Menu Monday: 4/29/12

Here’s our dinner menu for the week.  Stay tuned for a separate post for lunches.

Monday:  Favorite Chicken and Big Salad

Tuesday:  Pazzagi and Meatballs (pazzagi is my 4-year-old’s new word for spaghetti…and in this case it’s spaghetti squash) and steamed brussels sprouts

Wednesday:  Chicken Stir Fry with lots of veggies

Thursday:  Ropa Vieja (new recipe….hoping it’s yummy!) served with cauli-rice

Friday:  Leftovers

I’m going to grill enough chicken on Monday to have for lunches through-out the week, and I’ll make an extra batch of meatballs to either freeze for another time or for lunches.  I hate making meatballs….mixing the meat icks me out, but I love meatballs (and so do my kiddos) so I use baggies for gloves and mix fast, trying not to think too much about it.  If I’m going to make them, I’m going to make A LOT so I don’t have to do it again for a long time!

What’s for dinner at your house this week?


Favorite Chicken

Grilled chicken is a family fave at our house, and this is currently the most requested version.  It’s super easy and super fast….a great weeknight dinner when you don’t have a lot of time to cook.  Cook up a lot on the weekend to have on hand through-out the week for lunches.  It’s great chopped up for chicken salad, or sliced along side a big green salad, and drizzled with balsamic dressing.  Yum!

Chicken breasts (enough for your family…and for left-overs!)

Garlic powder

Sea salt

Black pepper

Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breasts generously.  And by generously I mean you shouldn’t be able to see much of the chicken… want a nice layer of seasoning.   Adjust according to your taste….I usually use less pepper for my kids.

Grill until cooked through.  Alternatively, you could bake in a greased baking dish at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, or until cooked through.

Bacon-wrapped Chicken Thighs

I found this recipe the other day and oh my goodness, it was yummy!  Cass and I loved it, kids liked it, even the neighbor kids that were over for dinner liked it.   I made just a few adjustments, of course, since I never make a recipe as-is.   Below is my version…..please, try it very soon!

Smoky Seasoning:

1 tbsp chipotle powder

1 tbsp paprika (smoked if you have it)

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp salt

1 tsp ground pepper

Mix all ingredients together and store in an air-tight container.

Bacon-wrapped Chicken Thighs:

6 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless

6-8 pieces of bacon

2 tsp smoky seasoning mix

Sprinkle some seasoning on the chicken thighs, wrap each thigh in bacon, then sprinkle again.

Line a baking sheet with foil, spray/brush with olive oil, then place each thigh on the sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes.


***I had quite a bit of the seasoning left over….I plan to use it as a dry rub on burgers soon, or maybe on some grilled chicken.  Any other ideas?