Thank you so much for all the uplifting and encouraging comments so many of you left for me on this post. I have read them over and over and am so thankful to have so many supportive friends in real life and in blogland. We are hanging in there, taking one day at a time. I’m so sorry that so many of you are also experiencing something similar. It’s so sad and I pray things turn around soon.
Now more than ever we will need to get tight with our grocery budget so I’ll be actively looking for ways to do just that. First and foremost I’ll be trying to use up stock from the pantry and freezer because you never know if moving is right around the corner for us. So this week’s menu is designed around what we have in the house to use up.
The Apple Cinnamon Pork Tenderloin didn’t really work out for me last week. I had no idea what cooking apples were so just used some Gala apples that we had in the house. They didn’t create any juice at all. Once I added some apple juice though it turned out okay but I’m not sure I’d make it again.
I’m very excited to use some recipes from my new Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking cookbook by Stephanie O’Dea, which Stephanie herself sent me to try out.
For those that don’t know who Stephanie is, she is the one who runs the fabulous A Year of Slow Cooking blog. Last year she committed to using her slow cooker every day for the entire year. Some of her recipes we’ve tried and enjoyed from her site in the past are Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Soup and Brown Sugar Chicken, both of which are also in the cookbook. So many great slow cooker recipes all in one place, super easy too and as a side note Stephanie’s recipes are also gluten free for those following a gluten free diet as I do with my son.
The only downfall of the book is that there are no pictures included but Stephanie’s reasoning behind that was to keep the cost of the book down. It retails for only $14.99 and includes over 300 recipes! Stephanie has pictures on her website though of many of the dishes if you like to see a picture of the finished product. I definitely think this book would make a terrific Christmas gift!
Okay, on my menu this week:
Monday: Oven Chicken Fingers served with french fries and veggies (missed from last week)
Tuesday: Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Tri-Tip served with rice and broccoli
Wednesday: Makeover Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta
Thursday: Leftover buffet
Friday: Homemade Pizza
Saturday: Rotisserie-Style Chicken served with mashed potatoes and veggies
Simple Supper Sunday
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU THIS WEEK?
Menu Plan Monday guidelines and banner selections are here.