Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: 4/12/10

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we’re benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry.

Little did I know that after this picture was taken, every member of my family was going to get sick, one right after the other. You’ll have to excuse the lack of food last week, as it was a bit hard to cook much of anything or even think about food at times. However, this weekend – this weekend I made up for last week, and I went shopping and filled my fridge full of things for my kids to eat now that they’re eating again. Recipes to follow shortly.

Monday – Asparagus Pesto with Pasta Recipe

Tuesday – Smoked Salmon and Spinach Goat Cheese Strata

Wednesday – Roast Chicken With Turnips

Thursday– Salmon and Asparagus Casarecce

Friday – Grilled Chicken Pizza

The Preparation Shortcuts:

1. Make about 1-1/2 to 2 pounds of Smoked Salmon for the Rest of Us. You can use this in both Tuesday and Thursday’s meals.
2. Use the leftover chicken from Wednesday on the pizza for Friday.
3. Use any leftover vegetables from the week on the pizza on Friday.

The Shopping List:

1-1/2 pounds wild salmon
1 3-lb chicken
2 bunches asparagus
8 ounces baby spinach
1 lemon
1 cup pine nuts
1 cup cream or half and half
5 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano
8 ounces goat cheese
6 ounces mozzarella

Pantry Items:
olive oil
brown sugar
dry pasta
tomato paste
salt and pepper
smoked paprika
garlic powder
onion powder

Last week from Food for My Family:

Caring for Seedlings Indoors

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  1. That grilled chicken pizza sounds yummy! I’m always looking for a new pizza to try as Fridays are usually pizza, but I changed it up this week.

    Have a great Monday!
    .-= Sherry´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday April 12th – 18th =-.

  2. That grilled chicken pizza sounds really good! We make pizza all the time but sometimes get stuck in a rut of making the same thing over and over again. It’s nice to come across new ideas for it.

    Visiting from MPM! Have a wonderful week.
    .-= Christi´s last blog ..Keeping With the Party Theme… =-.

  3. The grilled chicken pizza ! Yum! In the warmer months we have homemade pizza on Fridays. I am going to add this to my rotation.Thanks for posting.

  4. My weakness is that I don’t have a well stocked pantry. It’s been very difficult these days with our financial crunch. Hopefully, my husband will get a full time job with a living wage someday.
    You have a beautiful spring day!

  5. The asparagus pesto and pasta sounds so good! I might have to bump something off my plan this week to try it. Thanks for the idea.

  6. Great menu. The grilled chicken pizza looks delish!
    .-= Rae´s last blog ..Menu Planning 4/12/10 – 4/18/10 =-.

  7. I like your plan for Monday and Friday night…deliciousness!
    .-= Jan (Family BItes)´s last blog ..Meal Planning Monday =-.

  8. Great menu. I love your use of asparagus, turnips and salmon. I love this time of year. Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies.

    I started weekly menu link up on my blog today. You can come over and link up if you like as well.
    .-= Bibi´s last blog ..Weekly Dinner Menu #4 =-.

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