Monday, April 28, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Good Morning Internets!!

Welcome to Menu Plan Monday here at The Simple Life at Home. True to the name, I am making it simple by using my new and improved 8 Week Menu that I posted last week. This makes it a snap to look at my home organization binder and know instantly what I'll be having and what I need.

I'll be starting off in Week 3. The reason? Well, here in Qatar you need a license to buy alcohol and two of my recipes, Spaghetti and Meatballs in Week 1 and Beef Burgundy in Week 2, require red wine. To get a license you need a letter of permission from your employer and you must put down a deposit of $250. I only use alcohol for cooking, so it hasn't been a necessity until now. Since we haven't gotten our license yet, I'm skipping those weeks and hopefully I'll have it next time around.

So here is this week's menu:

Monday - Tostadas

Tuesday - Lentils and Rice with a lemon-dressed chopped salad

Wednesday - Mexi-Chicken in the crockpot served with rice and a salad

Thursday - Creamy Pasta Primavera (recipe below), Caesar salad and garlic bread

Friday - Sandwiches, cole slaw, potato chips

Saturday - Roast Sticky Chicken, mashed potatoes, garlic green beans

Sunday - Cauliflower Soup and homemade bread

Looks good, huh?? I think my favorite thing on this week's menu has to be the Creamy Pasta Primavera. It's a recipe I got from my pastor's wife over 20 years ago and I love it! I hope you'll like it too.

Creamy Pasta Primavera

1 box of linguine
1 T. olive oil
1 T. butter
1 head of broccoli, chopped
1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped
1 large carrot, sliced
1 large tomato, diced
handful of fresh green beans, snipped and cut into 1" pcs.
1 onion, diced
2 cloves minced garlic
basil to taste
6 oz. cream, warmed
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Boil linguine until done. While it's boiling, saute all the vegetables in the olive oil and butter until they are tender-crisp. Sprinkle with basil to taste. Drain pasta and place in a large serving bowl. Top with vegetables. Pour in the cream Parmesan cheese and stir to cover the pasta and vegetables well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For more menu ideas, be sure to check out The Organizing Junkie!


ValleyGirl said...

I followed your lead last week and made myself an 8-week menu as well ~ and started on week 3! I think what I'm looking forward to most is doing one huge grocery shop (on coupon day, of course!) for ALL the non-perishable or frozen ingredients for the whole 8 weeks. Buying in bulk is just so much smarter. Plus, I love not having to think up a menu each week! I've left two spots open for leftovers or trying new things each week, but other than that, I'm feeling very organized and in control!!

The rice, lentils and lemon-dressed salad sounds really good too. Could you share those recipes with us?

Kate said...

Your week sounds so delicious. Thank you for sharing that recipe. It would be very popular at my house.

I don't have time right now but I'll be back later to look around your blog. It looks like you have a lot of fabulous stuff here, and like we have a very similar mindset.I love stumbling across similar-minded blogs!

Love Bears All Things said...

What a lot of hassle for a glass of wine. I have one most afternoons so I'd be forking over my deposit.
Mama Bear


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