Sunday, May 31, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

I have a renewed love for my crock pot since last weeks menu plan. Basically I got up in the morning last week, made breakfast, stuck dinner in the crock and worked in my garden all day. The kids fended for themselves at lunch and I felt like I got a kitchen vacation.

So this week I'm putting a few more crock pot meals on the menu. Plus I got some free rhubarb so I'm making a yummy rhubarb pie this week. And in an effort to use up some of those bananas in the freezer, an Apple Banana Cake that looks moist and scrumptious.


Breakfast Bars and banana smoothies
Pancakes with homemade syrup
Oats with apples and almonds
Leftover Pancakes


Pantry Soup (leftover chicken carcass from last week) and Easy Sesame Bread sticks
Leftover Night

For more great menu plans go see an amazing list HERE.


Julie said...

I may add the crockpot pinto beans to my menu this week. I haven't had success with them. They always come out too watery but I will give these a try. Thanks!

Frugal Jen said...

I checked out the recipe for the 7 layer rice. I was curious if it gets runny since the meat cooks with all the other ingredients.

NW Coupon Mom said...

I freeze bananas and use them for smoothies also. I love them!

I enjoy your website. I have added your blog to my website, I live in the Eastern Washington.

UKZoe said...

My crockpot is on as I type, making BBQ pulled pork. So easy, pork roast, remove skin and fat, put in crockpot, pour over a jar of BBQ sauce and a jar of cola. Well, usually I use cola, today I used ginger beer because I read about it on someone's menu plan last week.

Lisa said...

I have added the crockpot pinto beans and the layer rice casserole to my recipe list. I think I will have to add this to next week's or maybe even modify this weeks!

The Halton Mom said...

Your crockpotting has inspired me to find more crockpot recipes. I found this great Burgoo recipe that I thought you might like. I don't know about you but I often have one piece of different meats left in the freezer. This would be a great dump it all recipe. Also its a Kentucky Derby staple!
Also I've always loved the Year in Crockpotting blog. She has a huge archive. Hopefully I'm not bothering you with info you already have. Thanks for your time Gayle! Happy blogging.

Honey said...

I had a quick question: It looks like you have a lot of homemade breakfasts. Do you spend some time once a week cooking these or do you make them as needed each morning? I am trying to have cereal 3-4 mornings a week and then other things the rest of the time.

Gayle said...


I usually cook a fresh breakfast each morning. We're able to have the time to do this because the kids are homeschooled and we don't have to rush off in the mornings. Plus I'm an early riser. I really like the breakfast and dinner meal but I refuse to cook lunch too so usually the kids get something really simple or fend for themselves at that meal. What a great idea for working moms or kids that need to hurry off to school though. Make ahead and then just reheat. Great idea!

Honey said...

Thanks for the quick reply! Actually we homeschool, too, but I have 5 children (8,6,6,5,&5) so the morning is somewhat crazy. And I like to be done by lunchtime with our lessons. Maybe when they are capable of being more self-directed (instead of us having to say 5 times or more, "put your pj's away", "wash your face", "comb your hair" etc) I might have more time to be cooking instead of yelling, I mean, uh, directing. Yeah, directing sounds so much nicer. Or I could get up earlier-nah. I'm looking forward to trying some more of your recipe ideas. We made the middle eastern rice and beans the other day.

Mama Squirrel said...

I had trouble with both the oatmeal breakfast bars and the fruit fiesta bars. Both recipes turned out too crumbly to cut nicely, and the oatmeal bars were much, much too sweet for our taste. I think I followed both recipes as closely as I could, so I don't think it was something I did differently.

But I did find some ways to salvage the baking. I mixed the oatmeal bars with more oatmeal, a bit more oil and a bit of orange juice, and baked it all on a cookie sheet for awhile to make granola. The crumbly fruit bars would have made a decent fruit crisp, but for some reason I couldn't get anybody too interested--so today I ran the whole thing through the food processor along with some of of the granola, pressed most of it into a large pie pan, mixed the rest with plain yogurt and poured that into the middle, and froze the whole thing for a yogurt pie. I'm pretty sure that will get eaten.