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  1. Monday, February 20

    Week 526 Weekly Menu

    We had fun exploring Joshua Tree and Idyllwild this weekend (I love long weekends!), so I’m just now sitting down to plan the weekly menu. Here we go!

    Week 526 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable PDF with dinner plan and ingredients list!

    MONDAY:
    Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

    TUESDAY:
    – Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches
    – Fruit and carrots

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Rigatoni with Bolognese Sauce
    – Salad

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Caprese Paninis

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    Waffles and Smoothies

    Click here or on the menu image above for a free PDF print-out of the menu and ingredients list.

    You know the drill! Please leave your own meal plans in the comments! Thank you!


  2. Monday, February 13

    Week 525 Weekly Menu

    Happy Monday! Just sitting down now to get my menu down on paper. You know, I am really happy that (so far) I’m sticking with my 2017 resolution of cooking dinner more often…it’s awesome for so many reasons. HOWEVER…I have to come up with a whole new menu each week. There is definitely more thinking involved and I’m not sure I approve. 😉

    Week 525 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including dinner meal plan and ingredients list!

    MONDAY:
    Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

    TUESDAY:
    Chicken Soup with Rice

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Homemade Hamburgers (click here for a tip)
    – Carrot sticks and chips

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Loaded Nachos and Hummus Guacamole Dip

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Roasted Vegetable Scrambles + Smoothies

    Click here or on image above for FREE printable PDF with dinner meal plan and ingredients list!

    You know the drill! If you feel so obliged, please leave your own meal plans for the week in the comments! Thank you!


  3. Monday, February 6

    Week 524 Weekly Menu

    Happy Monday! We got a little tied up with our Super Bowl watching and eating yesterday so I didn’t do my usual Sunday weekly menu planning. But that doesn’t mean it’s not happening…here we go!

    Week 524 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable PDF with dinner meal plan and ingredients list

    I have a couple carry-over items from last week because things shifted, as they do…

    MONDAY:
    Indian Tacos with Easy Tandoori Chicken and Raita

    TUESDAY:
    – Bean and Cheese Burritos with Sautéed Peppers & Onions

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Vegetarian Curry in a Hurry (instead of chicken, cauliflower, peas and paneer)

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Breakfast for Dinner: Roasted Vegetable Scrambles + Smoothies

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli

    Click here or on the image above for a free PDF with the dinner meal plan and ingredients list.

    Your turn! Share those menus!


  4. Sunday, January 29

    Week 523 Weekly Menu

    Hello again! We’re almost at the end of the first month of 2017 and I am consistently sticking with our dinner meal plan each week. And I am sooooo much happier these days. It’s just better to cook at home for so many reasons and I’m grateful I’m back in the groove! Okay, so let’s get onto the next menu!

    Week 523 Weekly Menu with FREE printable PDF of the meal plan and shopping list from @janemaynard

    MONDAY:
    Indian Tacos with Easy Tandoori Chicken and Raita

    TUESDAY:
    Chicken Marsala
    – Salad

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Breakfast for Dinner: Roasted Vege
    table Scrambles + Smoothies

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Super Bowl: Nachos, 7-Layer Dip, Chips and the like! I think I’ll throw a salad in there, too. 😉
    Sweet Chex Mix

    Click here or on the image above for a free printable PDF with the meal plan and ingredients list for this week!

    Your turn! Tell us what you’ve got cookin’ this week! Thank you! (Oh, and GO PATRIOTS!)


  5. Sunday, January 22

    Week 522 Weekly Menu

    Can’t believe it’s time for another menu…the weeks go by too quickly! This week we are going with cozy foods. I am absolutely loving that we are having weather in San Diego right now – the best!

    Week 522 Weekly Dinner Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable PDF with meal plan and ingredients list

    MONDAY:
    Chicken Kai Pa Lo

    TUESDAY:
    Tortilla Soup

    WEDNESDAY:
    Pot Roast
    – Mashed Potatoes and Salad

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Pat’s Asian Chicken Salad

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Breakfast for dinner night: Roasted Veggie Scramble & Smoothies

    Click here or on the image above for a free printable PDF of this week’s menu and ingredients list!

    I have been absolutely loving all of your menus every week – please keep it coming! And have a great week!


  6. Sunday, January 15

    Week 521 Weekly Menu

    Happy Sunday! We’re cruising right through January and I am so happy that I am cooking so much more again. Seriously, it makes me so happy! Here’s to keeping it up as sports get going again…I have faith I can do it! (Thinking positively makes it so, right?) Here’s this week’s menu…

    Week 521 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable dinner meal plan and ingredients list!

    MONDAY:
    – Dinner salad topped with grilled salmon

    TUESDAY:
    – Chicken Stry Fry

    WEDNESDAY:
    – I’m going to Disneyland with friends (no kids!), Nate is going to take the kids out to a local restaurant that is doing a fundraiser for Owen’s school 🙂

    THURSDAY:
    Baked Ziti (I’m going to cut the meet and try adding fresh mozzarella to the mix)
    – Salad

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    Sausage, Pepper & Onion Hoagies

    SUNDAY:
    – Chili

    Click here or on the image above for a free printable PDF of this week’s dinner meal plan and ingredients list.

    Last week was awesome – so many great menus, and they were a GREAT help as I planned this week’s menu! Thank you! As usual, please share your own meal plans in the comments below!


  7. Sunday, January 8

    Week 520 Weekly Dinner Menu

    Happy 2nd Week of January! Last week went great with my menu and I am starting this year off right in the kitchen. I’m actually excited about cooking again, which makes me so happy! Here’s what’s cooking this week…

    Week 520 Weekly Dinner Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable PDF meal plan and ingredients list!

    MONDAY:
    Barbecue Chicken Salad

    TUESDAY:
    Cora’s Mexican Ground Beef Tacos

    WEDNESDAY:
    Stuffed Shells

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Tuscan Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Pancakes, Eggs and Smoothies

    Click here or on the image above for a free printable PDF of this week’s dinner meal plan and ingredients list.

    You know the drill! This blog would be nearly as helpful without you all sharing your menus each week, too! Please tell us in the comments what you have cooking this week!


  8. Sunday, January 1

    Week 519 Weekly Menu + My 2017 New Year’s Resolution – Cook More!

    Happy New Year!

    Eat Well, Heal the Planet: This Week for Dinner 2017 New Year's Resolution - Cook More!

    Today I’m combining the weekly menu with my annual New Years Resolution post because they are closely related. Let’s talk about the resolution first then get on to the weekly menus, shall we?

    Every year I choose a resolution that helps our family to Eat Well and Heal the Planet. For 2017 my environmentally-friendly kitchen resolution is to, quite simply, cook more. And while the goal itself may seem simple, the reasoning behind it is more complex.

    This will be my eighth year where my New Year’s resolution is focused on how my behavior in the kitchen impacts the environment. These past seven years have been awesome and the resolutions have truly helped me become more conscious than ever about how my food choices impact Mother Earth. It’s been a transformative process for me and I hope my journey has had a positive impact on others, too.

    Last year our family’s food-environment resolution was to Waste Less Food. I started a compost bin, which is still going strong, and we’ve tried really hard to, well, waste less food! One of my biggest takeaways last year was that eating out was our family’s biggest source of food waste. Not only did more food get thrown away when eating out, but there was so much more garbage per person with takeout containers and the like. This is contributing factor #1 to this year’s resolution to cook more.

    Eat Well, Heal the Planet: This Week for Dinner 2017 New Year's Resolution - Cook More!

    I don’t want to jump on the whole “2016 was the worst” bandwagon, but I will tell you that, for personal reasons, 2016 was at times quite challenging and I cooked less this year than I have in probably a decade. I was dealing with SI joint dysfunction for much of the year, and then I had a crazy car accident in November, just as the holidays got going. Plus, you know, life is busy. Work, kids, etc, etc, etc…we all know how it goes. As a result, this year found me in the kitchen far less than usual. Making dinner became a source of stress and something I thought I didn’t have time for. By the end of the year, my decreased levels of cooking have really had me down. The last two weeks I’ve been cooking a lot more. I visited our weekly farmer’s market for the first time. I’ve thought a lot about my relationship to food and what it means to me. This is contributing factor #2 to this year’s resolution…so let’s talk about the resolution itself!

    I want to cook more! I want to feed my family better. I want to feed myself better. I want to care about my food again. I want to enjoy the cooking process. I want to be inspired by food rather than stressed by it. I want to go to my local farmer’s market and be inspired by the local, seasonal ingredients I find each week. And I want to help the environment – the best way I can do that in the kitchen is to simply COOK MORE.

    So, that’s the goal! Less eating out. More cooking. More getting back to the love of food and savoring the time it takes to prepare it.

    Are you with me? Are you already there? Share your tips if you are! And, in case you missed it, I wrote an article for Mom2.com in October where I shared my friends’ tips for cooking dinner every day, even when life gets crazy. There is some good stuff in there, I highly recommend you check it out!

    And now my first menu of 2017! Note: we are still going to eat out, but I’m limiting it to once a week! I will continue to post menus every weekend and hope you all will continue to share yours in the comments! I am beyond grateful for the interaction we have here on the blog and your menus are a true inspiration week after week!

    This Week for Dinner: Week 519 Weekly Dinner Menu, Including FREE Printable PDF & Ingredients List from @janemaynard

    MONDAY:
    Homemade pizza (as per the kids’ request!) – Margherita and Honey Goat Cheese

    TUESDAY:
    Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Green Salad Topped with Grilled Chicken

    THURSDAY:
    Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Roasted Vegetable Egg Scrambles and Smoothies

    Click here or on the menu graphic above to access this week’s free printable PDF of the menu and ingredients list!

    Your turn! Please share your menu in the comments…simple, fancy, whatever! And if you have any thoughts about this year’s resolution, please share those as well! Happy New Year and Happy Cooking!


  9. Wednesday, December 28

    Week 518 Menu

    Happy holidays, friends! This week’s menu is pretty much non-existent! 😉 I’m just relishing the holidays/leftovers/never knowing what we’re doing each day! But come this Sunday things are going to get REAL in the menu planning department. Brace yourselves!

    If you did happen to plan a menu this week, please share in the comments as usual!

    Happy Holidays!


  10. Tuesday, December 20

    Week 517 Menu

    Hello friends! December is just charging right along, isn’t it? Here is our menu for the week, which includes Christmas! Yay!

    christmas cookies from @janemaynard

    MONDAY:
    – Dinner at Legoland! 🙂

    TUESDAY:
    Carnitas tacos

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Leftover carnitas

    THURSDAY:
    Chicken Pot Pie (using leftover Thanksgiving turkey in the freezer!)

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftover chicken pot pie

    SATURDAY:
    – Chinese Takeout, our Christmas Eve tradition!

    SUNDAY:
    Swedish Meatballs
    Bulle/Vetebröd (Swedish cardamom bread)

    As usual please share your own dinner plans for the week! And Happy Holidays!

    * Cookie recipes pictured: