Monday, May 17, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Who-hoo! I'm jumping on the Menu Plan Monday bandwagon! I must say that things are getting a little hectic around here. Sadly, we're in need of a little more structure. Those last minute trips to Target for dinner ingredients on the way home from the doctor's office at 4:30 are not so fun. Riley Jane is finally potty-trained and she always has to go when we're way back in the frozen food. That means lugging sweet Ibie through the disgusting public bathroom where I watch my 2 year old rub her hands all over the toliet seat while trying to balance without falling in. Many of you know how much I despise grocery shopping so I've decided to start doing a once-a-month trip to Sam's and a once-a-week trip to the store for milk and fruit. Thus, Menu Plan Monday. Here is goes. Do you know what a stetch this is for me?!?!?!

FFYS = Fend For Yourself (except William because he won't hold his own bottle and yes Riley Jane has complete access to peanut butter, spoons and fruit)

WARNING: We eat a lot of chicken.

Sunday: Stewed Chicken with Green Olives*

Monday: Chicken Enchiladas

Tuesday: BMamama's House

Wednesday: FFYS

Thursday: Cilantro Lime Chicken from my sis-in-law Emily

Friday: Chicken Pizza

Saturday: FFYS...or take me out to dinner

*Stewed Chicken with Green Olives

3 T olive oil
1 chicken, cut up in 8 pieces
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
1 fennel bulb, chopped
1 cup white wine
One 14.5 oz can chopped tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup pitted green olives
handful of fresh basil, chopped

In a large pan, heat 3 tablespoons of oil and add the chicken, cooking until it has browned. Remove from the pan and set aside. In the same pan, sweat the garlic and fennel in a little more oil for a few minutes. Pour the wine over, add the tomatoes and cook for another 10 minutes on low. Put the chicken back into the pan an cook on low for 30 minutes, adding the stock little by little. Put the olives and basil in at the end for a few minutes and serve.


  1. Yea, welcome!!!! I love olives- will have to try your recipe!

  2. WE yes that's right We meaning me and my husband LOVE menu planning! It can be a pain in the butt some days however, I am ALWAYS glad I have my menu!

    YOu've just inspired me to blog about it...I'll be back shortly with the link. LOL!

  3. Welcome!! I've been wanting to try a Cilantro Lime Chicken recipe! This one looks SO good and doable with our busy schedule! Thanks and good luck :)