Sunday, March 21, 2010

Menu Plan Monday - March 21-27

Yay! Spring is finally here!!!

This week we're going to fire up the grill to celebrate!

Here's the plan:


Rice and bean burritos, homemade salsa

Grilled chicken and veggies (recipes -more like suggestions - below)

Sausage veggie calzones

Pasta with veggie sauce, cheesy garlic breadsticks

Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes

Grilled hamburgers, potatoes

Grilled chicken is pretty simple around here. I generally use chicken breasts and marinate them in Italian dressing all day. The vinegar in the dressing helps break down the fibers in the meat and makes it more tender. The spices give it great flavor. If you prefer to make your own marinade, use equal parts of vinegar and olive oil and a teaspoon each of garlic powder, oregano, and basil. Add a little salt, too.

Grill for 7 minutes on each side or until cooked. Allow to sit for 15 minutes before cutting or slicing. The chicken will be much juicier this way.

For grilled veggies, choose which vegetables you wish to use. I use onions, red or green peppers, mushrooms, and broccoli. I've also cut corn on the cob into 2-inch pieces to grill, too. Toss veggies in Italian dressing. Place in a grill basket or a foil packet. Grill over indirect heat for 15-20 minutes. Yum!

For more menu planning inspiration, visit Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Mondays. You'll find hundreds of menu ideas by real cooks like you and me, many with recipe links. You just might find a new family favorite or two!

1 comment:

  1. I love to use italian dressing as a marinade. I think the lemon helps break down the chicken some too.