Sunday, May 4, 2014

Week #7 TCOT Menu Planner

Hey there, Munchers!

Welcome back to The Cherry On Top's weekly menu planner!

Let's dig right into it, shall we?

Monday:  Fire Cracker Chicken

Is this image just not beautiful? Man, it makes me hungry just looking at it!

Click on the image to get the recipe.  Feel free to cook the rice the way you always do.  I love my rice cooker.  Remember basmati and Thai rice are the best for health reasons and they cook quickly, too.  Stay away from long gran rice.  The varieties of rice is just insane.  Be adventurous and try out a new one!

Tuesday:  Huge Salad

That's right!  Don't be chinsy on the good stuff either.  I'm no fan of Iceburg lettuce.  Yuck!  I like romaine and rucola so much better.  Chop up some onions, hard boiled eggs, cucumber, tomatoes,  croutons, ham, chopped chicken...The most dangerous thing you can add is your dressing.  Make something fresh!  An italian dressing is always easy and healthy.  You may find a lot of recipes for this and they put in sugar, but DON'T do it.  Stay away from the stuff as much as possible.


I've got the image all hooked up to this Greek salad recipe with a lovely dressing, too.  If you are laughing at this thinking, "I will be opening a bag of chips 30 minutes later."  Then add some chunks of lovely Feta cheese and or some pasta!  Perfect!

Wednesday:  fresh pasta, chicken and sauce of your choice

OK,  wow!  I was going to look for a basic cream sauce and stumbled across this, baby.  I think this could be a family favourite for you!  Check it out.  Of course, you can add chicken or substitute the bacon with it, but bacon sure does add a hell of a lot of flavour and salt.  So don't add too much more.


Thursday:  M, S,V  = Meat, starch, veg or flex

This day is up for grabs.  Bring home some rotisserie chicken or steak sandwiches or heat up some left overs.  I'll be making my boys favourite which is hot dogs and rostis.  Hehehe...

You can also go back a couple of menu's and choose something from there.

Fun Food Friday:  Ever hear of a smorgasbord or pu pu platter?  We LOVE this!  

Throw some of your favourite cold cuts and cheeses on a tray along with some of that yummy half baked bread that ya just pulled out of the oven and couple that up with some nice, fresh, chopped, raw veggies like carrots, celery, peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes...You can make a sauce or dressing for dipping.  Sit at the living room table, sit on the floor, put in a good family flick and enjoy!


I've got this image linked up to a fantastic site with so many great ideas like this!
A pu pu platter is just a little bit of everything really.  It's a great way to empty out the fridge, too!

Saturday:  Monte Cristo or grilled cheese or grilled ham and cheese


The image is all set with a recipe for you to follow, of course!

Sunday:  Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken


Awwe, Man!  I'm ready to eat this now!  I love the versatility of this dish and I most certainly love dumping all of my ingredients in the slow cooker and a couple hours later, it's finished!  You have all day to take the kids to games, scouts, dance...Put it over rice, pasta, eat it as is,with some bread or on a tortilla!

Shhhooooo!   That's it for this week.  Stay away from the restaurants and all of that processed food loaded with conservatives and junk.  Cut back on sugar and feel better!  Save time, money and hassle by planning.

Thanks for coming by.  Have a super week and see ya next Sunday!

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