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Monday meal plan 9/5

Posted September 5, 2011 1:58 p.m. EDT

The weather is turning just a bit cooler which means I am back to using the oven a few days a week! On the menu we have spinach enchiladas, Italian pasta bake with tofu & veggies, slow cooker beef stew & noodles, grilled chicken and more! What's on your menu?

Monday

Grilled (or baked depending on the rain) chicken breasts with Italian dressing marinade

Pasta salad with green peppers, mushrooms, onions and black olives

Tomatoes and cucumber salad

Tuesday

Italian pasta bake with tofu and veggies

Salad

Wednesday

Spinach enchiladas

Spanish rice

Fruit

Thursday

Slow Cooker creamy beef stew (see recipe below)

Egg noodles

Steamed carrots (for the kids who like plain veggies with parmesan, and not the ones cooked with the sauce in the crockpot. Either way is fine with me – I am just happy they like veggies so much!)

Friday

Our traditional Pizza Night (either homemade or Palermos we have in the freezer)

Salad

Saturday and Sunday

Breakfast for dinner one night and probably something on the grill the other

Slow Cooker Beef Stew and Noodles

Ingredients

1.5 – 2 lbs beef stew meat
1 onion chopped
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
3 carrots sliced
16 oz. beef broth (or water with bullion)
1 tsp garlic powder
2 bay leaves
splash of pepper
splash of Italian spices
8 oz. sour cream (I always use light sour cream and it tastes great)
½ cup flour
¼ cup water
12 – 16 oz egg noodles, cooked (I usually use No Yolks noodles)

Place stew meat in crockpot. Add carrots, onion, mushrooms, spices and both bay leaves. Pour broth over meat and vegetables. Cook on low for 7 hours. Take out bay leaves. In a separate bowl mix sour cream, flour and ½ cup water together. Then pour approx. 1 cup of broth from crockpot into sour cream mixture. Mix well. Pour sour cream mixture into crockpot and mix well. Turn crockpot to high and cook for 20-30 minutes to thicken gravy. Serve over cooked noodles with a roll and a side salad or green vegetable and enjoy!