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I am a bereaved mother and wife. I began this blog to help me look for the "good things" in life after my daughter, "Babybear", died in July 2005. Three years later, her daddy, my husband, "Bear", died in November 2008. (You'll find a link to their stories on my blog) And now, as difficult as it is, I continue to look for the good things in my life as I learn my new normal with my pup, "Furrybear", at my side. And the angels on my shoulder...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Menu Plan Monday - Feb. 22-Feb. 28

I really want to get back on track with Menu Planning. It's really hard when you're used to cooking for two. Even harder still when you know you should be cooking for three at the very least. But alas, fate and untimely death has left me alone to fend for myself. So, here's my attempt to get back on track with Menu Planning.

Wish me luck and share your ideas with me.

Sunday

Chicken Wraps

Monday

Acorn Squash & sausages

Tuesday

Stirfry pork & rice
(I already have the meat cooked up from the last stirfry I made)

Wednesday
Cheese & Spinach Cannoli from M&M
(I do not usually eat 'ready-made' meals but since I'm the only one cooking I need a break. So, let's hope this tastes half way decent.)

Thursday
Homemade fried rice with shrimp (using leftover rice from stirfry)
spring rolls from M&M

Friday

?

Saturday

?

Well, that's a start isn't it?

17 comments:

Vickie said...

Good luck with the planning. The chicken wrap sounds good. Yummy.

How about some type of pasta. I make an easy ravoli lasagna. It is really easy. It is also great as a left over meal.

Soup?

Tara said...

Hi Hun, I read some of your blog and am so very sorry for your loss of your husband and your child. :(

Here is the link to the Chicken Parm Soup Recipe, It is really yummy!!
http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/chicken-parmigiano-soup/

Yaya said...

Yum! Sounds like a good menu!
You could do leftovers on Friday and then because you were 'good' all week with your menu you could order in for Saturday!

Sharon said...

It IS a start, and a good one, too.
I am very sorry for your losses. I will keep you in my prayers.
((hugs))

When I was cooking for just me, I found the George Foreman to be a huge plus. I'd buy boneless pork loins and just throw one on for myself for dinner. It tastes great of you marinate it in Italian dressing and Worcestershire sauce. (however you spell that)

Have a good week & continue to find the good in your life.

amber said...

Sounds like a great menu!

Erica Brooks said...

Nice menu. The chicken wraps sound like a winner. Quick and easy. Have a great week.

Teri said...

I admire you for planning actual meals for one...when I'm on my own, it usually ends up being tuna fish sandwiches, ramen noodles, mac & cheese or a can of soup! Your meals sound yummy!

Why Do We Even Have That Lever? said...

I say again, check out:

www.menshealth.com/bellyoff/

The recipes there are GREAT, easily prepared in under 20 minutes and are almost all one or two serving recipes. They are all very healthy and use fresh stuff.

Here is one recipe that we are having tonight:

Chicken Tex-Mex
(Makes 2 servings)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup fat-free Italian dressing
1 can (16 ounces) mexican-style stewed tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapeno chile peppers, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/4 cup (1 ounces) freshly grated Parmesan cheese or shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup brown rice
1. Place the chicken in a 13” x 9” baking dish. Pierce in several places with a fork. Pour the dressing over the top, turning to coat both sides. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F. In a medium
saucepan over medium heat, combine the tomatoes
(with juice), garlic, peppers, and cilantro. Simmer
for 20 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the tomato mixture. Pour the remaining tomato mixture over the chicken.
3. Bake the chicken for 40 minutes, or until a thermometer
inserted in the thickest portion registers 160°F and the juices run clear. Sprinkle with the cheese.
4. Meanwhile, prepare the rice according to package directions. Stir in the reserved 1/4 cup tomato mixture.
Serve with the chicken.

When it's for two servings, you could just cut the recipe in half, or freeze the other half, less cooking next week when you want to just "heat and eat."

Caitlin said...

Sounds delicious! What are you going to do with the acorn squash and sausage? Sounds intriguing. And, do you know that I have never actually had a cannoli? How have I survived?
You are such a strong, resilient woman!

MindyLew said...

I think your menu sounds delicious - Sometimes when I have had a bad day - Cooking seems to help relieve some of the tension and somehow gives me peace - I will be praying that it does the same for you!!

kel said...

Sound delish... I really need to menu plan!

Anjeny said...

These are yummy menus. I don't really plan out menus, I used to but not anymore.

Anyhoo, I came by to let you know I've posted a card for your challenge, more like a whole punch but there is one specifically for your challenge. Sorry it took me so long, my photo downloader is real pain these days.

Aight, enjoy!!

pam said...

It is very difficult to cook for one. I think I would be resorting to frozen a lot more than I would care to admit.

Your plan looks good!!

Supercool Hotmama said...

I like to make up burritos, then wrap them in celophane and freeze them in a Gallon ziploc! It's great to have a quick, individual meal ready all the time. Then you won't have to wonder what to do with the rest of the can of beans, etc.

You could also precook up a pound of bacon and freeze it. It's great to have ready for an omelet, blt sandwich, or to toss in a can of pork and beans. Actually, I could eat a whole pound of bacon myself, in one sitting. Just another good reason to freeze it.

SWIRL said...

hahahah
love the menu- that is how my starts too... the week usually ends with YOYO nights...
(you are on your own.)

Jenners said...

Sounds good to me! : )

Joc(e) said...

How did everything come out?