Monday, September 22, 2014

Menu Plan–Sept. 21

Last week, we tried some great new recipes!  A wild rice and butternut squash casserole marked our first fall savory dish, and a lovely apple braid our first dessert.  Our first batch of maple apple sauté topped our waffle breakfast.  Fall is here!

And, we also enjoyed an old favorite: Very Veggie Chili Cheese Bread.  Yum-o.

On to this week:

One-Pot Baked Ziti {new}
To do: Thaw chicken

Chicken Pot Pie with Herby Biscuits
To do: Thaw pork roast, prep apples and bake squash while pot pie bakes

Crockpot Balsamic Pork with Apples and Onions, Squash
To do: Dice veggies

Roasted Veggie Mac and Cheese, green beans
To do: Thaw ground chicken, make applesauce

Apple Chicken Burgers {new}
To do: Make bagels, thaw chicken and ham

Pumpkin Spice Bagels
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole {new}

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Menu Plan–September 14

On to another week!  We have a really busy one coming up as our church life groups get started this week, so lots of fast crockpot meals. 

And, of course, lots of apples!  We brought home our first bag of Paula Reds this week, and plan to enjoy some McIntosh this week too.  These early-season apples are my favorite for applesauce

Apple Cinnamon Rolls
Wild Rice and Butternut Squash Casserole {new}
To do: Thaw Italian sausage, dice veggies, thaw bread

Italian Sausage Veggie Chili Cheese Bread
To do: Thaw chicken, make dessert

Tuesday {Life Group}
Crockpot Chicken Parmesan
To do: nothing

To do: prep peppers and filling

Crockpot Stuffed Peppers {new}
To do: Thaw Canadian bacon, dice veggies for pizza, make dessert

Grilled Pizza

Burgers and Grilled Potato Fries

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Skillet Lasagna

With school back in session, quick weeknight dinners are a must.  This one is quick, and requires just one pan and the leftovers (if there are any) are a huge win too.


Skillet Lasagna – Adapted from The Apple of My Eye


  • 1/2 lb. ground Italian sausage (or turkey sausage)
  • 4 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. minced onion
  • 1/2 C shredded carrots
  • 2 cans (14oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (14 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 lasagna noodles, broken into quarters
  • 1/3 C water
  • 1/2 C shredded Mozzarella cheese and/or 1/4 C Parmesan cheese
  • 6 T ricotta cheese
  • Parsley for garnish


Brown the ground Italian sausage in the bottom of a large skillet until cooked through.  Drain the grease and set aside for a moment.  Add the mushrooms, onions, garlic and salt and pepper, sautéing until the mushrooms are soft and the excess liquid has evaporated. 

Add in the shredded carrots and the sausage.  Stir well.

Place the broken apart lasagna noodles over the meat mixture.  Then pour in both cans of diced tomatoes (undrained), and the can of tomato sauce. 

Top with 1 tsp. basil and 1 tsp. oregano along with a pinch of cinnamon.

Pour over 1/3 C water. 

Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring 1-2 times during the cooking process. 

Meanwhile, shred the mozzarella cheese, or slice it if you are using fresh.  Set aside. 

When noodles are al dente, remove the cover and dollop on the 6 T of ricotta cheese as well as the mozzarella and/or Parmesan. 

Garnish with parsley, if desired. 

Serve warm. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Menu Plan–September 7

The first week of school was a whirlwind, but wonderful all the same.  I am so thankful and blessed to get a chance to do what I love, every single day. 

After a summer of semi-lazy menu planning (i.e., actually sticking to the plan!), it felt really good to be back into a schedule.  It can be so easy to not eat well-balanced meals and healthy snacks and being back on a plan makes it just as easy to eat well.

Here’s our plan for this week:

Apple Cider Donut Holes
Burgers, Pickles, Green Beans and Baked Potato Wedges

Whole Wheat Waffles with Fresh Fruit
Smokehouse Maple Fajitas, steamed broccoli

Whole Wheat Waffles with Fresh Fruit
French Bread Pizza, green beans

Granola with Blueberries
Stuffed Pepper Casserole, green beans

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
One Pan Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice {new}

Pumpkin Pancakes with Apple Topping
Grilled Tuscan Lemon Chicken, Brussels Sprouts with Applewood Smoked Bacon

Work Snacks
Blueberry Oat Muffins {new}
Cherry Chocolate Cookies

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