Sunday, March 30, 2008

What's for Dinner This Week...

Here's what's on the menu for our house this week. A couple of side notes: The Bourbon Chicken is a new recipe that I haven't tried yet. I'm going to try to lower the sodium content by using low-sodium soy sauce. Thursday is always a busy day for us, so I'm planning on keeping things easy and picking up some chicken salad from a local store earlier in the day.

Monday: Bourbon Chicken with brown rice and fresh broccoli
Tuesday: Divine Italian Pie (recipe follows), green beans and fresh fruit
Wednesday: Beef taquitos with salsa and sour cream, fruit and salad
Thursday: Chicken salad on lettuce with poppyseed dressing
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Sweet Balls of Fire, salad, brown rice

(If you're looking for an easy downloadable menu planner, you'll find a great one here.)

For more menu planning ideas, don't forget to head over to

Divine Italian Pie
6 oz. whole wheat vermicelli or angel hair, cooked and drained
2 Tbs. butter
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. dried basil
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/4 lb. Italian sausage (optional)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (15 1/2 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
1 (8 oz.) package of grated mozzarella cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all crust ingredients in a bowl. Chop mixture and press inot the bottom and sides of a 10" pie pan. To make filling, brown beef, sausage and onions in a skillet. Drain. Stir sauce into meat mixture. To assemble pie, sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese on the crust. Pour meat mixture on top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until brown. Makes 8 to 10 servings


Michelle said...

Hello. Welcome to mpm..The Bourbon Chicken sounds delicious..Have a wonderful week.. :)

Alaina said...

Welcome to MPM! I love having the accountability of menu planning. The bourbon chicken looks wonderful as does the rest of your menu!

Bobbie said...

Welcome to MPM! I hope you really enjoy it here. I am going to make that divine italian pie.

PlanningQueen said...

I agree with Bobbie, the Italian Pie sounds great and I htink my kids would love it.

Amy W said...

You will have to tell me how the taquitos go...I made those, and they didn't turn out like I wanted them to.

Wifey said...

Welcome to MPM! You've got a great menu planned, it sounds so yummy! Have a wonderful week!

The Carter Family said...

Hi! Welcome to MPM! You will LOVE it here! Your menu looks great! I've made notes to try the taquitos and the wild rice with chicken and mandarin oranges!


Anonymous said...

I think I'm making bourbon chicken tonight -- that is, unless I decide to just call up China King and order it instead.

I'm a bit curious as to the ambitious variety of your menu. See . . . I thought children (and possibly husbands?) liked routine. So my menu sounds something like this: Monday: Bourbon Chicken. Tuesday: Leftover Bourbon chicken. Wednesday: leftover bourbon chicken. . . . you get the idea. I mean, they like to watch the SAME Barney OVER and OVER and OVER. Why not the same food? It works with PB&J sandwiches for lunch, too! :)

-Lori H. (still thinking of a good cyberspace moniker)

Nancy (aka Blonde 1) said...

Welcome to MPM. I hope you enjoy it here as much as I do.
I'm going to try the Taquitos recipe. Our youngest daughter loves the kind you buy in the frozen food section of the grocery story but I hate all the preservatives! We'll see if she thinks these pass the test.

Sandra said...

Yum, everything looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

Bourbon chicken sounds so good.

Mine is up too


Jennifer said...

Your menu sounds quite yummy. That Italian Pie sounds fabulous!
Have a wonderful week!

Niki said...

welcome..everything sounds so good!

thanks 4 sharing!


Mommychicky said...

Welcome to MPM! I like the sound of those taquitos.

Thanks for sharing your menu and have a great week.

My menu is up at Don't Eat Baby.

Kate said...

Welcom to MPM! Your menu looks just wonderful. I really think the bourbon chicken and the Italian pie sound great! Hope you enjoy the new recipe with the bourbon chicken. Have a great week!

Carrie said...

Welcome to mpm, looks like a great menu. Your menu reminded me of a bourbon chicken recipe I have been wanting to make

D said...

I will have to try the bourbon chicken! I think my family will love it. thanks for the recipe!