Some we liked, some we didn't, but that is okay we are learning! My plan is to save the recipes that we like to put into a new binder for 2013 and I'll be so far ahead of next years planning. If it all works out, in a few years I will just have to pull out my shopping lists and be all prepared for the next two weeks ( lets Hope!)
But since I am behind getting these posted, I am going to share the first week now, then post week #2 and then you can come back tomorrow and we will be all on track for Menu planning Mondays.
Sunday, January 1- Traditional Ham dinner with all the fixings, this was preplanned and no recipes needed.
Monday, January 2- Balsamic pear, chicken and asparagus This was not a favorite for us, but it did use
up some of the pears I got from Bountiful Baskets
Tuesday, January 3- Mexican Night ( Cleaning out the freezer to start the new year) Chicken Fajitas, Baby Tacos, Taco Salad, Taquitos ( no, we didn't each eat all of these, just sampling of the bits and pieces that I had in the freezer) with Rice and Refried Beans.
Wednesday, Jan 4- Had to stay late at work, and ended up going out to eat BUT we used a gift card that we had been given for Christmas and it only cost us $5 out of pocket- so in my mind, we are still on track.
Thursday, January 5- Stromboli/Calzones ( My husband is a meat eater and I like the cheese fillings, so that is why we had both) we tried one recipe that I won't link to because it didn't turn out and I don't know if it was the flour I used or the recipe itself. So we ended up buying store bought pizza dough and still stayed on plan with an additional $4 out of pocket.
Friday, January 6-Unstuffed Peppers- I follow a traditional recipe (in my head) for stuffed peppers, but no one in my family will eat the whole peppers once they are cooked, so I use less peppers and cut them up and mix them in with the stuffing and then bake it in a 9 x 13 Pyrex baking dish. By doing this, you still will get the pepper flavor, without the waste and it stretched a recipe that normally feeds 4 to feed 6 with leftovers for a meal for two. I often pack leftovers for my lunch, which is why you won't see many posts for lunch menus this year. My DH works at a casino and they are fed there. We pack a lunch for my son and I may share some of those and DD goes to Grandmas house so she has lunch with them.
Saturday, January 7- Ham and Bean stew ( stay tuned for a post on this, when I write it, I will post back)
There was no shopping list for this week as much of the menu was created using items from my pantry and freezer, I just picked up a few items as they were needed.
To my new followers, I promise not to do so many posts in one day, I am just trying to catch up! So please bear with me. Sorry for the lack of pics!