Thursday, September 23, 2010

Weekly Menu Strategy!

Mary is helping me a TON with meals this year. Below is our weekly menu and the daily recipes which include her responsibilities. Two years ago Drew took over breakfast making. He continues to make breakfast to this very day! I am so blessed. That frees me up to help the little ones get dressed, put dirty diapers in the trash, help them make their beds and put away their pajamas. Then we have time to read a few verses together before I send Chloe down to ring the "it's time to eat" bell.

Breakfast Pancakes
Snack leftover pancakes
Lunch Roast with Potatoes and Carrots
Supper Leftovers
Breakfast Rice (I do make the rice. I put it in the oven Sunday night and set the oven timer)
Snack Almond/choc. chip mix
Lunch Apple Cheese Burritos and Celery Sticks
Supper Autumn Sausage Casserole with Spring Mix with fruit/nuts
Breakfast Oatmeal
Snack grapes
Lunch Pizza Fondue with Chips and Carrot Sticks (or baby carrots)
Supper Slow Cooker Chicken, Rice Cooker Rice and Beans
Breakfast Bagels with Cream Cheese
Snack O.J. and raisins
Lunch PB & H Sandwiches with Apple Slices and Frozen Peas
Supper Goulash and crackers with Spring Mix salad
Breakfast Farina
Snack peanut/dried fruit mix
Lunch Drumsticks, Cauliflower and Applesauce
Supper Creamy Beef over Noodles
Breakfast Toast and Eggs or French Toast
Snack ginger snaps
Lunch Sausage/ Cheese/Crackers
Supper Homemade Pizza
Breakfast Meulsi
Snack apple slices
Lunch Burritos and leftovers
Supper Hamburgers or Sloppy Joes

Autumn Sausage Casserole

--1 pound sausage
--3 cups already cooked long-grain rice
--2 apples, chopped (no need to peel)
--1 yellow onion, chopped
--1/2 package baby carrots, no need to chop
--1/2 cup dried cranberries
--1 T brown sugar
--1 T dried parsley flakes
--1/2 tsp allspice
--1/2 tsp cinnamon
--1/8 tsp black pepper
--1/3 cup water

Mary's AM instructions:
LUNCH: nothing! :-)

SUPPER: Put 1 # sausage to cook in Black and White Slow Cooker. Turn Slow Cooker on #5.
Now get out the Red Crock Pot. Add rice and any leftover rice from breakfast. Chop apples. Add to the Red Crock Pot. Measure carrots, cranberries, sugar, spices, and water add to the Red Crock Pot. Turn the Red Crock Pot on low. Check and make sure Mom will chop and add onion.

Mary's 11:30 instructions:
LUNCH: make Apple/Cheese Burritos and slice celery.

SUPPER: Chop up cooked sausage. Unplug Black and White Slow cooker. Add sausage to the Red Crock Pot. Leave Crock Pot on Low.

Mary's 5:00 instructions:
SUPPER: Put Autumn Sausage Casserole on table. Put spring mix in salad bowl. Open a can of mandarin oranges. Add oranges to salad. Sprinkle 1/4 C chopped nuts on salad (if we have chopped nuts in white basket in pantry) Put salad on table along with any salad dressings we have. When Dad gets home have Chloe ring bell!!

Pizza Fondue

20 pieces pepperoni, diced
1 jar pasta sauce
2 can tomato sauce (8 oz. each)
1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese (4C)
1/2 t garlic
1/2 t oregano
2 dashes sea salt

Mary's AM instructions:
LUNCH: Using White Crock pot. Place all ingredients in crock. Turn on low.

SUPPER: Put a whole chicken in the Black and White Slow Cooker. Plug in. Turn to #3.
Put 3 C rice in rice cooker. Put 6 C filtered water in rice cooker. Add 3 T olive oil and 3 t garlic. Do not plug in. Mom will plug in at 4:30PM. Thanks. You are doing a great job!!

Mary's 11:30 instructions:
LUNCH: unplug White Crock pot. Put Crock pot on dining room table. Put bag of chips on dining room table. Put bag of baby carrots on dining room table. Set table. Don't forget cups. Pour everyone some water.

SUPPER: nothing :-)

Mary's 5:00 instructions:
SUPPER: Put 1/4 C filter water in largest of the one handle pots. Turn burner on med. When water boils add one package frozen beans. Set timer for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes stir. Set timer for 7 minutes again. After 7 minutes put in serving bowl and put on the table. Mom will put chicken and rice on the table.


1# Ground Beef
1/2 onion chopped (large is fine)
1 t paprika
1/4 t garlic

2 jars pasta sauce
2 cans tomato sauce
3 C elbow noodles
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can corn
1 package baby carrots

Mary's AM instructions:
LUNCH: check to make sure there is bread in the bread box. If there is not, bring up a loaf from the deep freeze OR take out of upstairs freezer. Set on counter to thaw

SUPPER: Put frozen beef in Blue Crock Pot. Turn Crock Pot on High. Then coarsely chop onion and add to crock. Add spices also.

Mary's 11:30 instructions:
LUNCH: Make PB and Honey. Slice apples. Find frozen peas. Set table. Don't forget cups. Pour everyone some water.

SUPPER: Drain grease from beef. If it is easier take beef out and set on a plate. Add elbow noodles, pasta sauce, tomato sauce, beans, corn and carrots to crock. Break beef up into chunks. Turn Crock Pot to Low.

Mary's 5:00 instructions:
SUPPER: Slice a red, yellow and orange pepper. Put on table. Put some spring mix in salad bowl and put on table Put Goulash on table. Also put sour cream and any salad dressings on table.

Creamy Beef Over Noodles

2 # stew meat
2 T butter
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T minced onion
1/2 t sea salt
1 T black pepper
8 ounces cream cheese

Use a 4 quart slow cooker. Put meat into crock; frozen is fine. Add the butter, milk, worcestershire sauce, onion, salt, and pepper. Cook on high 3 1/2 hours then switch to low for 5 1/2 hours or until meat is tender. Stir in cream cheese. Serve over hot buttered noodles.

Mary's AM instructions:
LUNCH: put one bag drumsticks in White Crock Pot (small crock)

SUPPER: put stew meat in Blue Crock Pot along with butter, worcestershire sauce, onion, sea salt and pepper. DO NOT ADD cream cheese. Turn on High.

Mary's 11:30 instructions:
LUNCH: put White Crock on dining room table. Chop cauliflower and put in glass blue bowel. Put on dining room table. Put a bag of baby carrots on dining room table. Set table. Don't forget cups. Pour everyone some water.

SUPPER: Turn Blue Crock Pot to low.

Mary’s 5 PM instructions:

Get out two handled silver pot. Fill just under 3/4 ths with water from faucet. Put on stove. Turn burner on High.

Slice up cream cheese and ad to crock pot. Add 1 T milk. Replace lid. Set timer for 10 minutes. Stir in cream cheese and milk after 10 minutes.

When water boils add 4 C dry elbow noodles. Set timer (find second timer above stove) for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes drain noodles, return to pot and put on table.

Slice one each red, yellow and orange pepper while waiting. Put in serving bowl. Put on table

Supper is READY!!

I do the meals Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This week was a dry run and it went very well. I instructed Mary each work time this week as I didn't have the instructions typed up. I think next week will go even more smoothly as I will be less involved. I am sure we will find some bugs in the instructions too.


Tonya said...

Very nice, how is it that you cook your rice in the oven? Will it work with brown rice?

Beth said...

Yes, I have used brown rice in the past. I used it exclusively for several years. I recently bought basmati rice at Sam's club and have used that too. I put 2 C rice and 4 C water, 2 T oil (I love coconut but it is expensive so I usually use Olive), 1 to 2 teaspoons sea salt. I serve it with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Does your oven have a timer?

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