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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday's Household - a list of meals

The other day a friend asked if I would share my list of meals for my menu plan.   She wanted to use it as a reference for her own menu plan.  I found something in the archives from probably five or six years ago.

 It's kind of fun to look at a time when 2 boxes of macaroni and cheese were sufficient for our family.  Not anymore!!!! Five is a safe number when we make it.  Even though it's a bit outdated I will still be using it because the recipes are not outdated.

So today I will be sharing my entire list and in future posts I will share the weekly breakdown.

One meal a day was light with sandwiches or leftovers or macaroni and cheese or hotdogs.

The dinners were:
  1. Barbeque Pork
  2. Meatballs and Rice
  3. Wisconsin Cheese Soup
  4. Pork stir fry meal
  5. Chicken noodle soup
  6. Pizza
  7. Fried rice
  8. Baked Chicken
  9. Creamed Chicken over rice
  10. Hamburger gravy over rice
  11. Scalloped potatoes and ham
  12. Spaghetti
  13. Calzones
  14. Pork Roast
  15. Pizza Rice Casserole
  16. Chicken stirfry
  17. Chicken pot pie
  18. Stir-fried pork soup
  19. Shepherd's Pie
  20. Indonesian meal called Opor
  21. Beef Stroganoff
  22. Beef Roast
  23. Tacos
  24. Subs
  25. Hamburger Corn Bake
  26. Tostadas
  27. Pasta Meatball Stew
  28. Ham Curry
  29. Greek Pork Wraps
  30. Beef Strips
  31. Chicken Supreme
  32. Oven fried Chicken
  33. Chicken on Sunday
  34. Chicken Divan
  35. Chicken Tortilla Chowder
  36. Parmesan Chicken
  37. Tangy Tender Chicken
  38. Cheeseburger Soup
  39. Sloppy Joes
  40. Fajitas
  41. Enchiladas
  42. Crockpot Enchiladas
  43. Adobo
  44. Stir fry
  45. Lasagne
  46. Meatloaf
  47. Peanut gravy with veggies over rice
  48. Sloppy joe casserole.
That is my list.  Some of them are too pricy to be on our regular menu, but are used for special meals.  In future posts, I will share the recipes and budgeting as much as possible.

We have been enjoying the squash. I'd forgotten about it all year and had left it in the cupboard.  Now that the corn is gone (we got tired of that) what we have for veggies is squash.    Seems like a smarter thing to do would be to alternate, but I am not used to having canning jars as I usually just freeze most of my produce.

Now I'm trying to make it wonderful and yummy.  I don't want it to feel like we're having squash for a month.  The way we like it best is with meat over rice.  Can you tell we all grew up overseas - all except one - the baby.   So last night, I tried to spruce it up. 

One game I like to play with my kids is find the secret ingredient.  As I was cooking I had a "hankerin" for some peanut sauce.  I guess it was the pork sizzling in the onions.   So I added the squash without draining it, and after it was simmering added about three huge dollops of peanut butter.  It was gobbled down quickly by my kids, so that means success.  And while we were eating we played the game.  A few of them guessed it right on.

There will be more posts on the subject of menu planning.  But tell me, what inexpensive meals do you have on your list?  And what fun things do you add to spruce up something you have to have AGAIN!?

Making the most of today

We finished the greenhouse last night!  Pics to come. And while I dislike the time change thing and getting up while it's dark again, I love, love, love, seeing my man and kids outside working on it and other stuff after he gets home from work.


  1. One of the inexpensive meals we do...that really goes a long my home made "Nachos". I make two pans [Lasagna type pans}. I grill five pounds of ground beef, season with Chili powder, onion, and taco seasoning. When the beef is done I layer it like this: Refried beans, beef,Velveeta Queso,shredded Mexican, refried beans, beef, Velveeta Queso, shredded Mexican cheese....then I bake until the cheese is golden and melty. Two pans makes: Burritos if you use Casadilla wraps, Taco salad using shredded lettuce and other goodies, Nacho's if you so choose to dip your chip in....and many more if your creative. [By the way...I LOVE peanut butter popcorn! Thanks for the memories of Mindanao! :)

  2. I got the layering goes Refried beans, beef, Velveeta Queso, Beef, shredded Mexcian. Each pan gets two of this layer process.....

  3. The peanut butter popcorn was Steve Bailey's mom's recipe. She and my mom were good friends. Did you go to Faith Academy Davao? That's where I met Laura Layton, maybe you were there too?