Monday, January 31, 2011

3 in 30 - Goals for February

In mid-January, I came across a blog post talking about making goals reality, three at a time, and I have decided that I am going to participate in the month of February.

The three goals that I have set for this month are:

Weight Loss - My first goal for the month of February is to lose 5 pounds.  I will try to achieve this goal by making better food choices, eating smaller portions, and exercising.

Organization of  Recipes - I have many recipe cards and printed out copies of recipes that are not organized in a way that I can quickly access what I need. So my second goal is to organize all my recipes.  I plan to achieve this goal by putting all my recipes in binders.

Purposeful Reading - My final goal is to read a book to my two girls at least five days out of the week. When my three boys were younger, I read to them a lot.  But with the busyness of homeschooling five children, I have not read much at all to my younger two. We will try to rectify that this month and in so doing hope that it becomes a habit that will continue for the rest of the year.

Weekly Menu

An easy week, as far as cooking goes, provided the weather cooperates!

Monday - Leftover Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Noodles, Stuffing, Green Beans, and Fruit Salad.

Tuesday - Taco Soup

Wednesday -Breakfast Burritos

Thursday - McDonalds - Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad

Friday - Eat Out -  Mexican (El Pueblito)

Saturday - Supper w/ Family (Thank you, Vicki and Paul)

Sunday - Baked Potatoes and/or Baked Sweet Potatoes, Ham, Green Beans, Jello Salad, Broccoli Salad, Rolls, Blackberry Cobbler, and Coconut Macaroon Pie @ my In-Laws

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mexican Chow Mein

Mexican Chow Mein is a great way to use leftover Chili.  Although there have been times that I make Chili  for the sole purpose of having Mexican Chow Mein.

The following things are layered on one's plate in the order given:

Crushed Tortilla Chips
Cooked Rice (Brown or White)
Shredded Cheese
Diced Onions
Sour Cream

Chili Recipe (Optional)

 1 1/2 lb Ground Beef, browned (I season mine with salt, pepper, minced onions, basil, oregano, parsley, and garlic powder when I brown it)
5 (15 oz) cans Chili Beans (Hot) - I use Kroger brand
1 can (26 oz.) Hunts Zesty and Spicy Spaghetti Sauce
2 (14.5 oz.) cans Tomatoes w/ JalapeƱos

Mix everything together in a large stock pot and bring to boil over medium heat.  Turn down heat, cover pan, and simmer for an hour.  Stir often.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Week's Menu!

The following is my menu plan for the week (subject to change).

Monday Dinner - Mexican Chow Mein

Tuesday Dinner - Chicken Fajitas, Black Beans, Chips, Salsa

Wednesday Dinner - Leftover Ham, Hash Brown Casserole, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, & Rolls

Thursday Dinner - Breakfast Burritos

Friday Dinner - Spaghetti, Corn, Salad, Garlic Bread Sticks

Saturday Dinner - Penne Pasta

Sunday Dinner - Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Green Beans, Squash, Salad,