Sunday, March 27, 2011

Weekly Menu

    As a society, we seem to always fall short on time. I can certainly attest - there don't seem to be enough hours in the day. As a full-time mom, wife, employee and student - I'm always looking for ways to streamline our life and make it more organized as well as efficient. Recently I came across the blog, 5 Meals in One Hour. I requested her free trial. This afternoon, I spent an hour assembling meals for the week. Instructions and assembly were EASY! I'll update this post as we try the recipes this week.

    • Saturday: Steak & Blue Cheese Salad with Hash Brown Casserole *I used steak leftover from a meal earlier in the week. After dinner, my fellas were requesting brownies. I didn't have a box mix on-hand, so we made these delicious brownies from scratch. YUMM! AND, we had the leftover Hashbrown Casserole with brunch on Sunday.

    • Sunday: Sour Cream Noodle Bake with salad & French Bread

    • Monday: Mini Honey Mustard Meat Loaves with Mashed Potatoes & Steamed Corn(5Dinners) *Review - I would rate 4.5 out of 5 stars. I think the meat mixture could use some of the honey mustard/ketchup topping. I LOVE that it is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe. :)

    • Tuesday: Crispy Pork Chops with vegetables & applesauce (5Dinners) *Review - Let me first say - I am not repeat NOT a big fan of pork chops. I know they are the "other white meat" - but they're not my fav. However, I would totally give these Crispy Pork Chops 5 out of 5 stars. I think the Panko crumbs helped give them a "crunch" that refreshed my palate! And another plus - it's Weight Watcher friendly too. :)

    • Wednesday: Chicken & Broccoli Bake with Brown Rice (5Dinners) *Review - Another winner! It would be very tempting to use 2 cans of soup (instead of 1) in this recipe, but one was just enough. I had one serving of the bake over brown rice. 4.5 out of 5 stars! And, if you're wondering -- yes, it is Weight Watcher friendly too. :)

    • Thursday: Chicken Caesar Salad Pitas (5Dinners) *Review - Superhusband enjoyed this - he actually had the salad (no pita) and added a little parm cheese. We used the "lite" version of caesar salad too! I have class late on Thursday, so I packed some of the chicken-broccoli bake leftovers. Of course, all my classmates wanted to know when I had time to cook. Hehe!

    • Friday: Shredded Beef Tacos (5Dinners) *Review - Normally, I use lean ground beef when we have tacos, so this was a change for us. I modified just a bit for sodium content and used Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime instead of a taco season packet. Next time, I'll add a bit more. Other than that, I rate this recipe 4 out of 5 stars!


    Janine said...

    Hi there, I just found your blog through a suggestion from Michelle at Make 5 Dinners in One Hour. The first thing that caught my eye was your blog name, as this is my mantra every single day and my signature on many things that I write. I have begun following you because anyone who believes that life is about Faith, Family, and Friends is someone I want to have in my life. Have a blessed Saturday!

    Mom to One said...

    Thanks Janine! I'm trying to "revive" my blog - you'll find many of my life ramblings here! I'm glad we share three of the most important things in life!

    Tiffanie said...

    I agree completely. I loved the pork chops!

    Mom to One said...


    I've asked myself all week - why have I not used panko crumbs before?!! :)

    PS - I'm a new follower on your blog :)


    taydra said...

    You say the ones you tried were weight watcher friendly..How many pointplus were those ones thanks. I have used the 5dinners1hour site for awhile but I just joined weight watchers..Thanks

    Mom to One said...

    The following WW points are based on the information I put into the recipe builder (so it may not be the exact 5 dinners recipe, but close).

    Tex Mex Roll-Ups - 6
    Roasted Sausage, Peppers & Onions - 8
    Mini Honey Mustard Loaves - 3
    Crispy Pork Chops - 7
    Chicken Broccoli Bake - 7 (I think for some reason it's not showing up)
    Black Bean & Corn Quesdillas - 13