Weekly Menu Week Plan 27 is full of simple, comforting dishes with slow cooker pork, soup, stew, pasta, a great salad, and a little chocolate to cap off the week.
The week has been absolutely gorgeous on the outside and completely delicious on the inside–for dinner, that is. The Weekly Menu Plan Week 27 continues the trend of easy, tasty dinners so that we can enjoy the great weather outdoors for as long as possible. We are continuing the unseasonably warm trend here in northern Michigan. Although we tend to embrace the outdoors no matter the weather, when teetering on the cusp of five months of impending snow, we flock to the sun like bees to honey. Any day that I don’t have to dress in 2 bajillion layers and big ol’ boots in October is a good day. Read: I don’t want to spend anymore time indoors than is absolutely necessary.
Thankfully, the Weekly Menu Plan Week 27 let’s me do just that with ease. Take a look:
This Winter Vegetable Soup from Cheryl/Pook’s Pantry makes the most of seasonal carrots, potatoes, celery, parsnips, and plenty of garlic in a healthy and satisfying soup that comes together in minutes. Cheryl uses still more vegetables as croutons to add a little crunch to that munch. Genius.
I’m cooking up my super easy, go-to Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork on Tuesday. My grandma used to make this saucy pulled pork when she needed to feed a crowd. With a family of six, crowd-size cooking is what I do. If you don’t share my tendency to feed a small army, fear not! The recipe is very versatile in that not only can we can eat pulled pork one night, the leftovers are easily morphed into pulled pork quesadillas, nachos, or even a shepherds pie the next day. If leftovers aren’t your thing, try freezing the extra pulled pork to give a good option for a night in the future when you’re just not feeling it. Trust me! Your Future Self will thank your Past Self for being so proactive.
Jenni/Pastry Chef Online balances my penchant for cooking to much food with her Balleymoe Irish Stew for Two. Isn’t it cute?! The simple stew if full of the usual suspects of potatoes, pearl onions, carrots, and lamb. Just enough hearty goodness to fill you up with no leftovers to contend with. Sometimes I like not having the pressure of having to repurpose leftovers. It’s a nice relief in the midweek, actually.
As usual, Susan/Girl in the Little Red Kitchen negates the need for take out toward the end of the week with her scrumptious Kung Pao Chicken Wings. She does her own thing with the sauce–going with the classic formula of spice, sweet, and a little acidity to make her sweet and sticky wings just the finger food to munch on while watching Thursday Night Football.
Totally Off Topic: What is it with Thursday Night Football, anyway? I mean, Monday Night Football has been A Thing for my entire life, but now Thursday has joined the club? Oh! And let’s not forget Sunday Afternoon Football. Is the NFL taking over? What’s a girl gotta do to get more soccer or Professional Bull Riding on t.v.? Ah, well. Networks follow the money trail. I’ll following the tasty aromas of these chicken wings!
Leave it to Sarah/The Chef Next Door to save Friday with dinner that can be made on the weekend, and reheated on Friday night when all you want to do is put on stretchy pants and binge Netflix until sleep claims you. Just me? I didn’t think so! Her Sausage and Spaghetti Bake is so easy to prepare, and is just the comfort I need at the end of a busy work week. Try it!
If lighter is more your style, then try Susan’s Autumn Panzanella Salad. Panzanella is typically a salad made with stale bread and tomatoes. Susan tosses the bread with kale, roasted butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, and pepitas in an apple cider vinaigrette. YUM!
Thank goodness my girl Jenni believe in Chocolate for All Occasions. She finishes the week with the Best Easy Hot Fudge Sauce. This isn’t just an kitchy Pinterest claim, Friends. This is seriously the easiest, best hot fudge sauce recipe around. Consider it your excuse to bring home a quart of really great vanilla ice cream for the weekend. If you’re sassy like me, you’ll whip up a batch of One Bowl Fudge Brownies to make sundaes. It’s just the right thing to do.