Menu Plan Monday–August 29


My thoughts are with those affected by Hurricane Irene. It is hard to imagine the devastating flooding in the Northeast. It was a little windy here on Saturday but unfortunately we didn’t get any rain here in Atlanta – I would have gladly taken some!

I contribute a monthly blog post to Dr. Z and Friends, which is the official blog of Primrose Schools. I just posted a video blog on creating healthy fast food in your own home this past Friday. In case you missed it, check it out here.

From this past week’s menu, the Slow Cooker Creamy Tacos were a hit, both in taste and ease of prep. I did add black beans, corn and orange bell pepper to the recipe. While I only had the plain Philadelphia crème rather than the Santa Fe flavored one, I added chili powder, cumin and some other spices as well as a few chopped jalapenos to spice it up. While I only used 2 large chicken breasts, it still made quite a bit for the 3 of us. I used some of the leftovers to make nachos. I even have some left that will go into the freezer for one more meal at a later time.

I also made a fabulous chocolate chip banana bread over the weekend. I used this recipe, Eileen’s Best Banana Bread, from Cooking Light though I made a few modifications. I used 3 bananas rather than 2 because I like a lot of banana flavor. I also added some vanilla, cinnamon and about a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. It was very moist and delicious.

For this week, I will continue to cook from our freezer and pantry for the most part.

Here is this week’s menu:

Monday: Parmesan Sage Crusted Pork Chops, Roasted Okra and Chopped Tomatoes

Tuesday: Skillet Gnocchi with Chard and White Beans and Green Salad

Wednesday: Chicken and Apple Sausage, Lima Beans and Mixed Vegetables

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Dinner at sister’s house

Saturday: Evening out

Sunday: Simple Supper (i.e., throw together whatever is in the refrigerator)

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend!