Sunday, June 8, 2014

Week #12 Menu Planner From TCOT

Get'n ready for another week!

Let's plan it and save, some time, hassle, money and eat better.

Monday:  pulled pork sandwiches (or chicken)

Throw all of the ingredients in the pot in the morning and let it simmer all day.  When you come home from work, dinner's ready!  These babies look totally awesome.  I have to say the Hoisin sauce threw me off a bit!  I'm gonna hook ya up with another just in case.


My hubby wrestles up our pork shoulder on the grill and then slices it super thin.  Ooh, la, la!  Make sure to get some fresh buns or bread that isn't full of preservatives.  Even the half baked bread's better.  If it's gotta long shelf life, then it ain't no good!

This next recipe is really easy and a little bit more typical.  The Six Sisters have totally awesome recipes.  Go check them out!


Tuesday:  spaghetti

We are big time spaghetti eaters!  The kids love it.  It's healthy and it fills the gut.  It's also a great way to get rid of older vegetables that have seen better days.  Hehehe...There are so many variations and you can go super simple and gourmet!

I make my sauce pretty standard.  NEVER sugar!  Tomatoes are sweet enough and so are peppers if you're going to put them in there as well.  Even a bottle of sauce is ok, but they probably have some preservatives, sugar and a lot of salt in it.  Sauteeing canned tomatoes in some oil oi with garlic and onion is even good enough with some herbs for extra flavour. Don't forget fresh pasta!  There is absolutely nothing like it!

Click this link below for a VERY easy recipe, but do NOT put the sugar in.  Yuck!

Wednesday:  meat-starch-veg/flex day

This is a flex day.  Grab some hoagies, throw some yummy pizza baguettes or pizza bagels in the oven, if time is tough.  Heat up some of that left over spaghetti or throw some grated cheese over it and let it heat through in the oven.  Yummy!

Otherwise, bake some fish and prepare some bulgar with your favourite veggies like chopped carrots and peas.  Really healthy and delicious.  Check out this recipe if you've never made bulgar before. It's really mild and cooks fairly easily and fast.  If some of these herbs leave you questioning, just leave them out and use the ones you are more comfortable with.  It will still taste great!


Thursday:  big salad

I've found the only way...hehehe...I will really go to town on a salad, is if I'm not skimpy.  No iceberg, yuck!  Lots of tomatoes, olives, cheese, scallions, cucumbers, go for some croutons and seeds if you like.  Feel free to chuck in some diced ham, chicken or bacon, too!  You could always go Mediterranean and stick with just veggies and seafood.  Add your favourite dressing and dinner is served!  If a big salad isn't enough, then boil a little rotini pasta and  put that in there, too.

I'm leaving you with a yummy salad and salad dressing recipe.  My go to is balsamic vinegar, olive oil and herbs.  That's it!  This one is also easy and you more than likely have everything in the kitchen.


Fun Food Friday:  Cheeseburgers!!!!

Buy frozen patties if you prefer and to save time, buy fresh pre made patties from your butcher or grocer or, make your own.  It's really, really easy and hopefully, Friday is a day where you have some extra time to cook something super yummy and fresh.

Hamburger, a dash of Worcester, an egg, some bread crumbs and herbs is all ya need!  My hubby loves when I put 1/4 tsp of liquid smoke in there, too.  Use a grill pan if you have one.  It gets super hot.  It's fast and is healthy, too!

Garnish any way you like.  Sliced cheese, onions, pickles, lettuce tomato, bacon...MMM.....Don't give fries if you are using buns.  A big delicious burger should be enough.  Especially, if you are using vegetables as garnish.


Saturday:  risotto and sausage

This is so awesome!  It took me a few goes before I got good at making risotto, but man was it worth it.  Just don't stir too much and keep checking for doneness!  That's it!  Once again, if you are staying away from pork, use chicken and even beef would be a good substitute. I wouldn't even need any meat, but that's just me. :)

Sunday:  grill and pasta salad

We grill nearly every week, at least once.  My husband loves it.  I love that I don't have to cook and it is probably the healthiest way to cook as long as you clean the grill!  Hehehe...

I get my ribs already marinaded and vacuum packed.  My veggies will be in the pasta salad so that's two birds with one stone!  This recipe is my all time favourite pasta sale recipe.  Ya gotta give it a go!


Enjoy your weeks worth of menu's and we'll see ya next Sunday!

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