I decided to join Laura at I'm An Organizing Junkie for her Menu Plan Monday. It looks like a fun way to keep my menu planning on track and I can always use ideas for meals. I've read some of the other MPM posts and it sounds like there are some great cooks out there. Since I'm a fly by the seat of my pants kinda gal and like a little freedom in my planning and cooking, I plan the meals but rarely assign nights and menus are subject to change. We do try to keep to the general plan, though, since that's part of our budgeting efforts.
So in no particular order except for tonight's dinner of beef roast, here are the meals for the next week.
Beef roast cooked in my Cook's Essentials 8 quart pressure cooker with carrots, potatoes, and onions. Gravy will be made in the cooker, also, using the cooking liquid, spices, and a little cornstarch.
Beef vegetable soup made with the leftover roast and vegetables. If there's any soup leftover it will be frozen and later thickened and used to make beef pot pie.
Slow cooked "smoked" chicken. To make this, I season well a whole chicken with garlic, freshly ground black pepper and a little salt and throw it in the slow cooker with about 2 Tablespoons of Liquid Smoke and cook it all day. The meat falls off the bone, is moist and savory and has a very nice smoked flavor. We'll have some of the chicken with large salads and green beans.
Chicken and rice made with the leftover chicken, rice pulled from the freezer, and served with cooked mixed greens and tossed salad.
Scrambled eggs, turkey bacon and wheat toast.
Red beans and rice with salad.