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  1. Tuesday, March 26, 2024

    Week 787 Weekly Menu

    So, apparently I’m a 7-year-old because I got strep. I’m a little late getting this week up and running, but the antibiotics are kicking in and working miracles! Cate is home for spring break and made us dinner the last two nights. It was awesome!

    Week 787 weekly meal plan from This Week for Dinner food blog

    MONDAY:

    • Indian food night, thanks to Maya Kaimal (chicken, paneer, peas, lentils…all the good stuff!)

    TUESDAY:

    WEDNESDAY:

    THURSDAY:

    • Breakfast for dinner: Potato and bacon egg scrambles

    FRIDAY:

    • Takeout night

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY:

    • Easter brunching! Menu TBD

    Your turn! Share your meal plans in the comments below. Thank you!


  2. Monday, March 18, 2024

    Week 786 Weekly Dinner Menu

    Happy Belated St. Patrick’s Day! I tried cooking corned beef in the slow cooker for the first time and…after 8 hours on low it was still nowhere near done. Apparently for corned beef you should cook it on HIGH for 8 hours. That is a resilient cut of meat. Anyway, I think I’ll just go back to boiling it in the future. As for las night, we ended up with two hour delay for dinner but filled our time with games, fun and Guinness. It was great! 

    Week 786 weekly dinner menu

    MONDAY:

    • Roasted chicken and root vegetables

    TUESDAY:

    • Bistro chicken with mashed potatoes (making double for Tuesday and Wednesday dinners)

    WEDNESDAY:

    THURSDAY:

    • Eat out after Owen’s middle school orchestra concert

    FRIDAY:

    SATURDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SUNDAY:

    • Homemade hamburgers (didn’t get to this one last week)

    Okey doke, your turn. Drop your meal plan in the comments below…and thank you in advance!


  3. Monday, March 11, 2024

    Week 785 Weekly Dinner Menu

    Hi all! I’m so spotty with cooking this month, failing miserably on my new year’s resolution to cook more…so just gonna reset this week! I have to stop letting crazy weeks stop me from cooking, especially since taking the time to cook has been quite meditative and welcome lately. 

    Week 785 weekly dinner plan

    MONDAY:

    • Lemon chicken pasta

    TUESDAY:

    • Roasted salmon, rice and salad

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Pesto chicken salad sandwiches

    THURSDAY:

    • Leftovers

    FRIDAY:

    SATURDAY:

    • Takeout night

    SUNDAY:

    • St. Patrick’s Day Feast! Corned beef, potatoes, salad, and green lemon bars

    Your turn! Share your own menu in the comments below. Thank you!!


  4. Monday, February 26, 2024

    Week 784 Weekly Dinner Menu

    Hello, all! I blew it last week big time. Holiday weekend, sick kid, all the fun things that change up the schedule. But we gotta get back to business this week!

    Week 784 weekly dinner menu from This Week for Dinner

    MONDAY:

    • Takeout (starting the week out strong hahahahaha)

    TUESDAY:

    WEDNESDAY:

    THURSDAY:

    • Homemade hamburgers

    FRIDAY:

    • Leftoversd

    SATURDAY:

    • Date night! Domino’s delivery for the kids, Domino’s in-restaurant for us (just kidding) 

    SUNDAY:

    Your turn! Share your own menus below! I just want to say thank you because it has been so nice being back at this and being able to read through your menus every week for inspiration. It is the best!


  5. 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!


  6. 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!


  7. 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!


  8. 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! 


  9. 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!


  10. 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!