Here is my suggested meal plan for the upcoming week. If you want to check out previous weeks’ meal plans, click here for the meal plan for week 1, here for week 2’s plan, and here for the meal plan for week 3. I’ve provided a list of the main ingredients that, for the most part, would probably involve a shopping trip to the supermarket for most. However, as always, read each recipe thoroughly and carefully to create your own list as I have not listed what I consider to be “staple” items like regular milk, butter, eggs, flour, sugar, butter/shortening, oil, spices, etc.
This week, we’ll start off with a roast chicken or turkey. I watch and get chickens or turkeys when they are on sale and I usually have a stock of 2-3 in the freezer. They are great week starters because, yay, there are leftovers!!!! This means the leftovers can be transformed into other dishes such as turkey chowder and chicken (turkey) chow mein casserole. And, if you are cooking a turkey (or a large chicken), don’t throw out the carcass as it makes great poultry stock!
Click on the green links below to access the recipes for this week’s meal plan.
Bran Muffins – A healthy batch of muffins to start off the week.
Shopping List: Applesauce, molasses, natural bran, all-purpose and whole wheat flours, and raisins
Who can pass up a roast chicken or turkey dinner with all the fixins’!
Shopping List: Roasting Chicken or Turkey, Vegetables of Choice. For Turnip Puff Casserole – Rutabaga, applesauce, onion, parmesan and cheddar cheeses. For Stuffing – Potatoes, bread crumbs, onion, summer savory, celery, apple, and liquid chicken bouillon. For Cranberry Sauce – cranberries (fresh or frozen), apple, and orange juice.
Dessert: Blueberry Buckle
A cake type dessert made even more tasty with blueberry sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Shopping List: Blueberries (fresh or frozen), orange juice + general baking supplies
Make stock from the carcass of the turkey/chicken.
Homemade stock is so flavorful and versatile. You’ll find a multitude of uses for this stock.
Shopping List: 2 lbs fresh turkey pieces, onion, leek, carrots, celery, garlic, rutabaga, parsnips, mushrooms, cider vinegar, herbs and spices (rosemary, parsley, thyme, dill, sage, basil, coriander, summer savory, cardamom pods, cloves, allspice, star anise pod, peppercorns)
NOTE: Be sure to save 2 cups of cubed turkey/chicken for the turkey chowder for Wednesday’s dinner and 1 cup for the casserole for Thursday’s dinner.
Dinner: Leftover Roast Chicken or Turkey with Potato Salad (add a green salad, if desired)
Don’t reserve potato salad just for summer picnics and barbeques. It’s great any time of the year and is a fine accompaniment to cold chicken or turkey.
Shopping List: For the Potato Salad – potatoes (such as Yukon Gold or Reds), eggs, celery, onion, salad dressing (click here for my recipe), sour cream, sweet relish, and mustard).
Dessert: Leftover Blueberry Buckle
Dinner: Turkey Chowder
Leftover turkey gets transformed into this hearty and flavorful chowder.
Shopping List: Onion, celery, carrots, mushrooms, red pepper, summer savory, poultry stock, potatoes, milk, 1 – 10oz can creamed corn, and Parmesan cheese (Note: This recipe requires 2 cups of the cooked, cubed leftover turkey/chicken)
Dessert: Molasses Spice Cookies
A spicy and chewy cookie. Great for the cookie jar!
Shopping List: Molasses and general baking supplies
Leftover chicken (or turkey) gets re-purposed into this flavorful easy-to-prepare casserole.
Shopping list: For the casserole: 1 – 10oz can Cream of Chicken Soup, Parmesan cheese, fresh mushrooms, red pepper, celery, onion, garlic, chicken broth, cashew pieces, sliced water chestnuts, and chow mein noodles. (Note: This recipe requires 1 cup of the cooked, cubed leftover turkey/chicken) For the salad: Lettuce and fresh vegetables of choice and dressing. For the biscuits: Whipping cream, milk, and standard baking supplies.
Dessert: Old-fashioned Jam Squares
A real old favorite, these jam squares demand red jam like raspberry!
Shopping List: Raspberry Jam, Lemon, and general baking supplies
Dinner: Seven Layer Dinner (aka Shipwreck Dinner)
By far, one of my most popular recipes and one of the most frequently searched for on my website. Dinner in one casserole! A simple meal but a mighty tasty one!
Shopping List: Ground beef, potatoes, onion, celery, parsnips, carrots, frozen peas, Minute Rice, and 1 – 10oz can tomato soup
Dessert: Peanut Butter Cookies
This is an all-time favorite cookie.
Shopping List: Peanut butter + general baking supplies
NOTE: Soak the yellow-eyed beans overnight tonight in preparation for making the Maple Syrup Baked Beans for tomorrow night’s dinner.
A Saturday night tradition in many Maritime homes. These beans freeze great if there are any leftovers.
Shopping List: For the Baked Beans – 1 – 1lb bag yellow eye beans, garlic, dry mustard, liquid chicken bouillon, tomato paste, cider vinegar, pure maple syrup, molasses, BBQ sauce, and onion. For White Bread: Yeast, milk, flour and general baking supplies.
This bread pudding is such a treat, especially when flavored with maple liqueur that is made right here in PEI by Deep Roots Distillery in Warren Grove, just outside Charlottetown.
Shopping List: For Pudding: 1 – 1lb loaf of soft French bread, whole milk, blend/cream, baking apples, maple liqueur, and raisins. For Sauce: Maple syrup and maple liqueur.
Sunday Breakfast: Special Treat – Irish Cream French Toast, a great way to use some of the homemade bread from yesterday
Irish Cream jazzes up traditional French toast. A lovely weekend treat.
Shopping List: Irish Cream Liqueur (click here for my recipe), orange juice, eggs
Dinner: Pork Chops with Bread Stuffing and Creamy Mushroom Sauce; serve with baked potato and medley of favorite steamed vegetables
This is such a flavorful way to present pork chops. Yummy.
Shopping List: Pork Chops (bone-in), bread crumbs, onion, summer savory, celery, apple, liquid chicken bouillon, 1 – 10oz can mushroom soup
Dessert: Leftover Apple-Maple Bread Pudding with Maple Sauce
So, there you have it! A weekly menu that makes full use of a roasted turkey or large roasted chicken.