Sunday, July 13, 2008

Menu Plan Monday #24

We were on vacation last week and we ate like it too. Everyone fed us well. Too well. We had steak, ice cream (on multiple occasions), apple pie, cheesecake, waffles & bacon....need I go on? All I can say is that we need to be aware of what we are eating this week.

Today was my mother's 80th birthday and we had a party for her. There were plenty of leftovers, many of which found their way to my home. Not all bad though as I won't need to cook dinner on Monday night, there's a lot of bread in the freezer and my Uncle Dave brought homegrown onions & apples for us. I do believe I'll be making an apple pie this week. Not sure that fits into our conscious eating efforts but I couldn't pass up fresh apples. Could I?

Here's our dinner menu plan to get us back on track.

Monday - Lasagna (brought home from Mom's), Salad, Fresh Peaches

Tuesday - Asian Chicken (from the freezer) with Wild Rice Salad, Broiled Asparagus

Wednesday - Skillet Macaroni & Beef (recipe follows), Cantaloupe

Thursday - Vegetable Tacos (black beans, zucchini, onions, mushrooms), Tortilla Chips & Salsa

Friday - Pizza Pasta Salad (this may be pushed to Saturday night; we have an all-day swim meet so we'll see what time we get home)

Skillet Macaroni & Beef
3/4 lb. ground beef
1 small zucchini, coarsely chopped
1 small yellow onion, chopped
8 oz. elbow macaroni, uncooked
2-8oz cans tomato sauce
1 tsp salt
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 t. dried basil, crumbled
3/4 t. dried oregano, crumbled
1 to 1 1/2 c. water

Brown ground beef in a skillet. Drain beef and set aside. Add the zucchini, onion and macaroni to the skillet and cook, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Return the beef to the skillet. Add the tomato sauce, salt, Worcestershire sauce, basil, oregano, and enough water to cover the macaroni and beef. Cover the skillet, reduce the heat, and simmer for 13 to 15 minutes, or until the macaroni is tender. Stir occasionally.

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Anonymous said...

The Pizza Pasta Salad looks really good!

Anonymous said...

Always a bonus bringing home left over party food for the family. Thanks for the beef anc mac recipe it looks great.

Anonymous said...

I hadn't thought about putting zucchini and mushrooms on tacos. Is it good?

Hope you have a wonderful week!

teachermomof2 said...

The pizza pasta salad looks good. Kraft has some great pasta salad recipes.

Your menu looks great! Have a wonderful week.


Kristi said...

I've never heard of veggie tacos but they sound incredible! Blessings!

Michele @ Frugal Granola said...

Apple pie sounds delicious! :) When we have apples, I like to put them in a lentil salad (from the book "Simply in Season"), or dice them up into curries.

I just finished reading "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" too, and really enjoyed it! (I noticed on Kate's blog, that you mentioned reading it.) Hope you had a good trip!


Audra Krell said...

When I read about the skillet mac I was wishing for the recipe, scrolled down and there it was - thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Good menu this week. The asian chicken sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the skillet mac recipe.