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Menu Plan – Week of April 15 (happy tax day?)

April 15, 2013

Monday:  Sticky Chicken.  One of my 10 year olds helped me prep several of these a few weeks back, which gave her bragging rights at school the next day. Apparently stuffing onions up chickens’ butts is a big deal in grade 5.

Tuesday:  Vegetarian Sliders.  this is a new one for us, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m subbing cooked brown rice for quinoa, because that’s what I have.  Cooking brown rice ahead and freezing it in quart size bags is a huge time saver for us.  My oldest doesn’t eat meat – and I like to incorporate everyone’s needs/preferences into what we’re buying and preparing each week.  It only makes sense to me to provide Team Clark with good nutrition that works well for each of us (some weeks we do far better at this than others …).

Wednesday:  Burritos.  These work so well for everyone and the kids love making them.  I just put a bag of frozen boneless skinless chicken thighs in the crock pot a little while ago, and will season it up in a few hours.  We’ll probably put these together tomorrow night, doing some with beans, some with chicken, some without the tortilla (burrito bowls!) and then add cheese and Spanish rice.  We’re making an extra big batch of these to go in the freezer.

Thursday: Pizza night.  We usually get Little Caesar’s or take-and-bakes from the grocery store.  This is, by far, our least nutritious meal of the week. But we are all tired and crabby by Thursday and just trying to make it to the weekend, you know?  On a good day I’ll throw together a big green salad and hope that someone eats it.

Friday:  Honey Bourbon Chicken. This is a little higher sugar than I like, but I use ketchup that doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup (which is rare!) and try to add a little more chicken and onion to the recipe than it calls for. 

Saturday:  Crockpot Enchiladas.  This is another new recipe we’re trying this week.  I’m planning to use corn tortillas, and will probably throw in a little leftover chicken from Monday’s Sticky Chicken

Sunday:  LEFTOVERS.  Nothing worse than trying to menu plan and grocery shop on a Monday when your fridge is full of containers of leftovers. Okay, there are plenty of things worse than that. Still – it’s a bummer when that happens. 

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