Sunday, October 30, 2011

Monday Meal Planning: Halloween Week

Happy Halloween! As I plan this menu, I'm getting ready to dress up for Halloween tomorrow -- the first time in many years. Keeping it simple, but having a lot of fun with it. What am I going to be, you wonder? A crayon. In fact, a blue crayon. My boys will be wearing some borrowed Star Wars costumes, and going out with their cousins. I love seeing all the costumes and creativity that comes out on this holiday. It's going to be a fun day and evening for all!

Last week's menu went pretty well. I was especially impressed with my "treat" recipe last week - Brown Sugared Cinnamon Pecans. My family and others who tried them thought they were incredibly yummy, on top of being easy. Definitely a winner in my book! This week I'm trying a different kind of chocolate cookie. I'll let you know how they turn out!

As I write this menu for the week, we've got 2 FULL baskets of fresh tomatoes, plus 2 quarts of freshly made tomato sauce from our last huge tomato harvest. One will go in to Sunday night's dinner -- my freezer is overflowing with tomatoes! I know it won't be long until we use them all up, as this is the last of our tomato harvest. We're going to enjoy it while it lasts! Here's my menu for this week!

Sunday: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce on whole wheat pasta, and salad

Monday: Make Your Own Burrito Night, with garden tomatoes, lettuce, home made yogurt in place of sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese, and our own No-Fry Refried Beans

TuesdaySweet Potato and Sausage Soup
Use a sausage your family likes -- I'll be using an Italian-style sausage. Adjust the seasonings accordingly!

Wednesday: Polenta Lasagna with Feta and Kale (I'll substitute spinach)

Thursday: Grill Night

Friday: Homemade Pizza Night

Saturday: Leftover night

My treat recipe to try this week
Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies

What are you having for dinner this week? If you need some more inspiration, check out Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Have a great week!

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