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)
Chopped Fresh Pineapple
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
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)
Jell-O Dish: Easy Southern Banana Pudding
Hobo Pockets (Onion, organic chicken hot dogs, carrots, mushrooms, garlic, herbs, potatoes)
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
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!)
Leftover Caldo Verde with noodles and cheese
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!|