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  1. Sunday, April 22

    Week 576 Weekly Menu

    Happy Sunday! We’ve got a busy week ahead of us, but the dinner plan should help with the stress! Here we go…

    Week 576 Weekly Dinner Menu from @janemaynard

    MONDAY:
    – Coconut Chicken Tenders (going to try experimenting with cornmeal instead of breadcrumbs)
    – Salad

    TUESDAY:
    Chili

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Chicken, Veggie, Rice & Lentil Bowls (going to copy something I had at Cava in Orange County, will share a recipe if what I create turns out well!)

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Pesto Pasta
    – Salad

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night! (The girls and I will be in Los Angeles attending the first-ever Maverick Summit for girls as well as the Get Lit Words Ignite Classic Slam…I can’t wait for this inspiring day with my daughters!)

    SUNDAY:
    – No clue because we have back-to-back music recitals in different towns. Will pack snacks and hope we don’t starve!

    As you know this blog would be super duper boring without all of you. Please share your own weekly menu in the comments below! Thank you!


  2. Monday, April 16

    Week 575 Weekly Menu

    It’s Monday…no meal planning for me yesterday because, yes, we were working on taxes. Fun times!

    Week 575 Weekly Dinner Menu from @janemaynard

    MONDAY:
    – Brats, peppers and onions

    TUESDAY:
    Pasta Primavera (I’m excited to finally try Banza pasta for myself…family will get normal whole grain pasta)

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Homemade Hamburgers
    – Crudite

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Coconut Chicken Tenders (going to try experimenting with cornmeal instead of breadcrumbs)
    – Salad

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    Cyclops Farms Dinner for Nate and me…SO EXCITED!
    – Breakfast for dinner for the kids (I’m putting 10yo Anna in charge!)

    As always, THANK YOU for sharing your own dinner plans in the comments! I love reading through them week after week!


  3. Sunday, April 8

    Week 574 Weekly Menu

    Spring Break was a blast and we’re having a nice quiet Sunday to recuperate from our whirlwind Disneyland and Joshua Tree visits, which means time to plan this week’s menu. Here we go!

    Week 574 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard

    MONDAY:
    – Italian Sausage, Peppers & Onions

    TUESDAY:
    – Salmon with chimichurri sauce
    – Side vegetable (whatever looks good at the store!)

    WEDNESDAY:
    Stefania’s Braised Chicken
    – Brown rice and side vegetable

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Taco night

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Chicken Biryani
    – Lentils

    Thanks as always for sharing your menus in the comments below! They are so incredibly helpful to me and so many others each week as we sit down to plan dinner. Can’t wait to see what you’ve all got cooking this week!


  4. Monday, April 2

    Week 573 Weekly Menu

    Hello! Since yesterday was Easter and all, I am just now sitting down to plan my menu for the week. It’s an easy one, using up ham and taking day trips for my kids’ spring break!

    Week 573 Weekly Dinner Menu from @janemaynard

    MONDAY:
    Lentil Soup
    Leftover rolls

    TUESDAY:
    – Omelettes with ham, tomato, avocado, mushroom, onion

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Day Trip to Disneyland!

    THURSDAY:
    – Day Trip to Joshua Tree!

    FRIDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SATURDAY:
    Roasted Chicken with Rice and Salad (click link for my roasted chicken tutorial, which is now published!)

    SUNDAY:
    – Leftovers

    You know the drill….leave your own meal plans in the comments below. Have a great week!


  5. Sunday, March 25

    Week 572 Weekly Menu

    I have a lot of carry-overs from last week because, well, life. Gotta love those weeks! (Note: the menu graphic below has the wrong meal for Easter…when I planned my menu I forgot Sunday is Easter! I have updated Sunday’s plans in the list below, with links to a few recipes.)

    Week 572 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard

    MONDAY:
    – Chicken Tikka Masala with Brown Rice and Vegetables
    – Naan

    TUESDAY:
    – Ordering pizza for a get together with a visiting friend

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Salmon with Chimichurri Sauce, Brown Rice, Vegetable

    THURSDAY:
    – Out to dinner with friends

    FRIDAY:
    – Enchiladas

    SATURDAY:
    – Chicken Soup
    Prager Brothers Spelt Bread Toast[r

    SUNDAY: 
    – Ham, Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Crescent Rolls, Salad, Dessert

    Time for your dinner plans! Please share your menus in the comments below! Thank you!


  6. Monday, March 19

    Week 571 Weekly Menu

    How is it Monday already? I need to get this meal planning show on the road for this week! Here goes…

    Week 571 Weekly Dinner Menu from @thisweekfordinner

    MONDAY:
    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    TUESDAY:
    – Chicken Stir Fry & Potstickers

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Salmon with Chimichurri Sauce, Brown Rice, Vegetable

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Enchiladas (with corn tortillas)

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Chicken Tikka Masala with Brown Rice and Vegetables
    – Naan (for the kids)

    Please share your dinner plans for the week in the comments below! So grateful for each and every menu that gets posted week after week, thank you!


  7. Monday, March 12

    Week 570 Weekly Menu

    Hey all! It’s time for some meal planning!

    Week 570 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard

    Regarding the whole clean eating thing I’ve been doing, I’m going to write a separate post about it instead of updating here in the weekly menu. As I talk to people in real life, I’m finding that even the most reluctant want to give some variation of this a try by the time we are done with our conversation. So, I’ll write a post explaining how I have adjusted my diet and why, along with tons of ideas for food you can actually eat when it feels like everything is off limits. Stay tuned!

    Until then, here is my menu for the week, with modifications for my current way of eating in parentheses.

    MONDAY:
    – Thai Beef Basil with Brown Rice

    TUESDAY:
    – Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Chicken Stir Fry, Brown Rice and Potstickers (no potstickers for me)

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Taco Night (Carnitas and Chicken; I will be having a fajita bowl with brown rice)

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Breakfast for Dinner: Pancakes and Smoothies (Going to try these for myself and adjust to make them flourless and dairy-free)

    You all know the drill! Share your menus in the comments! Love that we are all back on this meal planning train together!


  8. Monday, March 5

    Week 569 Weekly Menu

    Hi everyone!

    For those who care about the whole clean eating thing that’s happening with me right now…I went to the doctor and it is definitely food that is causing the trouble. All test results came back super healthy, so I’m dealing with food allergies and sensitivities. So, all in all, good news…but maybe a bit annoying. 😉 I’m still eating crazy healthy and going to slowly experiment with different foods to see what kind of reaction I have (if any) to different things. Quite frankly, when I wrote last week’s post I was feeling so grumpy about what I couldn’t eat and quite bored with my options. Another week in and my mindset is completely different. Eating this way is definitely getting easier (I never in a million years thought I would breathe those words because bread and also food writer). Anyway, this really is a fascinating process and I’ll write more soon. Promise. Until then, let’s get down to business with planning out dinner this week, shall we?

    Week 569 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard

    MONDAY:
    – Roasted Chicken (link to my recipe coming this week – will update when it’s live!)
    Roasted Vegetables and Salad

    TUESDAY:
    – Boozy Beef Stew

    WEDNESDAY:
    Stuffed Peppers

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Thai Beef Basil with Brown Rice

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Chicken Stir Fry with Potstickers (I won’t be eating the potstickers, but my kids will revolt if I don’t provide them anyway!)

    You all know the drill! Share those menus you’ve got planned in the comments below! THANK YOU!


  9. Sunday, February 25

    Week 568 Weekly Menu…and my foray into “clean eating”

    Hey everyone! So, one week ago when I planned my weekly menu it was a regular old week. Except for a horrific rash on my face that had been bothering me for nearly two weeks, that is. I went to the doctor on Tuesday. She told me to essentially eat like a hunter gatherer for 1 week and that I absolutely could not eat sugar, dairy or wheat for the week. So, since Tuesday I have only eaten meats, beans, vegetables, fruits, eggs and brown rice. (I’m allowed to eat oats, too, but just haven’t yet.)

    If you know me at all, you know special diets are just not my thing. But I of course listened to the doctor and got on it stat. And I have good news, which is also bad news in my opinion because I love bread so much. This clean eating stuff actually worked. WHAT THE?! Here are my conclusions so far:

    • This way of eating not only has cleared up the rash (which was terrible, friends…terrible), but my skin overall has never looked this good. I have always struggled with acne, so this is saying something.
    • I have lost over 6 pounds already. I’m sure some of that was water retention, but every time I step on the scale the number is lower. Note: I am not actively trying to lose weight. Note #2: Don’t worry, I’m not wasting away or anything. 😉
    • Eating this way was easier than I thought it would be and the food I have been eating has been delicious.
    • Eating this way requires a lot more food prep. Which just takes a little more planning. But I am also using way more fruits and vegetables, which is fantastic. I took about 30-45 minutes on grocery shopping day to prep a bunch of raw veggies so they are waiting in the fridge for a snack or for cooking.
    • I AM ALSO BORED TO DEATH WITH FOOD. Really. Today the food boredom is really kicking in. This boredom is manifesting itself in two ways. First, I’m sick of thinking so hard about food. Second, I am just bored with the options. I wish I could eat more things.

    I meet again with the doctor in two days to go over test results and to discuss the diet changes and next steps, including reintroducing foods slowly. The reason I am telling you all of this is because this is a food blog and this has been a pretty significant development in my daily experience with food. I won’t write about it all the time, but it was just so fascinating to me that results came so quickly with this diet shift. Crazy stuff.

    Okay, so here is this week’s menu, which is one I should be able to enjoy if I have to continue with the food restrictions beyond this Tuesday.

    Week 568 Weekly Dinner Menu

    MONDAY:
    Carnitas Rice Bowls

    TUESDAY:
    – Boozy Beef Stew

    WEDNESDAY:
    Stefania’s Braised Chicken

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Grilled Chicken with Salad

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    Roasted Veggie Scrambles

    Your turn! Share your dinner plans for the week in the comments below! (And any clean eating wisdom…I’ll take it!)


  10. Monday, February 19

    Week 567 Weekly Menu

    Happy President’s Day weekend! We have been taking it easy today. I feel like we needed it after spending Friday at Disneyland, which turned out to be a madhouse that day. SO fun, not complaining, but definitely needed some quiet days after. Now it’s time to take a break from taking it easy to plan out this week’s dinners.

    Week 567 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard

    MONDAY:
    – Caprese Paninis

    TUESDAY:
    Chili

    WEDNESDAY:
    Spaghetti and Meatballs
    – Salad

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – BLTs
    – Smothies

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Roast Chicken and Vegetables

    Your turn! Please share your weekly menu in the comments! I know I’m a broken record, but seriously, I love reading through your meal plans each week as I plan, they are so helpful!