Menu Planning

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Okay ladies, I need help. 

We started menu planning last week and it worked out great — except for the two nights we didn't plan on having "plans."  However, it still worked great to see what all was in the kitchen to cook with to eat.  For the past two weeks we have started the meal plan on Sunday (after all Sunday is the first of the week) and it goes through Saturday.  So far this week, we have stuck to our meal list.  (Yes, I know it's only Tuesday, but hey — I'm trying to be positive.)

Now, here is where I need your help.  I need some more recipes.  I have plenty of things we can add once the weather turns cooler like beef stew, chili, loaded potato soup, etc. but unfortunately it's still 1,000 degrees here in Mississippi and no one wants to eat that type of food while it's steaming outside.  So, I need some of your favorite recipes. 

I'll read all of your recipes, but I will be more wiling to try the ones that don't have many ingredients and that don't include onions or tomatoes.  (Let me clarify — we both don't eat tomatoes and I will cook with onions, however we don't like to eat them, either.)  I know, I know, but hey that's what makes us, US!  We love chicken and beef and would love to try some of your recipes that includes one of those items.  (Also, we don't eat fish or seafood dishes.)

Now, I'm sure you are asking yourself, "well what has she been cooking" and here is some of the things we usually eat:

Main/Meat Dish
Italian Chicken
Grilled Chicken
Fried Chicken
Grilled Burgers
Chicken Spaghetti
Baked Ziti
Homemade Pizza
Homemade Tacos

Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Ranch Potatoes
Homemade Mac and Cheese
Cajun Green Beans
Baked Green Beans
Cream Corn
Baked Beans
Pasta Salad
Homemade French Fries

So, can you help this southern socialite out?  I look forward to reading your recipes and trying them out!



  1. lol Joy You're hilarious! I love your list; my stomach is grumbling! I will email you some of our favorites!

  2. Kathy McKinion SansingAugust 9, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    My picky eaters like this:

    Chicken Parmesan

    6 boneless chicken breast halves, skin removed
    4 oz. butter
    Salt to taste
    Pepper to taste
    garlic powder to taste
    1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
    ½ cup or more grated Parmesan cheese
    1 can/jar spaghetti sauce
    Mozzarella cheese

    Melt butter in casserole dish in which chicken is to be baked. Combine bread crumbs and cheese on waxed paper or plate. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Rub seasoning lightly on both sides of chicken. Dip chicken in butter and coat with crumb mixture on both sides. Replace in the buttered casserole dish. Bake 25 to 35 minutes at 350°. Pour spaghetti sauce over chicken and bake another 5 minutes. Sprinkle grated (or sliced) Mozzarella cheese over chicken and bake 5 more minutes.

  3. Wow! Congrats on the meal planning! What wonderful a wonderful food list! We eat a lot of the same things! I don't know how you feel about salads in the summer, but we like grilled chicken salad and taco salad at times. I will try to send some recipes later on!

  4. Hi Joy! I Love menu planning! I have to be honest though I have slacked off completely this summer! But When Sept. rolls around Im gonna be off and running with it again! Hoping to be sooner!!! ha! There is a great website I use for meanu planning and for different recipes its, and every monday they have a link up thats called Meal Planning Monday! You can click on it and there is tons of links of others meal plans and get ideas recipes and such for other blogs! I use that alot! Hope that helps some! Blessings, Stacey


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