October 22, 2006

Menu Plan for October 23-29, 2006

Stir-fried chicken
brown rice
stir-fried veggies

Sloppy joes
w/homemade buns
fruit salad
Korean squash
(from my friend's garden)

Beans and cornbread

Oven Fried Catfish (see below)
lemon and thyme couscous
side salad

Homemade pizzas
made by kiddos
(their own personal pizzas)
Some kind of dessert - maybe cookies or a pie

Leftover night

MIL's house for lunch and
birthday cake for my oldest.
He will be 13!!!!!

Answering some questions...

On the fish from last week I would recommend cod, whiting, catfish or halibut for baking. Those are the ones I use most often. I will share the catfish recipe below - it is YUMMY!!!

When I cook fish in the crockpot I try to use some kind of acid (lemon juice or vinegar - some may prefer a wine of some kind) in the mix to keep it tender. It is hard to keep chicken moist in the crockpot at my house, too. If I use a cream soup in the mix it helps greatly (cream of mushroom or cream of chicken or other kind you prefer). I would season the chicken, use a cream soup and canned mushrooms and add just a bit of water (a cup or so) to see how that works for you. You can also cook it in an onion soup mix and it is really good that way, too.

Oven-Fried Catfish
(this recipe is from my First Place Favorites Cookbook)

1 1/4 lbs. whole, headless catfish (fillets)
2 Tbsp. non-fat plain yogurt
2 tsp. vegetable oil (I use canola)
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
4 Tbsp. dry whole wheat bread crumbs

1. Wash and drain fish.

2. Combine yogurt, oil, lemon juice, and seasonings in shallow dish.

3. Sprinkle bread crumbs on waxed paper. Dip fish in yogurt mixture, then press in crumbs, lightly coating both sides. Place fish on lightly greased cookie sheet or shallow baking pan.

4. Bake in 475 degree oven for 10 minutes or until done.

Serves 4
(I usually double or even triple this recipe for my family - they LOVE this one)

I am also going to be eating all vegetarian during the days this week and get back on track with that. I already have garbanzo beans soaking and will make up some lentils and rice in the crockpot tomorrow to go with whole wheat tortillas for lunches. I use the garbanzo beans for salads and hummus. I will also be trying my hand at making some pita bread from scratch. The recipe I am using is right out of my Healthy Recipes from the Heart of Our Homes by Phyllis Stanley and Shirley Hienmets. This is a FABULOUS book and I highly recommend it if you want to make your own grain products using whole wheat flour. My tortilla recipe comes from this book, too.


  1. Another yummy week! I need to do more fish recipes!

    Happy Monday!

  2. Looks like a great week, such yummy food, and thank you for the Catfish recipe, I love fish and am always looking for more recipes :)

    Have a great monday,

  3. Hi Leann, I never use chicken reasts in the crockpot for the reason of it drying out too much. I only ever use thighs or whole chicken.

  4. Thanks for the recipe! :D


  5. I love seeing healthy and light dishes on people's menu plans. Thanks for posting the name of the cookbook too. I'm always looking for healthy recipes.

  6. Wow, that sounds like a great menu! It all sounds yummy, and the catfish recipe looks good too. I'm so totally impressed you're going to make your own pita bread; can't wait to hear how that turns out!

    Have a wonderful week :)

  7. Sounds delish!!! I loves me some cornbread! :)