Meal Plan Monday

What a rainy cold morning, makes me want to stay home all day, but grocery shopping must be done! Kind of wish the temperature would drop a few degrees so all this rain would be snow, it is December 5th after all. I also kind of wish we could take it easy for a few days, we had a very busy and exhausting weekend. But we’re off to spend time with my husbands family later today and tomorrow is St. Nickolas day which means we are getting Christmasy up in here! Advent started last week which means the fall decor came down and we brought out the advent wreath, but celebrating St. Nickolas’ Feast day is when we start getting ready for Christmas: decorations, Christmas lights outside, religious gifts, and maybe a bit of baking too.

Here is what we are eating this week:

Monday:  dinner with the in-laws

Tuesday: chicken and orzo supper and salad (recipe from Betty Crocker: The Big book of slow cooker, casseroles & more)

Wednesday: unstuffed shells (I use ricotta instead of cream cheese, and a can of crushed tomatoes instead of a jar of sauce)

Thursday: curly pasta with feta, spinach and pine nuts (recipe from Nigella Kitchen: recipes from the heart of the home)

Friday: black bean and sweet potato chili (recipe from Betty Crocker: The Big book of slow cooker, casseroles & more)

Saturday: no idea, I feel like we have plans, but I can’t remember. either way, it’s up to the hubby to cook!

Sunday: we always have Sunday dinners at either my parents house or my husbands parents

I tested my sons slight sensitivity to oats last week, he got a rash on his face like he always does :( guess that means no Mrs. Claus’ Mud Pies for him again this Christmas (though I have to make them, it’s not Christmas without them!). I am hoping to get the tree put together during nap time, so maybe we’ll bake up some sugar cookies in the afternoon.

Happy menu planning!

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2 comments

  1. I found this recipe a few weeks ago. I am not sure if it is the same/similar to the Betty Crocker one, but it turned out so well. I thought I would share in case it is different enough that you might want to try it too.

    Chicken Orzo Skillet

    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-in. strips
    1 can of navy beans or white northern beans, drained
    garlic powder
    1 small onion chopped
    1 Tb olive oil
    1/2 tsp of minced garlic
    1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
    4 cups of fresh spinach chopped
    1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
    3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta
    1 tsp Italian seasoning
    1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional

    In a large skillet, sauté chicken in olive oil for 5-6 minutes until it is no longer pink. Add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add beans, garlic and sprinkle with garlic powder all over. Cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes, chopped spinach, broth, orzo, Italian seasoning, and pepper flakes if desired. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed. Garnish with cheese if desired.
    1-1/4 cups 339 calories (without cheese).

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    1. That sounds great!! Different because it has spinach and beans in it, so maybe I could make this to use up more of the orzo. Thanks for posting it :)

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