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  1. Tuesday, February 13, 2024

    Week 783 Weekly Dinner Menu

    Hello! I had my menu all ready to go and then forgot to hit publish. So, here we are, Tuesday morning. Oh well!

    Weekly dinner plan 783

    We have a ton of leftovers, so it’s a nice easy start to the week for me! 

    MONDAY:

    • Leftovers from Super Bowl

    TUESDAY:

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Valentine’s Day dinner with friends

    THURSDAY:

    • Gnocchi (flavor tbd!)

    FRIDAY:

    SATURDAY:

    • Takeout night

    SUNDAY:

    • Grilled chicken and vegetables

    Your turn! Can’t wait to see your menus, there have been so many great ideas lately!


  2. Monday, February 5, 2024

    Week 782 Weekly Menu + Happy 17th Birthday, Blog!

    Happy birthday, This Week for Dinner! The blog is officially 17 years old! Thank you to each and every one of you who keeps reading, sharing, meal planning, all of it. Some of you have been here for most (if not all) of that time…our kids were little and now they are big! There have been so many changes and life phases in these past 17 years, but apparently one thing that hasn’t changed is this blog still chugging along. Who’d have thought?? Anyway, thank you all for being a part of the journey. 

    Week 782 weekly dinner menu plus recipes for Super Bowl

    MONDAY:

    • Chicken stir fry

    TUESDAY:

    WEDNESDAY:

    THURSDAY:

    • Leftovers

    FRIDAY:

    • Eat out

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY:

    You all know the drill! Share your menu in the comments below. Thank you and have a great week!


  3. Monday, January 29, 2024

    Week 781 Weekly Menu

    Before I jump into this week’s menu, a quick plug for this recipe: Crispy Rosemary Roast Potatoes. I hadn’t made them in years but we whipped up a batch last night. I remembered that they were good, but every time we eat them we’re like, “Oh yeah, these are SO good.” Okay, on to this week…

    week 781 weekly dinner menu plan from this week for dinner

    MONDAY:

    TUESDAY:

    • Carnitas Nachos (going to pick up carnitas from Primo Market in Oceanside)

    WEDNESDAY:

    THURSDAY:

    FRIDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SATURDAY:

    • Eat out

    SUNDAY:

    • Going to ask Nate to smoke us something delicious!

    You know the drill…please share your meal plans in the comments below! Looking forward to getting back in this groove with you all. Have a great week!


  4. Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    Happy New Year! A recommitment to cooking

    Hello, This Week for Dinner friends! LONG time no talk. I know that I’ve been short of reliable since last summer in terms of planning meals and cooking. The blog has felt it, you have felt it and my family sure has felt it the most (holy eating-out-all-of-the-time 😳). Life has been in flux more than usual this past year. I am knocking on all of the wood as I say the following, but this week is the first time in a long time that feels normal-ish. And, after so many months of dinner uncertainty and eating out, I am beyond ready to get cooking again.

    Carne Asada Salad served with Homemade Cilantro Crema Dressing

    Carne Asada Salad with Cilantro Crema

    With that, here is my food resolution for the year: cook. Cooking is such a lovely excuse at the end of a busy day to breathe. To listen to a podcast, music or audiobook. To spend time with a family member who also likes to cook. To prioritize our health as well as our enjoyment of food. 

    Along with a recommitment to cooking, I will once again consistently post a weekly menu! It’s all a part of the same goal and that weekly check-in with you all here on the blog is incredibly helpful. I hope that you will continue to share your menus and recipes with us each week as well!

    cilantro sour cream enchiladas1 web

    Cilantro Sour Cream Enchiladas

    That said, I’ve also found myself enjoying a few nights a week where I don’t have a plan, where I swing by the store and just grab a couple things for that night. I used to hate that. I think when the kids were younger and required more physical care there simply was no space for impromptu shopping and cooking. These days, however, there is a bit of room for spontaneity, a flexibility in what we cook and eat that I honestly haven’t felt in 19+ years. (Yep, Cate is 19 now!) I will still create a weekly plan, but I may or may not do weekly grocery shopping and I’m giving myself mental permission to mix the plan up when I feel like it!

    Backlit side view of gluten-free buffalo chicken drumsticks with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing

    Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken

    One last thing…my cooking resolution also fits in well with the blog’s yearly resolution related to food and the environment. In terms of trash and food waste, cooking at home is automatically a huge improvement. In addition, when you cook at home you have more control over the ingredients and where they come from, making it easier to source local food as much as possible. So here’s to eating well and putting our own little drop in the bucket for Mother Earth.

    I am looking forward to another year of planning, cooking, eating well and enjoying time in the kitchen! 


  5. Tuesday, November 7, 2023

    Week 780 Dinner Menu

    Hello! We’re a little late this week, but better late than never!

    Week 780 weekly dinner menu from This Week for Dinner

    MONDAY:

    • $9 burger night at Barrel Republic (used to be $5 not too long ago…alas!)

    TUESDAY:

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Lemony Italian chicken pasta

    THURSDAY:

    • Santa Maria tri-tip with mashed potatoes and salad

    FRIDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SATURDAY:

    • Takeout night

    SUNDAY:

    • Smoked short rib, roasted potatoes and salad (we ended up going to Universal Studios last Sunday, so moving this to this week!)

    You know the drill…share your own meal plan in the comments below! Have a great week!


  6. Sunday, October 29, 2023

    Week 779 Dinner Menu

    Hello! Not only is Owen, my 12-year-old, excited to cook with me now, he actually popped right out of his room when I asked if he wanted to come plan a menu. He is such a great motivator for me these days!

    Week 779 weekly dinner menu plan

    MONDAY:

    • Hamburgers

    TUESDAY:

    WEDNESDAY:

    THURSDAY:

    FRIDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SATURDAY:

    • Eat out night

    SUNDAY:

    • Smoked short rib, roasted potatoes and salad

    Looking forward to seeing your menus!


  7. Sunday, October 22, 2023

    Week 778 Weekly Menu…and Hello Again!

    Hello everyone! It’s been a while. Probably the longest while of me disappearing from the blog, meal planning, cooking…all of it! It has been a crazy couple of months, with Cate heading off to college in the midst of it all. I truly have been barely cooking dinner at all, let alone planning ahead. I’m okay with that. We all go through seasons. And I’ve gotten more disciplined in other parts of my life, so just chalking it all up to balance and figuring out what that balance is.

    Week 778 weekly dinner menu from This Week for Dinner

    Owen, who is now in sixth grade, has been really cute cooking with me when we have gotten around to making dinner. So I’m going to get him a little more involved with the planning and cooking. So, here’s our first menu in a long while! And here’s to keeping it up going forward!

    MONDAY:

    • Breakfast for dinner: Pancakes and eggs

    TUESDAY:

    • Chicken Enchiladas Verde

    WEDNESDAY:

    THURSDAY:

    • Eat out after Owen’s first middle school orchestra concert!

    FRIDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SATURDAY:

    • Eat out

    SUNDAY:

    Can’t wait to see your weekly meal plan in the comments below! It’s been so long, excited to see your names and ideas again!


  8. Tuesday, August 15, 2023

    Week 777 Weekly Menu

    Hey everyone! I’m a little late this week. But better late than never! 

    week 777 weekly dinner menu plan

    MONDAY:

    • Eat out at Panera Bread

    TUESDAY:

    • Pancakes (because I’m just now planning the menu and it’s Tuesday at 3:30 pm and clearly I’m not getting to the store today!)

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Chicken Enchiladas Verde

    THURSDAY:

    FRIDAY:

    SATURDAY:

    • Family BBQ and swim party

    SUNDAY:

    • Leftovers

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  9. Sunday, August 6, 2023

    Week 776 Weekly Menu

    I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer! Our summer travel is now officially done (and it was wonderful!) and we are all so ready to not eat out. Our family is in desperate need of the weekly menu and home cooked meals. Oh…and we saw Taylor Swift at SoFi in LA this week and I have to jump on the “WOW, THAT CONCERT!” bandwagon! Believe the hype. My goodness.

    Week 776 weekly dinner plan from This Week for Dinner

    MONDAY:

    TUESDAY:

    WEDNESDAY:

    THURSDAY:

    • Leftovers

    FRIDAY:

    SATURDAY:

    • Eat out night

    SUNDAY:

    • Smoked chicken with salad and corn on the cob

    Your turn to share your meal plans! I cannot WAIT to see your names and menus again!


  10. Saturday, August 5, 2023

    Ancho BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe

    I have been meaning to share this Ancho BBQ Sloppy Joe recipe for ages. Then yesterday, Nate was clicking around Instagram and I could hear Adam Sandler and Chris Farley serenading us. It’s a sign. It’s time for Sloppy Joe.

    Photo of ancho bbq sloppy joe sandwich on a white plate with pickles

    This recipe for Ancho BBQ Sloppy Joe was one of the recipes that I adopted back from when we were ordering meal kits from Hello Fresh on a regular basis. My kids had never had Sloppy Joe sandwiches before – despite the fact that Manwich was my favorite meal in first grade, I somehow didn’t continue with cooking this food into adulthood. When this particular recipe turned up in our Hello Fresh box, I was unsure the kids would go for it. In the end the kids, Nate and I all loved this dinner and now the recipe is part of our rotation, even without getting the Hello Fresh kits.

    Verticle photo of an ancho bbq sloppy joe with pickles

    Not only is this recipe delicious, it is easy to throw together without any fancy ingredients. And now for the Ancho BBQ Sloppy Joes…

    Ancho BBQ Sloppy Joe Recipe
     
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    Originally tried this recipe from Hello Fresh and have added it to our regular rotation!
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    Serves: 4-6
    Ingredients
    • 4 tablespoons ketchup
    • 4 tablespoons classic BBQ sauce
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 2 teaspoons beef concentrate
    • 2 teaspoons Ancho chili powder
    • 1 yellow onion, diced
    • 20 ounces ground beef
    • sliced pickles
    • hamburger buns
    Instructions
    1. In a mixing bowl, stir together ketchup, BBQ sauce, water, cornstarch, beef concentrate and chili powder.
    2. In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of cooking oil in pan and heat to medium-high. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
    3. Add ground beef, sprinkling evenly with salt and pepper. Break meat up and cook until browned, 3-5 minutes.
    4. Reduce heat to medium and add sauce mixture to the pan. Cook, stirring regularly, until sauce thickens and beef is cooked through, around 20 minutes.
    5. Serve on toasted hamburger buns with pickle slices.