Monday, March 21, 2011

This Week's Meal Plan

This time of year, I start my weekly meal planning not by looking at the grocery specials or at what is in the fridge or freezer that needs to get eaten, but by looking at the weather. It looks good for grilling most nights this week! Yeah!

There is a package of ground turkey in the fridge that needs to get used so tonight I'm making kofte, a grilled Turkish meatball seasoned with grated onion and spices. It is served with a tzaziki sauce made of Greek yogurt, cucumber, lemon and mint on the side. The boneless skinless chicken breasts bought on sale last week and frozen will get marinated in Mojo and grilled on Tuesday night. I don't use many bottled dressings or marinades, but Goya's Mojo Criolla - a blend of citrus, oil and spices -- is an exception. It wouldn't be hard to make, but its good for even a From-Scratch-Only girl to have a quickie go-to for a busy night. Wednesday night looks rainy so no grilling. Pot roast is always a hit with the boys so the sirloin tip roast I bought on sale last week and froze will get thawed, studded with garlic and roasted with celery, potatoes and carrots. Spinach Salad with Parmesan Toasts is a family favorite -- my mom and sisters have been serving it for years. DH can eat lots of that instead of the potatoes and carrots to stay low-carb. We started April's Charcutepalooza challenge this weekend -- making Canadian bacon from a pork loin. We'll be smoking it during the day on Wednesday and using it to make Eggs Benedict for dinner that night. Our weekend plans are up in the air at this point, but chances are that DH won't be here for dinner on Friday night so I am taking the opportunity to make a decidedly not-low-carb dinner, pizza. We have one barbecued chicken breast left from last night's dinner. It will be de-boned and frozen today and thawed on Friday to make my favorite barbecued chicken pizza. Yum! Saturday night is dinner out, and then for Sunday dinner I was looking for recipes to use the Canadian bacon and came across an interesting pasta dish called Pig in a Haystack. I doubt DH will be home for that dinner either so pasta it is.
  • Monday - Kofte, Tzaziki, Greek Salad, Pita
  • Tuesday - Mojo Chicken, Guacamole, Salsa, Black Beans,Tortillas
  • Wednesday - Garlic-studded Pot Roast, Spinach Salad with Parmesan Toasts
  • Thursday - Eggs Benedict, Roasted Asparagus
  • Friday - BBQ Chicken Pizza, Green Salad with Herbed Ranch Dressing
  • Saturday - Dinner Out
  • Sunday - Pig in a Haystack, Green Salad

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