Sunday, January 9, 2011

Weekly Menu Retrospective - 1/2 to 1/8

I'm a menu planner, but when I've tried to post my weekly menus here in the past, they weren't accurate because I often change things at the last minute. On the other hand, I really like being able to look back to see what we've eaten, what we loved, what we disliked, and most of all being able to link to the recipes on my menus that have come from other blogs. That's why I prefer to post my weekly menus after the fact.


There were a lot repeated meals this time around.  Shane worked out of town from Wednesday morning until Friday evening, so Kat and I did what we could to finish up leftovers from the early days in the week.

Sunday, January 2 - Layered Bean Dip, Seasoned Taco Meat, Lettuce

I had taken Layered Bean Dip to a New Year's Eve Party and had made an extra dish of it for home.  We spooned the dip and come taco meat onto tortilla chips and topped it all with lettuce to make something like Taco Salad or Loaded Nachos.

Monday, January 3
- Venison and Beef Meatloaf, Pierogi Pasta Shells, Green Beans, Leftover Collard Greens, No Knead Bread

I made meatloaf using 3/4 pound ground venison mixed with 1-1/2 pounds of 73% ground beef.  The fattier beef made it taste more like traditional meatloaf and kept it from being too dry.

Tuesday, January 4
- Layered Bean Dip, Seasoned Taco Meat, Lettuce

This meal used up the last of the New Year's Eve leftovers.

Wednesday, January 5
- Leftovers from meatloaf meal.

First night with Shane gone.  Kat and I ate leftovers.

Thursday, January 6
- Leftovers from meatloaf meal.

Another evening of leftovers.  Good thing we love meatloaf!

Friday, January 7
- Oven Roasted Chicken, Chicken Gravy, Baked Potatoes, Corn, Peas

A nice welcome home meal for Shane.  I just seasoned a whole chicken with some McCormick's Smokehouse Maple Seasoning and baked it for a couple of hours, then turned the pan juices into gravy.  Mmmm.

Saturday, January 8
- Chicken Dumpling Bake, Corn, Salad, Black Eyed Peas

We're always up for this casserole.  This time I used the leftover chicken gravy instead of the cream of chicken soup.  It was very, very good.


Melynda said...

I am really intrigued by the pierogi shells, maybe for my Sunday dinner at the end of the month. Do you think they will freeze well? Thanks.

Annie Jones said...

Melynda: I know you can freeze mashed potatoes (I do all the time) and you can freeze pasta if you're careful. I would suggest placing plastic wrap directly on the surface of the shells as much as possible, then double wrapping the entire dish in plastic wrap or putting a lid on it if your dish has one. I'd thaw in the fridge at least overnight, then reheat either in the microwave or in the oven (cover the dish with foil). Don't forget to remove the plastic wrap that's touching the food before you reheat it. Let me know how it turns out.

Frances said...

Your menu always makes me hungry!