Week 69 Menu and PW Recipe Reviews

Hi everyone! I'm sure all of you have heard of the Pioneer Woman. She and I have something in common and that thing is beef. PW lives on an cattle ranch. And I . . . don't, but my dad raises a few calves each year, so they have an abundance of beef at their house. After our visit to my parents' house in November, we brought home a freezer full of beef: roasts, hamburgers, steaks galore. It's going to last us forever, so I need to use more beef recipes. So, I made two recipes from Pioneer Woman this week and I thought I'd pass on my two-bits about the recipes. Even though one of them is a chicken recipe...

I tried Chicken Spaghetti and my kids were not impressed. It was really easy to make ahead and then bake at the last minute, but my kids did NOT want to eat it. Usually they'll eat what I make, but this dinner was not their favorite. My hubby and I thought it was okay, but honestly I'd rather make my recipe for Chicken Tetrazinni.

Today I made Italian Meatball Soup and was impressed. It was kind of fun to make, since I actually had all the ingredients. I didn't add the cabbage, since my hubby is not a fan, so I added an extra potato. The kids ate it, but didn't love it. But honestly, I don't think they "love" any soup. They'd rather have pizza. I served the soup with fresh parmesan on top and with some 1 hour breadsticks.

All right, now it's menu time. Thanks to all of you for your comments and menu posting. I'm still enjoying my "gourmet salt" and think I should invest in a pinching bowl.

Monday: homemade baked chicken nuggets and fries

Tuesday: tinfoil dinners

Wednesday: pizza from Papa Murphy's (my kindergartner is going on a field trip to make a pizza)

Thursday: sesame chicken salad

Friday: feeding the missionaries, something with beef, maybe roast or meatloaf and some potatoes

Saturday: bistro chicken w/mashed potatoes (this is like the 5th time I've put this on my menu, maybe this week I'll make it)

Sunday: taco soup or white chili something football-gamish

Go ahead and post your menus for this week. I'm going to try some great advice from Laura this month -- using cash to pay for groceries to stay in my budget. Wish me luck! Have a good week!