Sunday, January 27, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

This is my first time participating in Menu Plan Monday from I'm An Organizing Junkie website. Coming up with new ideas for dinner is always tough for me, so I'm excited to be able to check out everyone's ideas for the week. Thanks, Laura, for hosting the fun.

Monday:
DJ's Soup (One of the ladies in my bible study gave me a homemade soup starter for Christmas. I just have to add the veggies.)

Jiffy Corn Bread Muffins

Tuesday:
Crockpot Roast
Potatoes
Carrots
Wednesday:
Enchiladas (I follow the directions on the back of the sauce can. SUPER EASY and fast)
Salad

Thursday:
I'm ashamed to admit it, but its homegroup night and we have to hurry, so for ease and speed we will be eating tuna helper. (Don't tell my mom)
Steamed Broccoli

Friday:
Girls only for dinner tonight. Movie Night! My daughters and I will be having open faced cheese sandwhiches (sprinkled with Johnny's seasoning salt and melted under the broiler) and our favorite tomato soup: Pacific Organic Creamy Tomato Soup. I get it at our grocery store and it tastes sooooo, sooooo much better than the canned stuff. Does the Organic part make up for feeding my kids tuna helper the night before? : )

Saturday:
Split Pea Soup in crockpot
Homemade Bran Blueberry Muffins
(Recipe posted below)

Sunday:
Going to a Super Bowl Party- Yippee don't have to plan dinner
My favorite bran muffin recipe:
My good friend, Daiquiri, just posted her favorite bran muffin recipe, so I thought I'd share mine. I learned from her to mix blueberries into the batter. The girls and I LOVE the blueberry muffins, but DH still prefers raisins. Either way, these are awesome and freeze beautifully.

I make a quadruple batch and freeze the muffins in freezer bags. (A quadruple batch allows me to use up the whole quart of buttermilk and not have any leftover and stocks our freezer for awhile) We microwave them for about 40 seconds each, and they taste just as good as fresh. It is nice to have a freezer full of muffins. They make great breakfasts, snacks, or sides for dinner.

INGREDIENTS:
· 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
· 1 cup buttermilk
· 1/3 cup vegetable oil
· 1 egg
· 2/3 cup brown sugar
· 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
· 1 cup all-purpose flour (I use Whole Wheat)
· 1 teaspoon baking soda
· 1 teaspoon baking powder
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 1/2 cup raisins (or thawed blueberries- blot berries with paper towels to remove moisture and do not add extra liquid)


DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
2. Mix together wheat bran and buttermilk; let stand for 10 minutes.
3. Beat together oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and add to buttermilk/bran mixture. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir flour mixture into buttermilk mixture, until just blended. Fold in raisins and spoon batter into prepared muffin tins.
4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!

14 comments:

Hilty Sprouts! said...

Yum, yum, yummy! I may use some of your ideas this week!
Jen

Heart of Wisdom said...

I posted my first Menu Monday this week too. I love this idea and planned on doing it for a long time.

I created a new blog just for homey stuff. See my Monday Menu at
http://heartofwisdom.com/heartathome

Blessings,
Robin
Homeschool Blog:
http://heartofwisdom.com/blog

kelly said...

sounds great!

Mommychicky said...

Isn't it funny how good those recipes that come with the product sometimes are? Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

My menu is up here.

Smitty76 said...

Those muffins sound very tasty! I might have to try them this week! (I'm new too this week) :-)

Lora said...

I love to make crockpot roast, too, although this week I'm trying a new recipe. This is my first MPM post, too, so come by if you get a chance.

Crystal said...

Becky, Thanks for sharing all these yummy ideas : ) I am going to try to muffins and freeze them as well. Blessings- Crystal

Missy said...

Well now, aren't you just on the ball. Sounds wonderful, except for Thursday night. I feel like I can razz you a bit because I get all kinds of grief for the recipes and meal suggestions I put on my blog. Oh, by the way, if you have a lot of leftovers, you can stack them all on top of each other with a little cheese on top and you'll have a whole new meal. You know I'm only making fun of myself with that comment, don't you?

I'm going to give your muffins a try.

Hope you're feeling well.
Love,
Missy

THE PASLAY'S OF MOUNTAIN HOME said...

ALRIGHT GIRL! YOU GOT ME AAAALL INSPIRED TO PLAN ALL MY DINNER MEALS THIS WEEK! WOW... I HAVE DINNER PLANNED FOR THE WHOLE WEEK AND THERE WILL BE NO DRIVE-THRU'S OR DELIVERIES! I AM EXCITED!!!

AND I AM MAKING THEM YUMMY MUFFINS TOMORROW AND TAKING SOME TO A NEW FRIEND IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD! A WARM MUFFIN ON A FROSTY WINTER MORN!

PRAYING FOR BABY AND JJ!
DAWNITA

Angie said...

Sounds great! You are so organized!! I am also going to try your muffins. Have you ever tried putting Craisins or Dried Cherries in them? I was think that I could do half with raisins and half with something else.

amber said...

Wow... I am soooo impressed that you have your dinners for the week planned. This is one of those things I aspire to, but seldom actually do (and living as far away from the grocery store as we do lends itself to some VERY creative last-minute meals! Ha!)

I hope you are feeling well...

Love,
Amber

Cynthia Matzat said...

Welcome to Menu Plan Monday! Thanks for sharing the muffin recipe. I will have to give it a try. I have some great ones on my blog, if you want to check them out.

Cynthia - What's for Dinner?

Anonymous said...

TUNA HELPER!  I saw that, Mom

Anonymous said...

Doesn't everyone do menu plans and grocery lists every week?