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Published by Cathy Brockman on

 

Hi Ya’ll. This month you will see a new title on Monday. With such busy lifestyles and the price of food so high, I thought I would share some of my meal plans with you but make them fun. So now Monday Munchies is Meal planning Monday. I am going to share with you not only the major holiday fair, but I found that each day of the month is a national something day.

May Is national Beef Month~National Barbeque Month~National Loaded potato month~National egg month ~National salad month ~Nationl Salsa month And National Strawberry month. In addition to that, there are  Daily food holidays as well. We missed 1-4, of course, the 5th was Cinco De Mayo and I covered it last week,

I will be using each of the food holidays to craft my menus. I am going to share a recipe or meal plan for each day of the week and maybe that will help you plan your weekly menus as well.

Monday (National Roast leg of lamb Day )

I don’t have any lamb or anywhere near here to get it so Since it is national Beef Month I am going to substitute T-bone Steaks. Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole and a garden salad.

For the Steak, I season with my favorite Charbroil seasoning and make a marinade of Worcestershire, olive oil and a touch of rice vinegar I put the steaks in the marinade and let sit at least 4 hours or overnight turning at least once to coat. When ready to cook I preheat my grill and cook seven minutes on one side, turn and cook 5-7 on the other checking for doneness.  I like mine medium well the others well so I adjust time accordingly.

For the salad, I just chop the greens that I have on hand ( usually a is of romaine, spinach, and kale), Cucumbers, colored sweet peppers or bell pepper, radish, and tomato if I have any. You can easily tailor it to your taste. I lightly salt and serve in individual dishes so everyone can top with the dressing of thier choice. I keep a few on hand or make a homemade one.I also set out croutons, nuts, raisins sometimes strawberries or apples as well.

Loaded baked potato casserole

about four cups of mashed potatoes you can use leftovers or make fresh.

shredded cheddar cheese about eight ounces (divided)

6 slices cooked and crumbled bacon. crumble four to put inside and two for topping

chopped chives or green onions finely chopped for garnish

Combine mashed potatoes (if very thick thin with some milk), half of the cheese, the four slices crumbled bacon. Bake at 350 for about twenty minutes or until hot through and bubbly.(if cold it may take an additional ten minutes)  Remove from oven top with bacon cheese and scallions or chives, put back in about 3-5 minutes to melt cheese. serves 4-6

Tuesday (Coconut cream pie day)

How about these cute, simple Coconut Cream Pie Tarts for a dessert!

Wednesday  ( National Shrimp Day)

Bang Bang Shrimp, Rice, stir fry veggies

I like this Bang Bang Shrimp recipe. It is tasty and easy to make.

I serve with minute rice or Brown rice, occasionally fried rice and Just use a bag of frozen stir fry veggies.

Thursday (National Liver and Onion’s day. )

Chicken livers, fried potatoes, and onions.~Green beans ~ salad

One year my husband took me to a truck stop that had the best chicken livers. This is my rendition

1 tub of chicken livers rinsed patted dry.

Canola oil for frying about 1/4 cup ( or bacon grease)

1/2 onion chopped fine

1 bag of potatoes cubes with chopped peppers.

6 slices bacon chopped.

Salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

I use a large iron skillet heat the oil then add all ingredients and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until potatoes  are brown and crisp and livers are cooked through

Serve with canned or frozen green beans and a salad.

Since this is National Strawberry month how about sliced strawberries served over vanilla bean ice cream?

Friday National Eat what Ya want day. Let’s go out! ( or eat the leftovers)

 Saturday National Nutty Fudge Day. My grandies loved the fudge I made for Christmas so I think I will make a peanut butter fudge.

Sunday Mother’s day National Apple Pie day~ National Fruit Cocktail Day` National Humus day

Since It’s national barbecue month, I think I am ready for some smoked ribs, Loaded potato salad, Caesar salad and deviled eggs. For dessert, a nice Strawberry Truffle. And a berry fruit salad.

For the trifle, I make a white cake and let it cool ( or you can buy an angel food cake)

Make a batch of homemade ( or a large box of vanilla pudding) ANd you will need a large tub of whipped topping. slice a box of strawberries. in a pretty clear bowl put a layer of cake, pudding berries, topping and repeat ending with berries on top.

Do you make weekly menus? Monthly? Do you find it frees up time and helps with your budget?

Remember `If you can dream it~  You can do it!

 

 


2 Comments

Flossie Benton Rogers · 05/15/2018 at 11:37 pm

Since it’s just me, I don’t do much meal planning. I do enjoy making the occasional meal for the family, such as a roast or a dip/sandwich spread we like called CreamCheeseEgg&Olive. The trick is to say it fast so it sounds like some exotic concoction. Sort of like that song with the line “little lambs eat ivy.” It took me years to figure that out, as the sounds are mushed together.

My husband introduced the treat to me from Vermont decades ago. What looks especially tasty on your list– to my taste buds– coconut cream pie and liver & onions! YUM.

    Cathy Brockman · 05/16/2018 at 10:11 am

    we are so much alike I love liver and onions too. I’ve never heard of the dip.

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