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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Burger Dogs and Week 552 Weekly Menu

Happy Labor Day weekend, friends! I have a little something fun for you to potentially make at your barbecues this weekend, plus a menu. That’s right, I’m actually planning a menu this week. My goodness, I CANNOT believe I went two weeks without posting a menu. That is something I have not done in over 10 years, but I suppose there is a first time for everything. Honestly, it’s just been a crazy summer and we ended it with a bang. I decided to just give myself a break and not worry about it. Jane of This Week for Dinner from a few years back would be horrified. Miss a weekly menu post? QUEL HORREUR! But the world kept on spinning and this week I’ll give it a go again!

How to Make a Burger Dog from @janemaynard

But before the menu, I need to share this fun idea with you. One day when we were grilling up hot dogs and hamburgers, someone in our family (not sure who…maybe Nate? or one of the kids?) thought it would be funny to make a hamburger into a hot dog shape and serve it on a hot dog bun. I was like, “Sure, why not?” and proceeded to make hot dog-shaped burgers, a.k.a. burger dogs. The kids were downright giddy, it was really fun. So, the burger dogs totally worked and the kids loved it! It’s not that they taste different or anything, it really is just the novelty of it all. If you were to serve burger dogs as a meal, I would recommend chopping your lettuce and tomatoes as opposed to slicing, but other than that have at the burger dog like you would a regular hot dog or hamburger!

How to Make a Burger Dog from @janemaynard

How to Make a Burger Dog from @janemaynard

I don’t have instructions because, well, all you do is shape the meat into what looks like a hot dog and then cook it like normal. Easy peasy! Now go and make burger dogs to celebrate Labor Day!

Menu time…

How to make Burgers Dogs! Plus this week's dinner plans from @janemaynard, including free printable PDF of the meal plan and ingredients list!

– Labor Day Cookout! The food will be the usual suspects I’m sure 🙂

– BLTs

– Caprese Salad and baguette

– Grilled Brats
– Salad and watermelon

– Leftovers

– Eat out night

Bistro Chicken
– Salad and mashed potatoes

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

As usual, if you have a meal plan for the week, please share it in the comments!

And, before we go, I just want to take a moment to send love to anyone reading this affected by Hurricane Harvey. All week it has felt strange to me to be going about my daily life, knowing of the catastrophe unfolding for so many. For those of you looking for ways to help from afar, my friends at Mom2 created a great list of ways parents and kids can help with the hurricane relief efforts. Much love to all!


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    Bonnie Lawrence

    This is our first week of school so it’s time to buckle down on menu planning!

    Sunday: Something fast…we are going to a Tigers’ game and a wedding!
    Monday: Lettuce cups (ground beef, sweet potato/black beans, and all the fixins)
    Tuesday: First day of school request…..Florida dinner (black beans, rice, sautéed collard greens, and cornbread)
    Wednesday: Chicken strips, Pesto Broccoli Sweet Potato casserole, and peas
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: Welcome picnic at school: sandwiches
    Saturday: Out

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    Vicki Tunell

    This is a crazy week for me, we will see how my menu goes 🙂

    Monday: Lasagna and Salad
    Tuesday: Tara’s Yellow Dal (Ashley Rodriguez), Rice Pilaf and Peas
    Wednesday: Drunken Noodles
    Thursday: Marinated Steaks and Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic
    Friday-Saturday: Out of Town
    Sunday: Oven Pizza and Fresh Fruit

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    Sunday – Baked salmon, rice pilaf and green beans
    Monday – Steaks on the grill, corn on the cob and potato salad
    Tuesday – Parm & herb chicken breasts, French fries and applesauce
    Wednesday – Chili and corn bread
    Thursday – Deer chops, mac & cheese and carrots
    Friday – Tuna fish sandwiches and pierogis
    Saturday – Chicken thighs, ranch potatoes and peas

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    Kim from PA

    Sun: Meatloaf, baked sweet potatoes, green beans
    Mon: Labor Day at family lake house”¦”¦not sure what we’re eating
    Tue: Salmon, big salad
    Wed: Firecracker shrimp, brown rice, green beans
    Thu: Chicken scampi, angel hair pasta, salad
    Fri: Fried egg sandwiches, fruit
    Sat: Football game tailgate

  5. 5

    Even though school started 2 weeks ago and we still have lots of hot days ahead of us, Monday is our Last Day of Summer Cookout!

    Mon – Grilled Chicken, Pasta Salad, Green Salad, Watermelon
    Tues – Brown Sugar Pineapple Chicken, Rice, Salad
    Wed – Loaded Nachos
    Thurs – Spaghetti & Meatballs, Salad
    Fri – Chicken Alfredo, Salad
    Sat – Chicken Fajitas, Frozen Pineapple
    Sun – Leftovers

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    So, last week was our return to planning menus, after a summer of pretty much just eating out of the garden. We’ve got a glut of produce, even though the garden is slowing down (being in a resort town, the farmers’ market slows down drastically as summer comes to a close), so pretty much just eating stuff from the farm.

    Anyway, last week I worked out a recipe that was inspired by the need to use up tromboncini squash. I love it, but it doesn’t fit anywhere. I came up with tromboncini fajitas, and they were so good I’m making them again this week!

    This week’s menu:

    The tromboncini fajita recipe:

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    I also haven’t kept much of a menu lately. I thought things would get more organized once school started but it’s been busy!

    M: sub sandwiches & tomato soup

    Tu: Instant Pot carnitas tacos w/ refried beans & calabacitas

    W: l/o

    Th: 1st NFL game of the season! Bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers, chicken flautas, guac, salsa, & chips

    F: out to pizza after 1st flag football game of the season

    Sa: Florida Georgia Line!

    Su: Football munchies…giant nachos.

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    Mon: Husband cooks- Grilled Steak, loaded baked potatoes (sweet potato for me), salad
    Tues: Chicken Caesar wrap, veg & hummus
    Wed: Shrimp fried rice, dumpling soup
    Thurs: Husbad cooks
    Fri: Lemon-garlic roasted chicken breasts, roasted veggies
    Sat: Out
    Sun: Football food- husband cooks

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