{Meal Planning} Pinning and Planning Our Dinner Menu – Week of January 24

How is everyone surviving the Great Blizzard of 2016? Are you in front of the fireplace hugging a worm bowl of soup?

Salt use in Florida

Things are a bit chilly and windy here in Florida as well and while we may not be blanketed in snow, the cooler weather has me craving stews and warm oven casseroles. It’s definitely a delcious time to bring back Soup Sunday again!

Can I be the only one to think soups and casseroles are perfectly cooler weather comfort food? Done right, soups and stew serve up a warm bowl of hearty, healthy goodness. Served with a side salad and some crusty bread and all the food groups are present for a well-balanced meal.

Inspired by the wintery artic blast of wind this weekend, I’ve added a few of our piping hot and steamy soups back into the dinner menu rotation this week and a new one I’d like try, Skinnytaste’s  Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup.

Chicken Sausage Gumbo (A great Mardi Gras meal or Fat Tuesday dish!)

Much like soups, I find casseroles to be comfort food. Last week, I gave a hug and comfort in pan to a mom friend of four young children. With no history of breast cancer, my friend underwent a double mastectomy which will be followed by an intensive chemo schedule for the next six months.

My heart just breaks for her and the least I could do was cook her family a meal. While my Marsala Chicken and Mushroom Casserole isn’t much, I hope the casserole offered a little comfort to her family. Since my family loves this casserole, I doubled up and made an extra pan of comfort for my family.

Chicken Marsala Mushroom

When planning this week’s dinner menu, my youngest daughter requested Baked Ziti, another winning recipe with my family. It seems that the cooler weather has her craving a casserole of comfort food too.

Here is this week’s dinner menu full of cool weather comfort food.

Sunday – Chili Con Carne with Maple Syrup Cornbread

Meatless Monday – Roasted Broccoli and White Cheddar Baked Potatoes

Tuesday – Baked Ziti with a 1967 Salad

Wednesday – Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup

Thursday – LEGOland Premerie 4D The LEGO Movie Ride

Friday – Pizza

Run DMT Pinning and Planning Dinner MenuWhat comfort foods do you crave in cooler weather? What are some of your favorite casseroles and soups? What recipes are you pinning and planning this week?

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