Weekly Menus April 2015

Here are you weekly menus for the month of April. As always I have tried to pick a variety of easy recipes for you. If for some reason you do not like any of these choices simply go to the website and pick from any of our 1200 recipes.

Ground Beef Tacos
Chicken Curry with Fruit
Salmon in the Oven
Pasta Primavera
BBQ Chicken Pizza

Monday’s ground beef tacos are fun to make and eat. Although you can easily purchase taco seasoning to prepare the ground beef you can also make your own. The most time you will spend for this meal is getting all the toppings chopped and ready. Serve everything in individual bowls and let people build their own tacos.

Tuesday’s chicken curry is also quite easy to make. This meal will taste better the day after so go ahead and make it in advance. This is an easy recipe that delivers a lot of flavor. It is made with dried apricots, apples and raisins which balance the heat perfectly. If you like you can serve this with white or brown rice.

Wednesday’s salmon is super, duper easy to make. All you need are five ingredients and a little time. I love serving this with a side of veggies. You can make sautéed broccolini or asparagus rissoto for this. This is a quick and health meal that you will love.

Thursday’s pasta is vegetarian and is loaded in vegetables. This is a very fresh and delicious meal. You will need to spend some time prepping vegetables and then blanching some of them but all in all this is a very easy recipe. You could cut your vegetables and cook the pasta a day ahead of time. Toss the pasta in a little olive oil and store it in a sealed bag to prevent it from sticking.

Friday’s pizza is very easy. If you have time you can make your own dough at home but if you don’t go ahead and purchase it at the store. Use store bought bbq sauce and rotisserie chicken to save time and have dinner on the table in a timely manner.

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Beef Broccoli Stir Fry with Rice
Chicken in Coconut Milk with Pasta
Parmesan Crusted Fish Sticks with Tartar Sauce
American Chop Suey
Pork Pozole

Monday’s stir-fry is very simple to make once you have all your veggies and beef prepped. In fact, please do not start making it until you have everything ready because once you start you will not have time to get things without ruining the meal. Serve this delicious and fresh stir-fry with steamed rice.

Tuesday’s chicken is also quite easy to make. You can use chicken breast or skinless chicken thighs for this recipe which is spiced beautifully with garlic and ginger. The coconut milk adds an exquisite touch to it. You can serve this with pasta or rice. If you are using pasta start the water boiling before you start your chicken. This way everything will be ready at the same time.

Wednesday’s fish sticks are healthy, delicious and easy. You can use any fleshy white fish for this recipe. Serve it with some tartar sauce and your favorite side. You can purchase the sauce or make it at home (which is very easy to do and a lot tastier).

Thursday’s dinner can be made in advance and frozen. Simply thaw it in the morning and heat it when you are ready to eat. This is a hearty pasta dish with sausage and tomato sauce that packs very nicely in school and work lunchboxes.

Friday’s pozole requires special Mexican chilies. If you cannot find them you might want to substitute them with any other meal of your preference. This is an exquisite and satisfying soup that also freezes perfectly. I like making a double batch and freezing some for emergency days – and who doesn’t have one of those?

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Albondigas with Rice
Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast with Sun Dried Tomatoes
Thai Noodles with Shrimp and Broccoli
Vegetarian Garbanzo Stew
Penne with Roasted Tomato and Garlic

Monday’s albondigas are Latin American meatballs that are very easy to make and can be made in advance and frozen. As a matter of fact, why not make two batches and freeze some for future use? These meatballs cook in a tomato base sauce that goes wonderfully with rice.

Tuesday’s stuffed chicken breasts are very easy to make and are truly very tasty. You can prep them a day before and keep them in the fridge. All you have to do the next day is cook them. These go great with sweet potato fries or steamed veggies or a salad if you want to keep the calories at bay.

Wednesday’s Thai noodles are very easy to make. You will need some specific ingredients for this but not to worry. If you decide to purchase them they will last you in the fridge for a long time. The longest you will take is prepping your ingredients. Once they are ready this meal moves pretty fast.

Thursday’s dinner can be made in advance and frozen. Simply thaw it in the morning and heat it when you are ready to eat. This is a very clean and delicious meal that goes great as is or with some rice. You could go ahead and make extra rice on Monday and keep it in the fridge in a closed container for this night.

Friday’s pasta is pretty fantastic. You can make this a couple of days ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. This is one of those meals that taste better the day after. This is also a very clean dish.

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Couscous Salad with Caramelized Onions and Marinated Steak Strips
Herbed Roasted Chicken
Coconut Turmeric Fish with White Rice
Lentil & Beet Patties
Angel Hair Shrimp Alfredo

Monday’s couscous salad has an array of flavors from the caramelized onions, pineapple chunks, sundried tomatoes and capers. The steaks marinate for about 30 minutes and then need to sit at room temperature for another 30 minutes to cook uniformly. You could marinate the beef overnight and simply take it out of the fridge before you are ready to cook dinner. However, this salad is perfect without the meat. So if you want to keep it vegetarian (vegan even) forget about the beef. It will be perfect.

Tuesday’s roasted chicken pretty much cooks itself. You do need to keep an eye on it but this is the type of meal that you could pop in the oven a couple hours before dinner and forget about. If you have left over’s you can use the meat for sandwiches for school or the office the next day. You can serve this with whatever you prefer as a side.

Wednesday’s fish cooks pretty quickly as well. This is a very flavorful dish that is full of nutrients. Pick a white, fleshy fish that is not strong n flavor such as tilapia, basa, haddock, mahi-mahi or wahoo. This goes beautifully with white rice which you can cook at the same time you cook the fish.

Thursday’s patties are delicious and very healthy. You can make these beforehand and freeze them without a problem. Simply thaw them a few hours before dinner. All you have to do is brown both sides to serve. If you want to keep this really clean go ahead and serve it with a salad.

Friday’s pasta is delicious. The Alfredo sauce is made with heavy cream and Parmesan cheese and the pasta is loaded with asparagus, mushrooms and shrimp. You can use angel hair or Fettuccine pasta for this meal. This is an elegant dish that is great for ending the week.

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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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