Saturday menu plan

March 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

…A few days late. We had a very busy weekend, full of time with friends and running around Arlington, Alexandria, and DC. I can’t wait until we move closer to the city!

So, here’s the list. I have to admit it’s not very glamorous this week. It’ll just be easy.

  • Monday: Black bean and sausage soup
  • Tuesday: Chicken salad sandwiches with cilantro mayo and red cabbage
  • Wednesday:  Tomato soup with cheese quesadillas
  • Thursday: Quinoa salad
  • Friday: Pasta with vodka sauce and salad

Black bean and sausage soup


  • ½ lb black beans, cooked
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • dash paprika and chili powder
  • ¼ c fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 chicken sausages, sliced lengthwise and chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ½ jalapeno, sliced lengthwise and chopped
  • cooked rice, garnish
  • sour cream, garnish
  • tomato, chopped, garnish


Cook black beans in broth. Once soft, add garlic powder, cumin, and cilantro. Meanwhile, slice sausage and saute with red onion in a pan with olive oil. Once onions are soft, add sausage and onions to beans. Add 1/2 jalapeno, chopped. Serve over rice and garnished with sour cream and fresh tomatoes.

Chicken salad sandwiches

I’ll use this recipe, with cilantro substituted for dill. I’ll probably leave out the grapes, and top the chicken salad with sliced red cabbage for some crunch.

Tomato soup with cheese quesadillas

Canned tomato soup, doctored up with milk instead of water, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, fresh ground black pepper, a dash paprika, and maybe some fresh basil or cilantro.

Quinoa salad

I came across this recipe and thought it sounded fresh and fantastic. I have actually never made quinoa before and am looking forward to giving it a try. If you have any favorite quinoa recipes, please leave a comment so I can add it to my list!

Pasta with vodka sauce and caesar salad

No recipe here…I’ll just use pasta and Trader Joe’s vodka sauce. I may buy some fresh basil to top it off.


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