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Sunday, November 4

Week 302 Menu

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween! Our little family had a really lovely day and I was especially excited with how our costumes came out. Click here to see the Peanuts gang in action! (I promise I didn’t once pull the football out from under my baby. But I did give out some pretty stellar 5-cent psychiatric advice.)

Not much in the house for breakfast this morning, so Dad made everyone hot chocolate. Which pretty much means the girls had marshmallows for breakfast.

I can’t believe it’s time to come up with another menu! What to eat, what to eat…

– Orange chicken w/potstickers (from Costco’s freezer section)
– Cauliflower

– Homemade pizzas (traditional cheese for the kids, honey goat cheese with caramelized onions for us)


– Eat out with the soccer team – last practice of the season!

Cilantro Sour Cream Enchiladas

– Leftovers


 Your turn! Please share your menus, big and small! 


  1. 1

    Getting ready for baby, so I’m making double batches so one can be consumed right away and one can be frozen. Any other veggie/ chicken/ kid and freezer-friendly recipes would be appreciated!
    Here’s the plan:

    *Greek Style Chicken with Veggie Orzo
    *Butternut Squash Lasagna
    *Chicken Taco Casserole
    *Chicken and Veggie Enchiladas

    • Christy

      Stuffed Shells, easily frozen and somewhat kid friendly.

      Stuffed Shells

      Use good ingredients for best results. Don’t skimp on the cheese, and fresh nutmeg is better.

      12 Oz Jumbo Shells
      4 Cup ricotta cheese (36 Oz Container)
      8 Oz Mozzarella, Or Six Cheese Italian-Blend, Shredded
      1/2 Cup Pecorino Romano Cheese (or Parmesan), Grated
      2 Eggs
      1 Tbl Fresh Parsley, Chopped
      1/2 Tsp Salt
      1/4 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
      1/8 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
      3 Cup (about 28-oz. jar) spaghetti-sauce
      1 Ounce Mozzarella, for top

      Heat oven to 375F.

      Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir together cheeses, eggs, parsley, salt, pepper and

      In 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish, spread 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce. Fill each cooked shell with about 1-1/2 level tablespoons cheese
      mixture; layer one-half filled shells in prepared dish. Spread one-half remaining sauce over shells; layer remaining filled shells over sauce. Spread remaining sauce over shells; sprinkle with additional shredded mozzarella, if desired.

      Cover with foil; bake 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly (doubling recipe or more may require increased baking time).
      8 to 10 servings.
      Can split and freeze into square baking pans. Cover with plastic wrap and foil. Refrigerate up to 20 hours, or freeze up to 2 months.
      To bake: remove plastic wrap, replace foil, bake frozen shells at 350 for 2 hours, bake refrigerated shells at 350 for about 40-50 minutes.

    • Melissa

      Have you ever made the creamy baked chicken taquitos from Our Best Bites? They are so good, easy ( a little time consuming) and the freeze great! The kids love them and so do we. You can add some stuff for variety, beans, corn, etc. one time I made shrimp ones instead of chicken and they were yummy too. They would be perfect, easy on the gassiness (for nursing mom) and no red gravy or too fatty.

    • I am a huge fan of freezer cooking! In the freezer, I regularly have on hand:

      – Stuffed shells (as mentioned above)
      – Chicken pot pie filling (serve with a puff pastry topping or over quinoa/rice)
      – Meatballs
      – Soups (perfect time for squash, carrot!)
      – PIzza dough (pizzas or calzones)
      – Asian/Mexican-flavored ground beef (serve in lettuce cups, tacos or in stuffed peppers)
      – Don’t forget your slow cooker! That baby can make life a lot easier!

    • Sanjana

      Oh wow! Thank you for the recipe and the recommendations! Can’t wait to every single one of them! =)

    • Chrissy

      the butternut squash lasagna sounds yummy – must make soon! for the freezer, i am a fan of stuffed shells, turkey or chicken tettrazzini, ravioli lasagna (recipe on this site), leftover soups in jars, pizza dough, uncooked turkey meatloaf, single serving oatmeal, homemade muffins and quick breads, and chicken and veggie stock. as a mom who works away from home, i cannot express in any words how much a i love my crockpot – this time of year i usually use it a couple times a week! enjoy this time!

    • Jane Maynard

      I love all of you so much! love that you read sanjana’s post and came back with great recipes. awwwww!!! 🙂

    • 2wellsmade5

      I second the Chicken taquito recipe! We have traded our hum-drum burritos on taco night for the steady taquito requests! They are super duper yummo!

  2. 2

    Monday: Sweet Potato and Sausage Stew
    Tuesday: Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing
    Wednesday: Curried Tofu, Sweet Potato Rounds, and Broccoli
    Thursday: Easy Vegan Dinner
    Friday: Fall Chili
    Saturday: Leftovers
    Sunday: Dinner with Family

  3. Just finished mine with the exception on Saturday, I just might sneak in pizza to make it easy!
    Monday – Spicy Marinated Pork Loin with Rice
    Tuesday – Soft Tacos with Refried Beans
    Wednesday – Chili con Carne with Tortilla Chips
    Thursday – Baked Potato Soup
    Friday – Leftover Chili with Hot Dogs and French Fries

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    Monday: Beef, veggie, and noodle stir fry
    Tuesday: with steamed veggies
    Wednesday: take out
    Thursday: Chicken noodle soup, salad, bread
    Friday: burgers
    Saturday: Make your own pizza

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    Sunday – Lamb chops, baked potatoes, veggie blend
    Monday – Salmon pasta with spinach
    Tuesday – Tacos with refried beans
    Wednesday – Pork chops, scallop potatoes, green beans
    Thursday – Pizza, salad
    Friday – Leftovers
    Saturday – High school band sub, orzo soup

  6. 6

    M-corn chowder and baked potatoes
    T-baked beef and macaroni
    T-pancakes and sausage
    F-beef and broccoli stir fry

  7. 7

    OMG… I just realized you’re in my hood! LOVE Lulu’s!

    this week we’re having
    Broccoli Cheddar Soup
    Homemade Pizzas (thank you for the inspiration)
    Southern Plate’s “Chicken Chicken” Casserole
    Pasta with meatballs and these garlic roll cupcakes
    and a run to Five Guys!

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    Nikki CB

    Can I please, pretty please, come over on Tuesday? Sounds amazing! OK, the trip might be kind of untenable….

    I actually have a meal plan to share this week. Woohoo!

    Mon: Fish w/rice and vegetable
    Tues: Crockpot no soak black bean soup w/ chipotle pepper w/rice, and tofu or eggs for the boys
    Wed: Pasta w/vegetable
    Thurs: Leftovers and easy stuff (Peter at an event)
    Fri: Pizza – frozen or takeout – and fruit
    Sat: Potluck – need to find out what type of dish to bring
    Sun:Pasta Puttanesca, and pasta w/sauce for the kids, fruit or something for dessert

    • Jane Maynard

      why didn’t you come last night? we missed you! 🙂

      so glad you have a meal plan this week to share, nikki!

  9. Sunday: Steaks on the grill and rice
    Monday: Yorkshire Pudding with cranberry sauce
    Tuesday: Steak & spinach enchiladas
    Wednesday: Leftovers
    Thursday: Baked chicken nuggets
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Out.

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    Sun- Popeyes chicken and sides
    Mon- Red beans and rice, salad and garlic bread
    Tues- Homemade Chicken pot pie muffins and camelized apples n piggies
    Wed- Chicken parm, salad and garlic bread
    Thurs- Taco night and homemade taquitos, freash salsa and fresh chips
    Fri- Free for all- leftovers
    Sat- Swamp fest at the New Orleans Audubon Zoo….swampy food and LSU/BAMA football food at friends! chili, gumbo,mini muffelatas,cake,cookies and snacks
    Sun- Turkey with all the goodies

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    Sun-Pizza on the BBQ
    Mon-Chicken and veggie stir fry
    Tue-Meat Loaf, broccoli and/or green beans
    Wed-Chicken Paprikash and some green veg
    Thur-Sphagetti squash, marinara & basil & parm meat balls
    Fri-French toast & bacon & fruit
    Sat-left overs

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    Jen Schulte

    Our plans …
    Sunday-halibut, rice and broccoli
    Monday-homemade Mac and cheese, green beans
    Tuesday-pork chops, asparagus and applesauce
    Wednesday-cheese raviolis, salad
    Thursday-pizza or takeout (school music program)
    Friday-oven fried chicken, baked fries, salad

  13. 13

    Sunday: Spaetzle and Lentil Sauce
    Monday: Corn Chowder and Homemade Bread
    Tuesday: Stir fry
    Wednesday: CCD in town, we’re fed there
    Thursday: Salmon, squash brussel sprouts
    Friday: Squash Ravioli in brown butter sage sauce
    Saturday: Out

    It’s supposed to snow (sad face) on Thursday so we’ll see what the weekend holds, we may be stuck at my mother in laws with the generator and frozen pizzas

  14. 14

    Monday-Tacos, quinoa
    Tuesday-Spaghetti with meat sauce, bread and broccoli
    Wednesday-I think your enchiladas sound awesome, so I’m makin’ them! With some Mexican rice on the side.
    Thursday-Quick and spicy tomato soup, Giada’s recipe. Fast and delicious!
    Saturday-Eat out
    Sunday-Chili dogs with tots and fruit

  15. 15

    Mon: Eggplant Parmesan with spaghetti & Greek salad
    Tues: Roast chicken thighs, roasted fall veggies, & braised bok choy
    Wed: Zuppa Toscana & tomato-garlic bread (didn’t get to this last week)
    Thurs: PW’s Broccoli-cheese soup & loaded baked potatoes
    Fri-Sun: Out of town…mini vacation!

  16. 16

    A boring week of meals! I’m out of ideas 🙁
    Sun- roast beef poboys
    Mon- chicken wraps
    Tue- roast beef and potatoes and veggies
    Wed- oven fried pork chops and some side…
    Thu- leftovers
    Fri- homemade pizza

    • Jane Maynard

      that happens…but I’m glad you still shared your “boring” ideas, they are still get inspiration! and they aren’t that boring, besides! 🙂

  17. 17

    I’m a little boring this week too ”” I’m just trying to survive another crazy week.
    Sunday: Maple-sesame-soy salmon with mashed acorn squash (with some coconut oil ”” yummy) and roasted brussel sprouts.
    Monday: Pesto gnocchi with zucchini and peaches.
    Tuesday: Calzones (not sure if it’ll be traditional or some other mixture) and salads.
    Wednesday: Leftovers.
    Thursday: Minestrone soup with beer bread.
    Friday: Chicken gyros.
    Saturday: Niece’s 2nd birthday party out of town.
    Sunday: In-laws coming to stay after the niece’s bday party so I’m hoping they will take us out to eat 😉

  18. 18
    Kim from PA

    Sunday: Chicken & dumplings at my parents’ house”¦YUM!
    Monday: Pea soup/baguette and sliced apples
    Tuesday: Scallops, carrots, brown rice
    Wednesday: Tomato soup/grilled cheese
    Thursday: Pasta and red sauce/salad
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Out?

  19. 19

    Monday – Wholewheat pita breads filled with grilled chicken and veggies
    Tuesday – -Homemade burgers with oven chips and roast veg
    Wednesday – Tuna salad with crackers + chocolate cake
    Thursday – chicken pot pie with hot water pastry and salad
    Friday – Omelets (bacon mushroom tomato and cheese)
    Saturday – Fish finger bake and salad

  20. 20

    Sunday: Chicken thighs, rice, roasted broccoli, grapes

    Monday: Birthday Dinner out

    Tuesday: Fish and chips, vegies

    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Chicken fajitas, chips and guac

    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad

    Friday: Pizza night, salad

    Saturday: Cajun meatloaf patties, mashed potatoes, green beans

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    Mon: Pasta and tomato sauce, salad
    Tue: Baked potatoes with pesto and goat cheese (missed this last week)
    Wed: Pasta with sausage and kale
    Thur: Leek risotto
    Fri: Breaded chicken, lemon and rosemary roast potatoes, chilli and garlic kale
    Sat: Smitten Kitchen’s stuffed cabbage
    Sun: Dinner with mum

    • Jessica

      I originally had that EXACT recipe from SK on my menu as well, but ended up not making it … let me know how it was!

  22. 22

    Sunday. French onion soup and butternut squash soup
    Monday. Leftover soup
    Tuesday. Election Day. Go vote! Out for dinner after taking son back to university (came home to vote!)
    Wednesday baked chicken breasts, oven baked fries and a veggie
    Thursday. Spaghetti with sausage
    Friday. Pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes and a salad
    Saturday. Out

  23. 23

    Sunday: Shrimp “mix” with some leftover shrimp scampi, some leftover shrimp cooked in white wine, spinach, brown rice, and sriracha…it was delicious, but rather improvised.

    Monday: Sausage and peppers on nugget pasta

    Tuesday: Ham and bean soup and biscuits

    Wednesday: Some sort of diner stop…we’ll be on the road

    Thursday: Celebration dinner out at a restaurant for a newly adopted family member!

    Friday: Spaghetti and meatballs, classic style

    Saturday: Not sure yet…something with all of the odds and ends in the fridge at the end of the week.

  24. 24

    Husband is on 2nd shift this week so it is just kids and me. Therefore simple kid-friendly meals….

    Monday – Tacos
    Tuesday – Hot-dogs for kids/ Lasagna for me
    Wednesday – Meatball subs and pasta
    Thursday – Breakfast – probably chocolate chip pancakes
    Friday – OUT
    Saturday – Chili or Out depends on my mood 🙂
    Sunday – Chicken & Rice

  25. 25

    Sunday – Chicken Fajitas, Spanish Rice

    Monday – Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

    Tuesday – Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Wednesday – Breakfast (pancakes, eggs, and bacon)

    Thursday – Stuffed Shells, Garlic Bread

    Friday – Grilled Cheese, Oven Fries

    Saturday – Homemade Pizza

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    sat – turkey potpie with roasted turkey breast leftovers, and salad
    sun – turkey meatloaf, smashed potatoes, and mixed veggies
    mon – supposed to get soup in crockpot, but just didn’t get around to it getting kids and me out the door, so will probably pick up take out tonight
    tues – salmon foil packets, quinoa, broccoli
    wed – end of summer harvest soup in crockpot
    thurs – haven’t decided – maybe homemade pizza or defrost and cook stuffed shells in freezer with salad
    fri – either dinner at nana’s or fondue night at home!

  27. Monday: Cheeseburger Wraps
    Tuesday: Skillet Chicken with Apples & Cranberries
    Wednesday: Crockpot Quinoa Chili
    Thursday: leftovers
    Friday: pancakes!!
    Saturday: Roasted Chicken
    Sunday: leftovers

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    Mon: Red Curry-Marinated Steaks w/ stir fry brown rice & salad w/ peanut dressing

    Tues: Skillet Chicken & Rice w/ salad & mandarin oranges

    Wed: Leftovers

    Th: Baked Parmesan Fish Fillets w/ tomato-basil spaghetti squash & garlic wheat toast

    Fri: Pizza @ the Park

    Sat: Sausage & Eggplant Shells w/ salad & grapes
    Doubling up & freezing…

    Sun: Chicken Enchiladas w/ rice & beans
    Doubling up & freezing…

  29. 29

    Hi, Jane! We met at the Citibank Michelin event in SF a few weeks ago–love the blog!

    M: Oven roasted potatoes with scalloped ham and broccoli
    T: Chicken Bacon Alfredo, green beans, garlic bread
    W: Chicken Cacciatore
    Th: Baked penne with sausage, spinach
    F: Ray leaves for China–kids want soup, so tomato soup with grilled cheese
    Sat: Baked potato soup
    Sun: Split pea with ham soup

    • Jane Maynard

      Susan, I am SO glad you came to the site and posted! it was so fun meeting you and chatting with you that evening, was really glad you guys were there! they ended up letting press into the event, so I actually got to taste some of the food 😉

  30. 30
    Angie M

    It’s a comfort food week for us…

    Sun – chicken & dumplings
    Mon – ham & potato casserole
    Tue – leftovers
    Wed – tex mex casserole
    Thu – leftovers
    Fri – spaghetti w/ garlic cheese bread
    Sat – leftovers

  31. 31

    saturday – Trick or Treat. candy for dinner.
    sunday – sausage & leek quiche w/ homefries & field green salad
    Monday – Shepherds Pie
    Tues – baked bbq chicken, roasted squash, field green salad
    Wed – spaghetti & meatballs w/ fresh bread
    Thurs – another sausage & onion quiche
    Fri – leftovers

    • 2wellsmade5

      Can you share your shepherd pie recipe….I have a great one, but want to compare and maybe tweak it! Thanks..

    • Jessica

      mine is super easy – 1lb ground beef or sausage. cooked through w/ garlic & onion. 1 can creamed corn. 2 sweet potatoes, boiled & mashed.

      layer beef, then corn, then top w/ potato. bake till bubbly. (30 min/350°)

    • 2wellsmade5

      Sounds yummy…and easy. I make mine more old school, but I’d be willing to try an easy one. Thanks!

  32. 32

    Monday~Beef Tips over Rice
    Tuesday~ Sheppards Pie (my own recipe)
    Wednesday~Maple Mustard Chicken
    Thursday~ out to eat (kids bd)
    Friday~Baked sweet & sour chicken/fried rice (using leftover rice from Monday)

    • 2wellsmade5

      I see you have shepherd pie (your recipe)…will you share? I love cottage pie, almost the same(no lamb) and sometimes we do shepherd(with lamb)…all 5 kiddos eat it up. I love to get new recipes. Thanks…Courtney

    • Dusty

      Yes! My veggie measurments are estimates…my older boys won’t even come near it if they can ‘see’ an onion. If yours don’t mind, add more…I’d say up to a cup of each.

      1lb Hamb meat (sometimes I use ground turkey as well)
      1/4 C chopped onion
      1/2 C peas/carrots (froz kind)
      1/2 t each parsley,oregano & basil
      dash of cinnamon (and by dash I mean maybe 1/8 t, go easy!)
      2 T flour
      salt and pepper
      1 T tomato paste
      1/4 C beer
      1 jar beef gravy (I use Heinz low fat/fat free one)
      Mashed potatoes (store bought or homemade)
      Cheddar Cheese

      Brown hamb meat and onion together salt and pepper to your liking, drain. Add in seasonings, stir then add the flour. Stir to incorporate and give the flour time to do what flour does. Next add the beer and tomato paste. Simmer this for a miunte or two then add in gravy and lower the heat. I let this hang out on the stove for a good 15-20 minutes while I get my casserole dish, cheese and potatoes ready. Pour the hamb mixture into a casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes, smoothing them the best you can, then sprinkle with as much cheese as your family likes. I have a mixed crew so half gets more than the other half. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or so or until cheese melts and you see your gravy mix bubbly. On days when I am short on time, we’ve had this upside down. Potatoes on the plate then spoon hamb gravy over the top. Enjoy!

    • 2wellsmade5

      Yours is more like mine…I use the cinnamon too! Gonna try the beer, thats new. A stout or regular beer? The rest is pretty much like mine and my kids eat some before the potatoes get on and then eat again when the taters make the show. Suprising, they love the homecooked meals. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Jane Maynard

    seriously, I am SO GRATEFUL for all of you. each week you come through, share menus, give great ideas. it’s the BEST.

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    Crystal H.

    First time posting and sooo glad I found this blog! 🙂

    Day 1: BBQ Chicken, corn, black beans, salad
    Day 2: Baked potatoes stuffed with leftover shredded BBQ chicken, corn & cheddar cheese, salad
    Day 3: Butternut squash pasta w/ bacon, salad
    Day 4: Scrambled eggs, potatoes o’brien, bacon, fresh fruit
    Day 5: Out to dinner with friends, hubby will have leftovers!
    Day 6: Pot roast w/ carrots and potatoes
    Day 7: Roast beef sandwiches, sweet potato fries

  35. 35

    Sun- sweet and sour chicken
    Mon- lasagna
    Tue- fish tacos
    Wed- soup and salad
    Thur- hamburgers
    Fri- ribs
    Sat- chicken parmesan

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