*Please note: all of these recipes serve 3-4 people. If you have a larger family, you will need to double the recipes. I have starred the ingredients that you will need to double if you are feeding a group of 6-8. For example, the 8 oz pasta is starred, meaning you need 16 oz to double.


*8 oz pasta (pretty much any kind will work, we used whole wheat thin spaghetti)





chili powder

sesame seeds

Montreal Steak Seasoning

*chicken broth or stock or bouillon cubes or granules, enough for 1 cup of broth

olive oil

balsamic vinegar

Italian dressing (we like Good Seasons)


Worcestershire sauce

barbecue sauce

plum sauce (you can find this in little jars in the Asian food section)

1 jar pepperoncinis

*1 can diced tomatoes with chilies (like Rotel)

*2 cans black beans

Instant chocolate pudding (small box)


*1 lemon

*1 lime (or a Tbsp lime juice)

*3 red bell peppers (5 if doubling)

*10 oz arugula (or a bag of salad mix with field greens or arugula in them)

*2 medium yellow onions (3 if doubling)

*1 head of garlic

1 bunch scallions (green onions)

1 bunch of cilantro

*8 oz Monterey Jack cheese

cheddar (not a lot, just a little to garnish the black bean soup)

slices of Provolone cheese (1-2 large slices per person you are feeding)

*parmesan cheese (enough for a cup shredded)

8 oz brick of cream cheese

8 oz whipping cream

sour cream


*bacon (5 slices)

*2 chicken breasts (3 if you want to make the Lemon Garlic Pasta with chicken)

*1 lb petite sirloin steak

1 chuck or rump roast (how big depends on the size of your group, allow 4-5 oz per person)

1 oreo pie crust (butter and oreos if you want to make your own)

hoagie rolls or any kind of harder bread roll, good for roast beef sandwiches (1 per person)

*1 loaf of french bread (not to be used until Saturday, so do not purchase until Friday night at the earliest)

*alfredo sauce (also for Saturday, we like to buy a pint of Olive Garden's alfredo, perfect for 4 servings)