Monday, April 30, 2012

Dinner Menu: April 23 - 29

Dear scheming, dreaming planners,

Sometimes I am inspired by looking at menus that other, more organized people have assembled.

There are days when I just need that simple jolt of inspiration.  "Coffeecake for the weekend!  Why didn't I think of that?"  I don't always plan an exact menu, but I do prefer to do so, as it saves a lot of brain-work and shopping during the week.

With this in mind, I will post our dinner menu from the past week here for you to, perhaps, get some ideas from.  There is nothing fancy here, and nothing extravagant.  Just simple food (served, of course, on paper plates).

Chicken Soup & Rice (bones reserved and made into broth)
Roasted Cauliflower
Cheesy Bread
Chopped Fresh Pineapple
Ice Cream

Calzones (filling: jarred roasted red peppers, home-canned tomato sauce, sliced turkey, chopped organic chicken dogs, herbs & spices, mushrooms, garlic, sliced meat, onion, celery, carrot, havarti cheese*)
Raw Carrots & Dip
Sliced Kiwi
Jell-O Dish: Frozen Strawberry Shortcake Squares
*when we chopped the onions, celery, and carrot for the calzones, we chopped extra and stored it in a quart jar for the next meal.  Additionally, the dough recipe I used was from the King Arthur Flour 100 Year Anniversary book, and it is wonderful.

Spaghetti (using the chopped vegetables from Tuesday to make the marinara from home-canned sauce)
Roasted Broccoli
Pizza Bianca
Jell-O Dish: Easy Southern Banana Pudding

Hobo Pockets (Onion, organic chicken hot dogs, carrots, mushrooms, garlic, herbs, potatoes)
Corn Muffins
Sliced Oranges and Ugly Fruit
Jell-O Dish: Lemon Mousse & Berry Sauce

Hot Dogs on the BBQ topped with: homemade picallili, homemade ketchup, jarred roasted bell peppers, mayonnaise
Raw Carrots & Dip
Potato Salad
Jell-O Dish: Blended fruit in gelatin

Caldo Verde with wide egg noodles and shredded cheese

Grilled bluefish with onions and roasted bell peppers (Mr H went fishing!)

Sliced Watermelon
Ice Cream

Leftover Caldo Verde with noodles and cheese
Sliced Watermelon
More Ice Cream!

Huge calzones!  Mr H loved these.  
Roasted broccoli is always welcome
When chopping vegetables, look at the week ahead and see if you can save
some time by chopping a little extra! 
My mom-in-law sent me a ring holder - finally I will stop losing my rings when
I take them off to knead dough!  The duck-timer is from her, too! 
Pizza Bianca (White Pizza) is one of Mr H's favorites.  A chewy dough topped
with oil, coarse salt, and rosemary!  Traditional Italian dish.  
I am always hungry for Mr H's fresh-caught fish, shrimp, or crab!
Nothing says fresh like a head left in your kitchen sink!

Mrs H



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