Monday Menus ~ Week of August 9th

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This week, I am stretched to unlease my culinary creativity since we are flat broke!  LOL ~ Might as well laugh about it since crying will not help.  But, I will embrace the challenge to consider my stockpile and the limitations and make something great.  Here we go…

Just in case you are new to our family, you should know I make my menus each week based on what I have in my stockpile. You will only see six menus listed because everyone needs a night off. On that night, we eat leftovers from the freezer, sandwiches and soup, or go out to eat (with coupons, of course).

I cook these at random throughout the week. I have everything in the refrigerator or prepped in the freezer and can cook whatever I feel like each night. This might work for you or you might need to assign certain meals to specific nights.

And, why desserts? I have three small children (with one being autistic) and this helps me bribe them to try new things.

Need a peek at Penny’s Pantry? Click HERE.

1) Grilled Chicken Tenders, Roasted Potatoes, Frozen Veggie
Need help roasting potatoes? Check this recipe HERE.

2) Salisbury Steak, Rice, Frozen Veggie
You can find this recipe HEREalthough I will use hamburger patties and make my own onion soup mix using THIS recipe.

3) Golden Honey Chicken, Baby Limas, Cornbread
I have a bag of chicken leg quarters that I have been avoiding. No time like the present and THIS recipe looks very promising.

4) Black Bean and Tortilla Bake
This is our Beans & Rice Recipe of the week which can be found
HERE. I will be using dried cilantro and frozen beans (cooked from dry).

5) Geaux Saints Jambalaya
Something I have been craving and we have not had in a few weeks. YUUUMMMYY! Click HERE for the recipe.

6) I have no idea… maybe Chicken & Dumplings.
I will take any frugal suggestions, especially those which might use up these ghastly chicken leg quarters.

DESSERTS
1) Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
I am praying for a rainy day when my house can stay cool while I bake. THIS recipe is the healthiest I could find for a basic chocolate chip cookie.

2) Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Martha Stewart has a fabulous recipe HERE. I will serve it with fresh fruit.

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