Monday, February 6, 2012

Menu Planning Monday. Feb. 6

Pyrex Cup, Saucer, and Dinner Plate from Jadite Kate
Happy Monday!
Is it just me or does it feel like it should still be January?  We have a crazy busy week ahead, so I'm sure it's going to fly by, too!
Our favorite meal last week was Tex-Mex Fajitas . I'll be be making those again soon!
Here's what's cooking in my kitchen this week!

Monday- Breakfast for dinner. Cinnamon Toast served with fresh fruit and bacon. 
Tuesday- Spinach Tomato Orzo Soup from Babble. I changed this recipe to fit our tastes. (My recipe follows.) Serve with salad and crusty bread.
Wednesday- Meredith's Crock Pot Sesame Chicken. I tweaked the recipe a bit. (Recipe follows.) Serve with brown rice and broccoli.
Thursday- leftover soup.
Friday-Take-Out or leftovers.
Saturday- Autumn Chopped Salad from Espresso and Cream blog. Serve with Cheesy Garlic Biscuits.
Sunday - out to eat with friends.

Spinach Tomato Orzo Soup
1/2 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 c. fresh spinach, loosely chopped
1 – 15 oz can diced Italian tomatoes (with oregano and basil)
1 tsp. black pepper
1 c. orzo pasta
1 quart chicken broth
1 quart water
parmesan cheese, grated
hot sauce (optional)
olive oil
1. Preheat a large soup. Drizzle with olive oil. Add onions and saute until tender. Add garlic and saute for 2 – 3 minutes. Add canned tomatoes, black pepper, spinach, chicken broth, and water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium.
2. Add orzo cook for 12 – 15 minutes, or until orzo is tender.
3. Top with parmesan cheese. (And we like to add a dash of hot sauce.) 

Hope you enjoy this! My husband asked me to make this again soon! We had leftover soup with ham sandwiches--really good combination!

Crock Pot Sesame Chicken

4-5 chicken breasts
3/4 c. water

1/2 c. low sodium soy sauce
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1/3 c. honey
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 Tbsp. ketchup
1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Whisk together remaining ingredients (except sesame seeds) in a bowl and pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low 6 to 7 hours. When serving, sprinkle sesame seeds on top of chicken.

Hope you all have a super week! I'd love to know what's cooking in your kitchen!

I'm linking up with Menu Plan Monday !


  1. The soup looks good! I also have breakfast for dinner. The kids grumble sometimes, but they always love it. They miss waffles because my waffle iron broke!

  2. Jane, I'll let you know how the soup tastes. I gave my waffle iron away years ago before we had children...what was I thinking? Hope you have a good week!

  3. All sounding wonderful again Elizabeth!! I have a mushroom pasta dish planned tonight and a veggie curry later in the week. Yes it should still be January, it's gone soooo fast. Have a fantastic week!! Jane xxx

  4. Hello, Jane! I still need to try the mushroom dish you shared with me! Veggie curry sounds really good! Hope you have a wonderful week too!

  5. I am also excited to hear if the soup is good. I shall follow you to find out ;). Have a super day!

  6. Hi April,
    Thanks for stopping by! I'll keep you posted on the soup!:)

  7. Hi Readers,
    Just a note to let you know we enjoyed the orzo soup! At first, it was bland, but I added black pepper, parmesan cheese, and a dash of hot sauce. Also, when making the soup, I did not use as much liquid. I added my version of the recipe to this post. I'll make it again! Healthy and yummy--the perfect combination!

  8. Must try the Seasame chicken--actually been looking for a recipe for it. It's our favorite Chinese take out.


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