Menu Plan Monday | April 18th

Here's what we're having for dinner this week. What's on your plan?

Monday: Grilled Southwest Chicken & Roasted Vegetables

Logan, my 4th grader, has been practicing for the school play all year.  Tonight's the big night! It's going to be comical, heart-warming and possibly painful at times. We're having an early dinner before the big performance.  Roasting is my family's new favorite way to prepare veggies.  Even my picky vegetable eater is asking for more vegetables when they are roasted.  A little olive oil, garlic and salt & pepper plus 20 minutes or so in the oven is all it takes!

Tuesday: Chicken & Dumplings

It's been forever since I made Chicken & Dumplings on the stove top instead of in my crock pot.  I'm using the Free Bisquick from a few weeks ago for our dumplings and chicken breasts on sale for $1.99/lb at Meijer this week.  While $1.99/lb isn't my stock-up price it's still a pretty good deal.

Wednesday: Beef Stew, Homemade Bread

I'm taking dinner to a friend who had surgery last week.  Beef Stew will be easy to double for enough for us and her family too!  I'm making it on Tuesday.  It's best the day after it's made.

Thursday: Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Chips & Veggies

I'm hoping that the weather will co-operate for us to head to the Cincinnati Zoo for Tunes & Blooms on Thursday night.  We're going to pack a picnic dinner to eat while we listen to the live music and enjoy the tulips!  I like to put grapes,nuts and dill in my chicken salad.  What special ingredients do you use?

Friday: Homemade Pizza

As usual, the topping for our pizza will include whatever is in the fridge.  I've been making pizza sauce with canned tomato sauce and pasta plus basil, garlic and oregano.  I can't wait for fresh basil from our garden!

Saturday: Hamburgers, Homemade French Fries, Grilled Corn on the Cob

The burgers on last week's menu plan didn't happen and they've sounded good to me ever since.  Corn on the cob is on sale for $.25/ear at Kroger this week.  I can't think of a more perfect addition to burgers to say “Welcome Spring!”

Sunday: Happy Easter!!

Years ago we started a tradition of having brunch and an Easter egg hunt with some friends and this year the tradition continues.  With the amounts of food we prepare and consume for brunch there's no need for dinner.  Not sure yet what I'll be making.  I'm sure the table will be full with things like homemade cinnamon rolls, eggs, bacon and fruit.

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