Menu Plan Monday – March 21

I am now contributing a blog on a variety of nutrition topics once a month on Dr. Z and Friends. If you haven’t discovered this blog yet, you should. Dr. Z is Mary Zurn, who is the Vice President of Education and Professional Development of Primrose Schools. On the blog, she answers questions about early childhood education. Also, on the blog are experts in a number of areas posting information. My latest post was this past Friday, featuring a video blog about National Nutrition Month: Eat Right with Color. Please check it out. I also have my own YouTube channel now and hope to be doing more with video blogs in the future. If only I could figure out how it not choose the still frame of me with my eyes shut every time……

On to the menu. This past week, the big hits were the pressure cooker ragu and of course, the sunflower zucchini pie. My son couldn’t get enough of the ragu; he does love sausage. I used a chicken sausage with fontina and spinach that I picked up at my local Costco. The sunflower zucchini pie is probably my son’s favorite meal. We have it every few weeks for this reason. This past week, I topped it with fresh tomato slices for some color, and because I had some on hand that needed to be used. I really liked the color punch and flavor it added.

This week, I’m not going to continue with the rest of the beginner basics over at Hip Pressure Cooking because I want to wait until I can get the fresh herbs out of my herb garden in a few months. But I did find another tasty pressure cooking recipe over at Cooking Light that I want to try. Though I might give the caramelized apple crumb cake a try this weekend for my mother-in-law’s birthday, depending upon our weekend schedule, and the chicken broth recipe a try soon as well.

Here’s our menu plan this week:

Monday: Version of Meal Makeover Mom’s cheesy beany quesadillas using my pinto bean leftovers and yellow squash

Tuesday: Slow cooker chicken parmesan and steamed broccoli

Wednesday: Eating out with my parents for their anniversary

Thursday: Spanish chickpea soup with leftover cornbread

Friday: Pasta with sweet peppers, olives and chicken sausage (no real recipe, I make it different every time)

Saturday: Simon’s Chinese creation for mother-in-law’s birthday (not sure what we are doing yet, but when my husband cooks Chinese, he makes it up as he goes and it always turns out delicious)

Sunday: Flaky fish sticks from The Mom’s Guide to Meal Makeovers, green beans and roasted butternut squash (every time I’ve planned this meal in the past 2 months, I haven’t had a chance to make it, so maybe 3rd time is a charm?)

What are your family’s favorite go-to meals?