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Sunday, January 2

Week 206 Menu

Happy New Year!

We ended 2010 on the beach in Monterey and started 2011 snug at home. On New Year’s Day morning, both girls slept in, and then Anna cuddled with me for about 30 minutes before everyone got out of bed. If that is any indication of what the year will be like, then I think 2011 is going to be great.

It’s the first menu of the year. What shall we eat? Hmmmmm…

MONDAY:
Pulled Pork (I froze last week’s leftovers to use for this week)
– I made coleslaw to top our sandwiches, but the girls ate tons of it straight up…will have to make twice as much to keep up with them!

TUESDAY:
Stuffed Shells

WEDNESDAY:
– Homemade Pizza

THURSDAY:
– Leftovers

FRIDAY:
– Caprese Paninis

SATURDAY:
– Eat out

SUNDAY:
– I’m liking my recent “Breakfast for Dinner” theme on Sundays…makes for a nice, relaxing Sunday. I think I’ll keep doing it, at least for the next little while.
– I’m going to try a yeast waffle recipe, which sits overnight, and see how we like them compared to our usual waffles

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, my annual plea for you to make meal planning one of your new year’s resolutions! Last year I gave you some darn good reasons why this is a good idea, and all those reasons still stand (click here to read them!). And, of course, if you do make meal planning a resolution, be sure to post your menus here each week! We can help keep you accountable, and we love seeing your ideas…no matter how simple or fancy they may be. Can’t wait to see all your menus for the week!


86 Comments »

  1. I really need to get better at meal planning again! I did make a massive pop of split pea soup that will probably feed me for lots of lunches and dinners this week.

  2. 2
    Sara

    This is a very loosely planned menu as I’m back to school after Winter Break. I’m anxious to get back into a routine, time off= too much snacking!!

    Sun. Stromboli
    Mon. Meatloaf with mashed potatoes
    Tues. Book Club for me, something quick and easy for family
    Wed. Tacos
    Thurs. Shrimp Scampi
    Fri. probably take out
    Sat. Fend For Yourself

  3. I was so bored at work last week that I planned my menu on like Tuesday! You would think with all of the extra time I spent on the menu plan it’d be better!
    S: Chicken Mudega, Roasted Red Potatoes and Green Beans
    M: Chicken Noodle Soup, Grilled Cheese
    T: Meatloaf, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans
    W: Beer Cheddar Risotto with Bacon and Chicken
    R: Shredded Chicken Burrito Bowls
    F: Pizza – need to start implementing Friday night Pizza Nights again!
    Sa: Manicotti/Cannelloni

  4. This is one of my only New Year’s Resolutions this year, meal planning. I’ve been making pancakes for dinner way too often, and spending too much at the grocery store because I haven’t planned out my meals. I figure posting here will keep me accountable!

    S: quesadillas, rice and beans
    M: pesto pasta, olive oil bread, tomato salad
    T: broccoli tofu stirfry with peanut sauce, rice
    W: wontons (ground turkey/cabbage), green beans, rice
    Th: red lentil walnut burgers, potato chips, fruit salad
    F: black bean soup, tortillas, fruit salad
    S: leftovers or pancakes (ha)

  5. 5
    Suzy

    My menu actually looks a lot like yours!
    M: grilled chicken salad
    T: pulled pork
    W: tacos
    Th: baked ziti
    F: homemade pizza
    S: chicken and mushroom rice
    Su: every man for himself 😉

  6. 6
    Fran

    Happy New Year Jane! I would like to thank you for making meal planning a “cool” thing! When Iwas newly married, the only thing my hubby and I ever really fought about was what to have for dinner. We would go to the store and buy a lot of crap and not really want to eat it or cook it later. So we started a menu plan. We lived on the 4th floor of our apartment building and there was no elevator so we shopped once a week. That was as much as we could handle carrying up the stairs! Even though we moved from that building a long time ago, we have kept with the once a week store trip and menu. It has saved a lot of fussing! Now that I have hijacked your post, here’s our menu:
    Sunday– Oven Fried Chicken Strips with mac & cheese
    Monday– Cheesy Potato Soup (new recipe)
    Tuesday– Tilapia (either poached or panko , not sure yet) and noodles
    Wednesday– BSTs (Bacon, Spinach and Tomato) with leftover soup if any
    Thursday–Breakfast For Dinner

  7. I used your pork chop marinade idea Jane!

    Monday – Pork tenderloin with cous cous and garlic baby bok choy

    Tuesday – Thai Chicken Soup from Just Slow Cooking

    Wednesday – Sweet & spicy cashew chicken stirfry

    Thursday – Pork chops marinated soy sauce, olive oil, vinegar, garlic powder, minced onion, cumin, basil, oregano (Thanks Jane! )served with potatoes and salad

    Friday – Guiltless Alfredo Sauce with chicken and noodles….I may make it pesto for the adults…

    Saturday – Chicken Nacho Bake

    Sunday – Taco Salad using any leftover chicken from Saturday

  8. I just found your website today while I was planning my menu for the week. What a great idea. Thanks for blogging!

    Monday: Beef Stew with Honey Dew melon (make on Sunday night so I can refridgerate over night and remove some of the fat).

    Tuesday: Stir Fry chicken and vegetables over rice

    Wednesday: Baked Pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables

    Thursday: Spag with meatballs, garlic bread and fruit (I am always ready for “very simple” by Thursday)

    Friday: I’m going to try your Chicken Fajita Marinade.

    Saturday: Probably pizza

    Sunday: Eat at Mom’s

  9. Sunday – pot roast with baked potatoes

    Monday – White chicken chili

    Tuesday – pho soup

    Wednesday – leftovers

    Thursday – some sort of pasta with a light sauce and salmon – maybe throw in some asparagus…

    Friday – chicken pot pies

    Saturday – out; we need to try a new place this week!

  10. 10
    Dory

    Sunday – Caramel Braised Pork

    Monday – Pork Afritada

    Tuesday – Chicken Noodle Soup

    Wednesday – Gen Tso Chicken + Bok Choy Stir fried in Garlic sauce

    Thursday – left over

    Friday – Rosemary Shrimp Linguini

    Saturday – eating out

  11. Happy New Year!! My cooking resolution is to incoporate more veggies into our meals. This may involve joining a CSA!

    Sunday: Ginger Fried Rice with Grilled Shrimp (from Smitten Kitchen)
    Monday: Chicken and Dumplings (I was inspired from previous weeks’ menus!)
    Tuesday: Schezuan Noodles
    Wednesday: Obama Chili (big hit at Christmas!) and cornbread for our Bible Study potluck at our house!
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: Homemade Pizza
    Saturday: Out?

    • Jane Maynard

      I think I might join a CSA myself this year…I just might be ready to take the plunge! 🙂

  12. sun: carbonara
    mon: salad with salmon, eggs, and potatoes
    tues: out
    wed: buffalo chicken burgers
    thurs: bf cooks
    fri: open faced egg sandwiches with thyme pesto and lemon cream
    sat: roast chicken, faux mashed potatoes

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    Sanjana

    Sun: Cheesy Red Bean Cakes with Salad (HTCEVeg)
    Mon: Spinach dal with rice and stir fried veggies
    Tues: Turkey Burgers with sweet potato fries
    Wed: Leftovers
    Thur- Sun: not sure, but we’ll be in SF! Woohoo!!!!

  14. 14
    Jackie

    Hey Jane! Happy New Year. This past week we spent tok much money on snack foods for Christmas and new years. So we are scrounging this week to make up for it!

    – oven puff pancakes, turkey sausage, and fruit
    – teriyaki chicken breasts and classic pasta salad with corn
    – chicken and cheese quesadillas with spanish rice
    – BBQ chicken salads

    as you can see alot of chicken this week, but that’s okay with us.
    Also Im going to be making gourmet Popsicles with my new zoku maker! Yay! It’s so fun!

  15. 15
    Jenny

    Sunday: Spaghetti Squash with Chorizo and Kale, rolls, fruit
    Monday: Spicy Beef Stir Fry, rice, egg rolls
    Tuesday: Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches on Homemade buns, Sweet Potato fries, fruit salad
    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Johnny Garlic’s salmon, rice, green beans
    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Spaghetti, salad, breadsticks
    Friday: Hubby’s out with friends, Breakfast for dinner?
    Saturday: Garlic-Rosemary Pork Roast, mashed potatoes, Carrots

  16. 16
    Stella

    Part of my resolution is to try and save my family money and I FIRMLY believe that meal planning is going to help with that!!

    Sunday- Beef Stroganoff, egg noodles, carrots

    Monday- Brakfast for dinner

    Tuesday- Pasta

    Wednesday- Pizza

    Thursday- Leftovers

    Friday- Chicken Fajita Nachos

    Saturday- At a friend’s house

    • Jane Maynard

      it DEFINITELY helps with that. my grocery shopping is so focused…I only buy stuff on my list, and all of those things get used (usually!) 🙂

  17. Monday: Chicken Fajitas
    Tuesday: Black Bean Soup
    Wednesday: Ziti Bake
    Thursday: Pizza
    Friday: Mexican Lasagna
    Saturday: we’re trying the Tuscan Tomato Soup 🙂
    Sunday: Left Overs

  18. 18
    Beth

    Seriously, I am hating cooking right now. I just don’t want to spend so much time in the kitchen and all the fun recipes have expensive ingredients and the cheap ingredient casseroles make me want to throw up. Maybe having a 1yr old that cries every time I enter the kitchen has something to do with this. Either I cook one-handed or I let him cry. Or let him make a tremendous mess with something on the floor to distract him. Help! I am so uninspired!

    • Hey Beth! I have been there!! 2 of my 3 kiddos would only sleep for about 30 minutes at a time and I got pretty good at “prestaging” dinner. If you can manage to get everything ready in shifts it helps a lot. I never did it, but my SIL had great success cooking several recipes of something at once and then freezing. Hang in there, he won’t be 1 forever 🙂

    • Hey Beth–I have been there as well! I started putting my foot down when my first baby hit 9months old. She would never let me cook, so I bought toys that she could ONLY play with on the floor of the kitchen. I also put music on now when I cook. My kids are pretty used to the fact that when the music turns on and mama is in the kitchen, unless they are dying, they need to keep themselves busy. If you let him cry, he’ll eventually get over it. You can also bribe him with snacks! Snacks ALWAYS keep kids busy! Good luck!!!

    • Soybeanlover

      We’ve had similar issues. I’ve done a lot of one handed cOoking, but I find that kid involvement helps. My almost two year old is great at shredding lettuce, everyone loves to stir or pour stuff into a bowl. I also find that nap time prep work helps a ton. I also let the kids throw stuff into a pot before it goes to the stove. Also snacks are a fabulous idea. Good luck!

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m so glad others are piping in! I’ve been lucky in that I’ve never been in a phase like this with my kids, but it is definitely common! just hang in there! everyone else’s suggestions are awesome. my friend nikki is really good at getting her 1-year-old involved in the kitchen – she’ll just get out lots of bowls, spoons, measuring cups, give him some flour or beans and let him have at it at the kitchen table while she cooks. I thought that was great when she told me about it.

      HANG IN THERE!!! 🙂

    • Sigh… thank you all for your thoughtful replies. I sincerely appreciate it. I will try the music and special toys and nap time prep. Nap time is sacred and it is hard to decide how to spend my time, lol! I’ve also got a little etsy store to nurse along but right now I think I’d better just stick to the basics so I don’t drive myself crazy. Whining kiddos (3 boys 1-6) really drag me down. I made some “yummy oatmeal” this morning with fun stuff in it and my 4yr old had a meltdown because a raisin hit his tooth hard. I told him it was a super food and would make him have super energy all day and he cheered up a bit. 🙂

      Also the freezing meals would be a good idea too. I used to do more of that and it sort of died off! Thank you again.

    • Jane Maynard

      beth – I feel you on nap time, I savor every minute they sleep and can’t bring myself to cook during that time! 😉

  19. Menu planning is a given for me – I live at Sugarloaf, ME and it is 15 miles one way to a somewhat useful grocery store, and 45!! minutes one way to a large one. This week includes two trips back to MA, so especially crazy.

    Sunday: Pasta fagoli and focaccia – serves two purposes, I can add them to my food blog this week, and take the soup to lunch (I work as a ski instructor during the day.)

    Monday: I’m on the road after work, left marinated chicken teriyaki breasts for my husband and son.

    Tuesday: Arrive back in ME late, but I braised some beef in homemade porter today, so that will be ready to go when I get home.

    Wednesday: Company for dinner. I’ll bring fish back with me from civilization (MA). Something quick to whip up after work; the details will evolve as I stop by the grocers.

    Thursday: Braise leftovers in a sandwich, good bagette, onions, cheese, with salad.

    Friday: Yes, more braise (big piece of meat). Chopped up, becomes a meat ragu, over pasta.

    Saturday: Out with friends (back to MA)

    The meat for a braise – beef, pork, or lamb are the cheapest cuts you can buy, and usually serve me for multiple meals. I can’t think of another way to eat as well, inexpensively.

    • Jane Maynard

      I can’t imagine living so far from the store! I can definitely see why planning is a must!! 🙂

    • We live 45 min away from a larger store as well! We are lucky to have a local, though expensive, store in town. 🙂 Good luck!

  20. I haven’t been cooking too much during the holidays (thanks to mom and aunts!) so it’ll be fun to get back in the kitchen this week.

    Sunday: Pan Roasted Ribeye Steak (recipe upcoming!)

    Monday: Spaghetti Carbonara with peas (http://viveksurti.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/spaghetti-carbonara-my-way/)

    Tuesday: Roasted Squash Risotto with Sage, although I’ll probably use butternut squash instead of zucchini/yellow squash (http://viveksurti.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/meatless-monday-roasted-squash-risotto/)

    Wednesday: Tilapia with Lemon Basil Sauce (http://viveksurti.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/fish-friday-tilapia-with-lemon-basil-sauce/)

    Thursday: Tomato Soup (http://viveksurti.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/the-perfect-tomato-soup/) and Grilled Cheese (http://viveksurti.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/mozzarella-en-carozza-mozzarella-in-a-carriage/)

    Friday-Sunday: I’m going out of town to Houston, so no cooking there!

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    Heidi

    Sun – pork roast
    Mon – Meatloaf
    Tues – Shrimp and pasta
    Wed. Tortellini and chicken
    Thur – Crockpot Meatball soup
    Fri – Work Party
    Sat – eat out!!!

  22. Ok, I”m back after a big menu planning break due to first trimester sleepy mama mode!

    Monday: Chicken parm & Spaghetti

    Tuesday: Middle eastern meatballs & rice pilaf

    Wednesday: Fried chuck steak with Mash & salad

    Thursday: Fried chicken cutlet with mac & cheese

    Friday: Slow cooked Brisket with Rice

    Saturday: Shephard’s Pie using leftover Mash from Wednesday night!

    Sunday: dinner at the inlaws!

    Happy New Year everyone!

  23. 23
    Suzi

    a new year is always a great way to get inspired. I swear, I’ve accomplished more in the past two days than I did the two weeks before that! (c:

    Sunday – leftover black eyed peas, collards and corn bread [what a fun New Year’s tradition!]
    Monday – Beef, black bean and corn empanadas [sitting in the fridge now just ready to bake]
    Tuesday – homemade pizza with spinach, bacon and white sauce with a side salad
    Wednesday – vegetarian tortilla soup (http://twopeasandtheirpod.com/recipe-for-vegetarian-tortilla-soup/)
    Thursday – spaghetti with red sauce and spinach and feta meatballs
    Friday – brie and pear quesadillas (http://twopeasandtheirpod.com/pear-brie-and-honey-quesadilla/) and side salad

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    Nikki CB

    Your family looks very cool in that photo. Not that you guys don’t ALWAYS look really cool. 🙂

  25. Too much junk food = bad meals…. Hopefull this week will go better. Since I’m off vacation and back to work, we are starting off the week with a simple plan.

    Saturday:poker night at a friends
    Sunday:ciopinno
    Monday:leftovers
    Tuesday: lemon chicken
    Wednesday:Tuscan Tomato soup and grilled cheese
    Thursday:book club – eat out
    Friday:tacos

  26. 26
    Lisa

    Sunday- White Chicken Chili (Cook’s Illustrated, Best Light)

    Monday- Sweet and Sour CHicken (from Brown Eyed Baker), YOUR vegetable fried rice (we love these recipes)

    Tuesday- Tuscan Vegetable Soup (ahhhh!)

    Wednesday- Stuffed Shells (I was inspired by your blog post this morning- I use a basic recipe too but add a bit of thawed chopped spinach)

    Thursday & Friday- My husband is out of town, so it’s either leftovers or breakfast for dinner for myself and my son.

    Saturday- I’m not sure yet, I’m on the lookout for lump crab meat for crab cakes or something. I have more time to cook, so something more complex than weekday meals.

  27. I always come over & am a taker, so I thought I’d be a giver for once…New Year’s resolutions & all! 🙂

    Monday: Meatloaf, roasted veggies & bloomin’ onion bread
    Tuesday: Philly Cheesesteak, baby carrots & celery, chips
    Wednesday: Egg in the hole, ham steak & fruit
    Thursday: Creamy lemon chicken, parm. baby potatoes & veggies
    Friday: Twice baked potatoes
    Saturday: Chicken noodle soup & homemade bread
    Sunday: Dinner @ Mom’s house

  28. 28
    Sarah

    Monday- Colorful chicken casserole (Freezer Pleasers Cookbook, makes 2 meals worth!) + salad

    Tuesday- Repeat + salad

    Wednesday- Burgers and sweet potato fries

    Thursday- Spag (with leftover meat) + salad

    Friday/Saturday- New chicken casserole recipe

  29. 29
    Sierra

    Tuesday is my return to work after 4 glorious months of maternity leave. Meal planning more important than ever, I have been cooking and stocking the freezer.

    M – salsa chicken (365 days of crockpotting blot) on tortillas & salad
    T – lentil soup, roasted cauliflower
    W – spaghetti, green beans
    Th – pesto tortellini & veg, salad
    F – huevos quinoa-vos (girls gone child)
    S- leftovers
    S – roast chicken

  30. 30
    kidkopf

    Well, after weeks of not posting a menu and (really) staying one step ahead of the meals coming at me, I am now faced with a completely “normal” week, with time for cooking and NO unusual, food-centric events, and guess what? I was not at all inspired about the meun. It took me quite a while to pull this together, so be thankful, people! 😉

    Mon: Holiday leftovers from freezer
    Tues: Breakfast for dinner: French toast, sausage, fruit
    Weds: “Pizza” fish, orzo, something green, baked apples
    Thurs: Chicken merlot in crockpot, baked squash & carrots
    Fri: Not sure–leftovers or pizza?
    Sat: Stuffed peppers with rice
    Sun: Not planned yet.

    Happy New Year

  31. 31
    Vicki

    That’s so great that your little ones will eat something like coleslaw!! Here’s my menu 🙂

    Monday – Sweet Pork Sandwiches w/fruit salad & salty chips
    Tuesday – Repeat night
    Wednesday – Pancakes & sausage links
    Thursday – Baked Teriyaki Chicken w/steamed broccoli & red potatoes
    Friday – Repeat night
    Saturday – Burgers on the grill w/french fries & tator tots
    Sunday – Rolled Up Enchiladas (crockpot meal) with corn & rice

    Happy New Year!

    • Jane Maynard

      well, at least they do for now…I need to get as much cole slaw in as possible before they turn on me! 😉

  32. 32
    Kelly

    I’m getting inspired to eat out less and try some new recipes this year, so here goes:

    M – Crustless Garden Quiche
    T – Arroz con Pollo
    W – tacos
    T – some kind of pasta w/breadsticks
    F-Sun – out of town

  33. 33
    Bri

    Monthly meal plan went up, as always, on the last day of December! We’re really doing a lot of veg., chicken, pasta, etc. this week (and well into the month) to try to make up for all the meat and indulgences that we ate over the holidays. Check out the plan here: http://redroundorgreen.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/first-meal-plan-of-the-year/

  34. 34
    Tamara

    My veggie-hating 6-year old actually said he liked the brussels sprouts I served last night. I thought I’d press my luck and serve them a second time to see if it’s more than a one-time thing.

    Sunday – Garlic lemon shrimp, roasted brussels sprouts, crusty bread
    Monday – whole chicken in the crockpot, butternut squash ravioli, salad
    Tuesday – Seared scallops with snow peas and orange with couscous
    Wednesday – Chicken enchiladas with Monday leftovers
    Thursday – Ginger pork chops, sweet potato fries, brussels sprouts
    Friday – pizza
    Saturday – out

  35. 35
    Jenny

    Thanks to the poster who pointed me to the Santa Fe Chicken over at Epicurious the other week — it was delicious, and is definitely going into the rotation!

    Sunday – Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, steamed broccoli
    Monday – Beef burgundy (in the slow-cooker), buttered potatoes, green peas
    Tuesday – Pork chops with chipotle-pecan butter, mashed sweet potatoes, spinach salad
    Wednesday – Clam chowder, crusty bread, salad
    Thursday – Leftovers or breakfast for dinner
    Friday – Pizza

  36. 36
    Michelle

    I am excited to start my new year’s resolution to minimize trips to the grocery store. We are expecting our 2nd child in April, so trying to get a good habit now will pay dividends later. I am so inspired by all of you on here and this is a great blog that I will add to my “surf” list. Thanks for all the info!!!
    Here’s my meal plan for this week.
    Sunday: grilled Steak, Caesar Salad, Rosemary Potatoes and Roll
    Monday: Pulled pork & coleslaw (thanks for the idea!)
    Tuesday: Smoked Turkey, ?? (Dinner @ Inlaws since sick on NewYears)
    Wednesday: Manicotti (some with spinach), remainder of salad,
    Thursday: Baked Chicken, mashed Potatoes, mixed veggies
    Friday: Beef Stroganoff (found @ allrecipes)
    Saturday: FFY (already learned the lingo) 🙂

  37. 37
    Wendy

    I’ll have family in town, and if I don’t plan the meals it will end up costing a fortune!

    Mon- turkey and wild rice casserole
    Tues- meatloaf, mac n cheese
    Wed- dinner at Aunt’s house
    Th- homemade pizza
    Fri- Chicken and cheese enchiladas
    Sat- wedding
    Sun- leftovers

  38. 38
    Jane Maynard

    As always, LOVE LOVE LOVE all your comments and menus! I read every one! 🙂 Keep it coming! 🙂

  39. 39
    Michelle

    Okay, I have been planning my menus for a long time but this is the first time I am posting them. I love this site and look at it all the time for ideas!

    sun-Chicken Fried Steak
    mon-baked potato with an egg on top..my family loves this
    tue-sausage polenta bake
    wed-pulled pork in the crockpot
    thur-leftovers
    fri and sat our son has basketball games so we eat alot of snacks
    sun-lasagna

    Have a great week everyone!

  40. menu #9 sunday january 2nd

    Sunday: family dinner
    Monday: spicy roasted tomato soup with bread sticks
    Tuesday: lamb shanks braised with tomatoes over creamy polenta
    Wednesday: pot roast with potatoes and roasted kale and goat cheese salad
    Thursday: eggs poached in a curried tomato sauce with bacon and fruit
    Friday: leftovers or take out
    Dessert: whole wheat brownies

    http://sweetflours.blogspot.com/2011/01/menu-planning-9-sunday-january-2nd.html

  41. M: White chicken enchiladas with verde sauce, fruit salad
    T: Pasta with ragu sauce (leftover) and fresh salad
    W: Pork souvlaki with tzatziki sauce and greek salad
    Th:Chicken with mustard cream over spinach and orzo
    F: Homemade pizza
    S: Hoisin and garlic country ribs with napa cabbage (slowcooker)
    Su: Meatloaf, crispy roasted potatoes, sweet peas

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    Angie

    I’m just getting back into planning out my meals for the week after the holidays. It’s so nice to get back into the routine!!

    Sun: Chicken & Dumplings
    Mon: Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya
    Tue: Chicken Chili
    Wed: Tamale Casserole
    Thu: Chicken, Sausage & Rice Soup
    Fri: Apple Cider Braised Chicken
    Sat: Leftovers or out to eat.

  43. 43
    Karen

    My new year’s resolution is to cook more, which basically means I need to start meal planning. This blog really inspires me, so I thought I should finally submit my meal plan. Here’s my first menu of the new year.

    Sunday – Southwest Chicken Alfredo, Grilled Asparagus
    Monday – Hamburger Mushroom Soup,Rice, Green Beans
    Tuesday – Chicken Fajitas
    Wednesday – Rice Krispie Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli
    Thursday – Mushroom and Swiss Hamburgers
    Friday – Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Saturday – Out

  44. 44
    ambie

    Sun- Steak broccoli and mashed potatoes
    Mon- Cranberry Chicken with pineapple and rice
    Tues- Pork Chops with tomatos and onions with left over mashed potatoes
    Wed- Left over steak for Steak salad
    Thur- Breaded Chicken with a cheese broccoli sauce with more broccoli and rice
    Fri- Pizza
    Sat- Left overs

  45. 45
    Stephanie

    i have almost always made a meal plan for every week. thats how we know what we need for groceries for the week. i just found this website so here is this weeks
    Monday; streak-n-shake emergancy meal
    Tuesday; dad’s spaghetti and broiled bread
    Wednesday; pulled pork
    Thursday; Chicken chili
    Friday; tatortot casserole
    Saturday; manacotti
    Sunday leftovers that didn’t get eaten at lunch.

  46. 46
    Nicole

    Ok, you’ve convinced me…not a resolution as I suck at those, but I am going to meal plan more. I actually resolved to buy more pre-made stuff, as I’ve been obsessed with trying to make stuff from scratch all the time and burned myself out. Yesterday stocked up on some frozen stuff from trader joes, after having to cook in a strange kitchen w/o my own food all last week. We managed to have both salmon and pizza twice in the week, plus leftover Christmas ham and turkey.

    Monday – orange chicken w/ broccoli and brown rice
    Tuesday – chicken mushroom pot pie
    Wed – pizza at a birthday party
    Thursday – late night for everyone, maybe pancakes
    Friday – soccer game, kids at grandparents 🙂
    Saturday – Donovan’s bday (about 5 kids in his class have bdays this week) – pizza at mini-golf most likely
    Sunday – mac n cheese since I’ll let him pick his bday meal

    Oh dear, I’ll be cooking up more next week.

  47. 47
    Lis

    M – Grandma’s leftovers
    T – Burritos with Refried Beans and Gr. Beef
    W – Chili Cheese Mac (use half gr. beef from day before)
    Th – Chicken Curry w/ rice, steamed brocc on side
    Fri – Homemade Pizza with leftovers in fridge
    Sat – Leftovers

  48. 48
    jess

    This week we’re back home and back to work!

    Spaghetti with homemade noodles (had to try out my new pasta machine!)
    Crispy Chicken and Oven baked potatoes
    Spanish Rice
    Sweet and sour Pork and Peaches with Quinoa
    Fettucine (homemade again hopefully!)with chicken and mushrooms.

  49. 49
    Tessa

    Darn, I thought I posted my menu last night but now I don’t see it. Oh well, here goes again:

    Monday – cheeseburgers and fried potatoes (eek, way to start off the new year..must be healthier!)
    Tuesday – out
    Wednesday – tuna casserole
    Thursday – lasagna
    Friday – out

  50. 50
    Bea

    Can I still plan my week on Tuesday?
    Mon: Indian Butter Chicken, rice
    Tues: Butternut Squash with Blue Cheese and Pecans, Sausage, Salad (http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/butternut-squash-with-pecans-and-blue-cheese-8),
    Wed: Bacon and tomato macaroni casserole, broccoli (http://annullacooks.blogspot.com/2006/09/nigella-lawsons-favorite-pastas-2.html)
    Thurs: Leftovers
    Fri: BLTs
    Sat: Prune stuffed pork chops, hominy, spinach (http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=10000000701097 but no prosciutto, more plums)
    Sun: Frozen crabcakes leftover from New Years, potatoes (Pioneer Woman’s garlic mash if I’m feeling ambitious), salad

    • Jane Maynard

      of course you can plan your week on tuesday…you can plan any day you like and post whenever you want! 🙂

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    Amanda

    Monday: Frozen pizza (just got back from the holiday trip)
    Tuesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Wednesday: Leftovers
    Thursday: Mark Bittman’s Stir Fry
    Friday: Leftovers (hopefully)
    Saturday: Eat Out

    Would you be willing to post the recipe for your Caprese Paninis? They always sound so good!

    • Jane Maynard

      yes! I’ll do a post for sure…will make sure to take some photos this week when we have them! 🙂

  52. Wow – so many menu ideas on your blog this week…I planned my menu but am late posting it. I’ll have to read back through all the comments for some ideas for next week’s menu 🙂

    Sunday: Homemade pizza
    Monday: Slow Cooker Beef Brisket over Garlic Parmesan Mash (Haute Apple Pie blog)
    Tuesday: Leftovers
    Wednesday: Chicken Mushroom Quesadillas
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: Chicken Tikka Masala
    Saturday: ??? – Leftovers

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    Jessica

    oooh I love sourdough waffles! They are easy (provided you have a good starter to use) and taste great. I make them often, and even freeze them. snap apart in the morning, pop in toaster, and it’s a better choice than Eggos.

    Sun – chicken tenders, baked fries, broccoli
    Mon – Beef & Bean Burritos
    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/07/brown-hot-and-plenty-of-it-vol-i/
    Tues – Homemade veggie pizza
    Wed – carribean jerk pork & veggies in crock, rice
    Thurs – spaghetti & meatballs
    Fri – Bacon & eggs

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    Janna M

    I don’t normally make resolutions but I hope to bake more bread and experiment with different grains and vegetables. I’d love to join a CSA but I’m afraid of the commitment and vast amounts of kale. Maybe a half share would be better for me.
    Sat- spaghetti & meatballs
    Sun-takeout pizza (my dad insisted on buying)
    Mon- pulled pork sandwiches
    Tue-chicken parm
    Wed-hamburgers
    Thur-leftovers
    Fri-French toast

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    Jane Maynard

    I am ecstatic over all your menus – and for how many of you have made meal planning a resolution. love it!!!

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    Lily

    Sunday: I made a big pot of veggie chili
    Monday: tortellini w/pesto sauce, garlic bread
    Tuesday: veggie stir fry, spring rolls, jasmine rice
    Wednesday: pasta & marinara, green beans & salad
    Thursday: chili & cornbread muffins
    Friday: grilled cheese and tomato soup (my daughter’s favorite!)
    Saturday: OUT!

  57. I’m waaayyy late, but I keep visiting this page and considering this menu planning idea. I’m digging the breakfast-for-dinner thing! Here’s what’s happening this week:

    S: Dinner out
    M: Soup
    T: Turkey Sausage/Rice/Stir fry veggies
    W: Chili
    T: Ravioli w/ pesto
    F: Whatever’s left

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    collette

    This is definitely one of my goals for this year but it has to wait until I’m off the couch and back on my feet!

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    christy

    love the pic Jane! Cate looks so tall! Miss you all!
    oxox
    oh and yes, you have made meal planning cool!

  60. Please tell me this is Carmel and that Nate isn’t crazy enough to surf in Monterey. Seriously, that surf is dangerous.

    But what a great photo!

  61. weekly planning…
    hhhmmmppp….thinking of it.
    I like eating out…
    My favorite is McDonalds.

  62. I am just starting this up again after a five-month absence courtesy my new baby boy. I am an organization nerd so I made these really cute meal planning worksheets that actually make me want to use them and stick to planning!

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