Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Menu Plan 11/14-11/20

Okay, I am a wee bit behind this week. My menu plans have been very hit and miss for the last couple of weeks, but we have not eaten out for these meals either thanks to a well stocked pantry and freezer, so I truthfully don't mind. And, since Thanksgiving is next week, this week's menu is going to be very simple. Probably won't get around to doing much freezer cooking other than the 2 pumpkins I still need to roast and freeze, and make pie with for next week ;-) And, I have still not made the Jambalaya that I keep meaning to make. It just seems that I keep skipping over that one! I have a lot of recipes included that do not seem to be online anywhere so I will try my best to get these posted this week. Thanks for your patience ;-)
So, here's what I have planned:
Monday: Taco Bowls (see recipe below)
Tuesday: Hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, and a veggie with salad
Wednesday: Crockpot Hoppin John (will post later)
Thursday: Tuna melts, salad, and tomato soup
Friday: Crockpot Chicken Curry, coucous, and a veggie (I will try to post this recipe later this week; I can't recall where I got the recipe from, but mine does not have coconut milk like an Indian Curry recipe normally does. My hubby is allergic to coconut so this is obviously a big no-no in our home!)
Saturday: Pancakes, sausage, and eggs
Sunday: Roast in the crockpot (this was planned last week but we ended up doing something else)

Taco Bowls
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, diced
3 Tbsp. homemade taco seasoning (or a packet)
1 cup water
2 cups cooked rice
2 cups frozen corn (or a can, drained)
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can of black beans, drained (or kidney beans, red beans, pinto beans...)
salt and pepper to taste
shredded cheese, avocado (or guacamole), sour cream, lettuce, salsa, etc. for toppings

Cook ground beef and onion together, until meat is browned and onion is softened. Add taco seasoning and 1 cup water. Simmer 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, corn, beans, and cooked rice. Cook for additional 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and any other seasonings you may want to add. We serve this up on a small bed of lettuce and add our own desired toppings.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Weekly Menu- 11/7-11/13/11

Okay, so my menu plans sometimes end up getting completely changed around due to unforseen circumstances, such as my hubby having to have 9 teeth pulled this past week. Since this event made it somewhat impossible (or at least extremely painful) for my husband to eat many of the items I had planned to cook last week, I ended up substituting chicken noodle soup into our menu plan and then since that was somewhat close to the chicken jambalaya, I ended up not making that at all last week or the salmon patties and Sunday's meatloaf was ditched (although that was due to me forgetting to actually prep for dinner... oops!). Instead, we had breakfast for dinner on Friday (grits, eggs, biscuits, and homemade sausage) and on Sunday we had keibasa with mac and cheese (with homemade whole wheat noodles from my pasta machine) along with broccoli normandy.
Anyway, for this week, I am planning on making the meals that we have ended up not having over the past few weeks when I have ended up having to a change of plans.

Monday: Pepperoni Supreme Pizza with homemade whole wheat crust This is a new crust recipe for me but I have always wanted to try making my crust in the breadmaker. I am going to make two crusts from this, but since I am not sure how big this gets in the breadmaker, I will do one in each of my two bread machines. I am thinking that I could probably make enough dough for 2 in one machine but I want to try it out first to make sure.
Tuesday: Crockpot Jamabalaya (I will post this recipe later this week. I am adapting a regular recipe for the crockpot and I want to see how it turns out first).
Wednesday: Sweet and Spicy Salsa Chicken (this recipe is AMAZING!!!), wild rice, and balsamic glazed carrots ( I use regular carrots instead of baby carrots; I just split them in half down the middle and cut into 3-4 inch sections).
Thursday: Beef Stroganoff, sauteed zucchini, side salad
Friday: Black Bean and Beef Cheeseburgers, sweet potato wedges, sugar snap peas
Saturday: Savory Butternut Squash Soup (except I will be using butter!)
Sunday: Crockpot roast

For freezer cooking this week, I have two huge pumpkins that my hubby and I didn't get carved for Halloween that I need to cook up, puree, and freeze. And, I am going to, of course, roast the pumpkin seeds for snacks. I need to get some extra bread baked for the freezer this week as well. I will also be making crockpot yogurt this week. I was hoping to get a freezer cooking session in but I am not sure that is going to happen this week since we have church events Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week and next week. We'll see ;-)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Salsa Verde Recipe

I made a bunch of salsa verde for the freezer today. This recipe makes 7 pints (or 14 cups).

Salsa Verde
6 lbs. tomatillos, husked and washed
1 large onion, quartered
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
4-6 Chilies or Jalapeno peppers, seeded
3/4- 1 cup fresh chopped cilantro, or 1/4- 1/2 cup dried cilantro
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp. salt, or to taste
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 to 1 1/2 cups water (depending upon desired thickness)

Place tomatillos, onion, garlic, jalapeno, and fresh herbs (if using) in a food processor and chop finely. Transfer to big pot on stove and add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until desired salsa consistency is reached. Let cool and the transfer to containers for freezer. I put mine in pint jars, since this is the amount I use for enchiladas. Note: If you are using glass jars, make sure you leave space for expansion, especially for liquidy items such as this. For pint jars, I leave about an inch to an inch and a half. Also, make sure the food is cool before putting in the jar. If the food is still somewhat warm when I put it into jars, I place the jars in the fridge for a couple of hours and then place in the freezer.

Insane Goals for November and UPDATE

November is here and I am so very excited that Thanksgiving is only a few short weeks away. Our friends from Wyoming are coming down to celebrate with us and I can hardly wait! It has nothing to do with the fact that we are going to see the first installment of Twilight: Breaking Dawn (okay, I seriously love Twilight... I read all the books in a week, which is really telling you something since it normally takes me forever to finish one book). Okay, so maybe I am also very excited about that as well ;-) Anyway, before I tell you my Insane Goals for November, let me give you a quick update on my past goals.
Part A: (These were for full month of October)
1. Paint our home- Have one coat to do and one really high part to paint, then trim. The weather hit before we could finish but we will hopefully finish before Thanksgiving.
2. Reevaluate my cleaning system. Work in progress- Trying things out before I cross this one off.
3. Work on organizing recipes for easier meal planning.
4. Decorate for Halloween/ Fall
5. Store Swamp Cooler for winter )
6. Spend more time with friends and family
7. Open my home to others
8. Reorganize closet- Change configuration- Get rid of monster organizer- Move to Michael's soon to be closet
9. Work on entryway.
10. Take the massive pile of donations that have accumulated in our entryway to Loaves and Fishes
Part B: (These were for last part of October)
1. Read with my kids more.
2. Bake a loaf of bread each weekday so that I can freeze some. (kitchen remodel put this on hold)
3. Go through my closet and get rid of the clothes I don't wear
4. Do some freezer cooking at least once per week.
5. Finish reading Breathe: A Novel of Colorado (almost!)
6. Clean the garage so that we can actually walk into it without having to climb over stuff.
7. Get a pressure regulator for my pressure cooker so that I can actually USE it! (Ebay!!!)

Now, for November's Insane Goals, here's what I am adding on top of the things that I am still working on from above.
1. Take down Halloween decorations.
2. Work on office/guest room- Determine what I need to keep school areas more organized and what to do to make this room more comfortable to work in and sleep in.
3. Finish drywall in entryway and paint.
4. Install new trim in living room and dining room (its sitting in my garage waiting).
5. Get recipe plan for Thanksgiving and activities, decorations, etc. plan for school.
6. Organize pictures and figure out what I want to scrapbook while friends are here from WY.
7. Take everything out of my freezer (again, just did this 2 months ago) and re-defrost it (the door was left partially opened so now there is ice and frost covering everything....eeeekkkkk!!!).

Okay, so that's the plan. What are your goals for November? Be sure to check out Simply Rebekah's Insane Goal Link-up
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