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Sunday, January 20

Week 52 Menu

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Our good friends (remember Nikki, Christmas cookie extraordinaire?) recently got back from a trip to Nikki’s home state…Hawaii. Can you imagine growing up there?! Anyway, they brought us a beautiful, deliciously ripe pineapple. I don’t know how they got this dangerous-looking fruit through security…but I’m glad they did. It was so good and sure did make for a pretty picture (in fact, I think she brings me beautiful foods just so she gets mentioned on the blog…keep bringing it, Nikki!).


Here’s my menu. I can’t wait to see what you’re all eating this week!

MONDAY:
- Beef Stew
- More of that good Trader Joe’s bread

TUESDAY:
- Pasta of some kind…I just cleaned out the pantry a bit and discovered MANY bags of open pasta. Any suggestions for something easy and yummy that isn’t boring spaghetti & red sauce?

WEDNESDAY:
- Orange Chicken (different from Costco & TJ’s…be sure to check out this delicious recipe from Nate’s grandmother)
- Rice
- Salad

THURSDAY:
- Letovers

FRIDAY:
- Chicken Parmesan

SATURDAY:
- Eat out

SUNDAY:
- Beef Stroganoff
- Salad
- Rolls

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19 Comments »

  1. 1
    Melanie

    You could make macaroni & cheese with all of your opened pastas…
    We love home-made mac & cheese at our house.

  2. 2
    Stella

    MMM Mac and Cheese sounds good! Or a baked ziti type of dish. Anything baked with cheese and sauce is always delicious…or some type of chicken and veggie and pasta casserole!

    I wish I had a menu. I don’t. I’m having shoulder surgery on Wednesday so I have a feeling I won’t be cooking any time soon!! :(
    When I come back I’ll have lots of yummy Weight Watchers recipes to share…I’ve been on it for two weeks and I’ve had some really good meals!
    Keep sharing because I keep coming back each week!

  3. 3
    Jessica

    Monday:
    -Greek Salad
    -Pitas & Spicy Hummus
    -Feta

    Tuesday:
    -Avocado BLT’s
    -Chili-Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

    Wednesday:
    -Penne with Ricotta & Peas
    Jane, I linked that recipe for you since it’s a quick and easy pasta fix with no tomato sauce in sight. :)

    Thursday:
    -Chicken Pot Pie

  4. 4
    Rynell

    Monday:
    BLTs & fruit

    Tuesday:
    Clam Chowder, rolls & crudités

    Wednesday:
    Taco Salad

    Thursday:
    Burgers, oven baked fries & spinach salad

    Friday:
    Homemade Pizza

    Saturday:
    Tortellini soup & good bread

    Sunday:
    Orange Chicken, wild rice, steamed vegetables
    something decadent for dessert, not sure what yet

  5. 5
    Rynell

    Monday:
    BLTs & fruit

    Tuesday:
    Clam Chowder, rolls & crudités

    Wednesday:
    Taco Salad

    Thursday:
    Burgers, oven baked fries & spinach salad

    Friday:
    Homemade Pizza

    Saturday:
    Tortellini soup & good bread

    Sunday:
    Orange Chicken, wild rice, steamed vegetables
    something decadent for dessert, not sure what yet

  6. 6
    maren bosley

    monday:
    homemade mac & cheese, salad

    tuesday:
    garlic chicken, rice, veggies

    wednesday:
    leftovers

    thursday:
    hamburgers or sloppy joes, green beans

    friday:
    shells with chicken and mozzarella, salad

    saturday:
    my birthday!

    sunday:
    frozen lasagna

  7. 7
    Barbara

    My family likes a stir fry served over angel hair pasta.

    Monday – P. F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Tuesday – Beef and Broccoli

    Wednesday – Slow Cooked Carnitas
    Tacos

    Thursday – Swiss steak

    Friday – Stir Fry

    Saturday – Eat Out

    Sunday – Pork Chops in mushroom gravy

  8. 8
    kristen

    Monday:
    Dinner out

    Tuesday:
    Butter and Tomato pasta

    Wednesday:
    Turkey meatballs and noodles

    Thursday:
    Basil and garlic chicken stirfry

    Friday:
    Eat out

    Saturday:
    Homemade soup (either chicken noodle or veggie)

  9. 9
    Vicki & Aaron

    I love making Fettuccine Alfredo, kind of rich, but not too difficult, and no tomato :)

    Monday:
    Chicken, potatoes and corn

    Tuesday:
    Black Bean Soup

    Wednesday:
    Chicken Pomodoro and Zucchini

    Thursday:
    Chicken Spaghetti (from the pioneer woman cooks)

    Friday:
    Crock Pot Pork Chops and Green Beans

    Saturday:
    Breakfast Food

    Sunday:
    Left Overs

  10. 10
    andy

    Jane – I love the Classico brand Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo sauce. I toss on some feta cheese and a few pine nuts – maybe a few more sun dried tomatoes if you have them. Voila!

  11. 11
    kim & co.

    Pesto, Bolagnaise (not exactly easy unless you happen to have the meat mixture in the freezer:), Pasta salad using salad dressing

    Our menu:
    Mon–Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes, Brocolli

    Tues–Bean soup, cornbread, salad

    Wed–Pasta with pesto, salad

    Thurs–Tri tip, potatoes, vege

    Fri–Date night–leftovers for the kids

    Sat–Vege Lasagne, Bread, Salad

    Sun–IKEA Meatballs, rice, vege

  12. 12
    Jen

    I am traveling this week so a couple are ‘suggested’ from me, will be determined by my husband!

    Monday: leftover soup from the weekend, crusty bread (I made what I call ‘clean out the refrigerator soup,’ chock full of whatever veggies I have, beef broth this time, plus crumbled peppered bacon and egg noodles)

    Tuesday: baked pork chops, alfredo side noodles, steamed broccoli

    Wednesday: Quiche (frozen – this is where the husband comes in)

    Thursday: Leftover Quiche … or who knows (I am still away)

    Friday: dinner at our neighbor’s

    A very light cooking week for me!

    This coming Sunday I’ll roast a whole chicken and do mashed potatoes & the whole deal … partly to have cooked leftover chicken for future meals.

  13. 13
    Jane Maynard

    you guys are GREAT! thank you for the pasta ideas, recipes and menus…love it!

  14. 14
    Big Bahama Mama

    Pasta options: we love it with a bit of sauted onion, garlic and freshly grated cheese. Another easy choice is to throw it into a stew. Not that people in CA need to eat stews…

  15. 15
    Christie

    My favorite easy pasta recipes are chicken pesto pasta (chicken, pesto, pasta, cream or milk & parm. cheese). We also enjoy carbonara (I use a Rachael Ray recipe).

    And the menu..

    Monday- chili cornbread casserole, oranges, fresh veggies

    Tues- pulled pork sanwiches, vegetables & maybe oven fries

    Wed- crockpot chicken & rice
    salad or vegetable

    Thurs- leftovers

  16. 16
    Jenny

    I’m late!

    Monday- Taco soup
    Tuesday- Cobb salad, leftovers
    Wednesday- saffron lemon chicken, creamed spinach, garlic parsley hearthbread

    Thurs- chicken, leek, shitake stuffed crepes, edemame

    Friday- pizza, salad

    Saturday- veg stir fry, pineapple fried rice,

    Sunday- fettuccine, caesar salad

  17. 17
    Diana

    I haven’t posted my menu in a long time (I’m so ashamed). I’m back on the wagon now. Here goes nothing…

    Monday (Last night):
    -Veggie pitas
    -Potato chips
    -Pickles

    Tuesday:
    -Garlicky spicy chicken
    -Rice
    -Croissants

    Wednesday:
    -Book club (eat out in the North End of Boston…pasta, here I come!)

    Thursday:
    -Minestrone soup
    -Rosemary corn bread

    Friday:
    -Frozen pizza
    -Salad

    Saturday:
    -I don’t know…Help!

    Sunday:
    -Cooking Club (Cowboy-themed food. I’m making two recipes from Pioneer Woman: revved-up chili con queso and bacon-wrapped jalapeno thingies)

  18. 18
    Adri

    Here’s my favorite non-Italian way to make pasta…sorry I’m a little slow for your menu this week!

    Mexican-Style Pasta Bake

    6 oz dried bow tie pasta (2 1/2 cups)
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1/4 cup chopped red sweet pepper
    1 1/2 TBSP butter
    1/4 cup flour
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp ground cumin
    1 1/2 cups milk
    3 oz Colby cheese, cubed or shredded
    3 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
    1 cup bottled salsa
    1/3 cup halved olives
    chili powder

    Preheat oven to 400˚. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pan. In large saucepan cook onion and pepper in butter over medium heat about 5 minutes, ‘til tender. Stir in flour, salt and cumin. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low. Stir in Colby cheese and half of the Monterey Jack cheese, until cheese is melted. Pour over drained pasta and stir to combine. Layer half the pasta mixture, all the salsa, then remaining pasta mixture in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Monterey Jack cheese and olives. Sprinkle lightly with chili powder. Bake, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until bubbly around the edges and heated through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

  19. 19
    Kathy

    Here’s mine for the rest of January…

    2oth, Sunday – Armenian Herb Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts, Mediterranean salad with pita wedges, corn on the cob

    21st, Monday – Pork fried rice from leftover pork chops (gymnastic night)

    22nd, Tuesday – Taste Testing Pioneer Woman’s Brisket, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, my cheddar beer bread

    23rd, Wednesday – BBQ Sandwiches with leftover brisket

    24th, Thursday – Tostadas with leftover brisket, No1here’s creamy guacamole, pico de gallo

    25th, Friday – Carne Asada, pico de gallo, No1here’s creamy guacamole, refried beans, rice

    26th, Saturday – Leek and Potato Soup, rustic bread

    27th, Sunday – Chicken Fried Steak Sandwiches

    28th, Monday- Take-out (gymnastic night)

    29th, Tuesday – Taste Testing Crock Pot Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken served over Gemelli noodles, Salad

    30th, Wednesday – Cube Steaks with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls

    31st, Thursday – Homemade Schlotsky Sandwiches

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