Monday, August 8, 2011

Menu 8/8 to 8/14 & Recipe

I didn't get a chance to post yesterday because I was basically just being too lazy. Sometimes it is really fun to just be lazy:) Don't judge me, please. My Sunday posts are going to be my book posts, so I will save that for later in the week. I am going to try to do a menu/recipe post on Mondays from now on. I think I will really like coming back to see what we were eating. I also know I get a lot of inspiration from other people's menus around the web, so maybe I can encourage some of you.
I am linking up with "Menu Plan Monday" on Organizing Junkie.

I didn't pick the best week to post a menu because I am trying to skip going to the store this week. Our pantry and freezer are pretty full, so once in a while I try to do a "clean out" to make room. This week would be one of those.

I usually just switch around a few of the same things -
eggs and bacon or sausage
french toast

Again, we just do a lot of the same week after week -
grilled cheese with apple slices
macaroni and cheese with peaches
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with goldfish
leftovers from dinner the night before
Bagel bites
we even throw in a $1.99 happy meal from McDonald's every once in a while (I just can't beat the price even though I know it isn't the healthiest option. Sometimes easy and cheap just win the battle.)

Sunday - Pizza at mom and dad's
Monday - Baked Ziti, salad and garlic bread
Tuesday - Farewell dinner for my brother at my parents (I will probably bring a dessert)
Wednesday - Taco Pie & Mexican Rice (recipe will be at the end of post)
Thursday - Chicken on the grill, egg noodles with burned butter, broccoli
Friday - We usually get pizza or some kind of quick dinner, so I get the night off:)
Saturday - This is open night. We either cook together or go out with friends or do whatever comes up.
Sunday - Pasta night. Every week Tim makes his special sauce, and we always do pasta dinner as a whole family.

Recipe for Tace Pie:
I don't have the exact recipe for this. I have seen differnet things around the internet, so I kind of made up my own version that we really like.

4-6 tortillas (the mid size, not too big or too small)
1 lb. cooked ground beef (Cook it with a taco seasoning packet)
1 can of enchilada sauce
2 cups of cheddar cheese

What to do:
*I use 2 glass pie plates to make these
*Start with a layer of enchilada sauce at the bottom of each pie plate
*Place a tortilla down.
*Meat on top
*Add a little salsa
*Lastly, sprinkle some cheese & repeat layers
*I stick with 2 layers, but you can do 3 if you want)
*Cook on 350 for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Doesn't that sound easy?
We top these with more salsa, lettuce and sour cream. You can use whatever favorite taco toppings your family likes.

I also make a homeade salsa and will put the recipe here as well. As if this post wasn't already long enough:)
1 (28 ounce) can of whole tomatoes with juice
2 (14.5 ounce) cans of rotel with cilantro and lime
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove of garlic minced
1 whole jalopeno quartered and diced (I remove the seeds)
1/4 teaspoon of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of cumin

Throw it all in the food processor and grind until desired consistency. I usually have to half it and grind two sets to get it the way we like it. It makes a lot. Refridgerate for at least an hour. It tastes better the longer it is in there. Serve with tortilla chips or taco pie:) I usually store it in a left over glass jar - a big one like the applesauce size.


  1. I will definitely have to try that Taco Pie! It sounds very good.

    We repeat the same lunch ideas too. I try to make new things for breakfast but usually end up eating poptarts, bagels, cereal and waffles. LOL

  2. Taco Pie is really tasty, but even better, it is quick and easy:)

    The repeats do get old, but the mornings are not my shining moments. I am lucky to get anything on the table. Maybe if my kids got up at 10 it would be a different story:)