Weekly Meal Plan, Week 23 – Meals Grandma Would Serve

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The Weekly Meal Plan for Week 23 includes Cranberry Ham, Sweet Corn Casserole, Crock Pot Banana Bread, Banana Bread Biscotti, Sheet Pan Ranch Chicken, Easy Taco Salad, Broccoli and Cheese Soup with Sausage, Leftover Ham and Noodle Casserole, French Onion Joes, Cheesy Zucchini Casserole, and Fanciful Fudge Cake.

The Weekly Meal Plan for Week 23 includes Cranberry Ham, Sweet Corn Casserole, Crock Pot Banana Bread, Banana Bread Biscotti, Sheet Pan Ranch Chicken, Easy Taco Salad, Broccoli and Cheese Soup with Sausage, Leftover Ham and Noodle Casserole, French Onion Joes, Cheesy Zucchini Casserole, and Fanciful Fudge Cake.

What to Expect

This week at These Old Cookbooks, we are serving up delicious meals that Grandma would approve!

The weeks are flying by with evenings plum-full of games, practices and homework. Having a meal plan for the week reduces the stress for everyone.

One of our favorite plans is to make a huge amount of some type of protein on the weekend, and then use the leftovers another night in a whole new way.  Making a new recipe keeps our husbands and kids from complaining about leftovers.

This week, we are using the Instant Pot to quickly cook a ham in a cranberry glaze.  Then, we will chop up the leftover ham and use it in a leftover ham and noodle casserole.  Or, if casserole isn’t your cup of tea, try making Ham Salad Spread or Mom’s Cheesy Ham and Potato Bake instead.

Our side dishes have an old fashioned spin this week. You’ll find that you can buy a box of corn flakes to use as a crunchy topping in both Cheesy Zucchini Casserole and Leftover Ham and Noodle Casserole.  This reduces waste since there’s nothing worse than a half eaten box of cereal that lingers in the cabinet. Feel free to swap out crushed butter crackers or regular bread crumbs instead of cornflakes if desired.

Weekly Meal Plan, Week 23

Saturday: Instant Pot Cranberry Ham and Sweet Corn Casserole

Sweet Corn Casserole is a classic side dish recipe that the entire family will love.  Jiffy Cornbread mix is the base of this creamy casserole, and the addition of honey takes this tasty dish from good to great.  

Sunday (Brunch): Crock Pot Banana Bread.  Use the leftovers for Banana Bread Biscotti.

This would be great served along side a casserole like the Baked Steak Omelet at Southern Bite.

Banana Bread Biscotti is a crunchy, sweet treat to enjoy with your coffee and a great way to use up leftover banana bread.

Monday: Sheet Pan Ranch Chicken

Sheet Pan Ranch Chicken and Vegetables features thinly pounded pieces of chicken (breast or thigh), diced potatoes and stalks of asparagus dressed in a delicious ranch sauce baked on a single sheet pan.  It's a one pan plan in less than thirty minutes. 

Tuesday: Easy Taco Salad

Sometimes you just need a recipe, like this Easy Taco Salad, that is quick to prepare and uses ingredients that are usually in your refrigerator and pantry.

Wednesday: Broccoli and Cheese Soup with Sausage

Broccoli Cheese Soup with Sausage is an updated version of our favorite soup containing ground pork sausage for a flavorful alternative for dinner.  Kids and adults alike fall in love with this classic soup.

Thursday: Leftover Ham and Noodle Casserole

Leftover Ham and Noodle Casserole is the perfect way to use up leftover baked ham. With only 5 simple ingredients, it won't break the bank, and the ingredients are probably already in your pantry.

Friday: French Onion Joes and Cheesy Zucchini Casserole

With both yellow squash and zucchini, this Cheesy Summer Squash and Zucchini Casserole is delicious.

You survived the week! Try Grandma’s Fanciful Fudge Cake as a treat.

Grandma's Fanciful Double Chocolate Fudge Cake has a swirl of cream cheese filling that turns a regular chocolate cake from a mix to a fancy dessert that will impress the neighbors.

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The Weekly Meal Plan for Week 23 includes Cranberry Ham, Sweet Corn Casserole, Crock Pot Banana Bread, Banana Bread Biscotti, Sheet Pan Ranch Chicken, Easy Taco Salad, Broccoli and Cheese Soup with Sausage, Leftover Ham and Noodle Casserole, French Onion Joes, Cheesy Zucchini Casserole, and Fanciful Fudge Cake.

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