Weekly Menus March 2014

Here are your weekly menus for mid-March to mid-April. Easy, frugal, healthy and nutritious recipes for eating well without going broke.

Boiled Corned Beef Dinner
Reuben Sandwiches
Baked Trout/Salmon Mustard Sauce
Red Lentil Soup
American Chop Suey

Monday the 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day and I figured you might want to make a boiled corned beef dinner with cabbage, carrots and potatoes. You will make this in the crock-pot so you won’t have to worry about it. It will cook itself. All you need to do it put everything in the pot and come home to a ready made dinner.

On Tuesday, I figure you will have some left over corned beef so why not make a Reuben sandwich. You can go ahead a make your own sauerkraut and Russian dressing but store bought will be fine. If you decide to make your sauerkraut you can make it days in advance. It will last very nicely in the fridge.

Wednesday’s dinner can be made with just about any fish. I made it with trout but salmon or a nice firm white fish will do very nicely as well. The creamy mustard sauce for this fish is delicious. This is a quick and easy recipe that you can have on the table in no time.

Thursday’s red lentil soup is loaded in protein, vitamins, minerals and flavor. Red lentils cook faster than brown lentils and are very satisfying. This is a vegan recipe that is so good you will not miss the meat.

Friday’s chop suey is a real treat. Everyone loves this meal. It is also very easy to make. You can go ahead and cook the pasta ahead of time and keep it in the fridge in a zipped bag. Serve it with garlic bread and a side salad. Perfection.

Pastelon
Lentil Patties with salad
Super Easy Roasted Chicken
Grilled Chicken, Cheese Tomato and Basil Sandwiches
Pasta with Shrimp and Roasted Tomatoes

Monday’s dinner can be made on Sunday and simply warmed up. Pastelon in a ground beef casserole made with plantains. It is Puerto Rican dish that is very flavorful and easy to make. It requires sometime so this is why I am suggesting you make it the day before.

Tuesday’s lentil patties can also be made ahead of time. They need to set in the refrigerator anyway. These patties are delicious and they are very healthy. Don’t be thrown by the fact that they are vegan. That has nothing to do with their flavor.

Wednesday’s chicken is so easy that it will blow your mind. Of course, the chicken needs time to cook but there really is not much to it. You could actually make it while eating dinner on Tuesday. All you need is chicken, coarse salt, black pepper and lemon. Not much work from you other than dry the chicken really well.

I am assuming that you will have leftover chicken for Thursday’s grilled cheese sandwich. If you don’t have any leftover chicken you can either make come more – you need tenders – or omit it and have a vegetarian sandwich with cheese, tomatoes and basil.

Friday’s pasta is a joy to eat and a great way to receive the weekend. The thing that will take the longest will be roasting the tomatoes and garlic. If you don’t have time go ahead and make it on Thursday while you are having dinner. After the tomatoes are done, keep them in a cover container in the fridge will all of their juices. Go ahead and squeeze out the garlic cloves from the roasted head of garlic and make a paste out of them. Keep the paste in the same container as the tomatoes. No problem.

You can thaw the shrimp in the fridge on Thursday night but, if you forget to do so, you can place the frozen shrimp in a colander and place it under running cold water. Move the shrimp around every couple of minutes. Before you know it your shrimp will be thawed. Please don’t thaw your shrimp in the microwave. You run the risk of starting to cook it and ruining it. Finally, please make sure your shrimp is cleaned and deveined.

Lamb Burgers
Vegetarian lentil stew
Thai Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce
Yogurt Marinated Roasted Chicken Thighs
Linguine with Clams and White Wine

Monday’s lamb burgers can be made over the weekend or much earlier and frozen if needed. That would be perfectly fine. If you are not a big lamb eater or can’t find lamb very easily go ahead and use ground beef for this recipe. It will work just fine. You can make the sauce the day before and keep it in the fridge in a covered container.

Tuesday’s vegetarian lentil stew can also be made in advance. If you make it a couple of days earlier don’t bother freezing it. It will get tastier as it sits in the fridge. This is another super healthy recipe that is loaded in protein, vitamins and minerals and it is satisfying and delish!

Wednesday’s dinner is fun and exciting. However, you will need to get some special ingredients for this. Red curry paste and fish sauce are the most important ones. If you are not interested in purchasing ingredients you probably will never use again substitute this recipe with another fish recipe from the website.

Thursday’s chicken thighs can marinate overnight so you can prep them on Wednesday evening. All you have to do on Thursday is roast them. These are an absolute delight to eat. If you have left overs send them to school or work the next day or make chicken salad out of them.

Finishing the week with a nice bowl of American Chop Suey and some garlic bread is great. I make my chop suey with sausage but you can certainly use ground beef is you prefer. This is an all-time favorite.

White Fish with Tomatoes, Olives and Capers
Ziti with Spicy Tomato Sauce
Falafel with Tahini Sauce
Stuffed Chicken Breast
Taco Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Monday’s dinner is quick and easy to make. It is also very clean so a great way to start the week! You can use any white fish that you want as long as it is firm. This is a very delicious and healthy meal.

Tuesday’s ziti can be made on Sunday. I would keep the sauce and noodles separate until it is time to eat or the noodles might absorb most of the sauce and be dry. Simply make both and keep them in closed containers in the fridge until you are ready to use them.

Wednesday’s falafel can also be made in advance and frozen. Please thaw them before you deep fry them so think ahead and take them out of the freezer a few hours before you want to cook them. Make the tahini sauce right before serving this. There really is not much to the sauce so it won’t take too long. This is a super tasty vegetarian meal.

Go ahead and stuff the chicken breast for Thursday’s dinner ahead of time if you want. The dredging and coating should be done that night or it can get soggy. This is a beautiful dish that you can make when you are entertaining as well.

Finally, Friday! I will assume that by now the weather is getting nice as spring is here to stay for a while. So, why not make a taco salad? You can prep the meat and dressing for this ahead of time so all you have to do is assemble the salad. I do not make taco bowls for my taco salads. They look awesome but they are usually mostly tossed into the garbage! I prefer to serve it with tortilla chips on the side so they get eaten. Whatever you decide, enjoy and have a great weekend!

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!

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