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!


  1. Monday: chili in homemade bread bowls

    Tuesday: navajo tacos (using leftover chili)

    Wednesday: shredded beef tostados or nachos

    Friday: date night! I'm eating steak and the kids are getting mac & cheese.

    Saturday: Going out of town and my husband has requested Olive Garden.

    Thursday and Sunday are still undecided.

    Good Luck on paying cash for groceries plan! Let me know how you like it.

  2. I know you don't know me but I enjoy following your blog and have tried several of your recipes. I tried the Chicken Spaghetti recipe last night despite the fact that you had not given it a rave review. I made a couple of changes though and thought I'd share. I used cream of chicken soup instead of the cream of mushroom (I halved the recipe so I only used one can). Also I did not have any cayenne pepper so I used 1/8 t. crushed red pepper flakes. And instead of using the reserved chicken broth from boiling the chicken (I just used chicken breasts and cooked them in a skillet) I used 1 c. chicken broth. My family really enjoyed this recipe. I am planning on trying your chicken tetrazinni recipe, and am interested to see how my family thinks they compare. So while Im leaving a comment I guess I'll leave my menu for the week.
    Thurs: French Dip Sandwiches
    Fri: going out to eat (we'll be at an ice skating competition in Provo)
    Sat: Papa Murphy's Pizza (gotta be easy...we'll just be getting back from the competition)
    Sun: Maple Balsamic Pork Chops
    Mon: Garlic Chicken Spaghetti
    Tue: Homemade Chicken Tenders
    Wed: Meatloaf

    Thank you so much for your blog. I have gotten some great ideas from it and I really appreciate the work you put into updating it on a weekly basis.

  3. Laura -- thanks for sharing your menus! So far so good on paying with cash for groceries. :)

    Steph -- Thanks for following my blog. I think next time I make Chicken Spaghetti using cream of chicken is the way to go. :) And thanks for sharing your menus for the week!



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