Menu Plan Monday ~ Week of May 3
Have you ever noticed how a child’s big school project inevitably turns into a family affair? I suppose in the end it’s a good thing because it’s one of the best ways for the whole family to get involved in the education process and pass along valuable life skills. Our household is in full production mode for a huge project that my daughter is working on to present at school on Thursday. It involves a tri-fold display board with a host of visual aids as well as sample dishes from Italy because the project is all about Italian food. And while we’ve tried to be diligent about working on the project regularly each week, this week is still the final push so we’re going to be very busy for the first three nights of the week. To make things easier, I’m raiding my freezer stash two nights this week so we’re still eating at home but I can focus most of my energies on helping her. The rest of the week we’ll spend as much time on our porch as possible as the weather heats up in Texas and I want to heat my kitchen less-and-less.
I hope everyone has a great and productive week – that’s the goal in our household.
- Monday: Lemon Butter Cod Filets with Alfredo pasta and Brussels sprouts
I’m continuing to try and get more fish into our diet. These cod filets are easy and I’ll use a high-quality jarred sauce for the pasta and frozen sprouts that will cook up quickly in the microwave to make this a simple meal.
- Tuesday: Coffee-Marinated Steak with long grain and wild rice and steamed vegetables [freezer stash]
My husband can grill these steaks on Tuesday night while the wild rice and vegetables cook so we can split dinner duty and still help with the project. I’ll send everyone out on Wednesday with steak sandwiches for lunch.
- Wednesday: Mexican Style Meatballs with cilantro rice and black beans [freezer stash]
All of the elements of this menu pretty much cook themselves with an occasional stir and a time to prevent burning, so we can focus all our energies on completing the final aspects of the project. Leftovers will be great for lunches the rest of the week.
- Thursday: Breaded Lamb Chops with Rosemary and Garlic with roasted potatoes and asparagus
Lamb is my daughter’s favorite meat and lamb chops are on sale this week, so we’ll celebrate her presentation success with a special dinner. Lamb cooks quickly and the potatoes and asparagus are dead simple, so while this meal will be fancy, it won’t be difficult.
- Friday: Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with grilled vegetables
We’ll relax a bit on Friday night with a simple dinner of shrimp tacos and grilled vegetables out on the porch. After a long week, we’ll be looking forward to some down time.
- Saturday: Chicken Sausage, Pepper And Onion Hero Sandwiches with raw veggies and baked chips
I’m a big fan of sandwiches on the weekend because they come together quickly and can flex around our schedules. My daughter is going out with friends on Saturday so she can have her dinner early and the adults can relax with dinner a little later in the evening without my having to make two different meals.
- Sunday: Grilled Jamaican Pork Loin Chops with mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables
We’re having friends over on Sunday for a relaxed dinner on the porch. This chop recipes features big summer flavors and will be a great way to start the final countdown to the end of school.
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