Monday’s Menu

After trying four new recipes last week, there’s only one new one on the menu this week (Creamy Cajun Chicken). I probably should try to spread them out and make a couple each week, but sometimes I just get all excited about trying something new.

And this week I’m not as excited.

Of the four new recipes from last week, the pot roast was a keeper for sure- the wine gave it a really nice flavor. Most of the reviews said it was the best pot roast they’ve ever had – not sure I’d go that far, but it was good. The Salmon-Vegetable bake was good – a nice way to use canned salmon (I changed it up by utilizing a can of salmon I had and also added peppers, onions, and celery, and topping it with grated Parmesan).

The Coconut Vegetable soup I’ll probably not make again and the Classic Pad Thai was ok, but still not “the recipe” I’m looking for. Maybe I need to  break down and get the special items at an Asian store (dried shrimp, tamarind, etc.) that were “optional” in the recipe. If you’ve got a Pad Thai recipe you love, I’d love it if you share!

Monday- Chicken noodle soup, easy artisan bread, cut vegetables & ranch dip

Tuesday- Chili Bean haystacks (chili over chips) with toppings and home-canned salsa

Wednesday- Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta (new recipe!), green salad

Thursday- Swiss Chard & Sausage Frittata, chopped salad, easy artisan bread

Friday- Fish Stew, salad, Quick & Tender Breadsticks

Saturday- Burgers on homemade buns, oven fries, carrot sticks

Sunday- Leftovers

-Jami

     


 


  

Comments

  1. I cant wait to see how the Cajun chicken goes over with your family. I couldnt believe all the high marks it got. Sounds delish

  2. If you haven’t tried the PW’s cajun chicken you should. My family loves it, and it’s sooooo easy to make.

    • Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says:

      My daughter is the one who found this (she’s on Pinterest, too!), but I’ll look at the PW one, just to make sure. :-)

  3. Would you share your fish stew recipe. In landlocked Oklahoma, we don’t see that very often. Sounds wonderful.

    • Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says:

      This is a tomato based stew, sorta like a cioppino, but to keep costs down I usually just use a white fish and shrimp. I’ll post it soon!

  4. Here is a link to my menu plan – would love for you to check it out!

    http://cdm-arewethereyet.blogspot.com/2012/02/menu-monday_27.html

    Hugs -
    Carol

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What a weekend- I had the low of middle of the night nausea (followed by you-know-what) and the high of hosting my family for our spring workday. Lousy timing to be ill, but I was able to participate and, wow, what we accomplished:

  • Second coat rolled and brushed on the house (yes, we got stopped by the weather last October and hadn’t ever done the touch-ups needed…)
  • The backyard flower borders weeded, newspapered and mulched (yeah, yeah, yeah!!)
  • The back porch/steps finished (one more step to the backyard transformation)
  • The old dog run dismantled and moved from the backyard to a shed where it will become the run for the new chicken coop. This also included raking and moving about 4 wheel barrels full of gravel.

Needless to say, this list would’ve taken Brian and me (even with the kid’s help) weeks to complete, as we (like you all) try to work this stuff into our every-day lives.

And it’s all done in a day. I’m so blessed.

But I’m still not feeling well as I type this and food is the last thing I want to think about, so this week’s menu is pretty basic. What do you do when you don’t want to eat, but your family still needs to?

Monday- Pasta with shrimp and peas (I’m thinking in a cream sauce, similar to what I do with this pasta primavera dish), green salad (I’ve got lots of lettuce to use up this week, as it’s starting to bolt…)

Tuesday- Thai pork and vegetable curry (new, but easy- love the way coconut milk adds flavor to a quick curry), rice, Asian slaw (new)

Wednesday- Potato & caramelized onion Frittata (I’m adding spinach this time- I love how flexible frittatas are…), artisan bread, green salad

Thursday- Slow Cooked Spiced Whole Chicken, pasta salad, green salad

Friday- Homemade chicken pizza (using up leftover chicken)

Saturday- BBQ w/friends: grill sausages, slow-cooked molasses beans, slaw, green salad

Sunday- Leftovers

-Jami

     


 


  

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  1. Sorry you aren’t feeling well and hope you are on the mend soon! Your menu looks great – especially my favorite chicken. Can’t wait to see the recipes for the curry and slaw. Stop by when you are feeling up to it – I posted the Chicken Caesar Pasta salad recipe. Cheers!

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Whew- goodbye Christmas, hello New Year’s! I hope you all had a great time celebrating with friends and family- we sure did. Though I must confess, we are enjoying this quiet Sunday with nothing pressing to do and fun books to read and games to play.

We don’t have a lot planned for this week, but we might- so the menu is fluid this week. Here’s what I’m thinking now:

Monday- Baked Ham, mustard sauce, potatoes au gratin, green beans, salad

Tuesday- Pad Thai with shrimp and maybe some leftover chicken from the freezer, stir fry veggies

Wednesday- Homemade Tomato Soup, tuna melts or grilled cheese

Thursday- Baked chicken, Tasty Rice, Baked grated carrots, salad

Friday- New Year’s Eve: Appetizer dinner

Saturday- Homemade pizza

Sunday- leftovers or pasta

-Jami

     


 


  

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  1. I have always wondered about making tomato soup! We will have to try that. Thanks for sharing =)

    http://blmerrill.blogspot.com/

  2. Your Tomato Soup sounds so good. It is cold here so hot soup would really be good. Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year!

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Oh my goodness, it’s going to be hot here this week. We may have 2 or 3 days above 100 degrees, and let me tell you here in Western Oregon that leaves everyone a little shell-shocked. People either huddle in their houses, hang out at a lake or spend a lot of time in air-conditioned stores and movies. And everyone’s conversation starts with the weather, typically “Is it hot enough for ya?” Since we don’t get many of these hot days, a lot of people don’t have air conditioning so it can be trying.

Luckily, we do, but I still don’t like to turn the oven on in the afternoons. The hottest part of the day here is around dinner, and I don’t want to make the heat pump work harder. SO, it’s a week of salads, and some grilled things, though it might be too hot to grill so that might change. I’ll make bread and things that need the oven in the mornings when it’s cooler.

Monday- Hot & Sweet Drumsticks, Chopped Ceasar Slaw (new recipe I’ll try and put up later if it’s worthy), Bread

Tuesday- BLT’s, veggies and dip, chips

Wednesday- Asian Green Bean and Noodle Salad, grilled round steak with teriyaki sauce

Thursday- Grilled Chicken sandwich, Grilled Potato Slices w/salt and vinegar, tomato salad (yea! we’ve got enough tomatoes to do a salad!)

Friday- Shrimp, zucchini, and onion kabobs, rice, chopped salad

Saturday- Pizza (I’m thinking of grilling it for the first time!)

Sunday- Chef’s salads

-Jami

     


 


  

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  1. We’re expecting the same on the other side of the mountain, and sadly, we’re only going to drop into the mid50s at night. Ugh.

    Grilled Pizza: http://justwanderingthrough.blogspot.com/2008/08/pizza-on-grill.html

  2. I recently had grilled potato slices for the first time…they were surprisingly delicious! :)

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