Menu Plan Money ~ “Wishful Thinking” Edition

by Shawanda Greene

There’s not much going on this week other than my menu plan is a little aggressive considering I’m feeling pretty miserable.

Here’s to me keeping hope alive and not darting to the nearest Chipotle.

Monday: Frittata

Tuesday: KFC Fried Chicken or Chicken Nuggets

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Bacon, Egg, & Cheese low carb sandwich

Friday: Barbacoa Shredded Beef Tacos

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: MeatloafGreen Bean Casserole and Macaroni & Cheese Muffins

Rookie Cook Tip: I love fatty, slow cooked meats. It’s fat that gives meat flavor. No amount of salt, broth, spices, or herbs can replace it. Since I trim very little fat from my meats prior to slow cooking, I end up with an untenable amount of fat remaining in the liquids produced by many of my dishes. The problem is unnoticeable if the meal is consumed right away as the fat is liquid. But once the dish is cooled, the fat solidifies and, well, it’s pretty disgusting.

So, this is what you have to do. Pour the stock into a separate bowl from your main dish and refrigerate it. Once it’s cooled, spoon off the fat that’s floated to the top of the container.

Find other menu plan options on Menu Plan Monday at I’m an Organizing Junkie

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Toy Lady October 24, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Plus an added bonus – almost without exception, your slow-cooked food will taste EVEN BETTER after it's had a chance to "rest" at least overnight. I always make soups, stews, chilis, etc., on the weekend, to be enjoyed later on in the week.


Shawanda October 24, 2011 at 9:00 PM

That's why I LOVE leftovers!


@berrymorin October 24, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Great cooking tip! And I hope that you feel better soon!

Have an amazing week. Looks like there's going to be some good eating at your home this week!


Shawanda October 24, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Thanks! Just gotta muster up the strength to get in the kitchen.


Kazu October 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Hi, I'm new here and I wonder if you bring lunch to work. If you do, I'd love to know your lunch menu. You are sassy and I like it.


Shawanda October 24, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Thank you. :D I absolutely do take my lunch to work. Since I always prepare several servings, my lunch menu, generally, consists of whatever is leftover from my dinners. Some of my coworkers admire my diligence in bringing my lunch to work. They'll even remark at how good my lunch looks/smells. When they do, I have to refrain from replying, "I know." :)


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