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Menu Monday

I had my first online grocery shopping experience this weekend, and I’m hooked!  It was so cool to shop in my pajamas while watching “Friends” on Friday night.  That’s right – I just admitted that I was watching re-runs in my PJs on a Friday night.  In my defense, it was rainy, I was tired, and I’ve been without a TV for the last 2 months, so there!


I went online, browsed the “aisles”, checked things off my list, selected a delivery time, and paid for it all.  It was delivered to my door with a smile by 10:30am the next morning, and I couldn’t help but feel spoiled as I toted my groceries from the front door to my kitchen.  So nice 🙂  There is a delivery fee, but if you spend more, the delivery fee is less.  I’m going to try to do a 2-week menu plan so that the delivery fee is less and we don’t pay it as often, and then maybe make a mini mid-way trip for perishables such as milk.

So, on to the menu!  I’m working three 12s this week, and I really don’t like having to cook after walking home from the hospital.  Chris is there, but I’ve learned that whenever he really “cooks”, the kitchen looks like a mini disaster area – dishes stacked, sauce on the bottoms of the upper cabinets, drawers hanging open, spinach burnt onto the stove top, and cheese on the floor.  Are you getting the mental image?  Good.  Now you know why I’d rather just do the cooking myself, ha ha!


Macaroni and cheese from a box and frozen veggies.  I know, I know – it stinks as a dinner, but I have it on hand and I work Monday.  I only have a few boxes of this leftover from the States, so it won’t be a meal too often 🙂


Spinach casserole.  So good!  Spinach, reduced-fat cottage cheese, reduced-fat cheddar {or tasty cheese, as they say in NZ – love it!}, sauteed onions, eggs, flour, and margarine/butter.  Mix it all up in big bowl, put it in a pan, and bake!  Let me know if you want the recipe 🙂


Leftover spinach casserole


Pan-Fried Falafel with sun-dried tomatoes and coriander {sounds fancy, but it’s sold at the grocery for minor ducats and tastes fabulous}


Chicken Stir-Fry {I didn’t make this last week, so I’m going to do it this week instead}

It’s not much of a menu – there’s basically only one meal that follows a recipe, but I could care less!

So tell me, what’s cooking in your kitchen this week?  Do you cook from a menu or just go with whatever you have on hand?  As usual, feel free to share any of your favorite recipes with me!

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6 thoughts on “Menu Monday

  1. Another vote for the spinach casserole recipe.

    I do most of the cooking in my house, Matt’s cooking sounds like the image you painted of Chris’ cooking but Matt will invariably burn something and forget a vital meal staple like vegetables or something.

    I love food, I am a real foodie. We are on a really low budget though so to get the tastes I want I have get really creative and cook everything from scratch, which is ok because it usually tastes better like that. Lately though I have been in a funk with menu ideas, I am bored with everything so your menu planning is motivating me to get back into it. I might have an afternoon with the cook books and see what I can come up with.

  2. I want that spinach casserole recipe!!!

    This week I’m making Beer Braised Beef Short Ribs in the slow cooker, and a Peaches & Chicken salad. The husband is making some black bean quesadilla thing w/ a corn salad. YUM. I need to get back to posting my weekly menus!

  3. I have been doing a meal swap with a mixed group of my friends and family…which means I only have to cook once a week. It has been great!

    This week I’m making pizza with a Weight Watcher recipe. I have never made any kind of dough from scratch (minus cookies) so I’m hoping it comes out okay! I will post the recipe on my weight loss blog later this week.

    I think I might have to try your spinach casserole!!

    I’m so jealous of your ability to grocery shop online. Grocery shopping is one of the things I hate most about being an adult…. 🙂

    Hope you have a great week!

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