Weekly Menus December 2014

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Your December weekly menus are here: frugal, healthy and easy recipes for weeknight dinners! If there is anything you do not like you will find many recipes to substitute them with. As always we try to keep it varied by having a vegetarian, a chicken, a beef, a pasta and a fish meal for you each week. We also try and find the easiest recipes for you but sometimes they do require some work.

Italian Wedding Soup
Honey Sesame Chicken Fingers
Kidney Bean Stew
Rigatoni and Meatballs
Baked Fish with Feta Cheese

You will need meatballs for Monday’s Italian Wedding Soup. You can buy these frozen if it makes things easier for you. However, making them at home is a much better option although it takes time. You will know exactly what is in them and you can make a huge batch and portion it before you freeze them. That way you have them ready to use for pasta or meatball subs when you don;t have time to cook. This is a very tasty and easy soup to make. Serve it with crusty bread.

Tuesday’s chicken fingers are super easy to make. They are baked so they are pretty healthy. You can use chicken breast or chicken tenderloins for this recipe. Tenderloins are sold frozen in big bags and are not expensive. Serve these with a side of oven sweet potato fries or a salad. You can also make your own honey mustard sauce to go with them.

Wednesday’s kidney bean stew can be made in a slow cooker which is great. Go ahead and add all the ingredients into the pot and forget about it until dinner time. You can serve this with rice if you want.

I thought making some Rigatoni with meatballs would be great this week given that we have the meatballs from Monday. You can go ahead and prep this sauce ahead of time and either freeze it or keep it in the fridge for a max of 2 days. You can also go ahead and cook the pasta the day before and keep it in a sealed bag with some olive oil drizzled on it.

Friday’s dinner is wicked easy to make. It will cook fairly quickly and is delicious. You can use pretty much any type of fish you like for this. Serve it with turmeric rice if you want.

Vegan Vegetable Soup
Potato Meat Casserole
Chicken Chow Mein
Lentil Stew with Hot Dogs
Parmesan Crusted Fish Sticks

Although Monday’s soup is vegan it is absolutely delightful to eat. Many people assume vegan means tasteless but that is not correct. This soup is very satisfying and it is very clean. It certainly is a great way to start the week. Serve it with some crusty bread.

Tuesday’s casserole can be made in advance and popped in the oven before dinner time. It will take about 40 minutes to be ready so make sure to allot the time. This is a very satisfying meal that packs well in lunch boxes if you have left overs. You can also used boxed mashed potatoes for this is you prefer. That will save you some time.

Wednesday’s chicken chow mein is pretty simple to make. It requires some prepping time but is delicious and an all time family favorite. I like using chicken tenderloins for this but you can go ahead and slice up a chicken breast if you prefer. You will find oyster sauce and chow mein noodles fairly easily at the grocery store in the Asian section. However, if you can’t find the noodles go ahead and use very thin spaghetti. That will work just fine.

Thursday’s lentil stew can be made in advance and frozen. You can also make it a couple of days earlier and heat it. This is a delicious and easy stew that everyone loves. Serve it with some crusty bread.

Friday’s fish sticks are also quite easy to make. Use any white fleshy fish for this recipe. This is baked which makes it very healthy. Serve these with a salad.

Potato Leek Soup
Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pasta
Chicken Rice Casserole
Fish with Grapes and Pomegranate
Steak and Pepper Sandwiches

Monday’s potato and leek soup is very easy to make. It is silky and very tasty. My main recommendation with this is that you rinse off the leeks thoroughly. Leeks carry a lot of dirt so it is important that you separate the layers and wash them well. Other than that this is pretty simple and absolutely delish. Serve this with some crusty bread.

Tuesday’s pasta can be cooked a day ahead of time. It is very tasty. The roasting of the tomatoes and the garlic takes about an hour but the wait is worth it. You can use any type of pasta for this dish but penne pasta is the best as far as I am concerned.

The chicken and rice casserole for Wednesday can be made a couple of days ahead and then cooked before dinner. This will take about 40 minutes to be ready so make sure you allot the time. This is a great casserole to pack into lunch boxes for school or the office.

Thursday’s fish is very easy and quick to make. You can use any fish you like for this recipe. The fish bakes for a few minutes and the sauce is made separately to serve on top. This is a very delicate and exquisite dish. Make sure to serve it with some lemon pieces so they can be squeezed on top before eating. Serve this with couscous or rice.

Friday’s sandwich can be made right before dinner. Serve it on a sub or hero roll. This is a very satisfying sandwich which you an serve with potato ships on the side.

Chicken Noodle Soup
Falafel with Tahini Sauce
Meat and Cheese Lasagna
Southwestern Turkey Burger
Tilapia with Citrus

Go ahead and make Monday’s chicken noodle soup the day before if you want. You can also freeze this with no problem. This is a very satisfying and flavorful soup that heats the body and the soul. Serve it with some crusty bread.

The falafel for Tuesday can be made a couple of days ahead of time but should be fried before serving them. You can also make the Tahini sauce a day ahead. Tahini is sesame paste that is found in the international aisle of your grocery store. It is used for making Hummus as well.

Wednesday’s lasagna takes time. It is not hard to make but it does require some time. The good news is that it freezes very well so you can make it ahead and simply thaw it in the fridge the night before. You will need to bake this for about 45 minutes so make sure you allot the time.

Thursday’s turkey burger can be made right before dinner. You can cook it in a skillet or a grill. Whatever you want. I made this one Southwestern style but you do not have to. You can make it plain if you prefer. It will be wonderful. Serve it with a side of potato chips.

Friday’s fish is extremely easy to make. You can use any type of fish for this. Tilapia is inexpensive but a lot of people do not like eating it because it is farmed. This is a nice and healthy dish that will be ready in no time.

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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