Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What's for Dinner Wednesday

New week = new menu!

I'd like to thank everyone that continues to read and contribute thoughts/ideas to our weekly menu.  As I said before, I like to have variety while still doing it on a budget and trying to eat healthy.  That's not an easy feat to accomplish!!! 

As an update to last week's menu - we DID end up going with chili as we watched the Packers win the Super Bowl on Sunday.  I made turkey chili and Owen added cheese and chips to his to have chili nachos.  It was delicious and I'm glad we went with that even though the temperature was in the 50s that day.  I am also glad we went with it so I could use the leftovers in another meal next week!  We have not yet tried the Meatball stew or the Mexican Casserole (recommendations that I put on this week's menu), so I will have to post my reviews on those next week.

Thanks to a last minute decision to eat Mexican with my sister and brother-in-law last week, I have one leftover meal and only have to plan 4 meals for this week instead of my usual 5.  Here's the list thus far:

1.  Chili Tot Casserole - here's where my leftovers come into play!  Heat this up and pair it with some oven baked tator tots and we've got a meal. 

2.  Shepherd's Pie - I absolutely love this recipe.  Just brown some lean ground beef, add frozen mixed vegetables and a can of diced tomotoes with Italian seasonings and simmer, then put in ramikens and cover with mashed potatoes and bake until browned on top.  If you've never tried the Ore Ida Steam 'n Mash potatoes, they are the BEST thing since sliced bread.  I rarely peel and cut potatoes anymore to make mashed potatoes.  These things are ready after 10 minutes in the microwave and we LOVE them at our house!
3.  Beef Stroganoff - this is another WW recipe that was passed down to me from my mother-in-law.  And - it's a crockpot recipe which makes all that much better!  I will admit, I love to serve this with rice instead of egg noodles because I'm not a big fan of the noodles, but I'm sure it's just as tasty! 

4.  Bacon-wrapped chicken, baked potatoes, and green beans - This meal is one of Owen's specialties.  It tends to taste better with real bacon rather than turkey bacon, so we will probably go with that.  It doesn't hurt to eat the real thing, just in moderation!!!  I'm especially hoping for his sauteed green beans, which we haven't had in awhile.  Take a bag of frozen green beans and rather than boil them in a pot of water, put them in the fry pan with a little oil and seasonings.  They are SO yummy!

And there you have it!  I'm always looking for suggestions for more yummy meals so please share!!!  What's on YOUR menu for next week?? :)