Being the Type A personality that I am, organization is what rocks my boat. It also keeps me sane. I have tried grocery shopping by the seat of my pants, but it just doesn't work for me. I forget stuff. A lot of stuff. And when I have seven mouths to feed, it gets difficult. So I have resorted to menu planning for our dinners, and it works! I love knowing what I am feeding everyone ahead of time. I love knowing that I have all the groceries in the house. I love knowing that I don't need to set foot into the grocery store for another week. I am able to thaw my meat out ahead of time. I can do prep work throughout the day while the kids are in school. I can breathe. Have I convinced you yet?
That is not to say that my dinner plans are set in stone. I get thrown curve balls that upset even the best laid plans. Big curve balls! But that just means that dinner is set for tomorrow. I also have time to cajole even the biggest naysayer that eggplant is good for them (maybe). Ready to try it? More on this later.
On to this week:
Monday: Quesadilla Casserole
A McCormick spice package that has the recipe and spices pre-measured. My children love all Mexican! This is an easy recipe and is much loved.
Tuesday: Spiced Chicken with Maple Butter Glaze and roasted asparagus
More recipes from my favorite cookbook The Six O'Clock Scramble. Yum!
Wednesday: Manhattan Clam Chowder with soup crackers
My children love clams. Conor thinks that he likes clam chowder. The rest are not big soup fans, though. I hope to convert them.
Thursday: Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Potatoes and Roast Chicken
I will get the roast chicken already cooked from the store. You can't beat that! You had me at bacon and cheese for the potatoes.
Friday: Christmas Pasta
This is a Rachael Ray recipe from her 365: No Repeats cookbook. It has become a tradition of ours to have it on Christmas Eve. Loved by all!
Saturday: Boneless Rib-eye Roast with asparagus and cheesy potatoes
I had to take out a second mortgage on the house for the meat, but it is so worth it. Everyone loves the potatoes. I will have a Red Velvet Cake for our special Christmas dessert.
Sunday: Cleaning out the fridge of all the wonderful left-overs!
Enjoy! Happy Holidays!!