Busy Mom’s Weekly Menu Plan – February 15 – 22

Busy Moms Weekly Meal Plan

I really had to rack my brain hard for recipes that I haven’t cooked in awhile this week. It was difficult for me to come up with my meal plan. Have you ever been at the point during the season when you just don’t/can’t wear the same clothes you have been wearing for the past 3 months? I am at this point with winter recipes right now. I am at the point where I want winter to pack up and move out to make way for spring. Even though I really do enjoy rich beef stew and homemade chicken soup, I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can break out the grill.

In the next few days, the temperature is going to go from 29 degrees to 40 degrees, so hopefully that will melt the 3 feet of snow on top of the grill and I can start it up. A girl can hope can’t she.

Until then…

Here is what I plan on making for dinner this week:

Sunday:  Shrimp and sausage jambalaya.

Monday:  Caribbean Black Bean Soup.

Tuesday:  Chicken Cacciatore.

Wednesday:  Leftovers

Thursday:   Crockpot Mexican Chicken with homemade guacamole.

Friday:   Homemade Takeout. Stir Fried Singapore Noodles with Garlic Ginger Sauce.

Saturday:  Chili with homemade cornbread.

Question: What are you looking forward to cooking on the grill this spring?

Easy Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Easy BBQ Crock Pot Pulled Pork

I love crock pot recipes where you put everything in the crock pot, then set it and forget it.  This recipe is definitely a set it and forget it recipe.  When I make this recipe for get-togethers at my house, everyone loves it and I never have leftovers.  Sometimes I will add a little bit a fresh cut pineapple to my sandwich.  The mix of sweet BBQ and pineapple taste so good together.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Club Rolls/Bread
  • BBQ Sauce

Directions:

1. Place pork in the crock pot with the the fat side facing up.  Add the peppers and onions to the crock pot around the meat.  Add the bay leaf, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.  Pour in 2 cups of water in to the crock pot.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

2.  Remove the bay leaf and drain most of the water from the crock pot.  Remove the pork shoulder from the crock pot and place it on a cutting board.  Using 2 forks, shred the pork.  Return the pork to the crock pot.  Add 1 cup of BBQ sauce to the crock pot and mix well.

3.  Server on club rolls with coleslaw and french fries.

Challenge Update

Tonight I jogged on the treadmill and I was able to jog for 6/10 of a mile with out stopping.  YAHOOOOOO!!!!

I might have gone a little bit further if I didn’t have to shovel the drive way right before hand.  Note to self: Learn how to use the snow blower before the snow on Wednesday and Sunday.  : )

Question:  How are you doing with the challenge?

Busy Mom’s Weekly Menu Plan – February 2 – 8

Busy Moms Weekly Meal Plan Feb 2 - 8Do you ever feel like all you do is eat chicken for dinner?

I feel like chicken is always on the menu in my house.  It is really hard for me to come up with beef recipes during the winter months.  During the summer a burger or steak on the grill tastes so good. But for some reason, steak cooked on the stove or in the broiler doesn’t taste as good.  It might be because every time I cook steak inside of the house, the entire house fills up with black with smoke.  Oops. 

The week I found a recipe for steak tips looks so yummy.  I think that there is only a small chance of having to call the fire department to tell them to ignore any alarms from our house when make it for dinner.

Here is what I plan on making for dinner this week:

Sunday:  Pizza and Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings.  Super bowl baby!

Monday:  Cream of Broccoli Soup.

Tuesday:   Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili.

Wednesday:  Steak Tips with Peppered Mushroom Gravy.

Thursday:   Leftovers.  I always have leftovers after making the crock pot chicken taco chili.  You could use the leftovers to make chicken tacos  served with rice and refried beans.

Friday:   Roasted chicken, with potatoes, carrots, and fennel.

Saturday:  Out to dinner.

Question: What is your favorite beef recipe to cook in the winter?  I am always looking for ideas.