Sunday, October 19, 2008

Menu Plan Monday - Planned Overs and Overs...

Another week where I'm late getting my menu posted! I've had a very busy day and this week I have somewhat hectic work and personal schedules so I'm focusing on planned-overs. I really like planned-overs as they're quite a boon to the schedule and the pocketbook.

Anyway, if you haven't already, make sure to check the great menus posted on Laura's Menu Plan Monday entry.

Sunday night we had Jewish Chicken made with boneless, skinless chicken breast tenderloins. I'd planned to turn the leftover chicken and sauce into the base of chicken enchiladas for tonight's dinner but we had a late lunch and neither of us is hungry tonight. So, we'll have that Tuesday night with salad and a little fresh fruit.

The rest of the week we'll have:

Smoked sausage skillet casserole, a real favorite of ours. It's so simple and quick to make and here's the recipe:

Smoked Sausage Skillet Casserole

2 Tablespoons oil
2 to 3 potatoes, washed and chopped (sweet potato and turnips work, too)
1/2 to 1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 lb smoked sausage sliced thinly sliced (we use turkey sausage)
1 can garbanzo beans (optional but definitely great in this)
1 can green beans or 1 1/2 cups frozen or fresh green beans
Chopped garlic or garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Additional seasonings to taste

Heat the oil in a large skillet. When the oil is hot, add the potato and onion and let them cook until tender and lightly browned. (I'll cook a little extra sausage to use in beans later in the week - I like the meat in beans to be browned first) Add the sausage and let it brown lightly then add the garbanzo and green beans. (If using fresh green beans, put them in with the potato and onion) Add seasonings, stir it all a little to encourage even heating, then serve and enjoy!

Adjust the quantities to make enough for your crowd. When the kids were home, I'd make large amounts of this and rarely was there any leftover. Now I cut the basic recipe in half for the two of us. We usually eat it with a salad and it makes for a quick yet hearty meal.

Cheese pancakes with homemade breakfast turkey sausage

Chicken pie made from the Chunky Chili Chicken from the freezer with tossed salad and steamed spinach

Beans cooked with smoked sausage and served with tossed salad

And that's it for the week - quick, easy, and tasty.

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