Eating with the Armstrongs

Hi there! Need some inspiration for your weekly meal planning? Here is what I’m cooking up this week. I hope to post my weekly menus every Monday so that you can check it out and get some ideas. As I get more organized, I also want to share some budgeting tips and hints on how to make your grocery list work really well.

This week we are having a lot of chicken! In my opinion, if you can do a variety of flavors, using one kind of meat the whole week is O.K. That’s why I’m doing a Thai inspired dish, an Italian style dish, and a down home soup dish. Another great way to save, is doing a meatless entree. Seriously, if you can pack in lots of hearty vegetables and tons of flavor, your meat-loving husband won’t notice! (fingers crossed)

Sunday: Church Dinner! (70 people)

-homemade meat sauce spaghetti, mixed green salad, garlic french bread, chocolate brownie muffins

-Mixed Greens & Tomato Salad with simple vinaigrette: mix together 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, garlic salt to taste, pepper to taste. Adjust to taste, adding more olive oil if needed.

-Lesson learned: make WAY more sauce than you think, don’t try to cook all of the noodles in one pot, they will burn! yikes!

Monday: Thai Crunch Chicken Salad

-husband approved!

-adjustments: halved the recipe, used only green cabbage, deleted carrots & peanuts, added sliced avocado: totally delicious!

Tuesday: Spinach & Parmesan Stuffed Chicken with Mixed Green Salad (if this turns out well, I’ll post the recipe)

Wednesday: Supreme Pizza using Whole Foods Pizza Dough, pepperonis, mushrooms & sliced red pepper

Thursday: Wild Rice, Cauliflower, & Yellow Squash Cheesy Casserole (a creative adaptation of this yummyness)

Friday: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Saturday: Eat out or leftovers

Note: the only recipe we’ve tried so far is the Thai Crunch Salad, and it is delicious! The other posted recipes are for your inspiration and I haven’t tested them yet. Remember, I taste my food a long the way and adjust seasoning according to taste! Try it!

Also, we are on a yogurt and homemade granola craze for breakfast! Recipe coming ASAP!

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