Menu Plan Monday and some personal rambling

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Now, for the real chore for me each Monday. . .the MENU!!

Breakfasts: Cinnamon toast w/fruit salad, Juice, Yogurt w/fruit & granola, Eggs w/toast & fruit, Pancakes w/fruit (maybe even banana pancakes)

Lunches: Juice, Leftovers, Hummus pitas, Soup w/grilled cheese (other options include: tuna noodles, cheese, quesidillas, chicken salad pitas)

Cheese and Nut Stuffed Shells (recipe below) w/salad
Meatless Spaghetti w/salad
Jalapeno Popper Chicken w/corn & black beans

There's more Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

Here's the recipe for the shells:

Cheese and Nut Stuffed Shells   
6 servings, Prep: 45 minutes, Bake: 45 minutes    
24  dried jumbo shell macaroni
2  eggs, slightly beaten    
1  15-ounce carton ricotta cheese    
1-1/2  cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz.)    
1  cup shredded Parmesan cheese (4 oz.)    
1  cup chopped walnuts    
1  tablespoon snipped fresh parsley    
1/2  teaspoon salt    
1/4  teaspoon ground black pepper    
1/8  teaspoon ground nutmeg    
1  26-ounce jar thick and chunky pasta sauce (2-3/4 cups)    
1. Cook pasta shells according to package directions. Drain shells; rinse with cold water and drain well. Set shells aside. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.    
2. In a large bowl, stir together eggs, ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella, 3/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, the walnuts, parsley, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.    
3. Spread 1 cup of the pasta sauce in the bottom of a 3-quart baking dish. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of filling into each cooked shell. Arrange filled shells in the baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over shells. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake, covered, about 45 minutes or until heated through.

This stuff is in the oven now and I'm sooooo looking forward to it. Cheesy, nutty, pasta goodness. At least I hope it's good since we've never had it before.

Speaking of good, I mentioned last week that I was looking forward to those menu items. I have to report that each and every one of them delivered AND HOW! Num!

I've been such a slacker in the jewelry-making lately. I think the Holidays already have me all messed up or something. On the other hand, I've done an excellent job trying to get in shape. Now if there just wasn't so much good food to gobble up this time of year I might make some progress.

Ah well, tomorrow will be here soon enough for me to make another go at this whole live-life-to-the-fullest thing. Here's hoping your day ahead looks just as promising.


  1. That whole grain rice pilaf sounds yummy!Thanks for sharing!

    I've been slacking on my jewelry making too. The only thing I've made is my ornament for Sally Russic's Ornament blog hop. Now I need to get on the piece for Erin's Challenge of color, which is du on the 30th!!!!! Yikes, not much room for stops and starts and do-overs!

  2. Well, I've been totally bogged down with jewelry deadlines, so my cooking has been the one suffering. Got to get in gear with some regular meals here!


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