Are you ready for the start of a new week? Personally, I have no idea where last week went. I think whoever said that time seems to pass faster the older you get was absolutely right. Oh, to be a kid again when weeks would last for what seemed like months! Here we go again, another week, another menu.
Monday: Red beans and rice with smoked sausage and kale/lettuce salad. Saturday it was 70 degrees and today it is 50 degrees so something hearty for dinner sounds good. And we have piano/voice lessons today so we need something quick to throw together for dinner. Simply prepare a box of red beans and rice per package instructions, slice smoked sausage lengthwise and brown quickly in a skillet, and chop up kale and lettuce for a quick salad with Caesar dressing.
Tuesday: Spaghetti with meatballs, garlic bread, and salad. Unlike a lot of foodies, I see nothing wrong with frozen meatballs, so this is another quick, easy meal. Brown frozen meatballs in a skillet, add a jar of marinara sauce, cook linguine (our preferred pasta), and prepare a salad with Olive Garden dressing.
Wednesday: Chili Verde with pepper jack cheese tostadas. I will share this chili recipe with you tomorrow so you can make it Wednesday. Pick up a package of tostada shells and a bag of shredded pepper jack cheese; top tostadas with cheese and broil until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top chili with shredded cheese and sour cream. Yum!
Thursday: Grilled chicken, roast broccoli, and couscous. Another easy meal, season chicken with your favorite seasoning and hand it to your husband to grill (at least that’s how I do it). Chop broccoli, season with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast in oven at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes until edges are crispy. My secret for preparing delicious couscous is to use chicken broth instead of the water asked for on the package instructions for added flavor. When your husband brings in the chicken serve it up and take credit for the tasty meal.
Friday: Snack plate with Brie and baguette, apple slices, summer sausage, grapes, assorted cheeses, and olives. My girls love nothing better than a simple snack plate for dinner. They think it’s something special, a reason to celebrate. And who am I to argue? If I can make the family happy by chopping up some cheese and salami and laying out an assortment of crackers, then lucky me! What an easy way to end the workweek. Serve dinner in the living room and watch a movie together as a family.