It’s the middle of May, and my furnace just kicked on. Although the flowers and tender asparagus shoots assure me that winter is over, I’m not planning meals that go from grill to patio table yet! But, I did grab the grocery circular and plan great dinners that fit into our budget, and a few that can be grilled if the weather changes.
Angel Hair Pasta with Italian Sausage and Herbs, Caesar salad. I like to use crimini mushrooms because we like their more intense flavor, but will buy whatever is on sale!
Nachos Supreme and fresh pineapple. Sometimes I give everyone a pie plate and have them assemble their own nachos; everyone likes to get into the act on nacho night! The real magic is getting them to help clean…
Barbecue Bacon Cheese Burgers, Baked Garlic Fries, and apples. The beef is on sale, so I’ll buy extra, season it, and shape it into patties for future grilling. Although the fries call for a package of seasoning, I’ll replace that with garlic powder, salt, and dried parsley from the spice rack.
Stuffed Pork Chops, buttered noodles, steamed broccoli. I can’t remember the last time I made stuffed chops, so I’ll try this new recipe and see how the family likes them!
Tuscan Roast Chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, and whatever fresh fruits and vegetables look good. I’ll butterfly the chicken and rub in the seasonings early in the day so they have a chance to really flavor the meat.
The boys have various things going on so I know we’ll have plenty of leftovers if they’re even home to eat this weekend.
Now that I’ve planned meals that fit my time, diet, and budget I have more time to tackle other things.
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