Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 17/11

Hello lovely ladies!  Hope you had a terrific weekend and are ready for a brand new week!

On Monday and Wednesdays after school I swim laps while my son is in swimming lessons.  I love fitting the exercise in but I’m sure exhausted by the time we get home around 5:00.  The last thing I want to do is make dinner!  Thank goodness I don’t have to worry about it because my slow cooker comes to the rescue!  I especially like to use my slow cooker more often in the fall and winter but if there is one thing I can’t stand is overcooked meat.  Chicken is the worst so I don’t often use chicken in the slow cooker which isn’t a big deal for me because there are just so many other options.  Roasts, soups, stews and chili to name a few.  Yum!

Last week’s recipe highlight definitely goes to the ham recipe and the homemade mac ‘n cheese recipe.  The ham was delicious and safe for my son (dairy, gluten and egg free) so that is always a bonus.  I need to make it more often because it’s just so easy and gosh it’s hard to overcook a ham 🙂

My menu:

Monday:  Slow Cooker Autumn Sausage Casserole (thanks to Ready.Set.Simplify for the recommendation)

Tuesday:  Bacon-Cheese Topped Chicken served with red potatoes and broccoli

Wednesday:  Slow Cooker Beef Stew (family favorite) served with Bread Machine Garlic Bread

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Pesto Chicken Tortellini Soup served with Bread Machine Oatmeal Bread

Saturday:  Spaghetti Ham Bake (makes two – one for us and one to surprise someone else)

Sunday:  Picking night and YOYO (you’re on your own)


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34 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 17/11

  1. 1
    [email protected] says

    The Tortellini Soup sounds yummy! Thanks for hosting Laura!
    Enjoy your week!

  2. 2
    Carrie @ My Favorite Finds says

    I’m so with you on the slow cooker. In fact, I told my husband the other night that I don’t think our family would eat some nights if it wasn’t in the slow cooker and ready when I got home from taking the kids to an activity! I actually have Chicken Tortilla Soup simmering away right now in mine!

    Thanks for hosting. Have a great day.

  3. 3
    Patty @ South of the Fork says

    I am looking forward to adding the Autumn Sausage Casserole to my menu next week. Thank you!

  4. 4
    Char @ Raising a Healthy Family says

    I am going to have to start using the term YOYO nights! My kids love goofy acronyms and they are old enough to fend for themselves every now and then.

    I have had a bunch of requests for my menu template so I have posted a blank one as a free download today.

    Have a great week.

  5. 5
    Cindy says

    Wow that Mac’n’Cheese has my tummy rumbling this morning!! Thanks for hosting!

  6. 6
    Tiffany says

    Thanks for hosting. I’m working on transferring my recipes to ziplist using the plugin, but it’s a bit daunting. So many recipes!

  7. 7
    Lucky @ Making My Own Luck says

    I’ve been working from home once a week and it’s my intention to swim laps during the time I would have been on the train. Crockpot is the way to go on those days!

  8. 8
    Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says

    I definitely use the crockpot every Monday. I’m not done teaching piano lessons and tutoring until 6:30pm! My husband usually has to eat before then and is off to rehearsal. So, he is able to eat when he needs to, and then as soon as I get home, I can eat a warm meal!! LOVE it!

  9. 9
    Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says

    Yeah for slow cookers! I’ve got a favorite soup recipe on my menu this week as well – though it’s usually two (or even three!) most weeks in the fall, winter and spring. This week, however, I’m gone on the weekend, so my husband and daughter are YOYO for two days. 🙂

  10. 10
    Judi @ Frugal Frolic says

    I’ve pulled out the crockpot too! While we use it often to make yogurt, I use it for stew, soups and the like a lot during the fall and winter. The taco soup on my menu last week is one of my family favorites. I did have a request from son #2 for a tortellini dish this week, but I’m currently out. I’m adding your tortellini soup to my Evernote to try when we have more.

    Thanks for hosting!

  11. 12
    Andrea Scoville says

    Just wanted to let you know that the spaghetti ham bake link is connected to Meatball Hashbrown Bake 😉

    Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas and all that you do for us!!!

    • 12.1
      Laura says

      Ahhh thanks for letting me know…I’ve got it fixed up now!!!

  12. 13
    Tammy @ Skinny Mom's Kitchen says

    I just got a new slow cooker a month or so ago. I gave up on them years ago when I kept overcooking every single thing I tried to cook. But I was inspired to start again because of all the beautiful foodie bloggers out there that were raving about theirs. I bought the cookbook Slow Cooker Revolution by America’s Test Kitchen and it is awesome. It give so much information on how to cook successfully with a slowcooker and addresses the over cooked chicken issue. I have made about 5 recipes so far and loved them all.

    • 13.1
      Laura says

      Will definitely have to check that book out, thanks!

  13. 14
    Queen of the House says

    Yum! That mac and cheese looks like a winner! 🙂
    Have a great week!

  14. 15
    Jen says

    Thanks for having the link up! It really helps to have a menu plan!

  15. 17
    Jenny says

    I’ve just begun to realize how wonderful the crockpot is and I am looking forward to getting pretty friendly with it this winter.

    On another note, I thought your Spaghetti Ham Bake sounded interesting so I went to the view the recipe and the link took me to the wrong recipe. Just FYI.

    Thanks for hosting!

    • 17.1
      Laura says

      Hi Jenny, the link has been fixed, thanks!

  16. 19
    Food on the Table says

    Um, YUM!! That mac and cheese looks to die for. Also, that cute spoon in the background behind the macaroni….where did you find it?

    • 19.1
      Laura says

      Oh gosh you know I don’t remember, it’s a spoon rest and at least 16 years old 🙂

  17. 20
    Michelle says

    I am pulling out an old time favorite for my boys– swiss cheese chicken

  18. 21
    Four Boys and a Girl says

    Gonna have to try the Pesto Chicken Tortellini Soup, that looks so good!

  19. 22
    April @ Angel Foods Kitchen says

    I’m with you, I love using my slow cooker. It has saved my butt more then once with busy days. Your crock pot beef stew looks good. I’ve never made it in the crock pot before, so I’ll have to try it soon. Thanks for hosting Laura and have a great week!

  20. 23
    Lisa says

    The tortellini soup and spaghetti ham bake sound delicious!

    Love using my slow cooker too.

  21. 24
    Jen says

    Awesome blog! Love the YOYO idea!

  22. 25
    Megan says

    I’m so glad the ham was tasty! I’ve added it to my pinterest board for Thanksgiving dinner – it’s always been a family favorite for my side of the family!

  23. 26
    Ginny says

    You mean, I’m not the only one who finds that chicken gets overcooked in the crock pot? I thought I was doing something wrong! I do better with a whole chicken than I do with chicken pieces. I’m relieved that it’s not just me . . .

    • 26.1
      Laura says

      Yes I do love whole chickens in the slow cooker…I should have been more specific. Oops 🙂

  24. 27
    Ammy says

    I think the chicken is much more dietary products than ham. Although if you know the measure will benefit all!

  25. 28
    Shannon says

    I’m a few days late commenting…your menu looks yummy. One chicken recipe that we usually have no problem with is Martha Stewart’s Tex-Mex chicken. ( I usually omit the flour, double the beans and triple the water (or use broth) and use the whole jar of salsa. The chicken is always nice and tender.

  26. 29
    Jackie says

    You always have such wonderful ideas for your meal planning. I love visiting your posts for inspiration.


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