Ohh, I am so excited about this week's menu! I've had a lot of inspiration over the last week, so this menu was a breeze to plan. I love when that happens, because usually it's such a grind. Here are the meals and the inspirations:
Monday: Spaghetti with Shrimp and Bacon. Oh my goodness! I got the new Everyday Food magazine last week and this recipe just leaped off the page. In fact, if it hadn't been 4:45 pm when I read the recipe, I would have run out to get shrimp and made it that instant. Everyday Food is such a great meal planning resource. The recipes are simple and healthy, with an emphasis on whole, seasonal foods. All of the meals are simple enough to be accessible, but special enough to get your attention. It's exactly the food I want to eat.
Tuesday: Grilled Teriyaki Salmon Steaks over Cabbage, Jasmine Rice, green beans. When I was at the fish counter to buy my shrimp, I noticed my beloved boneless salmon steaks on sale. They are farm-raised instead of wild, but they were only 6.99/lb, and I love them on the grill. Luckily, my whole family eats this, too, and they'll think it's Christmas when they see the rice is jasmine instead of the usual brown! Set the bar low, people!
Wednesday: Burgers, salad, sweet potato fries. It's starting to feel like spring around here, which means a lot of grilling. I picked up some grass-fed ground beef on sale last week, and I still have a bag of Alexia's fries left over from last week. Other than the salad, I'm eating from the freezer. Love that!
Thursday: Chicken cordon bleu, green beans, rice. For Thursdays I usually try to plan a meal that can be pushed to another day in case I have a lot of leftovers. This chicken's already in the freezer, so I can leave it there if need be, but the best thing about this meal is that it is designed to use up the deli ham I buy every Monday for my husband's lunches. If he eats all the ham, I'll use the bacon left from Monday. If he doesn't, I'll put it in the chicken. (As an aside: Ham is one of those things for me that if I buy it, no one eats it, but when I don't have it, everyone's whining for it. I'm sure everyone has something like that. Let's hope yours isn't $9/lb like my ham!)
Friday: Eggs for me and the baby. I would normally have made the salmon tonight (for a meat-free Lenten Friday), but Dad and the big girls are off to see a hockey game. Who knows what they'll be eating. (pretzels and soda, maybe?)
For more menu ideas, head over to orgjunkie.com! There are hundreds of weekly menus every week!
This is gonna be a good week, I can feel it!