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Menu Plan Feb. 8

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Wow, do we have snow: 27″ fell this weekend on top of the 6″ we got last Wednesday. We still have some shoveling to do in order to get out to the stores, so we’re using up what is in the freezer and pantry. I sure hope we can get to the grocery store before more snow gets here later this week!

MondayPulled Pork Sandwiches
I’m getting BBQ pulled pork out of the freezer to make sandwiches on Cheese Bread rolls. Serving with Spicy Slaw.

Tuesday – Chuck Roast
Braising a chuck roast in the oven with some potatoes. Serving with green beans.

Wednesday – Parmesan Chicken Nuggets
Chicken nuggets served with leftover potatoes and corn.

Thursday – Cheeseburgers
Cooking burgers and serving with tater tots and leftover slaw.

Friday – Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze
Baking salmon with a balsamic glaze and serving with rice and asparagus.

Saturday – Leftovers
Finishing up what’s left in the refrigerator.

Sunday – Valentine’s Day Dinner
I think we’ll have grilled steaks with baked potatoes and a tossed green salad. Making Chocolate Creme Brulee for dessert.

Need more menu ideas?

  • Visit Angela’s Kitchen this week for more gluten-free meals and recipes that use garlic. Angela is hosting the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week, and she chose garlic as the theme ingredient. We use a lot of garlic in our house, including the slow-cooked Pulled Pork recipe and the Baked Salmon with Balsamic Glaze recipe in my menu this week. You’ll also find garlic in my recipes for Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta and Easy, Hearty Gumbo.
  • Laura at hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there. Laura has also started indicating on her weekly menu what she plans to fix for her son to accommodate his food allergies (dairy, gluten, eggs, fish and nuts).
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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Eggs & Hash Browns Breakfast Casserole

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My mornings have gotten a little busier lately, since I’ve added an exercise routine to my morning schedule. I give myself just enough time for a 30-minute workout and shower before the kids wake up (hopefully). Then, it’s a mad dash to get us all dressed and fed and out the door with homework, snacks, show-n-tell, etc. Breakfast has to be fast. Cereal is a quick and easy breakfast, but doesn’t seem to get me through the whole morning. So, I decided to make a breakfast casserole on the weekends and eat the leftovers during the week. I created this recipe by using up what I had in the kitchen, and I thought it turned out great. The eggs and potatoes were just what I needed to give me more fuel for my day. And, I look forward to eating a warm breakfast on these cold mornings. I’m even thinking it would be an easy meal to make for dinner one night, too!

Eggs & Hash Browns Breakfast Casserole


3 Cups Hash Browns (I used Wegmans frozen diced potatoes.)
1/4 Cup (4 or 5 onions) green onions, sliced
2 Tbsp butter
8 large eggs
1 (4 oz.) can of diced green chiles
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
8 slices cooked bacon, chopped or crumbled
1- 1/2 Cups (about 3 oz.) cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease an 8×8 square Pyrex baking dish with an oil spray.
  2. In a medium skillet over low heat, melt 1 Tbsp of butter. Then increase the heat and add in the hash browns. Stir to coat the potatoes and heat up for about 5 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to the baking dish.
  3. Place the remaining Tbsp of butter in the skillet. Add the sliced green onions and saute until tender – 4 or 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Beat eggs together. Stir in green chiles, sliced green onions, salt and pepper. Pour mixture over the hash browns.
  5. Sprinkle the bacon pieces over the egg and hash browns.
  6. Top with the shredded cheese and bake at 350° F for 35 – 40 minutes.

Additional Notes:

  • Makes 6 servings.
  • You can also double the recipe and use a 9×13 baking dish. I bake it at 350° F for 45-50 minutes, or until the center raises to the same level as the sides.
  • Keep leftovers refrigerated. Then, heat up individual portions in the microwave for about 60 seconds.
  • As you can see from the picture above, I served with sliced avocado and a little salsa.
  • To make this recipe even faster and easier, skip steps 1 and 2. Simply put the frozen hash browns in the baking pan, and add the sliced green onions raw to the egg mixture. It slightly changes the taste and texture, but still tastes good.

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