For a while now, I have been posting my montly menus on Facebook. Well, I decided to create a blog so that more people will have the opportunity to check in and hopefully be inspired. As for the name of the blog, Sherri's Sanity, that is what montly menu planning is for me; my sanity. With 3 young kids, I do NOT have the patience for the clock to turn 5 and have no plan for dinner, it just adds to the craziness to the "witching hours" (those insane hours at the end of the day where we, moms, try to jam-pack 4 hours worth of stuff into 2) I HATE the hours of 5pm-8pm. BUT I have found that in my (almost) year of planning monthly menus, I have been so much less of a headcase during that time. When mom is happier, hubby and kids are happier. AND their tummies will be filled with yummy homemade food; even better!!Now, this blog will definitely take time to put together. Once again, I am a mother of 3 small kids and although I wish I could just sit down and crack it all out, that just isnt going to happen. So, check back often and I will try and keep things rolling. :) Another thing that fills my bucket, so to speak, is crafting! So I'm sure that will come along on the blog shortly too. Happy planning!!!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sherri's Pasta Fagioli

Sorry I don't have a pic of this soup I just wanted to hurry and publish the recipe for my November menu. AND it's a great soup to make when you're feeding lots of people for the holidays (and I mean L.O.T.S.) it makes a TON! So just imagine a yummy tomato-based soup with yummy sausage, beans, veggies and pasta. You get the idea...

This is a super easy, hearty soup that will feed 15-20 people, maybe more

1 pkg Jenni O sweet italian turkey sausage (casings removed)
1 pkg (20oz) Jenni O ground turkey
1/2 lb frozen carrots and peas (rinsed)
1/2 lb frozen corn (rinsed)
1 can white beans (drained/rinsed)
1 can kidney beans (drained/rinsed)
1 meduim onion chopped
3 29oz cans tomato sauce plus 3 cans water
1 Tbs minced garlic
2 Tbs dried oregano
1+ Tbs. (to taste) garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 lb (before cooking) whole wheat rotini pasta (cooked in salted water)

Brown the meats together with onion, minced garlic and salt and pepper, chunking into smaller pieces.

In the meantime combine tomato sauce, water, veggies, beans, oregano, and garlic salt in a large pot and simmer until your meat is ready to be added . Simmer together 20 minutes, add cooked pasta last. Serve with parmesan cheese

This will freeze better without the pasta, just make your pasta when you are ready to eat.

November Menu

I haven't had the opportunity to try many new recipes lately, so most of this is just same ol' same ol'. But hopefully it'll still get you going on your own menu :)

Thai Coconut Curry (plus chicken)
Pot Roast (large roast, use leftovers for Taquitos later in the week)
Pesto Chicken Wraps and raw veggies
Taquitos with Spanish rice
French Dip sandwiches with chips and fruit (use a large roast and use leftovers for BBQ beef later in the week or vise versa)
Lasagna with green salad
Chocolate Chili and Sweet Cornbread
Pasta Fagioli with garlic bread
Cordon Blue with green beans and mashed potatoes
Broiled Tilapia with brussel sprouts and dinner rolls
Pot Pie
Peach Whiskey BBQ chicken (I use 3/4 C Whiskey, 2/3 jar peaches, 16oz BBQ sauce) with broccoli and mashed potatoes
Sweet n Sour chicken (stay tuned for my paleo version!!) with rice and steamed broccoli
Tortellini Soup
Basil Lime Chicken with green salad and corn
Pistolettes and fruit
Egg Salad Sandwiches and raw veggies
Fajitas with chips and fresh salsa
BBQ beef over sweet potatoes
Turkey Noodle Soup (A VERY rough recipe: chicken broth, shredded, cooked turkey, chopped carrots and celery par boiled, dry Italian dressing packet, bay leaves, cooked noodles...you can't really get it wrong ;))