Monday, June 18, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day yesterday with those that you love! We enjoyed going to dinner with my inlaws last night, and since it was not far from where my parents live, they were able to join us too. So, we enjoyed time with both of our fathers at once! (And, some great Mexican food...)

It's a cool(er), rainy Monday morning here and I'm a bit late getting my menu up because (1) it's summer and I can move as s-l-o-w-l-y as I want to and (2) I've been out for a bit this morning dropping off my son at fencing camp. Yes, he'll be learning to sword-fight with the best of them this week, and he's so excited! He and three of his best buddies are going all day, every day for a week. Now when they come at each other with sticks, pvc pipe, or whatever else they use as light sabres and foils... they'll have some technique! My sweet daughter is hanging out with me this week after her busy week at VBS last week, so we're catching up on housework, chatting, and making out our menus for the next few weeks.

I wanted to mention that the Southwestern Fish Tacos I tried last week turned out *great*. My whole family loved them! They are light but very flavorful, a perfect summer dish.

I used to think the Crock Pot was typically associated with fall and winter cooking, or for use during the schoolyear when everyone is out of the house during the day and schedules are tight, but I find that I use mine just as much or more in the summer. I don't like heating up my kitchen with the oven or standing over the stove stirring during the heat of the day/evening, and I like that we can be out and about or swimming at the pool and come home to the smell of dinner. It's an easy clean-up, too. So, this week I've got two slow cooker recipes planned from one of my favorite resources, the Fix-It and Forget-It cookbook.

Monday: Quick Cheeseburger Bake and salad
Tuesday: Chops and Beans (Fix-it and Forget-it, p. 137)
Wednesday: Chicken Parmigiana (Fix-it and Forget-it, p. 180)
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday & weekend: off for a weekend at the lake with family. My father-in-law will be the head chef, so I know we're in for some good eating!

For more recipe and menu ideas, or to post your own, visit Laura at I'm An Organizing Junkie. I hope this week is a yummy one at your house!


tegdirb92 said...

what a great meal plan week!! Blessings to you this week.

Christi said...

Sounds yummy!

Have a great week!

Linda said...

Everything sounds delicious. I really must buy a new crock pot. I had one years ago and then just sort of stopped using it. So I gave it away!! These new recipes sound so good - and easy. I like easy.
What a nice Father's Day you had, and the coming weekend sounds great too.
Have a good day Cyndi.

LeftCoastOnlooker said...

Another great menu!
So far, I have Monday taken care of -- lasagne, salad, broccoli, ready to warm up when we get home in another hour.
Hmm..gotta think about the rest of the week.

Alycia said...

Hi Cyndi! This menu sounds wonderful! I have been looking for new meals and you've inspiried me to pull out our crockpot cookbook for the summer too! Have a great week and a fun time at the lake this weekend!

Mindy said...

Fix it and forget it...........are these crock pot meals and where can I get a copy?
THat is my kind of meal for busy days!