Menu Plan Monday – December, 16th, 2013

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Head on over to Orgjunkie for hundreds of other menu plan ideas!

Are you ready to start off the last week before Christmas? I think I am. 🙂

First, I need to share a new recipe I tried this week…

Chicken Ragu
Chicken Ragu

YUMMY!!! I found it in The Italian Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone. I changed the recipe & didn’t use a slow cooker so I’ll share my version at the end of the post. Yum, yum, yum

On to the meal plan for the week (I’ll link my THM choices Tuesday)…

MONDAY – {Birthday celebration} Chicken tenders, fries, fruit, veggies, & cake.

TUESDAY – Beef Stir Fry, rice, & salad


THURSDAY – Chicken Soup

FRIDAY – Bibimbop with rice

SATURDAY – Hamburgers with corn & veggies

SUNDAY – YOYO (You’re on your own)

I pray that you will have a joyful week.


2 TB coconut oil (refined if you don’t want to taste the coconut)
1.5 lbs. chicken (I used 3 breasts)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 medium celery rib, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic (or 2 cloves, minced)
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried thyme
salt & pepper
2 – 15 oz cans of tomato sauce

1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt & pepper, add to pan & brown chicken on all sides. Remove chicken to plate.
2. Add the onion, carrots, & celery to skillet. Sprinkle with about a tsp of salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are lightly golden. Add garlic & cook another minute. Add the wine & bring it to a boil.
3. Return chicken to pan. Sprinkle basil & thyme over chicken. Top with tomato sauce & bring mixture to boil.
4. Reduce heat to low & let simmer for an hour.
5. Remove chicken from the pan again. Take 2 forks & pull apart the chicken to desired size chunks. Return to pan & stir until well incorporated.
6. Cook your pasta while the chicken is absorbing more of the tomato sauce & then serve it up!

Everyone loved this. Though next time I think I’ll add 1/2 a cup of chicken broth/stock. It seemed to be missing something, but I’m not sure what. Some yogurt maybe? Will do more experimenting next time. 🙂


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