Over on Whipped Out, I used to do weekly menus where I would share what was for dinner at my house over the course of the week. Not that I think anyone cares exactly what we’re eating, but it’s so much easier for me when I have a plan, and I am always interested in what other people are eating because it gives me ideas for new things.

I slacked off on a weekly menu over the summer, because we did a lot of grilling and not a lot of cooking. It’s hard to get excited about bigger meals in the summer, don’t you think? We ate a lot of steak, chicken and hot dogs/brats. But now that B is in school and cooler temperatures are here, I’m ready to start thinking about cooking again.

This week, one of my goals is to cook with meat from the freezer and other items from the pantry. We have plenty of both so it shouldn’t be too difficult, though we may need to supplement with a few fresh veggies. We’ll see. Also, this week my brother is out of town, so there’s one less person eating (and he does eat a lot) so I need to manage leftovers differently this week.

Saturday: Mexican casserole (recipe here) accompanied by cornbread. I’m going to try a new cornbread recipe.

Sunday: Josh’s General Tso’s chicken. Recipe here.

Monday: Chili using stew meat (recipe here). Leftover cornbread. This can be done in the crockpot so it’s ready when we get home from swim lessons.

(I’d rather have stew with stew meat but I’m the only person in my house who likes stew, sadly)

Tuesday: Frozen tortellini with jarred spaghetti sauce. Something quick and easy because Tuesdays are soccer practice.

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Butter chicken. I do have a recipe for this here, but I’m going to use a special jar of sauce I got from Canada!

Friday: Grilled pork chops (marinade here) with crash potatoes ( recipe here). Random veggie (probably green beans for family and spaghetti squash for me. Found a new recipe here I’m dying to try)

Now, keep in mind, this is just my guideline menu. If something comes up, if we don’t have leftovers or I decide I’m too tired to cook, then the menu changes as needed. But the main goal for this week is still to eat in and eat from the freezer/pantry. So far, I see that I’d need to pick up some fresh ginger (for General chicken) and the spaghetti squash. Otherwise we have what we need!

What’s on your menu?

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