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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 10/12

I spent Saturday morning doing some work to make this week's menu a bit easier to carry out. I baked some whole wheat bread, several banana breads (some to eat, some to freeze for later), and a three-pound bag of chicken breasts. I also shredded up, bagged, and froze the last of the zucchini from my uncle. I feel some chocolate zucchini bread coming on!

I've never cooked chicken ahead like this, but I'm giving it a try! The worst part of making dinner (for me, at least) is having to defrost, cut up, and cook the meat. Instead, I dumped the three-pound bag of chicken into my Crock Pot along with two cans of chicken broth. I let it cook for several hours, and then I diced up the cooked chicken. I placed it all in the freezer in 2 cup servings. I also still have the remainder of the last rotisserie chicken that we got, and I'll be using that up first.

That said, this week's plan includes a few recipes gathered from some of my favorite blogging moms. I've searched their blogs for some recipes, mainly recipes involving the chicken I've cooked and stashed in the freezer. Here are my picks for this week.

Garlic Chicken Pasta (from Heavenly Homemakers)
Side Salad

Bean Soup with Ham
Homemade Bread

Cheesy Broccoli & Rice with Chicken (from Amy's Finer Things)

Leftovers from the first three nights

Homemade Pizza

Chicken Pot Pie (from Life As MOM)
Since my husband can't eat pie crust, I'll be making the filling on the stove top and serving it over homemade biscuits... sort of Chicken a la King style.

We'll be eating with our small group from church, but my parents will be watching Emma. If Amy's Cheesy Broccoli and Rice with Chicken is a hit on Wednesday, I might make another pan of it for them to eat Sunday evening.

Looks like we'll be making good use of the chicken that I have stashed away! I'm looking forward to not having to deal with too much meal prep this week.

For more great menu planning ideas, stop by Menu Plan Monday hosted by I'm an Organizing Junkie.


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Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Ooooh, chicken pot pie sounds yummy right about now!


Great menu plan ya got there. Stop by and see mine over at Free 2 Be Frugal!