Menu Planning Monday: My Menu for the week of 1/11

I posted a lot of information about my family and how we plan meals in this initial post.

Here is my meal plan for this week:

Sunday: Classic Chicken divan (This is a family favorite that my mom used to always make when we were growing up….I made a double batch of this to serve for our extended family dinner)
2 bunches fresh broccoli (or 2 10 oz packages frozen broccoli)
1/4 c. margarine
1/4 c. flour
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 c. whipping cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
3 chicken breasts, cooked and thinly sliced

Cook broccoli in salted boiling water and then drain. Melt butter and blend in flour. Add chicken broth. Cook and stir until thick. Stir in cream, salt, and a dash of pepper.

Place broccoli crosswise in a 13X9X2 baking dish. Pour half the sauce over broccoli. Top with chicken slices. To remaining sauce, add Parmesan cheese. Pour over chicken. Add bread crumbs to top. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until hot through.

*A few of my variations…I cover the chicken slices with some shredded cheese and then put the bread crumbs on top (I make my bread crumbs from real bread by toasting it and then breaking it up and sprinkling parmesan over the top….it is one of the “favorite parts”

Banana pudding

Monday: Swedish meatballs (in the crockpot)

Tuesday: Cream Cheese Chicken (in the crockpot)

Wednesday: Honey Lime enchiladas – I saw this recipe on Marci’s blog and it looked yummy, so I decided to test it out this week! I usually don’t cook non-crockpot meals during the week, but my plan for this is to cook the chicken in the crockpot the night before and then just put it all together that morning so I just have to throw it in the oven when I get home!

Thursday: Creamy potato soup (in the crockpot)

Friday: pizza – There’s nothing fancy about this. I will use a Pillsbury crust that I got for .25 using a coupon, homemade pizza sauce (.33 for the can of tomato sauce), and then pepperoni ($1 w/ coupon), mushrooms (.44 for store brand), and cheese ($1.50/bag with coupon) as toppings. We will have a salad as a side ($2). My total cost for this meal was $5.52.

Saturday: Sweet and sour pork (another family recipe)

1 t. soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 T cornstarch
dash of salt
1/2 c. pineapple juice or water
3 T cider vinegar
2 T ketchup
Pineapple, onions, green peppers
Chopped ham

Mix ingredients in a pan. Stir constantly over low heat until thickened and translucent. Add pineapple, onion, green pappers, and ham. Serve over rice.

I got my ham free at Target with the $2 off coupon they had awhile back. The green peppers were 2/$1. The canned pineapple was $1.13. I had all of the other ingredients on hand. Total cost for this recipe was around $3.