Menu Plan Monday ~ Mar 7, 2011

by Shawanda Greene

My adherence to last week’s menu plan was almost as pathetic as the week before last. However, that’s no reason to abandon menu planning. You gotta keep on trucking.

Monday: Bacon Chicken Thighs. This is, by far, the best baked chicken I’ve ever eaten.

Broccoli, onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms are served on the side.

Quick Recipe – Preheat oven to desired temperature, between 350 to 400 degrees. To me, the Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper combo works well with most poultry and meat. Season under and over the skin of your chicken thighs. Then, heat up 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet, and brown the outside of the chicken. Place raw bacon – which you’ve already cut to fit – under the skin in a single layer. Place chicken thighs in an oven pan. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or so.

Tuesday: Korean Fried Chicken – A little bird told me he’d bring me back some chicken from New York City.

Wednesday/Thursday: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Quick Recipe – There’s no need to get fancy with this one. McCormick’s Beef Stew Seasoning Mix is actually quite good. The recipe can be tweaked a bit by cooking the onions with fresh garlic before adding it to the mixture. Reduce the amount of water to 1/2 of what the recipe calls for. Lose the flour. Cook on low for 4 hours. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Friday/Saturday: Tacos topped with guacamole, shredded cheese, salsa, and lettuce.

Quick Recipe – There isn’t one really. The only way to shorten this recipe is to buy taco seasoning mix. Which is perfectly acceptable, by the way. Of course I’m adding fresh garlic and diced onions to the ground beef.

As for the guacamole, I use a ripe Hass avocado. Sprinkle with sea salt, lemon or lime juice, and cayenne pepper. Mash and mix all ingredients with a fork.

Sunday: Dinner out. If you live in the D.C. area, there’s a fabulous hot dog place near the Capitol called DC-3. The fried pickles are great. Can’t wait to go back.

This week, I clearly need to get back on track. If I don’t get my act together, I’m going to blow through my $350 food and drinks monthly budget pretty quickly.

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