Menu Plan Monday – May 7

One of the many blogs that I enjoy reading is Money Saving Mom. I really like her freezer cooking posts and right now she is doing a series on 4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer. I wish I had more freezer space to do more of it myself. But I was inspired by her first post on Banana Bread and made two loaves – one we ate right away and the second is in my freezer. I did make a few changes: used all white whole wheat flour, subbed half the coconut oil with applesauce, bumped up the amount of vanilla to about 2 teaspoons (okay, it spilled while I was measuring but I was going to add more anyway!), added 1 tablespoon of cinnamon (no banana bread is complete without it!), cut the sugar to about 1.25 cups total and used almond milk in place of the milk. I might play with the recipe some more and post my own version in the near future. It was a good recipe overall though and very easy to whip up two at once.

Chicken Larb

The standout meal from this past week was the Chicken Larb. This was super easy to make and fast too! I opted for ground chicken from the grocery store to make this even speedier and served it with green lettuce leaves rather than cabbage.  I did make some rice too to go along with it and everyone gobbled it up, even my three year old had seconds. This is the perfect warm weather meal as it is quick on the stove (i.e., won’t heat up the kitchen too much) and has a light, zestiness for a hot night.

Here is what I have planned for the coming week:

Monday: Chinese Pork in Egg Sauce (husband’s specialty) with Brown Rice and Baby Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce

Tuesday: Veggie Frittata with Homemade Bread (not sure what just yet) and Sliced Canteloupe

Wednesday: Rotisserie-Style Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples

Thursday: Chicken Quesadillas with Steamed Broccoli, Cauliflower and Carrots

Friday: Cookout at local park for grand opening

Saturday: Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna (I’m still dairy free so I’ll whip up something else for myself) and a Green Salad

Sunday: Chicken Sausage and Vegetable Pasta with a Spinach and Orange Salad It’s Mother’s Day, I almost forgot!! Happy Mother’s Day!

Have you found any wonderful new recipes lately? What is your favorite warm weather recipe?