Menu Plan Monday

I have decided to get back to planning my menus ahead of time. This just saves me so much stress, money and time! I will print out my menu including the ingredients needed to make it so both Troy and I will know that “Oh, such and such will be needed for Tuesdays dinner”.  How many times have you gotten all the ingredients for a recipe and then discover someone used the sour cream (or whatever). Or you use one of the ingredients because you totally forget it was for a different dinner. So, that is why I decided to keep the ingredients listed as well. I wrote down all the ingredients I need to buy to make all the dinners this week and will go out Sunday night and get them.

So, here we go.



Cowboy Casserole

1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef

1 can (16 oz) baked beans

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

2 cups Original Bisquick® mix

2/3 cup milk

1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz)

  1. Heat oven to 425°F. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain.
  2. Stir baked beans and barbecue sauce into beef. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Pour into ungreased 2-quart casserole.
  3. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk and butter until soft dough forms.
  4. Drop dough by 12 spoonfuls onto beef mixture.
  5. Bake uncovered 18 to 22 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake about 3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Serve with marinated fresh veggies and applesauce


Toads in a hole and pancakes (Troy cooks)


“Restaurant at home night”

Olive Garden Grill Chicken Flatbread

served with Olive Garden style salad and apricots


Drip Beef Sandwiches ( From Lynn over at “Happier than a pig in mud”. Click for recipe)

served with salad and a melody of various pickles and peaches


Slow Cooker Potato and Double Corn Chowder & Grilled Veggie Sandwiches

Served with Fruit cocktail


Eat Out


Ham and Cheesy Hashbrowns Casserole (Recipe from Shirley’s World. Click for recipe)

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Menu Planning Monday

And since this is something I have been putting off doing for awhile, I decided to join:


Anti-Procrastination Tuesday


  1. I need to do this! I started working on it today but didn't get my menu done. I may 'borrow' a couple of your recipes!

  2. Oh and I am dying to know what 'toads in a hole' are! Also do you have the recipe for the potato and double corn chowder? I've been looking for a good recipe for this kind of soup. hugs, Linda

  3. I would love to know what Toad in a hole are! Also do you have the recipe for the potato and corn chowder? I have been looking for one! hugs, Linda

  4. Oh yum! Can I just come to your house for dinner?

  5. I'd love to come for dinner at your place too! By the time Hubby gets home, and I get home, we are both too tired to cook! Happy I got a job after 2 yrs of unemployment, but it's taking its toll on my energy! Whew!

  6. I've been trying to plan my menu a few days in advance because I have a lot of things frozen and I need to remember to take them out a few days ahead of time to thaw. So far I've done pretty good with it. I've never had any of the food recipes that you listed! I guess I'm a plain Jane kind of cook.....

    Have a Great Week!

  7. Wow, looks like you have it all planned out! I always say I'm going to do this but just never seem to get it together. These recipes sound really yummy! Have a great week, Nan

  8. Congratulations! Menu Planning by ingredients is such a stress reliever.
    My DH and I made a list of all the foods we like to eat in Winter, and I purchased those ingredients for the pantry...It sure saves time and headaches... I will refill pantry as Spring & Summer approaches for the meals we eat most often in those seasons. I also organized all recipes by seasons in a 3 ring notebook with dividers...Worth even second of the time spent organizing both the recipes and pantry..

  9. I love the idea of planning for the week but haven't been doing it lately. I saved the recipe for cowboy casserole. It sounds like something we'd enjoy.

  10. What a great idea, Diann! They all look and sound so yummy!..Christine

  11. This sounds very good. I am going to try this tomorrow night since I have everything to make it.

  12. Good for you Diann! Meal planning has really saved me a lot of time and money (and stress) over the years. I was talking to my DIL about that very subject this weekend and now that she is getting into cooking she is going to try and plan menus.

    ~ Tracy


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