Sunday, January 24, 2010

Weekly Menu for the week of Jan. 25

Welcome to my Weekly Menu!!!

End of month reminder – tally up your savings this month and PAY YOURSELF!!!

Are you enjoying the recipes and the savings? Saving time and money makes me a very happy gal!!! My fund is starting to accumulate quite nicely! Don’t forget to check out the coupon internet sites!!!

Some of my favorite recipes are on the menu this week – Cheeseburger Meatloaf made with oatmeal for extra nutrition and added fiber, Chicken Marsala and Pizza Bread Rollups – my kiddos’ favorite!!! The Pizza Bread Rollups are a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen. A super way to kick off a Family night and start the weekend.

Here is this week’s menu:


Chicken Marsala
Angel Hair Pasta
Roasted Asparagus

Chicken Marsala

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin and cut into cutlets
2 T. of flour
3 T. of butter
1 – 8 oz. pkg. of fresh mushrooms, sliced
¾ cup of Marsala wine
¼ cup of water
1 T. of dried parsley or 2 T. if using fresh
¼ t. of Rosemary

Melt butter in a large skillet and sauté the mushrooms over medium-high heat until browned – about 8 minutes. Remove and set aside. Dredge both sides of the chicken in the flour and add to the skillet. Cook thoroughly, about 4 minutes on each side – this will depend on how thin the chicken is. Remove chicken and set aside. Return the mushrooms to the skillet and stir in the Marsala, water, parsley and Rosemary - stirring to pick up the browned pieces at the bottom of the skillet. Return the chicken to the skillet until covered with the sauce and heated through.

Meanwhile, cook Angel Hair pasta according to the directions. Toss the cooked pasta with melted butter and 2 T. of parmesan cheese.

Roasted Asparagus

1 bunch of asparagus
1 T. of olive oil
Salt and pepper

Trim off the bottom inch of the asparagus. Spread out on a jelly-roll pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt (I prefer Kosher) and pepper. Toss so that the asparagus is evenly coated. Lay flat and place under the broiled for about 5 minutes until the asparagus has crisped a little.


Cheeseburger Meat Loaf
Mashed Potatoes

Cheeseburger Meat Loaf

2 lbs. of ground beef
2 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese
1 ½ cups of uncooked regular oatmeal
1 cup of milk
½ cup of finely chopped onion
2 eggs
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. of salt
1 t. dry mustard
½ t, of garlic powder
½ t. pepper
1 cup of chili sauce

Preheat oven to 350˚. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT chili sauce until well blended. Put meat mixture in a loafpan – 8x4 inch.

Bake at 350˚ for 40 minutes. Pour chili sauce on top of the loaf and bake for an additional 40 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink in the middle. Let stand for 10 minutes, drain, and slice.

This is a thick meatloaf – we like it like that. You could divide the recipe in half and place in two loaf pans and reduce the cooking time by 10-15 minutes. Also, if you do that, you will need to increase the amount chili sauce to 2 cups – 1 cup for each loaf.

Another thing – I typically use a meatloaf mix. BUT, the beef is on special this week and I am opting to use that instead.

*** Healthy Note – I love that this recipe uses oats instead of breadcrumbs!!! Also – this is a great recipe to sneak in something healthy for your kids. Maybe you could puree spinach and add it to the mix prior to baking.


Baked Salmon with Lemon and Rosemary
Steamed rice
Steamed broccoli

Baked Salmon with Lemon and Rosemary (adapted from Emeril)

2 Salmon filets
2 Lemons thinly sliced
1 t. Rosemary
1 Red onion, thinly sliced
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper
2 T. olive oil

Preheat oven to 425˚.

Place a large piece of foil on a baking sheet. Arrange salmon on top of the foil. Sprinkle the salmon with salt, pepper, and rosemary. Place the lemon slices and onion slices over the fish. Drizzle with the olive oil. Fold up the sides of the foil so that the salmon is in an airtight package.

Bake for 15 minutes or until just cooked through but still moist.


Leftovers or Sandwich night

Meatloaf Sandwiches
French fries

Meatloaf Sandwiches

I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE meatloaf sandwiches! I can’t figure it out but we will warm up slices of leftover meatloaf and put it on a bun. Then we will add our favorite toppings and dress it up just like our favorite burger! They gobble them up!


Pizza Bread Rollups
Carrot Sticks

Pizza Bread Rollups (adapted from Southern Living and one of our favorites!!!)

1 can of refrigerated pizza crust dough
1 large egg slightly beaten
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 pkg of sliced pepperoni
1 t. of dried Italian seasoning
¾ cup of pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 375˚. Unroll dough onto lightly greased jelly-roll pan and pat or roll to ¼ inch thickness. Brush lightly with egg. Sprinkle with cheese and pepperoni. Roll up, jelly-roll fashion, pinching ends and seams to seal. Curl dough into a circle (think really large doughnut), pinching ends together to seal. Brush with egg and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden. Cut into 2 inch thick slices and serve with pizza sauce.

And now for the shopping list. As always, double check your pantry, fridge and freezer to see if you already have any of the items listed below. This will reduce your spending and create less waste!


Asparagus – GE special
Mushrooms – GE special
Potatoes – GE special
2 lemons
Red onion
Salad – GE special

Pepperoni – coupon in Sunday paper

Marsala Cooking Wine
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Worcestershire Sauce
Dry mustard
Garlic powder
Chili sauce
Italian seasoning

Canned Goods/Ethinic Foods/Dry Goods
Angel Hair Pasta – GE special on Barilla
Oatmeal – regular
Rice – white or brown
Pizza sauce

Seafood/Meat Case/ Butcher
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Ground beef – 2 lbs. – or a meatloaf mix – GE special on ground beef
2 salmon filets – GE special

Frozen Foods
French fries – or use potatoes to make homemade – GE special on Ore-Ida

Butter- GE special on GE brand
Cheddar cheese – GE special on Heluva Good PLUS coupon in Sunday paper!!!
Pizza dough – coupon in Sunday paper
Mozzarella Cheese – GE special on Heluva Good PLUS coupon in Sunday paper!!!

Hamburger buns


Thanks again to everyone who has passed on my menu! I really appreciate it and am grateful that you are enjoying the recipes and the savings!

Follow the plan so you can save time, money, and a few calories! Remember – cooking our own food is healthier than ordering in and eating out any day!!! Your family, wallet and waistline will thank you!

I hope you all enjoy your week, the recipes and the savings!

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