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  1. Tuesday, August 1

    Week 549 Menu…Cape Cod!

    It’s Tuesday. I said I’d have the menu post up on Sunday. And that did not happen because I”ve been too busy with staring at views like this….

    Falmouth, MA sunset July 31, 2017 @janemaynard

    I am, apparently, in serious vacation mode. But my goal this week is to finally share my Viking Lite chocolate cake recipe with you, no matter how much sunset gazing is happening.

    As usual, if you have a menu to share, please do so in the comments! Have a great week!


  2. Tuesday, July 25

    Week 548 Menu

    Well, I guess I am officially in vacation mode because I forgot to put up the weekly menu post on Sunday as promised! Sorry! This week we’re cooking pizza’s in a smoker, making pulled pork in the smoker and other delicious things. Also, one day in NYC! So, that’s the extent of my weekly menu planning. ūüėČ

    If you do have a menu planned and are ready to share, please put it in the comments below. Your menus are the best and great inspiration for so many!

    Have a great week!


  3. Sunday, July 16

    Week 547 Weekly Menu

    As responsible as I’ve been about meal planning the last two weeks, this week I am taking that planned-for vacation from the dinner plan! I am hopping on a plane with the kids tomorrow for¬†our annual East Coast trip, this time tooling around in a Toyota Prius. (I am pumped about spending¬†way less on gas this summer than we ever have!) I know in the next two week’s we’ll be having smoked pizza at some point, thanks to my brother, but beyond that I haven’t a clue. And I’m kind of excited about that!

    I won’t be totally MIA on the blog this coming month. I still need to share a special chocolate cake recipe with you soon, as well as a fun and silly grilling idea for summer. And who knows what other deliciousness will find it’s way onto the blog thanks to our travels. Plus this weekly post will go up no matter what, whether I plan a menu or not because I know some of you will!

    If you are one of those responsible ones with a menu planned this week, please put it in the comments below! THANK YOU!


  4. Monday, July 10

    Week 546 Weekly Menu

    Hi everyone! Okay, I have another meal plan…three cheers for being sort of organized in the middle of summer! ūüėČ

    Week 546 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable PDF with meal plan and ingredients list!

    MONDAY:
    –¬†Pat‚Äôs Asian Chicken Salad

    TUESDAY:
    Vegetarian Curry in a Hurry

    WEDNESDAY:
    Green Noodles

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Caprese Paninis

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Eat out night…again. We’ll be packing for our 4-week east coast trip, so just going to assume I won’t be cooking much that night!)

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

    If you have your own dinner plans pulled together, please share in the comments! Have a great week!


  5. Vegetarian Curry in a Hurry

    Hi friends! This is an evolution of a recipe I already have shared on the site, Curry in a Hurry. Click here to read about the origin of that recipe and if you love chicken. Today’s version, however, is vegetarian.

    Vegetarian Curry in a Hurry from @janemaynard

    I’ve gotta tell you, this vegetarian version of Curry in a Hurry is just as good as the original. Indian food just lends itself so beautifully¬†to vegetarian cooking.

    Vegetarian Curry in a Hurry from @janemaynardVegetarian Curry in a Hurry from @janemaynard | Homemade Paneer

    The first time I made this, I tried making paneer (a fresh cheese common in India) from scratch. It was delicious but took FOREVER. When I posted my paneer¬†on Instagram and lamented the amount of time it took, several of my friends said, “Well, it shouldn’t have taken¬†that¬†long.”¬†I followed this recipe from Aarti Party on the Food Network¬†and¬†I think the bottom line is that I could have increased the heat to speed things up. My paneer tasted great but when I discovered I could buy it at Sprouts, I¬†may have broken into a little Hallelujah chorus right there in the cheese section.¬†Maybe¬†one day I’ll try making it again. We’ll see…

    Vegetarian Curry in a Hurry from @janemaynard | Homemade PaneerVegetarian Curry in a Hurry from @janemaynard

    That’s about all I have to say about this recipe besides that fact¬†that it’s simple and delicious!

    If you want to try making baked homemade samosas, click here. The ones pictured in this post, however, are¬†from the freezer section at Sprouts…and they are delicious! I’m getting really good at cheating at my Indian food, eh?

    Vegetarian Curry in a Hurry from @janemaynard

    Vegetarian Curry in a Hurry
     
    Author:
    Ingredients
    • 1¬Ĺ tablespoons oil
    • ¬Ĺ of a small onion, chopped
    • 5 teaspoons curry powder
    • ¬Ĺ teaspoon garam masala
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 dried red chilies (I just used 1 so it wouldn't be too spicy for my kids)
    • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
    • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 3-5 cups fresh spinach
    • 1 cooked cauliflower florets
    • Half package frozen peas
    • 1 cup cooked potatoes, cubed
    • 1 can chickpeas
    • 8-12 ounces paneer, cubed
    Instructions
    1. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent.
    2. Add curry powder, garam masala, garlic and red chilies. Stir for one minute.
    3. Add coconut milk, tomatoes, tomato paste and simmer until thickens, stirring regularly.
    4. Add spinach, stir and cook until spinach as wilted. Add cauliflower, peas, potatoes and chickpeas and cook until heated through. Add paneer just before serving.
    5. Serve over rice.
    Notes
    You can do any combination of the vegetables and cheese above - you could leave out the paneer and just do the veggies, or do paneer with just one or two of the veggies. Basically it's totally flexible and the measurements do not have to be exact either!

     


  6. Sunday, July 2

    Week 545 Weekly Menu

    Hi friends! I am SO glad I didn’t plan a menu last week…so many times this past week at around 4:00 my kids were in the middle or pure summer “funness” and I couldn’t bear to tear them away to go make dinner. We had quite a few lame-o dinners, but it was totally worth it!

    Week 545 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable PDF with menu and ingredients list!

    This week I am planning a menu, mostly because I need a little guidance on my grocery shopping. I’m pretty certain we won’t be sticking to this completely, but at least we’ll have options and actual food in the house!

    MONDAY:
    РGrilled Chicken Fajitas

    TUESDAY:
    – Fourth of July BBQ! Hamburgers, hot dogs and the like!
    – I’m not entirely sure what our sides will be, but I think I’m going to make these Crispy Rosemary Potatoes per my little Anna’s request!

    WEDNESDAY:
    РHomemade Pizza (Honey Goat Cheese and Sausage Ricotta using this no-cook pizza sauce and crust recipe)

    THURSDAY:
    Braised Chicken with Rice and Veggies

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    Pat’s Asian Chicken Salad

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

    For those of you who have been diligently sharing your menus in the comments week after week, THANK YOU! Keep it coming! Share those menus!


  7. Friday, June 30

    Friday Show & Tell: NETFLIX!

    It’s been a wee bit since we talked TV here on the blog. And¬†I kind of need to because HOLY SMOKES Netflix has some so much goodness going on right now. I’ll just list a few of our recent favorite Netflix originals…and of course tell us in the comments what you’re loving on Netflix lately, too!

    Shows We’ve Watched and Loved

    Bloodline on Netflix

    Bloodline

    Who here has finished Bloodline? Do you hate it? Love it? For me¬†it took a few days of mulling everything over to come to the conclusion that I was “happy” with the ending. (Happy in quotes because, well, nothing in that show is actually for real happy, right?) ANYWAY…this was a great show! We are sad it’s over but loved watching the end.

    Master of None on Netflix

    Master of None

    We just started Master of None recently and are still on Season 1 but we love it. Apparently Season 2 is awesome, too. We aren’t sure why we didn’t watch this show until now but Nate and I are glad we finally did!

    A Series Of Unfortunate Events on Netflix

    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    A Series of Unfortunate Events¬†is a family-friendly show that every last member of our¬†family (including the adults!) loves. Cate, my 12-year-old, has seen the most episodes and she says they’re all awesome. We enjoyed watching it together as a family and honestly it’s so well done. We highly recommend it!

    Anne with an E on Netflix

    Anne with an E

    I was wary when I heard Netflix was going to remake the Anne of Green Gables series because, well, the original¬†PBS mini-series with Megan Follows from back in the day is just so darned beloved. Netflix’s Anne with an E has delivered! The show is¬†beautifully¬†done and I love it. It’s a little more real than the original (there are flashbacks to Anne’s abuse that are far more jarring than the PBS series), but for me this is one of the reasons the show is so good. It adds more depth to Anne and her experience. The casting and the shooting are both impeccable and, well, we love it! Anne is in good hands!

    Chef's Table on Netflix

    Chef’s Table

    As far as cooking shows go, I think Chef’s Table may be Nate’s and my favorite.

    The Great British Baking Show

    Okay, so this isn’t a Netflix Original, but The Great British Baking Show is streaming on Netflix once again and the girls and I are pumped! In addition, The Great British Baking Show Masterclass is also available, where Paul and Mary teach us now to cook. Yes, please!

    Shows We Need to Watch

    Glow on Netflix

    Glow

    Basically anything I see or hear about Glow declares that it is pure awesome. (For example, here is a review on The Atlantic¬†that declares the show a delight.) It’s next up on our list!

    OKJA on Netflix

    Okja

    The Netflix original film Okja¬†is supposed to be amazing. (Here’s a New York Times review that should whet your whistle.) My sister told us we¬†have to watch it. And so we will.

     

    I’m going to stop now because basically there simply¬†aren’t enough hours in the day and I want to make sure you get some sleep in, too. Happy watching!

    I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, which means I get a free Netflix subscription and some cool goodies occasionally. I was, however, a Netflix customer prior to my relationship with Netflix and have pretty much always been addicted to TV, so I am more than happy to work with them! This post was not compensated monetarily.


  8. Wednesday, June 28

    How Shopping at My Local Farmer’s Market Reinvigorated Life in the Kitchen…and Got Our Family Eating Healthier!

    This post is sponsored by the American Heart Association Healthy For Good movement. The views, opinions and positions expressed within this post belong to Jane Maynard of This Week for Dinner and do not necessarily represent those of The American Heart Association unless explicitly stated.

    Local Tomatoes from Cyclops Farms | Photo from @janemaynard

    My¬†new year’s resolution for 2017¬†was to cook more. I know it might seem strange to have a food blogger make this her resolution, but the fact of the matter was I had let cooking take the back burner (pun intended!). So, as 2017 kicked off, I decided to really focus on cooking again. And that focus has worked and made me a much happier person as a result.

    2016 was a rough year for several reasons that I won’t get into, but it really is no surprise that making dinner wasn’t a top priority for a good portion of the year. We were eating out a¬†ton, which always makes me uneasy because I know we’re consuming¬†way more calories, fat and sodium than we should be eating. There were a lot of pancake and cereal nights, too. I’ve made peace with how dinner went down in 2016 and have told myself “everything in its season.” But I am also feeling so good about the fact that I’ve been in the kitchen more this year, even during times that get especially busy.

    Cyclops Farms in Oceanside, CA | image from @janemaynard

    One of the keys to the success of this year’s resolution has been shopping at our local farmer’s market each week. There is a farmer’s market every¬†Wednesday¬†(all year!)¬†in my town and after 3 1/2 years into living here I had never visited. I KNOW. It’s just so weird because things like farmer’s markets and CSAs make me so happy! So, as part of the resolution to cook more, I started going to the market each week. We also discovered a small, organic farm smack dab in the middle of a nearby neighborhood that is perhaps the happiest place¬†in San Diego, with devoted shoppers and restaurateurs carefully selecting their produce each week.

    I cannot tell you how AWESOME this change in my life has been. First off, it’s fun telling my friends that I am going “to the market.” They think like I sound like a European grandmother and never quite know what I’m talking about.

    Cyclops Farms in Oceanside, CA | image from @janemaynard

    Beyond sounding like a European grandmother, going to the market each week has kept me much more in touch with what food is in season at any given time and our meals have reflected that natural seasonality more and more. And I love buying local Рmost of the farmers represented are located in my town or neighboring communities. I love knowing that our family is having a positive environmental impact through buying so much more of our food close to home.

    There’s been another unexpected benefit of going to the farmer’s market each week: my cooking has gotten more fun and creative. As you know, I’m totally about planning a weekly menu. My shopping list is¬†always¬†built around that plan and I rarely stray from the list when I am at the store. Going to the farmer’s market has gotten me to have a little more fun with our meals and add a bit of flexibility to the planning. Yes, I go into the market with a list, but I also let the fruits and vegetables that happen to be there that week drive what we eat. It’s made cooking fun and creative.¬†(If you‚Äôre looking for a little creative inspiration before your next shopping run, consider¬†shopping and serving the rainbow!)

    And, of course, the biggest benefit has been that we are eating¬†way¬†more homemade food, which is just plain healthier than takeout and most restaurant foods. I have been meaning to write this post about my new farmer’s market habit and the American Heart Association finally gave me the kick I needed to get it done. I am so happy to share my experience as part of their¬†Healthy For Good¬†campaign (did you know it‚Äôs National Fruit + Vegetable Month?), which encourages us all to Eat Smart, Add Color, Move More and Be Well.

    Remember that rough year I had in 2016? It kind of got me down. I felt uninspired and the stress of everything definitely caused me to rely too heavily on eating out. This post from the AHA about unhealthy eating as related to stress really spoke to me, especially numbers 2 and 6! I am telling you that this new focus I have had on nourishing myself and my family through food has been transformative. Yes, I still feel stress. Yes, I am still getting over some of that 2016 nonsense. But taking the time to focus on food has been amazingly uplifting. Plus, getting outside and walking for my grocery shopping sure has made life happier, too!

    I’m sure you’re wondering if I get all of my food at the farmer’s market…and the answer is no! First I hit the farmer’s market then pop over to my local grocery store to get other staples that weren’t at the market. I’ve never really loved food shopping, but now I look forward to it each week!

    So, that’s the update¬†on this year’s resolution to cook more. The farmer’s market is my new happy place and I love the effect it’s had on our eating and on my life in general. And it’s totally helping me keep my new year’s resolution.

    Happy cooking!


  9. Monday, June 26

    Week 544 Menu

    Hi, friends! So, it’s a non-planning week for me. In case you missed last week’s post, I’m giving myself a break this summer…if a meal plan happens, great! If not, great! But, as promised, I’m still getting a weekly post up so you all can keep on sharing your menus. And please do that!

    Nate's Birthday with the kids, 2017 (image copyright @janemaynard)

    Last week was Nate’s birthday and I made a cake that WILL be shared with you this week. We can’t keep the recipe to ourselves. Better than the cake, though, was celebrating with our three kids. It’s amazing how excited they were for our little party of five.

    Okay, share your menus in the comments if you’ve got ’em! I need the inspiration myself! ūüėČ

     


  10. Wednesday, June 21

    Week 543 Weekly Menu

    HAPPY SUMMER! It’s our first week of summer and, if you can’t tell, I’m in vacation mode! ūüėČ I’ve decided to give myself a mental break this summer. If I get a weekly menu done, fantastic. If I don’t, that’s okay! I have never given myself this kind of space around the weekly menu (I know, maybe might be a little crazy). That said, I know some of you will still be consistently planning, so I do promise to make sure a post is published where everyone can share their menus still. And I will make sure those posts go up on Sundays. Deal?

    I really haven’t planned a menu yet for this week and it’s kind of awesome. Owen (my 5 year old) and I found ourselves alone last night, so we went on a date, where we ate burgers and fries and bought lots of ice cream at the grocery store. It was perfection. I do know we’ll have grilled chicken tacos and homemade hamburgers this week, and I’m going to hit up the farmer’s market this afternoon for some inspiration.

    Your turn! Share those glorious weekly menus! And have a great week!