Menu Plan Monday

How Many Ways Can You Eat Roast?

It’s the week of the ROAST over at our house.

We bought a giant roast this month. When I say giant, I mean G-I-A-N-T! The man behind my husband in the line at the grocery store asked who we were feeding with our half a cow. It’s just the seven of us (and my parents), but we shop for a month.

Large Family Good Eats

On the Large Family Good Eats menu this week are all things roast beef. I am open to more suggestions and ideas (in the comments).

  • Beef Stew – onions, cooked beef, peas, corn, green beans, with rice
  • Beef and Broccoli – beef, broccoli, rice
  • Pizza – with onions, beef, peppers, olives, mushrooms (for those that can eat them), and homemade pizza dough
  • Beef Stroganoff – beef, gravy, and fettuccine noodles
  • Fajita Casserole – Beef, peppers, olives, fajita spice/sauce, with noodles or rice

If you need ideas for your menu this week take a moment and visit my Beautiful Food board on Pinterest.


visit Menu Plan Monday (I am linking up with them today).

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What are you eating this week? (any roast beef?)

Pantry Challenge, Good Soups, And Menu Plan Mondays

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What are you feeding your family this week? 

We have a busy week ahead of us, so it was important to me that I take the time to figure out what our food was going to be for the week. This post is how I hashed all of that out. Come along for the ride.

Pantry Challenge

I was realizing tonight that I need to dig through the pantry and freezer and figure out what food we actually have and think about ways to use it up.

We tend to shove stuff in the freezer and forget about it. Note to self: label bags before you put them in the freezer.

Does anyone know what kind of pen works on a bag that is going in the freezer?

I stumbled onto this post recently about a pantry challenge and decided that it was just what we needed, mostly to clean out the freezer, fridge, and pantry. I went to the blog tonight to read the post while I was writing this post and discovered there is only one day left in the pantry challenge (here is the Pantry Challenge Log). It was still inspiring to me.

There is more stuff in the freezers, pantry, and fridge but these are the things that stood out to me (other stuff could very well have been hiding).

Freezer here I come:

  • box of sausages
  • bag of cooked sausages
  • 3 bags of shaved roast
  • pork chops
  • 2 bags of falafels (Do they go with tzatziki sauce?)
  • 1 bag of corn
  • 1 bag of peas
  • bag of chicken patties (that no one likes, ugh)
  • 2 boxes of tart shells
  • several litres of cream
  • random bags of weird food

Pantry organization is on its way. The shelves are looking messy and the food needs to be arranged in some kind of logical manners which shouldn’t take too long. Okay, the organizing will wait until tomorrow, I need to get this post finished.

Pantry here I come:

  • several bottles of salad dressing (Ranch, 1000 Islands, Caesar)
  • 4 boxes of stuffing
  • several bags of rice
  • potatoes
  • giant cans (4L each) or grapefruit, olives, tomatoes, carrots, etc.
  • random bags and bottles of strange things
And last but not least, I peaked in the fridge and found some goodies that are still edible. Yes, I need to clean that out, it’s about that time.
Fridge here I come:
  • a large turnip
  • a large cabbage
  • onions (I know they don’t belong in there, but I didn’t put them in there)
  • sour cream
  • tzatziki sauce (Oh, let’s buy or make some pitas.)
  • and the usual or unusual condiments (HP Sauce, Ketchup, Mayo, Mustard, etc)

Soups For Lunch

We have figured out breakfast, but that is another post (coming soon). I would love to incorporate more soups into our lunch menu. My friend Tonya wrote an awesome series about 10 Days Of Warm Winter Soups. They look so yummy. I even started a Soup Pinboard on Pinterest.

Speaking of Pinterest (you are on Pinterest, right?)

You can check out some of my food related boards on Pinterest:

Menu Plan Monday

Now on to the actual planning… it is Menu Plan Monday after all. In random order, here are some of the meals we will be eating this week.

  • Breakfast Skillet: Roast Beef, Onions, Potatoes
  • Pita Bread with Tzatziki Sauce
  • Pork Chops with Rice and Corn
  • Roast Beef, Onions, Rice, And Peas
  • Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce – Still not sure if that is a good idea or not?
  • Roast Beef, Onions, Turnip, and Cabbage

I am linking up with the Pantry Challenge, and Menu Plan Monday.

Don’t forget to check out Tonya’s Soup Recipes too.

The Week Before Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and all I can think about now is baking cookies, creating sweet treats, and making Christmas dinner.

Things to do:

  • I need to do a baking inventory and make sure we have all of our supplies, so Jonah can make a last minute run to the grocery store (across the street).
  • I also need to take our turkeys our of the deep freeze and put them in the freezer tomorrow morning so they will be thawed to cook on December 23rd.
  • Cook the turkeys on December 23rd.

There will be 16 of us here for our big family dinner on Christmas Eve afternoon (9 children and 7 adults), but we like to cook our turkeys a day early. This makes the day so much easier.

Our Christmas Eve Dinner:

  • turkeys (two of them)
  • mashed potatoes
  • gravy
  • yams and marshmallows
  • peas, corn, carrots
  • brussell sprouts with bacon and onions (first year for this)
  • stuffing on the stove
  • pumpkin pie
  • some kind of tarts – I have 2 boxes of tart shells but I have no idea what to put in them – ideas?
  • sweet treats – from my pinterest board
  • punch
  • really strong coffee

Since we rotate Christmas Day and Christmas Eve with my sister and her family every year, we rotate our menu too, so that we can have our turkey with the whole family.

Our Christmas Day Menu:

Big Breakfast (family tradition)

  • sausages
  • pancakes
  • bananas
  • strawberries


    • turkey sandwiches


    • crackers
    • cheese
    • pepperoni
    • salami
    • ham
    • chips

I have no idea what we will be eating for the rest of this week, but at least I have a plan for Christmas.

This post is part of Sunflower Schoolhouse’s Large Family Good Eats

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I am linking up with Menu Plan Monday.

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