August 2023 Menu Plans

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missjane

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For many of us, August brings back the comfort of a routine, while at the same time, the uptick in going and doing outside of the home. I don't know about you, but August always gives me a glimmer of a nod of hope toward the falling temperatures that September brings. This year, I'm overly eager and looking forward to it due to our continually oppressive heat. Let August begin!

Tuesday - 8/1 Shrimp Etouffee', French Bread, Salad, Chocolate Lava Cake (a celebration of August)
Wednesday - 8/2 Hamburgers and Chips (Church night)
Thursday - 8/3 Baked Chicken, Rice, Green Beans
Friday - 8/4 Breakfast for Supper Grits, Ham, Scrambled Eggs, Fresh Tomatoes, Biscuits
Saturday - 8/5 Baked Pork Loin, Baked Beans, Baked Potato Casserole
Sunday - 8/6 Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli
 

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I like to think that August brings hopes for more Fall-like weather. But growing up and even now, August is the hottest monthand my menus need to be lighter and require less use of the oven, as temps tend to hover in the upper 80s and into the 90s, if not higher. I remember one August when I was still working on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago and had a 12-block walk from the train to work and we had something like 13 August days that were 100+.

I've copied this week's menu from the July thread, for easier reference.

July 30 - Aug. 6, 2023
Sunday
-- leftover pizza, salad
Monday -- Cavatapi, salad (Since I"m not making cavatapi for Sunday dinner as was planned, I shifted it to Monday.)
Tuesday -- chicken on the grill, rice, veggie skewers, salad
Wednesday -- 1/2 of a marinated pork tenderloin (other 1/2 to freezer), baked apple, stuffing, coleslaw. Both pork and apple will be done on the grill. (OR, may have dinner with DD & DSIL for her birthday; he's traveling this week, so not sure what the schedule is or if they'll want to celebrate it alone)
Thursday -- mac & cheese topped with BBQ pulled pork (from leftovers), salad or slaw
Friday -- tomato tart**, salad
Saturday -- steak on grill, baked potato, salad
Sunday -- leaving it open

** Fresh Tomato Tart recipe from Midwest Living: https://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/vegetables/fresh-tomato-tart/
 
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August is still hot here. We'll do lots of grilling this week with simple meals of meat/fish/poultry and a green salad.

July 31 – August 6

  • Monday ~ Grilled salmon, salad, fruit
  • Tuesday ~ Grilled hamburger, salad
  • Wednesday ~ Grilled pork chops, salad
  • Thursday ~ Grilled whole chicken, spinach salad
  • Friday ~ Grilled shrimp, salad
  • Saturday ~ Leftover chicken, salad
  • Sunday ~ Steak, salad
 
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I have leftover pork loin I did in the crock pot ... and reading over menu here ... I think I will go pick up stuff for coleslaw, BBQ sauce, mac and cheese, and spinach salad fixings ...

It's still hot in FL for August ... and September :rolleyes:
 

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The weather in the UK has been autumnal lately - we may have had our summer in June!
The kids return to school in September, so it's all busy everywhere, everyone develops more a social life (except me!), So the days are busier. There feels like there's no time to cook!
I've just been to the library and taken out a load of cookery books. I'm hoping to find some easy - and new- recipes.

Does anyone else feel like September is the start of a new year?
 

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The weather in the UK has been autumnal lately - we may have had our summer in June!
The kids return to school in September, so it's all busy everywhere, everyone develops more a social life (except me!), So the days are busier. There feels like there's no time to cook!
I've just been to the library and taken out a load of cookery books. I'm hoping to find some easy - and new- recipes.

Does anyone else feel like September is the start of a new year?
Having taught school for 33 years, yes! September always felt like the start of a new year, even when the school year was moved back to start in August. I felt (feel) as if I'm just hanging on for dear life in August, like a pregnant pause before a chance to wipe clean the slate and start over again. A new jumping off point, of sorts.
 

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I love the slow cooker for busy days when I know I'm not going to feel like cooking dinner. There isn't usually too much prep work, and the meal is ready when we are. Even using an instant pot requires cooking before dinner which is what I prefer to avoid.
 

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August, like a pregnant pause before a chance to wipe clean the slate and start over again. A new jumping off point, of sorts.
Probably belongs in another thread, but those back-to-school supply sales ... I always grab red and green fine-tip Sharpie markers and use those to write my Christmas cards. The ink won't run if it gets wet in the mail, like Flair or gel pens.
 

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Last weeks of Winter here before Spring is with us on September first.
DH is on cooking duty this week and I hope to get back to some proper meal planning from next week.
 

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Probably belongs in another thread, but those back-to-school supply sales ... I always grab red and green fine-tip Sharpie markers and use those to write my Christmas cards. The ink won't run if it gets wet in the mail, like Flair or gel pens.
HAHA! Probably so, but I love how our conversations weave their way into all of the threads. That's why I try to read all the threads sooner or later. It gives me a more complete picture of everyone's lives.
 

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2. Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and beans
3. Not a clue what we had, oh dear me, pretty sure we ate something
4. White Chicken Chili using up the leftover chicken and broth from the bones
5. My birthday, might do a lobster bake. Notice my birthday dinner is different from my Dh whose birthday is on the 4th, lol
6. Probably Seafood Chowder to use up leftover from yesterday
7. I have been wanting Swedish pancakes so if not too tired I’ll give it a go
 
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Got to get back to meal planning, I have been a little slack lately.

5th August: Pulled pork and coleslaw
6th August: Chicken nachos
7th August: Chicken curry with veggies and rice
8th August: Rissoles and veggies
9th August: Texas meatballs and rice
10th August: Street Tacos with salad
11th August: Potato, ham and cheese pasties.
 

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When, by the 3rd day, your house guest is starting to get on your every nerve, what do you do? You politely exccuse yourself and descretely take a tablet and pen with you into the bathroom, take your time, sort out your food plan for the upcoming week, and make your grocery list. :p

Aug. 6 - 13, 2023
Sunday
-- on the road (need to head to Mich, for family meeting)
Monday -- leftover tomato tart, salad, and other leftovers
Tuesday -- BBQ chicken drumsticks on the grill, baked beans, coleslaw
Wednesday -- soup and salad
Thursday -- salmon on grill, roasted potatoes (on grill), coleslaw
Friday --pizza, salad
Saturday -- leftovers or something light (luncheon baby shower for cousin)
Sunday -- turkey tenderloin, stuffing or mashed w/ gravy, salad
 

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August 7 – 13
  • Monday ~ Salmon, salad, fruit
  • Tuesday ~ Grilled hamburger, salad
  • Wednesday (travel day) ~ Grilled pork chops, salad
  • Thursday (Guests at the lake) ~ Hamburgers, corn on the cob,
  • Friday ~ BBQ Ribs
  • Saturday (Anchor potluck) ~ Grilled whole chicken; Pasta caprese salad to share
  • Sunday (Macho brunch) ~ Leftovers
 
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Aug. 14 - 20, 2023
Monday
-- hot dogs, baked beans, sliced tomatoes
Tuesday -- something light -- cheese, crackers, salami, vegies??? (after book club luncheon)
Wednesday -- soup and salad
Thursday -- widows group dinner at BBQ place
Friday --pizza, salad
Saturday -- class reunion
Sunday -- burgers on the grill, roasted potatoes, bean salad
 

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Monday - Double Corn Chowder with Fried Cornbread
Tuesday - Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Soup
Wednesday - Hamburgers with French Fries
Thursday - Helping serve senior football players at event
Friday - Eat Out - Football Scrimmage
Saturday - TBD helping DD25 pack up to prepare to move
Sunday - Vegetable Beef Soup with Cornbread
 

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August 14 – 20
  • Monday ~ Leftover ribs; salad
  • Tuesday ~ Leftover chicken; salad
  • Wednesday (travel home) ~ Ham, potatoes and eggs (DH cooked)
  • Thursday ~ Chicken salad
  • Friday ~ Shrimp, caprese salad (over spinach)
  • Saturday ~ Tacos
  • Sunday ~ Dinner at friends' (take lemon pie)
 
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@missjane ... Oh, what is ... "Fried Cornbread?"

For weeks now, I tossed chicken in the crockpot with some salsa and then shredded it and we had it for different meals.
 
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@missjane ... Oh, what is ... "Fried Cornbread?"

For weeks now, I tossed chicken in the crockpot with some salsa and then shredded it and we had it for different meals.
Some call it hot water cornbread.
I don't measure exactly, so...all amounts are approximate.

1 cup plain yellow cornmeal
1/2 - 3/4 cup self-rising flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 - 1 1/2 cup boiling water (approximate)

Mix dry ingredients all together. Add boiling water. Stir all together. It will be a thick consistency, like stiff grits.

Wet hands in cool water. I put some water in a bowl, because this is a repeated step.

Scoop a heaping spoonful of cornmeal mush out. Flatten it to about 1/2 inch thick with your hands. Place corn pone in a skillet about 1/2 inch deep with cooking oil, heated, and fry until a light golden brown. Flip and brown other side. Remove and drain on paper towels.

Makes 8-10 pieces.

I noticed recently that our Walmart is selling it premade in the frozen section. It only has to be fried. I haven't tried it.
 

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I made a new recipe this week and it turned out really well so I thought I would share

Beef Curry Pot Pie. (Australian measurements)

1 tabs olive oil
1 brown onion diced
2 garlic cloves minced
500g beef mince
1 tabs curry powder
400gr tinned crushed tomatoes
1 tabs worcestershire sauce
3 cups frozen mixed vegetables
3 sheets frozen puff pastry

Preheat oven to 200C
In a large skillet heat oil and saute onion, when soft add garlic.
Add the beef mince and cook for 5 minutes or until no longer pink.
Stir in the curry powder and add the tinned tomatoes juice and all and the W sauce.
Add the vegetables and cook until just tender. Remove from stove.

Grease an oven dish and place 2 sheets of pastry on the bottom. Add the beef mix and top with the 3rd sheet.
Place in oven until pastry browns, 15-20 minutes.

We served with mashed potato but no other veggies as the pie had plenty in it.
 
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