Monday Menu is a great source for family meal ideas with easy recipes to follow and smart tips that help you shop, prep and get a meal on the table without a lot of fuss! This week, your family is going to love an easy Cheesy Beef Noodle Casserole with a rich tomato sauce, followed by an easy crock pot BBQ meal!
This Week’s Secret To Success
Some recipes just make getting a good dinner on the table easy. And some recipes make getting a couple of dinners on the table easy! I don’t know abut you, but that sounds like music to my ears, especially when life gets busy.
Why These Meals Work? Shared Ingredients, Easy Cooking Methods, Leftovers & Versatility
You know I love to use “Shared Ingredients.” This meal planning strategy makes shopping and prepping simple. This week’s recipes take full advantage of that!
- Buy one 5lb bag of small red potatoes, and you’ve got ingredients for side dishes for both meals.
- Buy a big bunch of bananas, and you’ll be ready for Jello Salad and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.
- When you make the Green Beans & New Potatoes, go ahead and make a little extra bacon. Now you’re ready for the Cheesy BBQ Potato Foil Packets!
Plus, easy cooking methods like crock pot BBQ chicken and potato foil packets make cooking and clean up a snap!
And both of these recipes are likely to leave your family with enough leftovers for delicious lunches or a second dinner the next day.
Not to mention, lots of versatility. The breakfast recipe makes for a great snack or dessert and the side dishes go deliciously with either main dish, so you can mix and match to make the meal your family will love best.
Dessert This Week
Layered Strawberry Jello Salad with its dreamy sour cream layer surrounded by crushed pineapple, bananas, pecans and, of course, loads of strawberries has made its appearance as a dessert or side dish on our family tables for as long as I can remember. It’s light, fresh and makes the most of those in-season berries!
Here’s What We’re Snacking On
Speaking of in-season berries, it is the perfect time for this easy recipe for Avocado Strawberry Salsa. It’s both sweet & just a little spicy. It is a sunny bowl of ripe strawberries, red onions, light cilantro, smooth avocado, with a pinch of jalapeno heat. Perfect as an appetizer/dip, on grilled chicken or pork, even on fish tacos, your friends and family are going to love this fresh & zippy little fruit salsa.
Making Breakfast Easy
This easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe is loaded with just the right amount of sweet, ripe bananas, melted chocolate chips, sour cream and brown sugar. It’s the perfect moist and tender bread for breakfast with coffee, a weekend snack with tea, even as dessert after your favorite meal!