Menu Plan Monday ~ March 17/14

MPM-Spring
Welcome to another week and a happy one at that.  Thursday is the first day of spring, whoot whoot!!  I was super excited to pull out and dust off the lovely spring banner above for the occasion.  We still have a TON of snow on our front yard but I’m going to try and ignore it which won’t be too hard to do as long as the sky continues to be blue and the sun keeps shining.  Here’s hoping!

Recipe Highlight:

Two recipes that I made last week turned out awesome, I was so happy.  The first one, Slow Cooker Lasagna, I was a little worried about going in as I’ve never made lasagna in the slow cooker before plus I was using oven-ready gluten-free lasagna noodles.  You never know how that is going to go.  I threw it together at lunch time and four hours later it was ready to eat.  It was so good!  Sorry for the not so great pictures though.

Slow Cooker Lasagna
I was especially happy with the Slow Cooker Spinach & Artichoke Dip because I’m always looking for easy potluck slow cooker recipes.  We have one oven at our church so it’s always best to avoid dishes that need to be kept warm in the oven.  This recipe was super quick to put together and then it only took a couple hours to cook so it’s perfect.  Super yummy!

Slow Cooker Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Can you tell I love my slow cooker!!

Menu Planning Resource:

I found another good one for you this week.  If getting dinner on the table is a struggle for you then this idea might really work for you.  Janell over at Saving Your Dinero has put together 10 Chicken Crock Pot Freezer Recipes for you to prepare and freeze ahead of time and then when you need dinner you just dump the bag into the slow cooker and be on your way.  She even includes the shopping list.  Check it out.

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes that I’ll make green of course for St. Patrick’s Day served with some green jello for dessert :)

Tuesday:  Slow Cooker Honey Baked Ham served with potatoes and corn

Wednesday:  Easy Crock Pot BBQ Ribs (love this recipe, it is a family favorite!)

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Hawaiian Pita Pizzas

Saturday:  Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Sunday:  YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a super organized week everyone :)

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13 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ March 17/14

  1. 1
    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom says

    Thanks so much for sharing my Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Casserole! It’s definitely a family favorite. :) Enjoy!

    I’m a new follower on Pinterest — so glad to have found your blog!

    • 2.1
      Vanessa says

      Me too! I’m all about the kid friendly meals :)

  2. 4
    Sarah says

    That casserole sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it! :-D

  3. 5
    Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free says

    Both of those slow cooker recipes look delicious – I want to try them right away. I’m so glad spring is about to be here even if it doesn’t look like it. If the sun is brighter, sooner or later it has to warm up and melt the snow for good!

  4. 6
    Antoinette says

    Wow, that lasagna looks soooo good!

  5. 7
    Tanya M @ Mom's Small Victories says

    I haven’t tried slow cooker lasagna, glad it worked for you. I LOVE slow cooker spinach artichoke dip. Looks like a yummy week for you. Thanks for hosting these great meal plan ideas!!

  6. 8
    April says

    How did you know that I was meaning to look up a recipe for Spinach Artichoke dip?!! and BAM – there it is for me! You have just made my life easier! LOVE! and I get to use the crock pot too!!

  7. 9
    Janell Poulette says

    Thanks so much for sharing my 10 Crock Pot Chicken recipes! I really hope it helps people save lots of time and money when preparing their meals!

  8. 10
    Janet says

    We had green pancakes for lunch today. So fun! And thanks for the sharing your thoughts on the slow cooker lasagna. I pinned it for future reference. Looks good!

  9. 11
    Vanessa says

    I love this idea! So often we ask, what should we have for dinner? With the usual “I don’t know” response which usually ends up in us ordering out. This is a much more organized and budget friendly way of planning what’s for dinner!

  10. 12
    karen says

    that spinach and artichoke dip looks awesome…so have to try that. Thanks for hosting babe

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