Menu: Week of January 13

During our leftover dinner on Saturday, my kids put in their requests for next weeks dinners.  The theme…meat, meat and meat.  Good thing my freezer is still full from my recent trip to Costco.

TIP: Not every night needs to be a gourmet dinner.  My goal is to serve the kids their favorite foods in a healthy and sometimes new way.  I like to try a new recipe at least once a week in an attempt to expand their food repertoire.  Sometimes it’s a miss but sometimes it’s a win.

Sunday

  • Beef and Broccoli
  • Stir Fried Brown Rice with Vegetables
  • Scallion Pancakes with Mushrooms (instead of shrimp)
  • TIP: The key to tender stir fry meat is the day-long marinade.  For stir fry rice, I add two scrambled eggs, shredded carrots, frozen peas and corn with a little soy sauce, sesame oil and worchestire sauce.

Monday

  • Oatmeal Pancakes
  • Blueberries and Strawberries
  • Egg Omelets
  • TIP: Our mornings are such a rush that breakfast is usually just cold cereal.  By mixing it up a little and having breakfast for dinner, we have more time to cook some of their favorite breakfast foods.

Tuesday

  • Mom’s Meatloaf
  • Green Beans two ways – My oldest and youngest only like green beans steamed and they can eat a lot of them.  The rest of us like them sprinkled with olive oil, Lawry’s Garlic Salt and baked at 400 degrees until they are brown and crispy.

Wednesday

  • Leftover Night

Thursday

  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs
  • Steamed Cauliflower and Broccoli (for the kiddos)
  • Broiled Cauliflower and Broccoli (Cut into small florets, drizzle with olive oil, lots of minced garlic and some red pepper flakes.  Broil until nice and crispy.)
  • TIP: Put a couple sprigs of rosemary into the tomato sauce when you’re cooking the meatballs.  It takes the turkey meatballs up a couple notches.  No rosemary sprigs…just chop some dried rosemary into your meatball mix.

Friday

  • Challah
  • Egg Drop Soup (Boil chicken consomme, soy sauce and some ginger together in a pot.  Before serving, mix in raw egg and simmer for 5 more minutes.)
  • Cashew Chicken
  • Oven Roasted Vegetables (Carrots, Zucchini, Squash)
  • Peanut Noodles
  • Dessert at our synagogue
  • TIP: I’m not the worlds greatest baker.  So when I want to make Challah at home with my kids, I buy the dough from our synagogue (It’s from Unger’s and you can also get it from Boris’ Kosher).

Saturday

While we are out with friends for the night, the kids will have whatever is left from the week to choose from.  We always have plenty of Giant Eagle Brand yogurt in the house.  When nothing in the refrigerator looks good to them, yogurt and an apple also make a good dinner.

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