You may have noticed that I took a week off from menu planning. We had the big grad party last weekend, and between planning and cooking, and not knowing just how many leftovers there would be, I decided not to plan for the week. It was a nice reminder as to why I plan. I hate wondering every day "what will we have for dinner?" I hate trying to figure out what I can make with the ingredients I have on hand. I'd much rather spend an hour a week planning, and an hour or so every week shopping, than time everyday wondering and figuring.
So, back to the menu. Father's Day is Sunday. I think my menu is rather typical for a summer holiday, but it's what the man wants. We have a graduation party to go to sometime during the hours of 5 to 8 on Sunday, but Doug doesn't want to have dinner there (who plans a graduation party for Father's Day anyway?). We may have a really early dinner and really late dessert, but we'll see.
On Saturday I'm going to try something new. My mother bought me an all-appetizer cookbook and I think we'll have munchie night. Maybe a movie, too. I know the kids will enjoy it - it's always more fun to snack for dinner than have a real meal. I will say though, the recipes from the cookbook my mom bought me do not look to be the greatest, so I'll give a few a try and then put it in the back of the cabinet if they're not good.
The rest of the week is casual summer dining. Leave me a comment if you want a recipe for something you see.
Lunch: Skyline Chili
Dinner: Beef Empanadas (the recipe I'm using is very close to this one), Mini Taco Quiches (the recipe in my book is identical to this one -- I'll use my homemade taco seasoning), California Quesadillas (just like this recipe), Crunchy Paprika Chickpeas
Brunch: Six Thumbs Up Brunch
Dinner: BBQ Ribs, Mustard Potato Salad, Cucumber Tomato Salad (we're living dangerously!)
Lunch: Cheese Quesadillas
Dinner: BLT and C Salad, bread
I've had a hankerin' for this salad for a few weeks. You may notice that I'm using tomatoes again, and right now I'm not even sure what the stores have, so this menu item may change.
Lunch: Ham Cubans
Dinner: Scrambled Egg Burritos with Tex Mex Salad, fruit
Lunch: Turkey Wraps
Dinner: Hamburgers, Oven Fries, fruit salad
Lunch: we're having friends over for lunch and I'm not sure what's on the menu yet
Dinner: Sausage Kabobs, Pepper and Cashew Pasta Salad, fruit
I serve the cashews on the side of this pasta salad, so we can all enjoy.
Lunch: Cheese and Bean Nachos
Dinner: Zucchini and Tomato Pasta, bread, salad
For this recipe, I'll use canned plum tomatoes.
* Tried and true
* New to me