Monday, December 2, 2013

Monthly Menu: December

Here are my dinner plans for 31 days of December.
*Since there are always parties to go to in December, here are a few suggestions for easy dishes to take along to any potluck or as party snacks:
- Chocolate Eclair (graham crackers, instant vanilla pudding mixed with whipped cream, graham crackers, warm chocolate frosting - layer and refrigerate)
- Plate of Cheese and Crackers
- Puppy Chow (Chex cereal with peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar)
-  Chips & Cheese Dip (cubed Velveeta and Rotel tomatoes in crockpot on low, stir regularly)

 Week 1 Menu:
1. Spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans and garlic bread
2. Ravioli Lasagna (tried this recipe)
3. Baked Ravioli and steamed veggies
4. Party Chicken (bacon-wrapped chicken with cream of chicken and sour cream in crockpot)
5.Chicken and rice (with leftover party chicken sauce)
6. Homemade Tamales and Mexican Rice
7. Leftovers
Snacks: Apples, Grapes, Cubed Cheese, Granola Bars

Week 2 Menu:
8. Birthday Dinner (Hoping my family takes me out for Mexican Food!)
9. Cranberry-Pomegranate Salsa with Cream Cheese over Chicken in Crockpot
10. Cheese Manacotti with meat sauce, corn and rolls
11. Pork chops and mashed potatoes
12. Crockpot BBQ Chicken, baked beans and coleslaw
13. BBQ Chicken Pizza with bacon and pineapple salsa
14. Christmas Party (see party take-alongs above)
Snacks:popcorn, yogurt, trail mix, fruit smoothies

Week 3 Menu:
15. Homemade Chili (hamburger, onions, chili beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, basil and garlic)
16. Frito Chili Pie (corn chips, leftover chili, shredded cheese and sour cream)
17. Roasted Chicken with potatoes and carrots
18. Chicken Pot Pie
19. White Chicken Chili (here's my recipe)
20. Leftovers
21. Eat Out: Sandwich Shop
Snacks: Oranges, bananas, homemade cookies, pretzels

Week 4
22. Beef Enchiladas, Mexican Rice
23. Order out: Pizza
24. Dinner with friends
25. Christmas Dinner: Ham, Mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, rolls
26. Leftovers
27. Ham, broccoli and cheddar soup
Snacks: .Chex Mix, Cookies, Candy/chocolate from grandma/parties, applesauce

Week 5
28. Breakfast for dinner: Pancakes, eggs and bacon
29. Lasagna, Corn and Rolls
30. Eat Out: Burgers & Fries
31. New Year's Eve: Meat, cheese and veggie trays
Snacks: Puppy Chow Cereal Mix, Chex Mix, Cookies, Apples