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Menu Monday

Mar 05, 2012 11:28PM ● By Anonymous

It's so frustrating to me, particularly because I know how much I spent at the grocery store at the beginning of the week (and it should have been enough to get us through!) The best way to avoid this is to have a SOLID meal plan done before I head to the store -- so that was my goal this week. 

Do you know what's going to be on your dinner table this week? Here's what we're eating:


Main Dish: One-pot chicken, tomatoes, and mushrooms
Side Dish: Salad made up of Romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes, black olives, cucumbers, and fresh mozzarella cheese. Delish.
Notes: I love one-pot dishes because they're so easy to make and clean up. For the dish above, I combined quartered button mushrooms, olive oil, 2 cans of diced tomatoes, and a whole chicken in my large Dutch oven. I sprinkled some oregano over the chicken, along with additional olive oil, and placed it in a 375-degree oven. An hour or so later, dinner was done. 


Main Dish: A soup/chili hybrid made in the Crockpot. 
Side Dish: Leftover salad
Notes: Another "not a real recipe" meal, this hybrid soup/chili is made by combining beef stew meat, 2 cans of petite diced tomatoes, 1 cup beef broth, and a package of mushrooms in the slow-cooker. I sprinkled on chili seasonings, which are chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes, and left it on low for eight hours. When I get home, I plan to add fresh spinach for extra veggies, plus a can of tomato paste to thicken it up. You could also add in a can of beans, if you're into that sort of thing. 


Main Dish: Artichoke chicken
Side Dish: Sauteed baby bok choy
Notes: It might not seem very sophisticated, but this artichoke chicken dish is SO easy and SO delicious. 


Main Dish: Grilled burgers
Side dish: Bacon-wrapped asparagus bundles
Notes: I was coerced by a coworker to buy a Groupon for a series of 90-minute yoga classes, and our first endeavor is on Wednesday night. Because I won't be home til 7 p.m., my husband will need to cook. There's nothing he can do better than burgers, bacon, and asparagus. 

It's a busy night for me -- first, a happy hour at Fado, and then off to judge the Irish Coffee Contest at O'Brien's. 


Main Dish: Pork chops with dijon herb sauce
Side Dish: Roasted Broccoli
Notes: Straight from the Skinnytaste website, this is a healthy dinner! I love the combination of pork and Dijon mustard, so while I've never tried this recipe, I have high hopes.

Happy dining, everyone!