Meal Plan Monday for January 9-15

Another winter week. We have been lucky here. So far the winter has been relatively warm. We have had a few cold days in the 40’s but most have been in the 50’s and 60’s. Hope it lasts! How has the weather been in your neck of the woods?

I had my 21 year nephew come and spend a few days with us this week which we all really enjoyed. I don’t get to see my sister or her family as much as I’d like to.

Not much else going on in this household. Oh, except after 3 1/2 years without medical insurance, I finally have it again! You don’t realize how much you appreciate insurance until you no longer have it anymore.

I made an appointment for a check up for February 1st and I’m already nervous about it. I don’t like going to the doctor’s. But I guess no one really does like it, right?

After I made the appointment with my new doctor, I googled her and read the reviews people left about her. I guess I should have done this before I chose a doctor, right? Well there weren’t a whole lot of choices for female doctors who were internists (which I prefer), close to where I live and had available appointments. Anyway, turns out the one bad review on this doctor was from someone who said she was biased against overweight people. Uh Oh. I may be changing doctors after this appointment.

Okay on to this week’s dinner menu plan:

Monday
Vegetable Pasta Casserole
Tuesday
Chicken Pot Pie
Wednesday
Taco Soup
Thursday
Leftovers
Friday
Fast Food Friday
Saturday
Grilled Steak
Baked Potato
Sunday
BBQ sandwiches

I’m including the recipe for vegetable pasta casserole. I haven’t tried this recipe myself yet but it looks yummy. I got this from FoogDJ.com .

Vegetable Pasta Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups nonfat milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 butter flavored cooking spray

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in broccoli, mushrooms and green pepper, and cook 6 to 8 minutes more, or until pasta is al dente; drain.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute onions and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in flour and milk; cook 5 minutes, or until mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
  • In a 9×13 inch baking dish combine pasta, vegetables, milk mixture and 4 tablespoons basil. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, and remaining 1 tablespoon basil. Coat with butter flavored cooking spray.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Cathy

4 Responses to “Meal Plan Monday for January 9-15”

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  1. free2befrugal says:

    Veggie pasta casserole sound fabulous–great menu plan!

  2. mommacat says:

    Thanks! I’ll report how we liked it next week.

  3. This does sound yummy to me this morning. I just might give it try one day this week.
    I fixed taco soup last week and enjoyed it so much but should have froze some of it because I ate it and ate it until now I can’t think of it. lol
    Hope you like your new doctor. I too just lost ins this summer and gosh is it stressful knowing I can’t just call and make an appointment when I need too.
    Glad you have insurance now
    Have a great day
    Love
    Maggie

  4. mommacat says:

    Thanks Maggie! I hope you can get your insurance back soon. It is so scary not to have it. I know there were several times I really needed to go to the doctor the past few years but couldn’t.And a few times I did go but couldn’t afford all the lab tests they wanted to do.

    Yeah I love taco soup but it’s a good idea to freeze some of it cos it makes so much!

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