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Weekly Crock Pot Menu Plan ~ September 1, 2011

Since this week has a holiday in it, the menu plan and shopping list will reflect that.
  • 5 pound bag of baking potatoes
  • (2) large onions
  • (6) green bell peppers
  • 1 pound of pears
  • 1 pound of apples
  • celery
  • 1 pound bag of dried kidney beans
  • 1 pound bag of dried pinto beans
  • 1 pound bag of rice
  • 8 ounce box of macaroni
  • (3) 5 ounce cans of evaporated milk
  • (2) 4 ounce cans of mushrooms
  • 10.75 ounce can of tomato soup
  • (2) 28 ounce cans or rotel tomatoes w/ chiles
  • 29 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • favorite barbecue sauce
  • 16 ounce container of chicken broth
  • large container of rolled oats
  • nuts, seeds and dried fruit of choice (for crock pot granola)
  • 10 ounce package of frozen broccoli
  • 32 ounce package of frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 3 pounds of ground beef
  • rack of ribs
  • (2) 1 pound packages of turkey sausage
  • (1) 3 -4 pound roaster chicken
  • 1 gallon of milk
  • 8 ounce container of yogurt (with live cultures)
  • (4) 8 ounce packages of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounce container of sour cream
  • 18 pack of large eggs

**Before heading out the door to the grocery store make sure you have what spices, seasonings and condiments needed. I have the basics for the chili making. Make sure that you have plenty of flour, butter, honey, nutmeg..... things you may need extra of or that you may not usually have on hand. Also skim the pantry and fridge to make sure you're not doubling up on anything that's on the list. I know I sometimes will already have rolled oats, macaroni, rice, dried beans, etc.

I will be doing my shopping on Saturday (as usual). Since there is going to be leftover applesauce from Friday morning breakfast (as noted on last weeks menu plan ~ and planned for then) we will be having the crock pot applesauce pork chops for Saturday's supper. Since this was planned out last week, I will not need to purchase the items to do this with.
Saturday night I will make the crock pot yogurt and let it sit overnight to do it's thing. When I get up Sunday morning I will drain part of it through a sieve lined with cheesecloth. The other part I will just put directly into 4 ounce canning jars with lids (the reason I do this differently is because different people in my household like different consistencies of yogurt) for quick grab breakfasts throughout the week. On Sunday the only crock pot thing I will do is crock pot granola (to go with the yogurt for breakfast throughout the week).  **NOTE** The shopping list reflects the ingredients for the breakfast items I'm making over the weekend for the following week.
Monday is labor day and several of my crock pots will be put to use. I'm going to make sure and do two crock pots of potatoes so that I can use the leftovers for Wednesday's supper side dish.
Also on Wednesday, I will soak the dried beans overnight and cook them in the crock pot on Thursday for Friday's supper of "Wendy's" Crock Pot Chili. And yes, you can cook them together and use 8 cups in your chili recipe for Friday. The cooked amount of 4 cups of dried beans should be 8 cups (or very close to it).
Throughout the week, my husband will take leftovers for lunch. Wednesday's "Almost" Rotisserie Chicken will give us plenty of leftover chicken for wraps or sandwiches on Thursday and Friday for lunches.
If you want to save on time, when you're cooking the turkey sausage for the stuffed peppers you can go ahead and throw the other pack of turkey sausage in the pan to cook too. This will save you time on Thursday morning when putting the crock pot breakfast casserole on to cook. Also, (very important note) if you are going to be gone from home more than 6 hours on Thursday and can't watch the crock pot start it out on low (for an hour or so while you're getting ready) and then turn to warm setting. With so much dairy products in the crock pot breakfast casserole you don't want it to dry out or burn.
Have a great week y'all and keep on cROCKin'!


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