Menu Planning Monday

Okay, so I decided to post my menu this week.on Monday to join in on the fun over at Organizing Junkie!

MONDAY: STIR FRY – Mondays are normally my stir fry night! I try to make a simple stir-fry once a week with lots of vegi’s over brown rice. Hubby is not too much a fan of stir fry but he can handle it once a week.

TUESDAY: LEFTOVER SOUP – as Tuesdays are my soup night, I have some frozen leftover soup in the freezer from last week. Soups freeze so nicely and since I always make a large batch, putting it in the freezer for another meal works great.

WEDNESDAY: CHICKEN ENCHILADAS – Tip: most enchiladas recipes call for condensed soup of some sort. Because most canned soups contain MSG, I always substitute the soup for sour cream. Works great! As we didn’t end of having it last week, I will be using some of the cooked chicken to make a pan of enchiladas (chicken from the whole chicken I cooked up this weekend). I use enchiladas sauce, chilis, olives, whole wheat tortillas and sour cream and layer in a pan. Easy! I will probably serve it with refried beans, corn, and green beans.

THURSDAY: CROCK POT RAGOUT – I love this simple dinner recipe from Sue Gregg. You simply saute 1 lb. ground turkey and then layer in in a dutch oven or crockpot with 1 onion, 6 carrots and 4 potatoes (all thinly sliced). You can also add green beans, corn, peas, as I usually do as well. Throw in a little seasonings (garlic powder, salt, pepper) and 1/2 – 1 cup water and let it cook for 30 minutes. I serve it with some ketchup on top! Excellent and oh so easy for a busy day. In the crockpot, you cook on low for 6 hours, or on high for 2 1/2-3 hours. I will serve with a fresh salad.

FRIDAY: CHILI & CORNBREAD

SATURDAY: LEFTOVERS (as usual!)

My breakfast menu is normally the same each week:

MONDAY – Eggs or Omelet, or French Toast (using homemade bread)
TUESDAY - Oatmeal (see below)
WEDNESDAYKefir Smoothie
THURSDAY – Oatmeal
FRIDAY – Smoothie
SATURDAYPancakes or something special

OATMEAL (for the updated recipe, visit here)
For our regular twice a week breakfast of oatmeal, I soak 1 cup of rolled oats with 1 cup of water and 2 Tbls of kefir (or more!). I let it sit covered overnight. In the morning I put 1 cup of water to boil on the stove. When it is rolling, I add the soaked oats and let it simmer for 15 minutes or so. We then add ground flax seeds, dried cranberries, chopped apples and sometimes a little mashed bananas and there you have an excellent high fiber breakfast.

Got any healthy breakfast recipes to share?

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of three, homemaker, and writer. She is the editor of Passionate Homemaking since its beginning five years ago. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

18 Responses to Menu Planning Monday

  1. Carrie February 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    Great recipe ideas!!
    I have a question…
    For the crockpot ragout, which sounds really good and easy, I’m wondering how long you cook it? It first says to cook for 30 min and then it says to slow cook in the crockpot. Could you clarify this? Thanks! :)

    • Lindsay March 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

      There are two ways to prepare it: stovetop or crockpot. You cook it on the stove for 30 minutes or you in the crockpot on low for a few hours (4-5?).

  2. Babychaser November 12, 2008 at 11:09 am #

    Thanks for sharing some of the healthy extras you add to smoothies and oatmeal. We’ve been switching up our diets a lot lately and are working toward more completely natural, etc., etc. I love the idea of adding flax to oatmeal. I bought a box last month but haven’t really spent time figuring out what to add it too. I’ve been very curious about kefir too, but your link isn’t working. Do you know much about it?

  3. Lindsay Edmonds December 18, 2007 at 9:15 am #

    Lylah, I love Azure! I definitely wouldn’t mind participating in your post as to what products I have found helpful from them. I have not written anything specific about them…but definitely would be a good idea. Count me in!

  4. Lylah December 17, 2007 at 9:00 pm #

    Ahhh….you buy from Azure. I’m so excited – as of the first of the year, I’ll be able to buy. I have an idea for a post (as I’ve NOT bought from them and am asking women who have) to write about what you find helpful to buy from azure. I’m trying to glean from the women that do buy from them. And, then I’ll link back to you! :-) just an idea…i think it’d be real helpful, unless of course you already have written about then and I don’t see it? let me know.

  5. Natalie December 17, 2007 at 8:22 pm #

    Friday sounds delicious!

    My Menu Plan is up too! :)

  6. Org Junkie December 17, 2007 at 4:41 pm #

    Welcome! We are a smoothie family too, love them! Thanks for joining us :)

  7. Sarah December 17, 2007 at 4:30 pm #

    Here’s an oatmeal muffin recipe that I make all the time you might be interested in . . .

    http://sarahs-musings.blogspot.com/2007/10/on-menu-oatmeal-cranberry-muffins-and.html

    I’ve added diced apples, dried cranberries, sliced nuts and more to the batter with great results. It makes a hearty, tasty breakfast. Bon Apetit!

  8. Kathleen December 17, 2007 at 4:29 pm #

    Breakfast recipes? Well…having been the official breakfast-maker at my house for the past 16 months, let me say that they are endless! I have some under the “Recipes” category in my blog, and I also have a planner with plenty of ideas at this link: http://liberfidesveritas.blogspot.com/2007/02/breakfast-planner.html.
    (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the chance to plug my blog! ;)

  9. Sarah December 17, 2007 at 4:26 pm #

    Looks like a great menu! You sound like my mom, she puts all kinds of things in her smoothies (have you tried liquid aminos? They can also be used in place of soy sauce – maybe for your stir fry!)

    Also – thanks for the info about kefir. I use yogurt a TON in my everyday cooking but haven’t used kefir all that much. The link that you shared was really helpful!

    Merry Christmas and best wishes this week!

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