: Simple Supper (aka clean out the fridge!)

Sunday: Dinner with Friends (not sure what I will be making just yet)

Head over to Menu Plan Monday at I’m an Organizing Junkie for more menu plan ideas!