Sunday, August 24, 2008

Menu Plan (August 24 - August 30)

We ended up getting our hot weather back for the weekend so I've taken some liberties (it's my MP after-all!) in switching things around. I didn't get a chance to make the Chicken Tortilla Bake last week (spent too much time playing outside with Miss Emi, the weather was SO nice!). And since I want to double it for leftovers and lunches it will never fit in the convection oven. It ended up being just this side of hot today, and neither of us was willing to shut up the house and turn on the a/c just for dinner! So I am moving that dish to later in the week and we are going to cook out tonight. Yum!

My friend Gina shared a recipe with me last week that I just can't get out of my mind. So, I have it on the menu for this week even though buying yet more beef was not in my grocery budget. Check out the Cinnamon-Beef Noodles, doesn't that look totally yummy?

Jeff had last Friday off, so he went to the farmer's market with Emi and I. While we were there, we talked with the fish guy. Come to find out, he has a store here and it's quite near Jeff's office. A fish monger, just like Alton Brown! Sweet, we are quite thrilled with this latest development. Now if we could just find a pork and chicken farmer, we'd be set! Oh, and the fish monger has a local source for buffalo. We love buffalo steaks, ground meat, just about anything!

The Orange-Ginger Chicken recipe is an oldy but goody. I used to make it all the time and for some reason got out of the habit. It's quick and very easy, and extremely tasty! It's one of those, no-one can mess it up recipes!

Don't forget to stop by Laura's at I'm an Organizing Junkie for more Menu Plan Monday!

  • Sunday: *What I Didn’t Get to Last Week
    • No matter how much I plan or promise myself I won’t laze out and just say, “scrounge night”, it happens. At least once a week. So, I end up with a menu and (usually) ingredients for one meal (sadly, sometimes more than one). So here is my plan to not waste anything and to use up that meal. If, on the other hand I am fabulously organized and manage to make all planned meals … I hereby declare Sunday nights PIZZA night. Order in, Kiy does nothing, Pizza night!
  • Sunday: Hamburgs on the grill, homemade French fries, Oriental Salad, cantaloupe slices, grapes

  • Tuesday: Fresh Salmon and Tuna Steaks from our newly found fish monger (yes, probably using the Asian-Style Grilled Tilapia recipe, yum!), lo mein style noodles, sautéed zucchini from the farmer’s market

  • Thursday: Leftover Buffet

  • Saturday: Free Nite
    • We tend to need a night of not making dinner for various reasons. I am factoring this in my menu plan each week, but it won’t necessarily always (or often) be on a Saturday.


~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I have to try that cinnamon beef! Sounds really yummy. Have a great week.

"J" said...

I want to come over so you can cook for me!!! lol! Your menu always sounds soooooooooooooooooooooooooo WONDERFUL!!!!! You inspire me!!! I hope I can make the fish dish like you do! You right everything down and make it seem so easy! I love your recipe box blog!!!!

I think I'm going to make the FISH with your CABBAGE salad!! YUM! If I have time that will be an added bonus to our dinner!!!

I'm not to sure about the cinnamon beef? I don't really like cinnamon so it doesn't sound good to me...AT ALL!!! Let me know how it turns out!

Your fish and beef guy sounds GREAT!!!!! =)

Barbara said...

The Orange Ginger Chicken sounds delish... Right up my alley ;) Do you think it wuold turn out without more sesame oil instead of the chili oil with some added red pepper flakes? I can't handle things too spicy. And I don't usually keep chili oil on hand.

Kiy said...

I am a serious wuss when it comes to ANYthing spicy. Really. I bet even more than you Barbara. Wuss-city! :) It took me forever to use the chili oil, and even now just a couple of shakes, tops of it. Use the red pepper flakes if you'd like (I put that on the table for Jeff so he can add as much heat as he wants). I have used them in the past, but there again, sparingly. I actually now prefer the chili oil when anything calls for the red pepper flakes. Used in lots of moderation, of course! The reason I prefer the oil over the flakes is that the flavor is throughout the dish and I don't run the risk of biting down on a flake. Ouch! I hate that. ;)

But, if you aren't into spice you won't miss the oil or the flakes at all. This dish is easily adaptable to many people!

Hope you try it, it really is that good.


P.S. Jeannie, that cabbage salad is super easy and so good even Emi ate it last night! :)

P.P.S. Tamy and Jeanie, I'm making the beef tonight and will post soon about it.

ahorne said...

Sounds delish - all of it!
The Taco Soup is sooooo easy... and you can doll it up (or not) however you like it.
I'd love to find a local source of meat here - I've been hunting, but unlucky so far. Good for you!!

Gina (Caleeo) said...

I am really interested in hearing your thoughts on the Cinnamon Beef Noodles!

$5 Dinner Mom said...

Thanks for the warm welcome to MPM! I hope you have a road trip coming up and can enjoy a car picnic! Happy Labor Day weekend!