Weekly Menu Musing #22

Weekly Menu Musing

Welcome to another addition of Weekly Menu Musings. JSarr ended up taking me out ON V-day night. I wasn’t super excited to be out that night battling all the other restaurant-goers, but we ended up going to our favorite local Thai Restaurant (Mae Phim for those local Snohomish County Washingtonians) and didn’t even have to wait to be seated!

Crock-pot chicken with a peanut sauce: I got my favorite Cashew Prawns (#30 I believe) and had leftovers. I made a big batch of crock-pot rice to eat my cashew leftovers on, and then I still have lots of rice leftovers to make crock-pot chicken with a peanut sauce this week.

Basic Crock-pot Rice

Ham: Before I went to church Sunday I literally threw a ham into the crock-pot and put it on high so when we got home for lunch there was a ham hot and ready to serve. Gotta love the crock-pot! My kids were so excited to have ham at a time besides Christmas or Easter.

To save money I made the decision the other day to start buying a ham every 3 weeks or so to avoid buying expensive deli ham that’s not really great for you anyway. JSarr sliced it all and we are good to go. I am on the look out for a good quality ham now to buy on a regular basis. I love having the ham around to throw in scrambled eggs or just fry up with some cheese-get the edges a little burnt. So good!

Potato soup: Ham also goes great in potato soup, so I need to whip up some potato soup this week especially since some of my potatoes are starting to grow arms. Oops!

Chicken pot pie: And since we’ll have potato soup, I’ll try to save some leftovers to make a chicken pot pie. This is one of my kids favorite recipes, and I simply don’t make it enough! The recipe is dairy-free and uses no cream of ______ cans.

Turkey Pot Pie, D-F

Do you see how all of my meals lead one into another? I really try to use up those leftovers.

Can-can chili: Anyway, Abbie (7 years old) was begging for can-can chili yesterday, so I had her get out the cans and I let her make the chili all by herself today. I was very proud of her! When I wasn’t looking she adding water to it, though, and made it more soupy, so I tried to cook some of the liquid out on high with the lid off. It still tasted great. It’s all packed and ready for their lunches tomorrow! I’m lovin’ leftovers for lunches. I also love that my kids are so much more fluent in the kitchen than I ever was, even in college. There’s hope for you non-cookers!

Crock-pot Can-Can Chili

And with some plain leftover whole wheat spaghetti noodles we had left from a spicy ginger dish, I’ll make what I call Pasta in a Pinch. I sauté onions, garlic, kale or spinach and throw it on noodles. I give the family a wedge of lemon to squeeze and a splash of olive oil for a quick filling meal. If I have chicken, I’ll throw that in. By the way, do you think whole wheat spaghetti noodles taste differently than white enriched noodles? My friend Keri and I were saying we can’t taste a difference. Have our taste buds changed that much, or is there really no difference (so buy the whole wheat, anyway)?

Snacks and Desserts:

We always have homemade trail mix on hand. It’s super easy to make, and it’s a better-for-you snack to grab instead of the prepackaged counterpart.

5 Ingredient Trail Mix

It’s been about a month since I made homemade yogurt, so I made some Saturday night to Sunday. The kids had some for breakfast, and they always want more. I love giving it to them for lunches or as a snack with staying power.

Crock-pot Yogurt with Granola

And you can easily turn your yogurt into a fruit dip with 2 or 3 ingredients!

Yogurt Fruit Dip

One of our favorite after night church dinners/snack is stove top popcorn. Popcorn is so easy to make, is more frugal, and is way better for you then what you cook in the microwave.

Stove Top Popcorn

What’s on your menu this week?

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  1. says

    That all looks good! Today I am putting a pork loin in the crock pot and tonight we are having pulled pork sandwiches. There will be plenty of leftovers for the next few lunches as well. I also plan on making my Spicy Thai Noodles and possibly tacos or chili this weekend. I am starting to run low on meat so we may have a few meals of salads to make it stretch!

    Stove top popcorn is the best! There are not too many people who make it like that anymore, but it is what I’ve always had since I was a child. I also may make up a batch of granola for my husband to take as a snack when he goes to school and work. Thanks for the ideas!

    • says

      Hi Rebecca. Thanks so much. Pulled pork sandwiches sound awesome. We love making our meat stretch, and we end up having a lot of vegetarian meals, too. We love fresh popcorn!! Thank you for sharing, Rebecca!

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