Monday, January 11, 2010

Menu Plan Monday - Week of January 11

Last week we followed the menu plan as posted, except for substituting fresh carrots (on hand) for frozen green beans.  It was a hectic week, and having a menu plan was especially helpful!

That plan included one new-to-me recipe, chicken-orzo soup.  I used the recipe as a guideline, but made a few changes.  I substituted a long hot pepper (like this - the image is copyrighted so I can't include it here) for the jalapenos; I omitted the tomato; and I used more chicken stock.  My family gave mixed reviews to this recipe.  I liked the chile-lime-cilantro flavor combination, but DH thought it was just okay.  DS declared the soup "yummy," but also said that he prefers regular chicken noodle soup.  Leftovers didn't fare so well; the flavors were mild, even bland, and the orzo was mushy.  For those reasons, plus the fact that it's more expensive than other soups (I had to purchase the pepper, the cilantro, and the lime), we probably won't make this recipe again.  It's too bad:  I had high hopes for it!

So after all of that,  here's the menu plan for this week:

Monday:  Grilled chicken with ginger and cilantro (see below), rice, steamed carrots
Tuesday:  Steak, baked potatoes, tomato salad, bread
Wednesday:  Pulled pork sandwiches (freezer meal), baked potatoes, vegetable TBD
Thursday:  Manicotti (freezer meal), bread
Friday:  Hamburgers, oven fries, steamed broccoli

Grilled chicken with ginger and cilantro:  In an attempt to save the cilantro left over from the soup, I found a recipe in How to Cook Everything for grilled chicken with ginger and cilantro.  I mixed up the marinade (a blend of ginger, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil) and froze that.  I plan to thaw the chicken and the marinade, then combine them.  I'll let you know how it goes!

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  1. that soup does sound wonderful!

  2. Yummy! I love Ginger. The Grilled Chicken sounds yummy! Might have to make that a baked chicken-I'm in Minnesota-not much grilling going on here ;)

  3. @joeandbridge: We don't grill in winter, either; I'll be cooking the chicken in a grill pan!

  4. The pulled pork sounds good... we usually buy pulled pork at the Livestock show around March, it's so good! Good luck with ur menu.

  5. Sounds good! I do grill in the winter except when the grill is covered in snow! We got 24 inches before Christmas and there was no way I was digging it out lol...

  6. Hi Melissa :) Sorry the soup was a disappointment, but I love how you shared the family's critique. It is really helpful to me when I'm looking for new recipes to see what other people say about it. You have some great menus for the week.


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