Monday, March 12, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Okay, I must start by saying I figured out who I got the ham recipe from that I made last week: Mamalicious posted it a couple of weeks ago here. I have to give her credit and link it this week because it. was. the. BEST! My family absolutely loved it, and I wish I'd have bought a bigger ham so we would've had more leftovers. If you missed it when she posted it, go back and get the recipe! I might use it for our Easter ham this year. :) And, the pizza pancakes were a hit as well. Thanks, Laura!

I am kickin' it into high gear this week in the "spring cleaning" department, so I reserve the right to cancel the following plans in favor of sandwiches or cold cereal in the event I go missing in one of our closets (or throw my back out!) but here's what I have planned this week:

Monday: Pan-fried tilapia with lemon pepper, steamed vegetables, crescent rolls

Tuesday: Crock Pot Chicken Tacos, black beans, corn

Wednesday: Beef Casserole, mixed veggies (I didn't make this last Sunday like I had planned)

Thursday: Left overs

Friday: Hawaiian Chicken Bake, rice, stir-fried veggies, rolls

Weekend: Sandwiches and leftovers


Creamy Ground Beef Casserole
(This recipe is described as a "comfort food" that kids will love. I am making it with low-fat ingredients to "comfort" my conscience. :) It looks good, I think.)

1-1/2 lb. ground beef
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (8 oz.) pkg. elbow macaroni
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (12 oz.) ctn. cottage cheese
1 (8 oz.) ctn. sour cream
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 (6 oz.) pkgs. sliced mozzarella cheese

Brown ground beef, drain. Stir in tomato sauce and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook macaroni, drain and set aside. Combine cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream and onion; stir well. Layer half each of the macaroni, cheese mixture, mozzarella cheese and meat sauce in a greased 13x9x2" baking dish. Repeat layers except for mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Place remaining cheese on top. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese melts.

For more plans and awesome ideas from some of the best cooks on the web (as well as some great tips for getting organized this spring) visit Laura the Organizing Junkie. Have a yummy week!


Kim said...


This all sounds wonderful! Thanks for the recipe! The tilapia sounds really good! How exactly do you make that? How long do you pan fry,etc? I would love to make that!!! We are big fish fans, but I hardly ever make it. We order it alot when we eat out.


Cyndi said...


There are probably better instructions than this on the web, but I just heat my non-stick skillet to medium-high and put some margarine or a little oil in the skillet. Once the skillet is heated I just fry them 2-3 minutes on each side, seasoning as I go. The fillets I buy are so thin it doesn't take long. It's an easy, quick meal that we love. Hope this helps!

JennaG said...

I have read several posts today about people cleaning out their closets--something about this weather! I need to do that but I think it's going to have to wait until next week! What a wonderful menu you have planned--I've not had tilapia but just saw a recipe posted for it over at A Chelsea Morning! Have a great week!

annie said...

I need to "kick it into high gear" too! I am not sure how my gears can go higher, but we'll see! :)
I have a contest posted at my site, you should check it out!
Have a great week.

UKZoe said...

I love a good ham recipe, but they're not cheap over here at all. So we don't have it very often.

org junkie said... cracked me up with your comment about going missing in one of your closets...I can so relate...I love getting "lost" in an organizing project.
And thank you for your sweet comment brightened my day :)
PS: I'm so glad you liked the pizza pancakes...I always get nervous giving recommendations...whew!

Linda said...

Sounds like a week of good eatin' Cyndi. Don't talk about Spring Cleaning. I know I have to do it. On the bright side, it should be easier this year (not that I actually did it last year) because all the little "do-dads" are packed away. It sure makes dusting easier.
Have a good week.

Rona's Home Page said...

I have to agree with Kim about the Tilapia, it does sound good.

Chris said...

I woke up this morning with the same thoughts and plans...ready to begin spring cleaning. With a two year old in tow, I break my down into 30 minutes per day.