Welcome to another great week of menu planning! We enjoyed our sugar bliss last week with the Spring Hop Party! If you haven’t seen the treats, please take a few minutes to hop around and visit the amazingly creative bloggers. I’m excited too, the Hop Party continues for 3 more days. We have awesome giveaways too, so don’t miss out!
Lots happening this week too, April Fool’s Day is Thursday. We will be having a fun dinner, last year I made Snakes & Bugs, (please excuse the pictures, it was a pre-camera post)we had fun with it. Easter is also next Sunday, I will be making Ham and the usual fixins’ and will share our dinner plan later in the week.
During the winter months, I use my crockpot a lot for soups and stews, but even more, I use it during the Spring when we have Baseball games in the evening. It’s so nice to come home after the game and have dinner ready to eat. Yesterday, Nick, my 16 year old, had his first game of the season at LaPorte High School. We also had a parent meeting following the game, so I knew it would be a long day and we would all want lunch when we got home. I was happy that I had thought to throw the Chicken Mexican Soup in the crockpot before leaving, because we didn’t get home until 3 p.m.
This soup was one of those recipes that I just kind of threw together. My inspiration was the Taco Soup that I make often and everyone loves.
- 1 large can Tomato Juice ($1.19)
- 1 can Black Beans ($.59)
- 1 can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies ($.59)
- 1 cup (or so) of frozen Corn ($.25)
- 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning (I use Pampered Chef Southwest Seasoning, but any will work) ($.10)
- 1 large Chicken Breast, frozen is fine ($1)
Additional toppings ($.50)
- tortilla chips
- sour cream
- Place all ingredients in Crockpot, including frozen chicken.
- Cook on High for at least 4 hours.
- Remove chicken and shred with 2 forks, return to Crockpot.
- Serve with toppings of your choice.
I bought all my ingredients at Aldi’s, my favorite store. Total cost for this lunch (or dinner) was $4.22!
Here is what we will be eating the rest of the week…
Monday ~ Ham & Cheese Calzones (Kraft), Oven Fries
Tuesday ~ Slow Cooker Orange Chicken and Rice
Wednesday ~ Lasagne Cups, Salad
Thursday ~ April Fool’s Dinner
Friday ~ Tacos, Nacho Bar
Saturday ~ Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches (recipe from Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free), Potato Salad (from last week’s menu)
Sunday ~ Easter Dinner, Ham and the fixins, I will be sharing my dinner post later this week