Thursday, October 10, 2013

Six Weeks of Dinner Menu Ideas

Several months ago my dad shared his frustration with that problem called, "What to have for dinner". (or supper as it's called where I grew up) He said he now understands why mom would come home from work and say, "What you would you like for supper?" That's half the battle right there! So I told him that I would sit down and hammer out some menus using a lot of mom's old standby's. So Dad, here's a series of six weeks worth of menus that I kept track of over the summer. Some of them aren't mom's but most of them are or are a spin-off. If there are any recipes that you'd like just let me know.

Week One
Monday - Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Green Beans
Tuesday - Enchiladas, Tossed Salad
Wednesday - Chicken Nuggets, Macaroni and Cheese, Lima Beans
Thursday- Baked fish, Baked  Sweet Potatoe with Cinnamon Butter, Peas, Applesauce
Friday - Pizza Night
Saturday -  Philly Steak sandwiches, French Fries
Sunday - Baked Chicken (cornflakes/rice crispies), Sweet Potato Fries, Corn, Jello salad

Week Two
Monday - Meatloaf, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans
Tuesday - Marinated Grilled Chicken (Italian Dressing), Noodles, Squash, Applesauce
Wednesday -  Tacos
Thursday - Grilled Salmon, Seasoned Rice, Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Gorgonzola Cheese and Raspberry Vinaigrette
Friday - Pizza Night
Saturday - BBQ Grilled Chicken, Stuffed Baked Potatoes, Broccoli
Sunday - Pork Loin, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Green Bean Casserole, Deviled Eggs

Week Three
Monday - Sloppy Joes, Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans and Kidney beans dressed with milk and butter
Tuesday -  Chicken Fajitas, Spanish Rice
Wednesday - Hamburg Gravy and Mashed Potatoes, Cracker Barrel Green Beans
Thursday -  Ziti, Garlic Bread, Peas
Friday- Pizza Night
Saturday - Grilled Fish, Parsley Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus, Applesauce
Sunday -  Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Carrots, Green Beans, Corn, Orange Jello Salad

Week Four
Monday - Chicken Broccoli Casserole, Baked Apples
Tuesday - BBQ Grilled Pork Chops, Mrs. Z's Rice, Stir Fried Green Beans
Wednesday - Beef Sandwiches, Potato Chips
Thursday - Salmon Cakes, Stewed Tomatoes, Baked Potatoes, Peas
Friday -  Pizza Night
Saturday - Hamburgers
Sunday -  Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Filling, Corn, Green Jello Salad

Week Five
Monday - Goulash, potato wedges, Lima Beans/Brussel Sprouts
Tuesday -  Taco Salads
Wednesday - Chinese chicken, rice, eggs and mushrooms
Thursday - Hamburger, green bean, potato and carrot packets - baked corn
Friday - Pizza night
Saturday - Grilled Cheese and soup night
Sunday -  Poor Man's Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli Casserole, Orange Jello Salad

Week Six
Monday - Stuffed peppers, Sweet Potato Fries, Applesauce
Tuesday - Creamed chipped beef gravy over biscuits, roasted asparagus
Wednesday -  Reuben Sandwiches, Potato chips
Thursday - Salmon soup, oyster crackers, Salad
Friday - Pizza Night
Saturday - Breakfast for supper 
Sunday -  Ham, Hashbrown Casserole, Candied Carrots, Cauliflower, Seven Layer Salad

In the freezer I try to keep a batch of frozen Vegetable Soup, Broccoli Soup, Ham and Green Bean Soup, White Chili and Regular Chili in addition to some casseroles in case some of these fall through. It also gives me a stash to run to when someone else might have need. 

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