Weekly Dinner Menu: Update on Recipes I Love

I have been doing my weekly dinner menu for a while now and thought it would be good to let everyone know how I liked any new recipes that I have tried. I am always trying new recipes and they … Continue reading

Double Duty Dinners

Being the mother of a toddler and a work-at-home mom, I am often overwhelmed by the thought of cooking dinner every night for my family. One thing that keeps me from going crazy is sitting down before Monday every week and making a list of all the meals I will be cooking. Do this makes it much easier to prepare a grocery list for the week and has helped me to not only spend less at the grocery store, (due to less trips and a solid plan) but also not have to worry about the dreaded “what are we having for dinner tonight?”

Another blessing for mothers who are always busy, but want to make sure their families still get a home cooked meal each night is the double duty dinner. Double duty dinner is a meal that you cook one night and use leftovers to make a separate dinner on a different night. This is much better, in my opinion, than just eating the same thing again as leftovers. It is also a great time and energy saver for me!

An example of a “DDD” is the Ranch Chicken Taco meat that I made yesterday. I usually make it one night for tacos and another night I use the leftover meat for taquitos, enchiladas, or the Nacho Chicken Casserole that I am making tomorrow night.  **UPDATE: I made the Nacho Chicken Casserole and had leftovers of it also, we used it to make quesadillas for lunch and it was delish!**

Here are a few more “DDD” that I like:

Pesto Ranch Chicken – leftover meat can be made into pesto chicken panini’s or served with pasta. (OR on a pizza, YUM!)

Chicken Meatballs  – leftover meat and marinara can be used on a meatball sub

Slower Cooker Greek Chicken Pitas – leftover meat can be used for a Greek salad

Mini Skillet Meatloaves – leftovers can be used to make quesadillas

These are just a few of the “DDD” recipes I have tried. Do you have any double duty recipes that you like to make to save time and money?

Weekly Dinner Menu (Better Late Than Never) 3/11-3/16

Time just slipped away from me last week and I completely forgot to post my dinner menu. To make matters worse, I didn’t post this week’s yesterday! So, here it is…

Monday- Chicken Meatballs with Marinara and Garlic Bread

Chicken Meatballs Recipe

1-lb. ground chicken

1 egg

1 clove of minced garlic

1 c ground crackers (I used Ritz Wheat Crackers), divided

1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese

Salt and pepper

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 400-degrees.

Mix chicken, egg, garlic, 1/2 c ground crackers, cheese, and seasoning in a large bowl.

Form into 10 “meatballs” and roll each individually in the other 1/2 c of cracker crumbs.

Place in a greased baking dish and bake in the oven 30-40 minutes or until fully cooked.

Serve with pasta and marinara sauce or any other sauce you choose.

Tuesday- Ranch Chicken Tacos recipe found in this post. I am making a double batch so I can use half of it in my casserole on Friday.

Wednesday- Pesto Ranch Crockpot Chicken Thighs recipe found here.

Thursday- Leftovers, if there are any

Friday- Nacho Chicken Casserole recipe found here; I am using the leftover chicken from Tuesday’s tacos to make this casserole.

Saturday- Hamburgers

Hamburger Recipe

1.5-lb ground beef (I use ground sirloin)

1.5 tbsp. Weber Gourmet Burger Seasoning (secret ingredient)

hamburger buns

favorite cheese and other condiments ( I like to use a sharp cheddar cheese or my recent favorite, chipotle gouda)

Preheat grill.

Mix meat and seasoning together in a bowl.

Make patties in desired size.

Grill to desired “doneness”.

Serve on buns with favorite toppings.

Hopefully, this will give you some ideas when making your weekly dinner menu.

Dinner Menu 2/18-2/23

This weeks dinner menu includes a favorite and a couple new recipes.

Monday- Homemade pizza (Publix has their pizza dough on sale B1G1)

Tuesday- Easy Chicken Crockpot Tacos; this is a recipe I found on Pinterest a long time ago and it is great!, but I cannot find the original post for it. Here is what I have written down though! Here is the original recipe. (Please note that the original recipe was not made in a crockpot. You can definitely make it the original way, but if I can make something delicious in my crockpot and not have to “cook” it myself, I will! So, if you want to cook it in the crockpot, just follow the directions below!)

3 chicken breasts
1 pack ranch dressing mix
1 pack taco seasoning mix
1 can chicken broth

Put all the ingredients in the crock pot and cook for 6 hours on high or 8 hours on low. Remove and shred. Put into soft or hard taco shells and top with your favorite taco toppings. We like guacamole, sour cream, cheese, taco sauce, and lettuce!

Wednesday- Crockpot Jambalaya; this is a new recipe found here

Thursday- French Dip Crescents; another new one found here

Friday- Chicken Taquitos; I like to make these the same week that I make the chicken tacos and I use the leftover chicken from the tacos. This recipe was adapted from this one.

4c shredded cooked chicken
12 tortillas (I use flour)
2 c shredded cheese
4 oz cream cheese
2 tbsp butter
1/3c milk
1/3c enchilada sauce
2 tbsp oil

Preheat oven to 425-degrees.
Melt butter in a saucepan, add cream cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Add milk and simmer 5-8 minutes. Stir in the enchilada sauce.
Mix chicken in the cheese sauce.
Fill tortilla with 1/3c chicken and 2 tbsp shredded cheese. Roll tortilla tightly and place on a oiled baking sheet. Brush the tops and sides of the taquito with oil and bake 15 minutes turning every 5 minutes. Serve with salsa and/or guacamole.

Saturday- Pork Tenderloin with Mashed Potatoes; this pork recipe is a new one for me and it can be found here

Well, that is what we are having this week. Hope it helps you plan your week!