Since it's the first week back to full-time work, I've planned a very simple menu of recipes on my regular rotation. Nothing that requires a recipe or even measuring. I rely on store-bought ingredients for a lot of these. They are my stand-by, tried and true meals.
Monday: spaghetti and meat sauce, corn, bruschetta
I'm using Vodka Sauce from Emeril and Thin Spaghetti, Barilla Plus. The bruschetta I make with a French Baguette from the bakery. I mix oil, margarine (or butter, whatever I've got), and Italian seasoning. I brush that on the 1 inch slices of bread then top with Parmesan cheese and tomatoes. Usually I would use Roma tomato slices, but this week I've got fresh tomatoes to use up so will top with chopped tomatoes. I bake at 350 for about 10 minutes and just keep an eye on it until it looks how I want it to. Sometimes I'll put on the broiler for a quick minute, just to crisp it up. I keep a few with no tomatoes for the kiddos.
Tuesday: baked BBQ pork chops, mixed veggies
I season the chops, brush them with BBQ sauce (this time it's Famous Dave's), cover with foil, and bake them at 300 degrees for an hour or so.
Wednesday: chicken & rice, peas
My 15 minute chicken and rice recipe from last week, I didn't use it then. Chicken breasts are in the freezer, I use Minute Rice (brown rice) and canned cream of chicken soup
Thursday: "homemade" pizza, salad
I use a store-bought Boboli crust, canned pizza sauce, turkey pepperoni, and bagged shredded mozzarella cheese. Brenna loves to help with this one and it's super easy to do.
Friday: take-out, TBA
After a long week, I plan to reward myself on Friday by letting someone else cook! The meals I've planned are made with food I know my kids will eat and that are easy to make. By starting with store-bought ingredients, I save myself a lot of time. I'd like to be the mom who starts everything from scratch and love to when I have the time. When it's back to school time, I'm all about ease! After this week I will be planning one new recipe per week, usually for the weekend.
Have a great week!