Menu Plan Monday: June 2014, Part 1

30 May 2014 In: Menu Plan Monday

Oops. I missed May entirely. Forgive me. Finals and a big trip to Disney… it was chaos, made worse by lack of a meal plan. oy.

In any case, i’m making up for it with a vengeance this month. Tons of new recipes! So much fun. Have you found a new, fun recipe lately? What is your favorite go to in the summer?

Moving on!

  1. Sunday Dinner:  crispy fish (and fish nuggets for kiddos) with lemon-dill sauce (NEW!)
  2. Meatless Monday:  southwestern rice and beans with tortillas (NEW!)
  3. honey sesame chicken (NEW!)
  4. crockpot mongolian beef
  5. FFY Buffet
  6. Pizza night!  margherita!
  7. hot dogs on the grill and baked beans
  8. Sunday Dinner: orange-glazed pork tenderloin with cranberry tabbouleh!  (NEW!)
  9. Meatless Monday: black bean soup (although we are using a cheat of chicken broth, sorry) (NEW!)
  10. cottage pie (NEW!)
  11. black beans & sausage (made before but forgot to post about it)
  12. BFD:  eggs and bacon with pancakes!
  13. FFY: my sister is graduating!
  14. TBD: big graduation party. I’m making my dad’s favorite dartmouth st. jambalaya, pork tenderloin with maple glaze, italian chopped salad, chinese napa salad, and my famous brownies and Katie’s sangria. I can’t believe after all these years I still have not posted the jambalaya recipe. sigh. I’m so lazy.  Both of those salads i’ve made before, too…and still haven’t posted. It’s going to be a summer of posting for me.
  15. FFY. No way I’m cooking. :)

Menu Plan Monday: April 2014, Part 1

3 Apr 2014 In: Menu Plan Monday

a bit late (shocking, I know).  Lots of things going on, but I don’t want to let the meal plan fall by the wayside…it will only make everything else worse!

3. BFD: bacon, eggs, homefries & toast.
4. shredded BBQ chicken sandwiches and oven fries
5. maui marinated london broil
6. Sunday Dinner: tortellini alfredo with chicken and broccoli
7. baked chicken
8. lazy pot roast!
9. chicken & biscuits
10. pot roast tacos or quesadillas (for Boo)
11. FFY Buffet
12. BFD: waffles and sausage!
13. Sunday Dinner: baked haddock with lemon and herbs
14. chicken milanese
15. pizza night: english muffin!

Menu Plan Monday: March 2014, Part 2

17 Mar 2014 In: Menu Plan Monday

Back on my laptop, thank goodness. trying to blog post from an iPad sucks. :)

Fun fact: I am actually, for the first time in many months, making this post on a Monday morning. wee!

16. FFY Buffet
17. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Corned beef & cabbage, from scratch, with Irish soda bread. Nom nom nom.
18. chicken quesadillas
19. chef salads
20. BFD: eggs and corned beef hash!
21. FFY Buffet
22. Happy Birthday, Boo!!! Boo’s choice: crunchy parmesan chicken tenders and mashed potatoes.
23. Boo’s bday party: we’re having dinner at a hockey game.
24. chicken curry (made for first time recently, haven’t posted but SO GOOD)
25. rigatoni and meatballs
26. kielbasa and potato skillet
27. BFD: sausage and egg biscuits
28. asian peanut butter pork tenderloin
29. grilled turkey melts
30. crockpot chicken and wild rice

Menu Plan Monday: March 2014, Part 1

4 Mar 2014 In: Menu Plan Monday

This post is a comedy of errors. 1.  I’ve had the meal plan done ( in my Kitchen notebook), but lost said notebook last week while grocery shopping.  I am about to put it on a milk carton.  I still haven’t found it.  I’m having palpitations.  So… I had to list everything out from what I remembered and what I was able to discern from the groceries I bought. :) 2.  Our newest puppy chewed through my laptop power cord.  Certainly, I could go to the Apple store and spend $75 on a new one, but I’m too cheap for that.  The new one hadn’t arrived yet, so I finally gave in and I’m typing this on my iPad.   That means I won’t be linking recipes on this post until I have computer access again.  And it took me a whole day to remember my password to log in to post it in the first place! Sometimes, I swear I can’t get out of my own way.   That said, almost everything here is a recipe we’ve had before.  The crockpot sweet and sour chicken is new (took me forever to find chile paste and a recipe that didn’t have bell peppers in it), the Asian spaghetti and meatballs is a riff on the Chinese pork burgers already on the site. 3.  Broiled haddock with lemon 4. Hot dogs 5. Salisbury steak 6. Asian spaghetti and meatballs 7. Pizza night: margherita 8. Chicken Parmesan 9. Turkey sloppy joes 10. BBQ turkey melts 11. BFD: omelettes and toast 12. Chicken croquettes 13. Beans & cornbread 14. Sweet and sour crockpot chicken (NEW!)

Menu Plan Monday: February 2014, Part 2

16 Feb 2014 In: Menu Plan Monday

We are continually being buried by snowstorms. We may never dig out. Braving the grocery store today between storms…wish me luck.

Testing out a few cook once, eat twice sort of meals this meal plan (the roast chicken, grilled salmon, and baked turkey). So we’ll see how that goes.

16. polenta with chicken sausage, tomatoes and spinach  (NEW!)
17. crockpot beef stroganoff
18. grilled salmon
19. roast chicken
20. BFD: salmon benedict for us, eggs and english muffins for kiddos
21. chicken curry (NEW!)
22. parmesan crusted chicken tenders. Having some friends and kids over and this one is great for a crowd!
23. baked turkey breast
24. FFY- I have an exam on Tuesday.
25. turkey tetrazzini (NEW!)
26. TBD: kids at a birthday party.
27. FFY buffet
28. BFD: banana pancakes & bacon

Menu Plan Monday: February 2014, Part 1

2 Feb 2014 In: Menu Plan Monday

a few new recipes here, and I know i’m way behind on posting the ones I’ve tried recently. I’m trying, I promise…January was complete craziness. :) I did take pictures of several of them and i’m working on a new gallery widget for the site, too. Lest you think I am just being lazy…

I’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes research on more marathon freezer cooking as well. Lots of paging through “Once a Month Cooking” sort of things, but it’s tempered by some other projects I am working on (how to completely remove deli meat from our household, decreasing the sodium usage, moving away from processed foods), so I find that a lot of things need modifications. And that’s assuming everyone likes the vegetables and textures involved (Yes, Boo, I’m talking about you).  So, it’s a work in progress. I’m looking forward to sharing some of the results soon.

But, we still have to eat while I figure out how we’re going to go forward. Here’s the first part of February.

1. slow cooker chipotle-maple shredded beef with smashed sweet potatoes (NEW!)
2. lasagna flowers (Kids in the Kitchen! NEW!)
3. FFY Buffet…I have an exam the next day. :(
4. comfort food night…hot dogs and homemade baked beans (NEW!)
5. butternut squash & arugula salad (NEW!)
6. BFD: omelettes & toast
7. chicken lettuce wraps (NEW!)
8. FFY Buffet
9. maui marinated london broil
10. maple dijon pork tenderloin
11. chicken wraps & fries
12. BFD: biscuits & gravy! (a good reference minus gravy recipe…here.)
13. teriyaki salmon
14. Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re having heart shaped whole wheat banana pancakes and bacon. Because nothing says love like bacon.
15. mac and cheese for kids…suitNtie and are out for Valentine’s Day dinner.

Menu Plan Monday: January 2014, Part 2

13 Jan 2014 In: Menu Plan Monday

16. cheese & cracker chicken (NEW!)
17. pizza night
18. tortellini alfredo
19. GO PATS! :) game food: sweet chile hot wings, baked black beans & chorizo, potato skins, chicken skewers…yum.
20. FFY buffet
21.  cashew chicken stir fry (NEW!)
22.  mongolian beef (NEW!)
23. quick chicken & dumplings
24.  pork cutlets with apples
25.  BFD:  frittatas
26. FFY buffet
27.  black beans & sausage
28.  pesto chicken pasta (NEW!)
29.  chicken club sammies
30.  shredded beef tacos
31. slow cooker paella (NEW!)

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Happy New Year!!! (in a few days)

Starting off 2014 with  a challenge. suitNtie will be in charge of the Kitchen for a  whole week (gasp).  Looking forward to seeing how this goes. :)

more to come later in the month with regards to goals for 2014 in the Kitchen.

1. FFY Buffet of the second best kind: chinese. :)
2. turkey clubs with french fries
3. tortellini en brodo
4. lazy tasty crockpot pot roast
5. chicken noodle casserole
6. BFD: waffles & sausage
7. quesadilla bar
8. chicken & apples
9. hot dogs, baked beans & oven fries
10. Dad’s night off :) TBD!
11. English muffin pizzas
12. FFY
13. pulled chicken wraps
14. baked haddock with broccoli & rice pilaf
15. peanut butter pork tenderloin

Menu Plan Monday: December 2013, Part 2

15 Dec 2013 In: Menu Plan Monday

The mad dash to the holidays and then the New Year. :)

16. chicken & cheese quesadillas
17. tortellini alfredo
18. taco bar!
19.  grilled chicken salads
20.  FFY Buffet
21. spaghetti & meatballs, garlic bread, salad…holiday celebration with my family!
22.  BFD: bacon, eggs, pancakes.
23.  hot dogs with  Annie’s macaroni and cheese. It’s totes a comfort food day.
24. Feast of Seven Fishes! Tons of yummy things, including my contribution of Christmas Eve haddock and of course, strawberry grand mariner cheesecakes.
25. Merry Christmas!  Beef Wellingtons with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes, the Captain’s caprese, dessert TBD.
26. recovery day. Grilled cheeses.  With leftover veggies if I can convince the kids to eat it.
27. chicken noodle casserole
28. celebrating a birthday with good friends. TBD.
29. pizza night: margherita
30.  Nana’s chicken soup
31.  probably taking the kids out to a kid friendly restaurant celebration.

Menu Plan Monday: November 2013, Part 2

18 Nov 2013 In: Menu Plan Monday

16. tacos and rice
17. FFY- I am gone all day today
18. grilled corn cakes with crispy ham
19. BFD: ham and spinach hash with eggs
20. turkey club sammies
21. Happy Birthday, Moo! Moo’s choice.
22. FFY Buffet
23. Moo’s birthday party…leftover bits from the party.
24. quick chicken and dumplings
25. crockpot beef stroganoff
26. BFD: waffles and sausage
27. grilled cheeses
28. Happy Thanksgiving! Roast turkey with pan gravy and all the trimmings (sage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, mashed butternut squash, green beans with bacon and scallions, roasted pearl onions, buttery bread machine rolls and hot mulled cider. My mom brings apple pie, chocolate cream pie, banana bread and date nut bread. My mother in law brings roasted sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.
29. The Most Obvious FFY Buffet Day of the Year. I am busy shopping and then sleeping like crazy.
30. Harvest Turkey Salad with cranberries and roasted butternut squash (NEW!)

About the Kitchen

MGCK started as a New Year's resolution for 2009. I wanted to start trying menu planning, a concept that I had stumbled across while looking for dinner ideas online. I dove into it with energy and saw success immediately. The success only made me more interested in how I could improve, what new recipes I could find, etc. I started using my family blog for menu planning posts and it kind of started to take over. So, I decided to give my culinary fumblings their own home- and MGCK was born.

Why "my grand central kitchen?" Well, I have two young children (one in preschool and one in first grade). I am working on a master's degree and I work part time from home. Cooking is a hobby for me. So you could say that aside from the playroom, the kitchen is the busiest room in my house and usually looks it, especially with the way my home is designed...you have to go through it to get anywhere! It feels a bit like Grand Central, especially between 4 and 7 pm.

There's four of us eating in the Kitchen, and we all have different tastes and preferences. One of the kids has some sensory food issues that we're working through, which throws a bigger wrench into an already challenging menu plan preparation. But every week, we're making progress. And some nights, I'm not on duty. Leftovers are always worked in! And PB&Js or grilled cheeses DO happen. I'm not trying to be Martha Stewart, here. I can't be.

I hope that this blog gives me even more inspiration for my own home and the ability to inspire others in the kitchen, as well. I'll be posting not just menu planning and recipe links, but also interesting things I find online, things on my wishlist and recommendations, when I have the time. And who knows where it might go from there...

I certainly hope you enjoy the read.


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