Monday, December 12, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 12/12-12/18

Thanks for coming by from Modern Alternative Kitchen! CLICK HERE to see the recipe linked to the menu plan this week on my new site!

Whew! There are 14 days left until Christmas and the decorations (humble as they may be!) are finally up at the Storms house.

Kerry finally spoke up and requested something other than oatmeal for breakfast on Saturday. Thankfully, he told me Friday afternoon, so I had plenty of time to prepare our favorite homemade pancake recipe. I certainly missed Saturday morning pancakes this past month while we were having oatmeal every single day, so I was glad for the request. If you have been following our menu for the last few months that I have been posting them, you may notice that we no longer have pizza on Saturday nights. I had been struggling for a long while with finding a good pizza dough recipe. In my search for a recipe, I came across a recipe for homemade calzones. I decided to try it out last week and, as it turns out, we LOVED it (not to mention it was so EASY!). So, no more pizza for the Storms family on Saturday nights. We have moved on to bigger and better things :)

Here is our menu for the week, along with a recipe!

  • Dinner: Leftover soup, homemade whole wheat biscuits and fruit 
  • Dinner: Hamburgers, sweet potato wedges and fruit
  • Dinner: Lentil Shepherd's Pie (AKA Lentil Bake, since my hubby claims to HATE Shepherd's Pie, but loves this dish, as long as I don't call it Shepherd's Pie...), homemade whole wheat biscuits and fruit
  • Dinner: Sausage, beans and potatoes (recipe below), homemade whole wheat biscuits and fruit
  • Dinner: Bringing this pear salad to Family Group 
  • Breakfast: Soaked whole wheat pancakes, bacon and fruit
  • Lunch: Hot dogs, chips and fruit
  • Dinner: Homemade calzones and fruit
  • Lunch: Cracker Barrel (celebrating Christmas with my parents and sister)
  • Dinner: Popcorn and smoothies

Sausage, Beans and Potatoes (adapted from this recipe)
1 lb. fresh green beans ( of course, fresh is better, but I used frozen ones I bought at the Farmer's Market this summer...they were fresh once!)
1 lb. organic fingerling potatoes (I like fingerling potatoes better than baby red, just a personal preference)
1/2 lb. sausage links, cooked (I buy our sausage from the local health food is local, nitrate free and from pigs that live the good life)
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 c. chicken bone broth
Salt and pepper, to taste

Wash the green beans and potatoes thoroughly. If the green beans are fresh, snap the ends off. Depending on how long they are, snap them in half, as well, otherwise they will not fit in your crockpot (experience speaking here!). Cut the potatoes in half, or if they are shaped odd like my potatoes usually are, cut them in half-like pieces. Chop the cooked sausage links in approximately one inch pieces. Place all ingredients in your crockpot. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 8-9 hours.

I linked up to menu plan monday at Organizing Junkie


  1. that sounds so yummy!!! im going to have to add this to the list! :)

  2. This sounds like an amazing week! The meal plan is awesome!

  3. Thanks, Erin! It is definitely a keeper. Super easy to get dinner on the table on a busy day since everything goes in the crockpot.

    Thanks for stopping by, Betty! Checked out your blog and it looks pretty fun, too :)

  4. I serve potatoes, green beans and sausage fairly often, but I never add stock and cook in the crock pot. I love that idea!! I toss mine with olive oil, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper, and roast at 425 degrees until potatoes are fork tender. Thanks for the new twist :).

  5. Thanks, Jenna! I have never made them your way :) I LOVE crockpot meals for this season of life, so I am always looking for ways to feed my little family using real food using my slow cooker. I checked out your blog and it looks like a good resource! I would LOVE to learn more about dehydrating food.

  6. In case it wasn't obvious on my blog, I have an 8 months old as of today! I also have 4 other kids ages 8, 6, 4, and 3 - so I really treasure good crockpot recipes as well. I hope you entered my giveaway for the book on dehydrating - it really is a great resource.


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