Monday, February 11, 2013

Menu Plan Monday-1st Week of Lent

It's that time again...time for a new Menu Plan. This week holds Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Valentine's Day and the first Friday of Lent. My goodness...could we pack anything else into this week?!? And if you are Catholic like we are you woke up to some pretty incredible news coming out of the Vatican this morning. I am shocked to hear about Pope Benedict XVI stepping down! I am not a huge fan of Pope Benedict (I have a very soft spot in my heart for JPII) but it's incredible to see this happening! I believe they said the last time a Pope resigned office was in the 1400's! But, if the reasoning behind the resignation is accurate I have to have a lot of admiration for him. He is the oldest Pope to be elected in decades (elected at the age of 78). I can't imagine the toll it takes on one's mind, body and spirit to be the religious leader of 1.2 billion people around the world. And over the last few months he seems to have aged rapidly. I hope he will be able to take care of himself now. Our prayers are with him! And how exciting is it to think we'll get to witness another conclave in a matter of weeks!?!? And a new Pope by Easter...kind of fitting I think! Anyways, enough of the religion lesson! On to last weeks recap!

Monday's Corn Chowder was filling and delicious like always. I didn't get that recipe up last week, hopefully I can get it up for whoever is interested in it this week.

Tuesday was Paula Dean's Pot Roast. Now, this one I screwed up big time! I added WAY too much of the house seasoning in the recipe to the roast. Like I mean, I coated that puppy both sides! I didn't read that you were supposed to use only 1/2 tsp of the house seasoning to season the roast. Whoops! But that was totally my fault. The roast itself was really good but the gravy was inedible! Kind of bummed too because the gravy looked AMAZING!! But we will try this again and this time I will follow the directions! lol

Wednesday's Hawaiian Pork Roast was fantastic! One of my favorite meals. I cook it in the crock pot and we end up getting three meals out of it! What's not to love about that!?! This was my first time making roasted sweet potatoes and they were so yummy! I set some sweet potatoes aside and made baby sweet potatoes for Eli. He LOVED them! Not exaggerating either. Saturday I was shopping with my mom and Steven called to tell me that Eli had eaten an entire Baby Bullet jar of them! Success!!

Thursday was dance night. Hello Chick-Fil-A! lol

Friday we had the sweet and sour meatballs made from the sauce of the pork roast. I made the meatballs with a mixture of ground beef and ground pork. Added some garlic powder, minced onion, parsley, soy sauce and egg. Yum! I'm loving experimenting with homemade meatballs. Why did I pay for those at the store?!?

Saturday was supposed to BBQ sandwiches but Brianna had a friend over to spend the night and my mom offered to order pizza. Hello Papa John's! We're glad you came to visit! lol

So the BBQ sandwiches got moved to Sunday. We put the shredded leftover pork in the crockpot, added some Sweet Baby Rays and let it work its magic! Add some coleslaw and fried onion rings (which we bought at GFS! ;-p) and you've got a perfect lazy Sunday dinner. The neglected goulash gets moved to this week!

OK! Enough wrap up...onto this weeks eats! Thank you Pinterest! You inspired out of this weeks 7 dinners! What would we do without you!?!? ;-p

Monday: Goulash, Salad, Garlic Toast
Tuesday (Pancake/Fat Tuesday): Peanut Butter Cup Banana Pancakes and Bacon....LOTS of bacon!!
Wednesday (Ash Wednesday): Tuna Pot Pie, fruit
Thursday (Valentine's Day and Dance Night): maybe Steak and Shake for burgers and shakes??
Friday (1st Friday of Lent): Southwest Rice and Beans Burittos, Chips and Salsa (and maybe of course for this children! wink!)
Saturday: Steven and I plan to go out for Valentine's Day (since he works nights and won't be home Thursday til after 9!) and then we have tickets to go see a play at church. Normally I would be in this show but I took this year off. Maybe next year!
Sunday: Crispy Chicken with Creamy Italian Sauce, California Veggie Mix

So there it is my friends. Another menu plan. Be sure to check out Org Junkie for hundreds more if you need more inspiration! Happy Eating!


Making Our Life Matter said...

Looks like a solid plan! I don't have anything special planned for Fat Tuesday, but I will take a peek at your recipe!

Maria said...

Since we are neighbors at MPM this week I thought I would visit you too. Great menu plan this week. The crispy chicken with creamy Italian sauce sounds wonderful.

Cinella Reyes said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Glad to meet you neighbor! Love your blog... and we were almost going to have Goulosh last night also! Great minds think alike!
Have a great week!
-Cinella @ TMB