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  1. 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 ūüôā

    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!


  2. 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!


  3. 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 ‚Ästthe 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!


  4. Wednesday, December 28

    Week 518 Menu

    Happy holidays, friends! This week’s menu is pretty much non-existent! ūüėČ 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!


  5. 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! ūüôā

    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:


  6. Tuesday, December 13

    Week 516 Menu

    Dear Blog,

    Are you feeling neglected? Well, that’s because you are. But I still love you!

    Sincerely,

    Jane

    Oh my goodness, friends. Life is kicking my butt. I am barely getting meal plans together at this point, hence the late posting! I want to thank you loyal menu sharers in particular for commenting each week with your menus – they are truly so helpful and inspirational!

    Okay, here is my quick and dirty menu for this week…which will probably totally not happen but at least I’m trying!

    MONDAY:
    – Corner Bakery Cafe…again. (Free kids meals rule!)

    TUESDAY:
    – French Toast

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Beef Stroganoff (from Costco)
    Glazed Carrots

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Birthday dinner! We are going to see Rogue One and then Birthday Girl #1 has requested takeout burgers eaten in the living room watching Gilmore Girls. Her birthday cake will look like a hamburger.

    SATURDAY:
    – Birthday party! We’re doing pizza takeout to fuel a fun-filled sleepover for Birthday Girl #2 of the week!

    SUNDAY:
    – Honestly, no clue what we’ll eat on Sunday. I just need to survive two birthdays first and then think about that!

    Wish me luck on surviving the next week! And, as usual, please share your dinner plans in the comments!


  7. Tuesday, December 6

    Week 515 Menu

    Hello friends!

    classic pumpkin pie with homemade pie crust at @janemaynard

    Oh man, I am the worst lately! But I have a good reason for not getting my weekly meal plan together yet this week…I spent Sunday and Monday cooking up a¬†second Thanksgiving feast for the year! So, you know, I was arm deep in pie crust and mashed potatoes, making it difficult to type on a computer. Anyway, my menu this week reflects most people’s menus the week of Thanksgiving, something for which I am very grateful!

    MONDAY:
    Thanksgiving Feast!
    Turkey
    Classic Mashed Potatoes
    Classic Stuffing
    Gravy
    Crescent Rolls
    Cranberry Slush
    – Cranberry Sauce
    Sweet Potato Souffle
    -Pies: Pumpkin, Crumble Apple Pie, Chocolate Chip Pie

    TUESDAY:
    – Thanksgiving leftovers

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Thanksgiving leftovers

    THURSDAY:
    Turkey Soup with Rice

    FRIDAY:
    – Christmas party!

    SATURDAY:
    – Another Christmas party!

    SUNDAY:
    – Leftovers or breakfast of eat out, whatever makes the most sense!

    Hopefully you all haven’t given up on me and are still there to post menus! Post away! And have a wonderful week!


  8. Tuesday, November 29

    Week 514 Menu + Giving Tuesday!

    Happy Giving Tuesday! I am just loving¬†that this day grows more and more¬†each¬†year! Before we get to this week’s menu (um, how is it Tuesday already? ACK!), I just wanted to share this with you…

    Giving Tuesday #GoatSquadGoals from @janemaynard

    Isn’t that goat cute? And the little hands holding him up are pretty cute, too! This goat is part of the Goat Squad and the kids and I will be taking pictures of him later today to share on social media to support Heifer International. Last year¬†I traveled to Malawi to meet Heifer farmers and to witness¬†the transformative effect Heifer has had, not only on individual lives but on¬†families and entire villages. If you’re looking to join in on the #GoatSquadGoals Giving Tuesday fun, you can donate to Heifer here. I’ve seen first hand the good your money will do. In fact, it’s not just “good” it’s AMZING.¬†If you want to specifically target your funds to go to the people of Malawi, click here.

    In the spirit of Giving Tuesday and Thanksgiving, I am feeling especially grateful that I get to¬†¬†plan my family’s menu for the¬†week, even though I am late! Sorry there is no fancy printable menu and shopping list this week. We’re lucky I’m getting anything planned at all!

    MONDAY:
    – Ate out at Corner Bakery Cafe (seriously, the free kid’s meals…our whole family ate for $15 and it was great food. I’m hooked!)

    TUESDAY:
    – I’m gonna be honest, we’re going to eat at Luna Grill…more free kid’s meals and I haven’t gotten to the store yet since our trip!

    WEDNESDAY:
    ‚ÄstPesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches
    ‚Äď Fruit and¬†carrots

    THURSDAY:
    ‚ÄstCaprese Paninis

    FRIDAY:
    ‚Äď Breakfast for dinner:¬†waffles¬†and smoothies

    SATURDAY:
    – Thanksgiving dinner! We had an amazing feast with our family in Utah, but we are wishing we had leftovers of our own here at home! I am cooking different Thanksgiving foods all week so that it will be easy to pull together on Saturday.

    SUNDAY:
    – Leftovers!

    Your turn! Please share your menus for the week, even though we’re a few days later than normal!


  9. Sunday, November 20

    Week 513 Menu, THANKSGIVING and ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ is Almost Here!

    Happy Thanksgiving Week! I’m going old-school-This-Week-for-Dinner and doing a weekly menu post filled with all kinds of stuff. Here we go!

    THIS WEEK’S MENU

    We were originally going to be hosting Thanksgiving here at our home, but plans have changed and now we’re driving to Utah to be with family there. Which means I don’t need to plan a menu for this week because we’ll be traveling. But if YOU have a menu planned for this week, please share it in the comments!

    classic pumpkin pie with homemade pie crust at @janemaynard

    THANKSGIVING!

    This November I’ve been feeling a lot of gratitude. Things have also been a little quiet here on the blog, on my podcast and on my social media channels. You see, two weeks ago I was in a car accident. I’m not going to get into details for now, and I am recovering very well. That said, the accident was scary and unexpected. In the end, though, it could have been so much worse and, from the moment the car came to a stop and I knew I was okay, I felt nothing but gratitude throughout the entire experience. That gratitude carried me through. And now, entering the busiest time of year, I’ve not only been forced to slow down, but I’ve also thought a lot about just how lucky and blessed I am. Instead of feeling frustrated by not being able to do more this November I’m just taking it in stride and letting it be a positive experience. Here’s to a holiday season that is less about the busy and more about the gratitude and love.

    That is why I haven’t been posting much or sharing any new recipes for Thanksgiving. But that’s okay, I’ve got tons of great Thanksgiving content on the blog¬†already. If you’re looking for assistance for the big feast this week, I have some links you need to peruse!

    If you have your Thanksgiving feast planned, please share that in the comments! Links to recipes always welcome!

    We can't wait to bingewatch "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" on Netflix this Thanksgiving weekend! Woohoo!

    GILMORE GIRLS IS ALMOST HERE!

    Forget the accident, I think the new Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life episodes airing on Netflix the day after Thanksgiving is why I am feeling truly grateful this year. Just kidding! (Mostly.)

    Netflix sent me an¬†adorable package filled with goodies to help us enjoy¬†the new episodes. I’m still not sure if I’m going to bingewatch or spread out the new episodes, but the mailer got me and my girls watching old episodes together this weekend and it’s been so much fun. Nate is still flummoxed by the fact I can watch Gilmore Girls over and over and¬†over again. (To be honest, I’m a little flummoxed by it myself.) Psst…I have an inside source who has already seen the new episodes. This little birdie didn’t give me any details (it’s a good birdie) but she did say that the new episodes are SO GOOD. Are you as excited as I am?!?!?! WOOHOO!!!!

    And with that I am DONE. I kind of love today’s post. I don’t have to plan a weekly menu (I know, ironic). THANKSGIVING! And GIMORE GIRLS! As I mentioned before, if you have a weekly menu and/or Thanksgiving plan to share in the comments, please do. And, of course, any and all discussion of the Gilmore Girls is welcome! Happy Thanksgiving Week!


  10. Monday, November 14

    Week 512 Weekly Menu

    Hello! Once again I’m a day late and a dollar short, but at least I’m still getting my meal plan done! I won’t got into details, but I was in bed a lot last week and am finally feeling better, so here we go!

    Week 512 Weekly Dinner Menu + Ingredients List including FREE printable from @janemaynard

    MONDAY:
    – Corner Bakery Cafe takeout – kids eat free night ūüôā

    TUESDAY:
    ‚ÄstPesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches
    ‚Äď Fruit and¬†carrots

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Spaghetti Bolognese
    – Salad

    THURSDAY:
    – Sausage with red beans and rice
    – Salad

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out/Takeout night

    SUNDAY:
    – Breakfast for dinner: Waffles and Smoothies

    Click here for the printable PDF of the menu and ingredients list.

    As usual, your menus from last week were such a help as I planned, so, thank you!

    Your turn! Please share your weekly menu in the comments! Thanks and have a great week!