Dinner Menu for Week 6

Dinner Menu for Week 6, February 4 – 8

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Day 1

  • Sloppy Joes (save leftovers)
  • French Fries
  • Green Beans

Day 2

  • Sesame Chicken (save leftovers)
  • Yellow Rice
  • Broccoli

Day 3

  • Vegetable Alfredo Tortellini
  • Garlic Bread

Day 4

  • Sloppy Joe Pizza (planned leftovers)
  • Salad

Day 5

  • Asian Chicken Salad (planned leftovers)
  • Dinner Rolls

Day 1 Dinner Menu

Save the leftovers from tonight’s Sloppy Joes to use as the base for Sloppy Joe Pizza on Day 4. If you need to, double the recipe.

  • Sloppy Joes
  • French Fries
  • Green Beans
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Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes

Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Description

Although it is easy to buy Sloppy Joe sauce in a can, this homemade version is tastier and easy to make.


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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 C ketchup
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • Pepper to taste
  • 6 hamburger buns

Instructions

Brown the ground beef with the onion and green pepper until cooked through. Add garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, and pepper; stir and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns.

Notes

If you are implementing planned leftovers, try using the leftovers on Sloppy Joe Pizza. Using bulk cooked ground beef from the freezer makes prep for these Sloppy Joes even quicker.

  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: beef, ground beef, sloppy joes, planned leftovers, bulk cooking, stovetop

Day 2 Dinner Menu

The Sesame Chicken recipe makes 4 pounds of chicken, which should be plenty to have chicken for dinner tonight and have leftovers for Asian Chicken Salad on Day 5.

  • Sesame Chicken
  • Yellow Rice
  • Broccoli
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Grilled Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken


  • Prep Time: 10 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 hours 30 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup light olive oil
  • ¼ cup white cooking wine
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 3 tsp garlic, minced
  • 4 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

Instructions

Place chicken in large bowl. Mix remaining ingredients together in a small bowl. Reserve ½ cup marinade for basting. Pour remaining marinade into bowl with chicken. Cover and marinate several hours or overnight in refrigerator. Remove chicken from bowl; discard marinade. Grill chicken over medium heat, about 25-30 minutes or until juices run clear, turning frequently and basting with reserved marinade.

Notes

  1. This recipe makes enough to save half of the cooked chicken for another meal (if using it this week, refrigerate; if not, freeze).
  2. If you don’t want to grill the chicken, it can be baked at 350°F until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  3. You can buy pre-toasted sesame seeds at Asian markets or you can lightly toast your own.
  • Method: Grill

Keywords: chicken, grilled chicken, planned leftovers, sesame chicken, grill

Day 3 Dinner Menu

  • Vegetable Alfredo Tortellini
  • Garlic Bread
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Vegetable Alfredo Tortellini

Vegetable Tortellini Alfredo


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes

Description

You can use a jar of prepared Alfredo sauce to save time, or prepare a quick homemade Alfredo sauce with just butter, cream, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. If fresh vegetables are in season, this is a good way to use them – just steam and add to the pasta instead of frozen vegetables.


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Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. frozen mixed vegetables of your choice, prepared and kept warm
  • 1 jar Alfredo sauce or homemade equivalent
  • 16 oz dry or frozen cheese tortellini
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish

Instructions

Prepare tortellini according to package directions. While pasta cooks heat Alfredo sauce and gently fold in vegetables. When heated through, add sauce and vegetable mixture to tortellini and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pasta, alfredo sauce, quick and easy, stovetop, vegetarian

Day 4 Dinner Menu

Use the leftover Sloppy Joe meat sauce from Day 1 to prepare the pizza.

  • Sloppy Joe Pizza
  • Salad
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Sloppy Joe Pizza

Sloppy Joe Pizza


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Description

This is a planned leftover meal that uses leftover prepared Sloppy Joe meat sauce.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Sloppy Joe meat sauce
  • ¾ cup frozen corn, thawed
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • 1 ½ cups Colby-jack** or Mexican blend cheese
  • Your favorite pizza dough, prepared and baked until almost done

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large skillet, combine Sloppy Joe meat from Monday with corn and green onions. Heat through. Spread heated mixture on top of a baked pizza crust; sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: planned leftovers, sloppy joe pizza, pizza

Day 5 Dinner Menu

Use the leftover Sesame Chicken from Day 2 in Asian Chicken Salad. If you have extra chicken after preparing the salads, chop and freeze it to make prep easier later when a recipe calls for cooked chicken.

  • Asian Chicken Salad (planned leftovers)
  • Dinner Rolls
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Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Description

This is a perfect recipe for planned leftovers which reduce prep time and cut waste. The homemade dressing is full of rich flavors, but a prepared Asian dressing could be used to save even more time.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Sesame Chicken, sliced
  • 4 cups salad greens, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 carton cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup Mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • 4 tsp almonds, sliced (optional)

Salad Dressing

  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup rice** or apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ground ginger

Instructions

Homemade Asian Salad Dressing

In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk together thoroughly. Cover and heat in microwave for about 30 seconds to ensure that honey is dissolved. Shake well before serving.

Salad

In a large bowl, combine salad greens, celery, carrots, onions, tomatoes, and Mandarin oranges; toss well. Layer sliced, cooked chicken over salad. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with Homemade Asian Salad Dressing. Garnish with sliced almonds if desired.

Notes

Store leftover salad dressing covered in the refrigerator.

Keywords: salad, planned leftovers, asian chicken salad, homemade asian salad dressing, chicken

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Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online for over 15 years, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's cooking resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms, which has been highlighted by "Diner's Journal," The New York Times' Blog on Dining Out, and PBS Parents' "Kitchen Explorer."

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