MEAL PLANNING – WEEK 7

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Here is my suggested meal plan for the upcoming week which is Week 7 in our meal planning series. If you want to check out previous weeks’ meal plans, hotlinks to them are included at the end of this posting.

As with previous meal plans I have published, I’ve provided a shopping list of the main ingredients for each recipe that, for the most part, would probably involve a 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, basic spices, etc.

Click on the green links below to access the recipes for this week’s meal plan.

MONDAY

Special Treat: Cherry Loaf

Cherry Quick Bread
Cherry Loaf

This flavorful cherry loaf is an easy-to-make moist quick bread that is speckled with colorful maraschino cherries. Perfect with tea or coffee and a great snack to pack in the lunch bag.

Shopping List: Standard baking supplies, maraschino cherries, orange juice

Dinner: Cream of Winter Root Vegetable Soup with Rustic Oat Bran Biscuits

Made with a blend of traditional root vegetables, this silky-smooth soup is very lightly seasoned and is definitely one for the comfort food category! Perfect for those cold winter nights.

Cream of Winter Root Vegetable Soup
Cream of Winter Root Vegetable Soup

Shopping List for the Soup: Chicken stock, garlic, rutabaga, carrots, parsnip, celery, leek, potatoes, shredded cheeses (mozzarella, provolone, parmesan), spices and seasonings, whole milk

Shopping List for the Biscuits: All-purpose flour, oat flour, oat bran cereal

Biscuits
Rustic Oat Bran Biscuits

Dessert: Pecan Shortbread Square

Christmas Plate filled with holiday squares
Pecan Shortbread Square

Shopping List: Pecans, Shredded Coconut, Icing Sugar

TUESDAY

Dinner: Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole with Beet, Watermelon, and Dragon Fruit Salad

This nostalgic Tuna Noodle Casserole that has been modernized but still remains a classic comfort food dish that is easy to make and full of great flavor. The Beet, Watermelon, and Dragon Fruit Salad is a great side salad to pair with this casserole. With its bright and colorful mix of fruits and vegetables, this refreshing salad complements the casserole well. Great weeknight meal.

Tuna Noodle Casserole
Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Shopping List for the Casserole: Chunky light tuna, egg noodles, mushrooms, sweet pepper, celery, onion, cream of broccoli and cheese soup, sour cream, milk, liquid chicken bouillon, Dijon mustard, cheddar and parmesan cheeses, frozen peas or corn, bread crumbs.

Fruit and Vegetable Salad
Beet, Watermelon, and Dragon Fruit Salad

Shopping List for the Salad: Beets, watermelon, dragon fruit, clementines/mandarins, yellow or orange sweet pepper, fresh basil, mint, or dill, red onion, nuts, Feta cheese crumbles. For the vinaigrette: Balsamic vinegar, shallot, olive oil, orange juice, maple syrup, Dijon mustard

Dessert: Leftover Pecan Shortbread Square

WEDNESDAY

Mid-week Treat: Prune and Pistachio Power Balls

Prune and Pistachio Power Balls make a convenient on-the-go portable snack. These little balls of power are also the perfect pre- or post-workout snack.

Energy Balls
Prune and Pistachio Power Balls

Shopping List: Dried prunes, quick rolled oats, sunflower butter, pistachios, cocoa, chocolate whey protein powder, green tea matcha powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, puffed quinoa cereal, coconut

Dinner: Rustic Homestyle Beef Stew

Filled with chunks of tender beef and humble vegetables surrounded by a flavorful savory sauce, this oven-cooked Rustic Homestyle Beef Stew is the full meal deal.

Pot of Stew
Beef Stew in Dutch Oven

Shopping List: Beef chuck roast, onion, onion, celery, carrot, garlic, dry red wine, passata, beef or poultry stock, Worcestershire sauce, parsnip, cherry or grape tomatoes, waxy potatoes, frozen peas

Dessert: Zucchini Chocolate Chip Drop Cookies

A fulsome treat, these cookies have a lovely texture, are puffy, soft, and chewy, and deliver on flavor!

Shopping List: Zucchini, chocolate chips, quick cooking rolled oats, ground chia seeds, sour cream, maple syrup

THURSDAY

Dinner: Leftover Beef Stew

Homemade Stew with beef and vegetables
Rustic Homestyle Beef Stew

Dessert: Hello Dolly Square

A retro 1960s square, the Hello Dolly Square is an ooey-gooey, easy-to-make, irresistible treat packed with baking chips, pecans, and coconut smothered under a cover of sweetened condensed milk.

Shopping List: Sweetened condensed milk, graham wafer crumbs, sweetened shredded coconut, semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, sea salt caramel chips, pecans

FRIDAY

Dinner: Sausage, Black Beans, and Pasta Casserole with a side green salad

A hearty meal, this Sausage, Black Beans, and Pasta Casserole is a perfect comfort food meal for the colder months. Casserole freezes well.

Meat and Pasta Casserole
Sausage, Black Beans, and Pasta Casserole

Shopping List: Rotini or fusilli pasta, sausage meat, canned black beans, tomato sauce, chicken stock, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, cheese, celery, sweet peppers, mushrooms, grape or cherry tomatoes, frozen corn, French’s Crunch Fried Onion Toppers (optional)

Dessert: Lemon Sponge Pudding

This easy-to-make Lemon Sponge Pudding has a creamy lemon pudding base topped with a light-as-air sponge cake. Can be served warm or chilled and it’s a great finale to any meal.

Lemon Pudding
Lemon Sponge Pudding

Shopping List: Lemons

SATURDAY

Dinner: Goat Cheese and Basil Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts served with rice or choice of potato (e.g., Duchess or Roasted Potato Stacks are good options)

Packed with flavor, these Goat Cheese and Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts take ordinary chicken to a restaurant quality dish.

Stuffed Chicken Breast with delectable cheese, vegetable, and basil pesto filling
Goat Cheese and Basil Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Shopping List: Boneless skinless chicken breasts, herb and garlic flavored soft goat cheese, red pepper, onion, mushrooms, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, basil pesto, maple syrup, almond meal or almond flour, Herbes de Provence of Italian seasoning

Dessert: Cherry Cheesecake

Easy-to-make no-bake Cherry Cheesecake has a graham wafer base, a creamy filling of whipped topping, cream cheese, and icing sugar, and a topping of canned cherry pie filling (Note that Canned Blueberry Pie Filling can be substituted for the Cherry Pie Filling, if desired)

Cherry Cheesecake
No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

Shopping List: Cherry pie filling, cream cheese, icing sugar, dessert topping mix, graham wafer crumbs.

SUNDAY

Sunday Treat: Baked Eggs with Basil Pesto and Cheese

Serve these seasoned oven-baked eggs with toast points and a favorite jam. If desired, include a bowl of fresh fruit or broiled tomato halves.

Baked Eggs with Basil Pesto and Cheese

Shopping List: Basil Pesto, Parmesan Cheese, Boursin or Feta Cheese

Dinner: Haddock au Gratin with steamed rice and a side vegetable of choice

This Baked Haddock au Gratin dresses up mild white fish fillets with a delectable cream sauce topped with breadcrumbs and cheddar cheese. Serve with rice or choice of potato and side vegetable(s).

Individual au gratin dish filled with baked haddock in a rich cream sauce
Baked Haddock au Gratin

Shopping List: Haddock fillets, chicken stock, whipping cream, Dijon mustard, celery, red pepper, mushrooms, Parmesan and Cheddar Cheeses

Dessert: Leftover Cherry Cheesecake

I hope you have found some interesting recipes from my food blog to try this week!

For other weekly meal plans from My Island Bistro Kitchen, click on the links below:

Week 1 Meal Plan
Week 2 Meal Plan
Week 3 Meal Plan
Week 4 Meal Plan
Week 5 Meal Plan
Week 6 Meal Plan

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