Monday, August 18, 2014

Menu on Monday {Crock Pot: Beef Bourguignon}

Everything in my house runs more smoothly when the 'what's for dinner?' question is answered before lunch time.  That means that meal planning should just be a given, however it is one of the first things that slips in this house when life gets a bit crazy.  It makes absolutely no sense that this should happen, because I KNOW that it not only helps my sanity, but also our budget. 
By creating a meal plan, I shop from a list and generally for 5 or 6 meals in one shot.  The largest struggle for me is coming up with a varied menu that will please the largest number of people in my house.  
I have a few picky eaters...  The eldest will. not. mix corn in with anything - he likes corn and eats it, but only after he has eaten everything else.  He also does not like stuffing (neither does the second child) or cheese except on pizza because apparently it belongs in pizza.  But he is not even my worst - I have a couple kids who do not generally like ground beef - meat balls, meat loaf, spaghetti, but will eat hamburgers and tacos - go figure. Another one who does not eat potatoes or ketchup.  
And salads.... lets just say that goes over best if I clean a bowl of lettuce and keep all the veggies separate so that each person can add only the things that they like to eat.
I know that consistency is key in raising a family, but who does not have days where they feel like they are on top of things and ready for the battles that matter - like food into their little bodies.  And other days when whatever is easiest is what happens.  Poor kids are really subjected to the ever changing hormones in their mammas, good thing they are pretty resilient and forgiving! 
To sum it up - no casseroles, no spaghetti, minimal soups.  But occasionally I sneak these things into my meals because most of us will eat them.
I grocery shopped on Friday for meals for the next week.  I have a general meal plan sketched out, but we have already eaten Monday's meal on Sunday, so obviously I am not very great at sticking to my menu.  It will all be ok because I have the needed ingredients for the following meals in my house:

My Monday Sunday meal was Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon adapted from this delicious recipe from Aggie's Kitchen.  I used the wine one time while I was cooking, but did not care for the taste.  Here is my changes - and larger quantities:

5 pounds sirloin tip roast
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
 beef broth
1/4 c tomato paste
6 garlic cloves, crushed
1 Tablespoon dried marjoram leaves
1 small bag of baby carrots
1 bag fresh pearl onions

I just put all of this into my crockpot (sometimes I will brown the roast, but often times I just dump and go about my day) and cook it on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.  I boiled some red skin potatoes to serve the meat and veggies over - it was delicious.  Ten of us (2 adults, 1 teenager, 6 kids, and 1 baby) ate until we were full, and I have enough left overs to make a stew later this week - just boil more potatoes and mix it all up for an easy meal.

Remember Happiness is a Choice!  Have a great day.

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