Sunday, August 16, 2009

Menu Plan Monday (August 16-22)

Seeing as I haven't been to Costco (going tomorrow) or the Farmer's Market (Wednesday night), this menu is a guesstimate... I'm assuming that the things I intend to buy will be available and reasonably priced as I finish out this 2 weeks' shopping.

Sunday- Beef Kabobs Dijon/ sliced bell peppers/ white rice

Monday- Indoor BBQ chicken/ cream biscuits/ corn on the cob/ steamed broccoli

Tuesday- Lil' Cheddar Meatloaves (see recipe below)/ roasted red potatoes/ green salad

Wednesday- green salad topped with chicken

Thursday- BLTs/ chips/ cut veggies

Friday- Chili Con Carne/ cornbread muffins/ green salad

Saturday- grilled cheese sandwiches/ homemade tomato soup/ cut veggies

If you would like more ideas & inspiration, visit this week's Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

As promised...

Little Cheddar Meatloaves
1 egg
1 Tbsp. milk
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1 pound ground beef
2/3 cup ketchup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard

In a large bowl, whisk egg and milk. Stir in the cheese, oats, onion and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight loaves; place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard; spoon over loaves. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160°.

Lately, I’ve taken to baking the loaves on a cooling rack placed on a rimmed cookie sheet. It allows the fat to drain off easily. For freezer meals to use later, I usually triple (or more) this recipe and freeze the uncooked loaves (large meatball size). Once frozen, I pop them off the cookie sheet into a Ziploc baggie. Then, when needed, I can take out how many I’d like to make, top with sauce, and bake a bit longer.

*** Fabulous care team meal. Just add green salad, bread, and dessert! I have one friend that makes these with ground turkey. ***

I'm trying to get to the Farmer's Market on Wednesday night. Don't hold me to it, though... Jason & Lou have guitar lessons & Rhys has karate. After I do my running kids here & there, my plan is to take the two little boys and go in search of a parking spot anywhere near downtown. We shall see what actually transpires...

My list is rather short:

  • tomatoes

  • something new to try...

  • more tomatoes

I found a great source for corn right on the way to karate so I don't need to squeeze that into the wagon with the boys on Wednesday night!


shopannies said...

that recipe sounds delicious I will be preparing that recipe for my family

Ruth said...

Hi Karen!

Loved perusing your blog. I will add it to my reader so I can keep up and go back and read more thoroughly.