September 2012 Monthly Menu

I am running a little late getting my menu out this month.  I am so undecided in planning this menu.  Fall is in the air and I am beginning to think of cooler temperatures.  Fall reminds me of pumpkins, chili, and a whole list of foods that I only eat at that time.  Our weather here has been so unpredictable.  Usually September is still really hot but for some reason we have been experiencing cooler temperatures.  This makes me want to cook chili and cornbread or start putting pumpkins around the house.  I will be working on this menu as time goes by. so don’t give up on me.  We can always refer back to last year’s menu as a last resort.  Here is the September 2011 Monthly Menu.

Since I am typing more than just the menu in here, I am highlighting the meals in red to make it easier to find.  Links to recipes are in bold red.

1:  Crockpot Pizza Pasta, Garlic Bread, Salad (This recipe made a lot of food.  I froze all the leftovers.  We will have this again next month.)

2:  Pan fried Pork Chops, Macaroni and Cheese, Peas (I seasoned the pork chops with salt, pepper, sage and rosemary.  Then I added a little oil to the pan and cooked the pork chops.  They turned out really good.)

3:  Labor Day!  Grill some hamburgers and hot dogs.  Serve up some potato salad and watermelon.  Yum!  Take in a concert if there are any offered in your town.

4:  Fried Crappie, Green Beans, Potatoes

5:  Pan Roasted Chicken, Salad, Dinner Rolls

6: Chili Relleno Casserole, Beans, Corn  (In late August Hatch Chilies hit the grocery stores.  I bought some and roasted them up.  They are really good.  Peeling them is easy.  Here is a video showing 3 different ways to do it.)

7:  Go out to eat

8:  Chicken and Dumplings (Does everyone remember the Baked Chicken that I cooked last month?  In that recipe I cut up a whole chicken.  I didn’t use all the parts in the recipe.  The chicken that was not used in the Baked Chicken was frozen.  So today, I am going to use that chicken that I froze to make this Chicken and Dumplings.  Yummmm….comfort food to the max!!)

So after lots of thought for the rest of the month’s menu, I have decided that I need to clean out the freezer.  So this month’s menu will depend on what I find in my freezer.  As I slowly but surely clean out the freezer,  I will add dinners as I find them.  I think it is time to get the freezer cleaned out anyway because the holidays are going to be upon us soon enough and I will need room to keep some of the dishes I want to cook ahead of time.

FREEZER CHALLENGE–how many meals can I get out of my freezer?  Anyone want to join the challenge?  If so, comment below!

9:  Shrimp Scampi and Salad (have the complete shrimp scampi dinner frozen in the freezer all the way down to the linguine!)

So…..I discovered that I have a ton of frozen whole tomatoes.  I have decided to make tomato sauce with all the tomatoes.  Run the frozen tomatoes under water and the skins will fall right off.  Then following these directions in this video. (I know she says to remove the skins after cooking but believe me, that is a pain!)   The tomato sauce can be made with Italian seasoning or Mexican seasoning to be used in all kinds of cooking.  I used an immersion blender to puree the tomato sauce.  I am going to freeze the sauce until I decide what to do with it.

10:  Pulled Pork SandwichesGourmet Potato Salad    Back in July I made a huge batch of Pulled Pork and ended up freezing the leftovers.  So today we will have the rest of the pulled pork.  It is really good!!

11:  Pork Steaks, green beans and potatoes  (We can only eat half of what I froze so I will have to have pork steaks again on another day.)

12: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Peas  

Wow, I am finding lots of unidentified bags of frozen food.  I sometimes get in a hurry and just throw stuff in the freezer.  I have got to stop doing that.  Now I may have to have a mystery dinner or two…….

13:  Mystery Dinner (unmarked frozen bag of food-I have no idea what it is), a frozen bag of veggies, salad

14:  Breakfast (found some frozen bacon and biscuits)

15:  Baked Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread (This recipe made a lot.  We only ate half of what I fix and I froze the rest so tonight we will eat the rest of it.)

16:  Rotisserie Chicken, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans (Found a rotisserie chicken in the freezer that I had bought at the grocery store.  This will make the perfect Sunday dinner!)

I also found some dinner roll dough in the freezer.  It was some leftover dough that I had.  I didn’t have time to make them into rolls so I just threw it in the freezer.  So today I am going to make Cinnamon rolls with that leftover dough.  All I need to do is thaw it out, roll it in a rectangle, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake!  Oh yum…..

This FREEZER CHALLENGE is starting to be fun and yummy!

17:  Tilapia, peas, salad

18:  Go out to eat for a fundraiser

19:  Corn Dogs, Baked Beans

20:  Mystery Dinner  (yes, another unmarked package)

21:  Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Garlic Bread

22:  Salisbury Steak, potatoes, green beans

23:  Leftovers

Since I am going to be working everyday this next week I am going to put together 5 slow cooker freezer meals.  I will get these meals put together and frozen the week before.  All meals for the next 5 days can be made ahead of time and frozen in a freezer bag.  All 5 meals are crockpot meals.

24:  Place in a freezer bag 2 pounds of spare ribs and pour in your favorite BarBQ sauce.  Freeze.  Put in refrigerator night before to thaw.  Put in crockpot for 6-7 hours on Low.  Serve with baked beans and corn.

25:  Chicken Broccoli Alfredo, fettucine, salad, dinner rolls 

26:  Hearty Beef Stew, Pepper Cheese Bread

27:  Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken, Oven Roasted Vegetables

28:  Teriyaki Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes

29:  Chili Mac, Corn  (I just made this up as I went.  I used 1 pound of ground beef, 1 1/2 cups of elbow macaroni, poured 1 can of red enchilada sauce in a 4 cup measuring cup and added enough water to make 3 cups, salt and pepper, chili powder, garlic powder and some cumin.  Can sprinkle with cheese at the end.  Bring all of that to a boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes.  The whole family loved it.)

30:  Kitchen Sink Soup, Bread  (Kitchen Sink Soup is anything and everything you want to throw in there.  Leftover veggies, meat, add some water and some spices and you have soup.  It is different every time I make it.)

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