Thursday, December 30, 2010

Menu: Week of January 3-9

First menu plan of the New Year! Let's start the year out right with some delicious meals.

Monday: Lemon Garlic Pasta
Tuesday: Roast Beef and Pepperoncini Sandwiches
Wednesday: Smoky Black Bean Soup
Thursday: Leftover/Takeout Night
Friday: Peking Chicken Pizza
Saturday: Chicken Alfredo and Buttered French Bread
Sunday: Seared Steak and Arugula Salad
Dessert: Chocolate Cream Pie

Sound good? Let's get shopping!

*Please note: all of these recipes serve 3-4 people. If you have a larger family, you will need to double the recipes. I have starred the ingredients that you will need to double if you are feeding a group of 6-8. For example, the 8 oz pasta is starred, meaning you need 16 oz to double.

printable shopping list

*8 oz pasta (pretty much any kind will work, we used whole wheat thin spaghetti)
chili powder
sesame seeds
Montreal Steak Seasoning
*chicken broth or stock or bouillon cubes or granules, enough for 1 cup of broth
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
Italian dressing (we like Good Seasons)
Worcestershire sauce
barbecue sauce
plum sauce (you can find this in little jars in the Asian food section)
1 jar pepperoncinis
*1 can diced tomatoes with chilies (like Rotel)
*2 cans black beans
Instant chocolate pudding (small box)

*1 lemon
*1 lime (or a Tbsp lime juice)
*3 red bell peppers (5 if doubling)
*10 oz arugula (or a bag of salad mix with field greens or arugula in them)
*2 medium yellow onions (3 if doubling)
*1 head of garlic
1 bunch scallions (green onions)
1 bunch of cilantro
*8 oz Monterey Jack cheese
cheddar (not a lot, just a little to garnish the black bean soup)
slices of Provolone cheese (1-2 large slices per person you are feeding)
*parmesan cheese (enough for a cup shredded)
8 oz brick of cream cheese
8 oz whipping cream
sour cream
*bacon (5 slices)
*2 chicken breasts (3 if you want to make the Lemon Garlic Pasta with chicken)
*1 lb petite sirloin steak
1 chuck or rump roast (how big depends on the size of your group, allow 4-5 oz per person
1 oreo pie crust (butter and oreos if you want to make your own)hoagie rolls or any kind of harder bread roll, good for roast beef sandwiches (1 per person)
*1 loaf of french bread (not to be used until Saturday, so do not purchase until Friday night at the earliest)
*alfredo sauce (also for Saturday, we like to buy a pint of Olive Garden's alfredo, perfect for 4 servings)

I am linking up with I'm an Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.


  1. Looks like a delicious week. Do you buy the Olive Garden alfredo at the restaurant. How much do they charge? My husband and I love their chicken alfredo and never considered buying just the sauce.
    ps - stumbled on your blog through your gymbofriends siggy and absolutely love it.

  2. Thank you so much, Amanda! You can order a pint of alfredo sauce for Take Out at Olive Garden. It is around five dollars, which is not cheap, but less than if I bought all the ingredients to make it myself. However, a pint is only enough for about 4 people, it might be more economical to make it yourself if you were serving a bigger group and had to purchase several pints.