I’m healthy again! Woohoo! I can’t remember the last time I had a cold that made me feel miserable for a week straight. It was hard to get more than the essentials done last week, so this week I have to make up for it!
1. Besides our regular round of piano lessons, confirmation class and Boy Scouts, there are a few additional things to plan around this week. I’m having an energy audit done on the house this Tuesday, which will mean workmen in the house for a good chunk of the morning. Wednesday I’m in town all day for errands, Thursday Yankee Bill has an evening meeting and then Friday we’ve got family coming into town for 4 days (so probably a couple of day trips over the weekend).
2. The weather is supposed to continue to be way too stinkin cold. Brrr. It hasn’t been above freezing for a couple of weeks. That means I want warm comforting meals. Soups. Casseroles. Things like that. Fancy sandwiches and cold salads just don’t sound good when its cold outside.
3. I’ve done a pretty good job of “eating down” the random stuff in the fridge. I’ve still got 2 sausage links, a bit of “chipped beef” style venison and s
4. As always my goal is to have one venison meal, one beef meal, one fish meal, one pork meal, one bean meal, one meatless meal and one soup meal per week. I probably won’t make it this week though.
Taking all that into account here is my game plan:
Monday: Hotdogs, Fried Green Tomatoes and Greens.
When I went to pull meat out of the freezer I found a 3 lb bag of German Frankfurters that had quite a bit of ice crystals formed on the inside. I figured it was time to use them up. So we had hotdogs on buns with my brother’s homemade Sauerkraut. I had canned green tomato slices last fall to try using for fried green tomatoes, so I figured it was time to try that–they came out very nicely–but hubs didn’t really like the crushed corn chip breading I made (I had a bunch of tiny corn chip crumbs that needed to be used). The Greens were home canned as well. Yummy and simple.
Tuesday: Seafood Enchiladas with Citrus Rice and Salad.
This was a recipe I’ll be sharing later in the week. I used canned “salad” shrimp and canned crab meat. Yankee Bill, Buddy and I really enjoyed them, Princess thought they were too “seafood-y”. The citrus rice was made by cooking rice in the rice cooker and adding chicken bullion, lemon peel, cumin and cilantro. For something green I added a salad.
This was my fish meal for the week.
Wednesday: Cici’s Pork Chops with Boiled Potatoes
Cici’s Pork Chops are an easy meal to make the in slow cooker! I can put it together in the morning and it’s ready by supper. For a starch I’ll peel and boil some of our stored potatoes and toss them with butter and parsley.
This is my pork meal for the week.
Thursday: Corn Dog Casserole with Three Bean Salad and Sauteed Carrots
I still have about a pound of cooked German Frankfurters left–so I’ll use them for Corn Dog Casserole. That’s already a protein and a starch together, so I need some veggies. I also need to get some beans into our week–so I’ll crack open some of my home canned three bean salad. That’s pickled/marinated, so I’ll also saute up some fresh carrots.
Friday: Dinner at Grandma’s
Family is coming into town so we are all going to Grandma’s for supper.
Saturday: Chicken Soup with Biscuits
I’ve got a couple of organic chicken thighs defrosting, so I’ll cook them up to create a nice rich broth and make some soup. I’ll probably use a combination of fresh veggies and dehydrated and will decide at the last minute whether to use potatoes or noodles in the soup. Fresh homemade biscuits on the side and you have a nice quick meal.
We may make pizza, or we may just order out. It depends on what we decide to do that day with the cousins.
Are you interested in learning more about menu planning? Check out my post “Why Plan a Weekly Menu” .