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Menu, recipes and control. August 9, 2011

Filed under: Menu,Recipe — Desiree @ 10:45 am
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I recently started a new job where I work 2nd shift, most commonly referred to as “swing.”  It starts at 1pm and gets over, well, when I’m done.  Sometime between 9:30 and the next day.  (Last night I clocked out at 11:16.  I think)

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to implement the family control journal for a few years now but really lacked any motivation.  I originally got the idea from  I recently bought a set of journal/planning pages from Etsy and got re-motivated.  I then mashed the two ideas/formats together and came up with this:

(As we start using this I will share how it’s working and how to make your own customizable family planning center)

Since I do get to come home for lunch/dinner (kind of) I will try to prep dinner if it’s not already in the crock pot.  Jason works long, hard hours and right now he’s commuting 2 hours a day (until next week!  YAY!) so I don’t want him to have to deal too much with meal making if he doesn’t have too.

So, lots of crock pot and casseroles it is!  The casseroles are easy because I can prep and assemble and then slide it into the fridge and when Jason’s ready, or when I pop in at my lunch break I can put the dish in the oven, turn it on and let it works it’s oven-magic.  Don’t do this with glass dishes.  I made that mistake once, it was a bbq rib disaster.  Stoneware is the way to go with this.

Here is this week’s menu and recipes:

Sunday:  Shepherd’s Pie
Easy peasy: brown up ground turkey (cook it all the way!) add some frozen veggies, add a soup base (like low sodium cream of mushroom) and place that in 9×11 casserole.  Make up some  mashed potatoes and spoon over the top.  Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees, sprinkle cheese over the top and bake for an additional 10 minutes.  I used swiss cheese and it was yummy!

Monday: CP Cashew Chicken over rice   I will repost a better link by the end of the week.

Tuesday: Pork Carnita tacos
Pork shoulder roast in crock pot.  Add whatever seasonings you want!  Mole, crushed red peppers, garlic, onions, etc.  When done (8-10 hours) shred with fork and serve with regular taco toppings ie:  shredded lettuce, sour cream, shredded cheese, avacado, etc.

Wednesday: CP Beef Stroganoff with noodles
I use Smart Taste noodles that have added calcium and fiber!  Stock up when they are on sale!

Thursday:  CP Macaroni and Cheese   I use regular medium cheddar cheese instead of sharp.

Friday: Potato Soup   Don’t want cheese or ham? Leave it out!  GOOD recipe!

Saturday: Baked Chicken and Cheese Risotto
1 can cream of mushroom soup, low sodium (or make your own creamy mushroom sauce!)
1.25 cups water
1/2  cup milk
1.5 cup frozen mixed veggies
2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup shredded swiss cheese
4 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 cup uncooked Arborio (risotto) or regular long grain rice

1. Stir the soup, water, milk, veggies, chicken, cheeses and rice into a 13×9 baking dish.  Cover with foil.
2. Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.  Uncover the dish and stir.
3. Bake for 10 minutes more or until hot and rice is tender but still firm.  Let the risotto stand for 5 minutes before service.
Delicious with homemade bread and salad!


Menu for 4.10 – 4.17.11 April 10, 2011

Sunday: Cheesy Penne Pasta Smoked Sausage Casserole
Monday: Sausage & Ravioli Bake
Tuesday: Crispy Chicken Burritos
Wednesday: Crock Pot Chicken Cassoulet
Thursday: Chicken with Cheesy Chili Sauce (Carry over from last week)
Friday: Burgers and Fries
Saturday: Chili
Sunday: Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy & Broccoli


Crispy Chicken Burritos (A Copy Cat Recipe)

  • 3 pounds of Boneless, Skinless Chicken breast, boiled until done
  • A Brick of Cream Cheese, (Low-fat ok)
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • green onions, chopped (a bunch)
  • taco seasoning, about 1 tsp
  • Garlic Pepper seasoning, to taste
  • 20 8 inch tortillas

Shred or chop chicken.  Mix with all ingredients except tortillas.  Assemble burritos by placing about 1/8 cup (I use a scoop from Pampered Chef and do 2 scoops) of chicken filling onto tortilla, roll like a burrito and place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Assemble until you run out of ingredients.  Spray assembled burritos and bake in oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping once after 10 minutes.


I was so upset while grocery shopping today.  It seemed like a lot of my every-week purchases have gone up in price.  I’m mostly upset because it seems like they never went down after the last gas hike, so now they are just adding to it.  I was especially floored with the price of milk.  It’s gone up $.49/gallon in 4 weeks.  I spent $170.29 this week, which is about $40 more than I usually spend.  Add in extra gas expenses (simply because of the increase of gas prices and extra trips made) and this week is going to be EXPENSIVE!  This does not make for a happy me 😦

On a side note, anyone want to have a party so I can afford groceries and gas? lol… no, seriously…


Menu for 4.3 -4.9.11 April 3, 2011

Filed under: Menu — Desiree @ 10:42 pm

Sunday: Spaghetti with cheese bread
Monday: Panacakes
Tuesday: Crunchy Tacos
Wednesday: Saucy Chicken and Noodles
Thursday: Soup (variety)
Friday: Chicken with Cheese-Chili Sauce (crock pot) Kind of.  I really am going to alter this recipe with healthier options.
Saturday: Turkey Dinner.

Well, we were supposed to have a turkey dinner on Saturday, but then I remembered after I menu planned that we are having a potluck thing at my sister’s house for a long-lost family member.  Sooo… I’ll probably save it for Sunday of next week!

Then, I’ll be ahead of the game, and that almost never happens!


Menu plan for 11.28-12.4.10 November 28, 2010

Filed under: Menu — Desiree @ 10:41 am
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Here ya go!


Macaroni Cheese with Chicken and Spinach (we didn’t eat this last week, so I carried it over)
Breakfast Pizza
Baked Chemichangas
Turkey and Spinach stuffed Shells
Chili with cornbread
Chicken Pot Pie – crockpot
Saturday is Jaizy’s birthday party so we are doing TAKE OUT!

11.27.10 <<Menu and Shopping List


Thanksgiving week menu and shopping list. November 20, 2010

Filed under: Menu — Desiree @ 10:21 am
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Finally feel like I have this right.  Please keep in mind I have a large family with large appetites, so you may want to adjust meals to your own needs.

I know there are no directions to the holiday meal.  I have to get grocery shopping!  If you need specifics, let me know.  When you click on the link it should bring up the menu with shopping list in Adobe.  If you don’t have Adobe installed on your computer, you can get it for free  HERE.


Please leave feedback if you’d like to see something different or have any questions!

Enjoy your holiday!


Menu 5.2 – 8.10 May 1, 2010

Filed under: Menu — Desiree @ 12:15 pm

Yummy week.  I don’t know why I do it to myself, I have a busy week ahead with Mother’s day on Sunday… BUT here’s this week’s menu.


Baked Pizza

HM Dough







CP Pork Carnitas tacos

Black Beans



Chicken Adobo




Thai Noodle

Bowl w/Chicken



HM Bread



Risotto with

Parsley & Basil

Marinated Mozzarella

& Salad


Menu for 4.25.10 – 5.1.10 April 24, 2010

Filed under: Menu — Desiree @ 11:42 am

Here is the menu for the upcoming week.  Another fairly easy week, food-wise.


Chicken Cordon Bleu with Penne


Spaghetti with Marinara


Taco Salad


HM Chicken Fingers Salad


Turkey Burgers and oven fries


Chicken Pita Sammys

1                   Mushroom 

Raviolis w/salad