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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Week 161 Menu

This is my life for the next week.

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Which is why my menu is pretty much absent of any real cooking. We move on Saturday (staying in the same town, for the curious minds out there). I have a LOT of packing to get done before then…plus our regular day-to-day life to attend to. But it will be FUN FUN FUN! (How’s that for a positive affirmation?)


– Sandwiches

– Spaghetti

– Leftovers (um, yeah, I realize we may not have leftovers from the previous meals…whatever)

– Eat out

– Eat out

– I have no idea. I’m hoping our new place has a Jetsons-type kitchen that does the cooking.

PLEASE share your menus! You need to inspire one another! My boring, busy life is encroaching on my weekly menus…hopefully in a week or two we’ll be back to normal! As always, thank you for sharing your menus every week. I love seeing them!


  1. Monday: BBQ shredded pork sandwiches, Cole slaw
    Tuesday: Baked macaroni and cheese and steamed broccoli
    Wednesday: Leftovers and garden salad
    Thursday: Seasoned chicken breast with roasted carrots and cabbage.
    Friday: Swedish meatballs, buttered noodles, peas
    Saturday: Steak, double-baked potatoes and sautéed spinach
    Sunday: Roast chicken, crispy rosemary potatoes, fresh green beans

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    Nancy Deininger

    Oh my gosh! I’ve never been first to post!
    Sunday – leftovers
    Monday – cabbage and sausage
    Tuesday – pasta with mushroom sauce
    Wednesday- chicken piccata and green beans
    thursday – making chicken with mango chutney for my daughter who will be house sitting
    my husband and I are going away for the weekend!
    friday – out
    saturday- out
    sunday – out (we’ll get back late)

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    Monday-shredded pork wraps
    Wednesday-Sloppy Joe Casserole
    Thursday-Chicken Ranch Tacos
    after that I make our new menu

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    I have mixed feelings about moving – hate the hard work involved, but I love the adventure of it all.
    I hope your week goes well and if you find yourself with a Jetson kitchen, pls let me know who makes it!
    m – cooked rootveg, kielbasasausage w/ a cold orange/sourcream sauce.
    tu – beef in a bluecheese sauce, rice, french green beans.
    w – pasta w/ portabellasauce, salad, garlicbread.
    th – rootveg soup, apple dutch baby.
    f – cod w/portabella/leek in oven, rice.
    s – leftovers. pie for a treat.
    su – homemade pizza, 3bean salad.

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    Monday: Pork Roast, brown rice pilaf, butternut squash (that didn’t get cooked tonight because of Science Fair work)
    Tuesday: Crock-pot Minestrone, fresh bread and cheese (leftovers for lunch during the week). Cook enough pasta for pasta salad for lunch
    Wednesday: Leftovers magic (pork fried rice)
    Thursday: Crock-pot lamb and lentil stew, green salad
    Friday: Mom and Dad out, kids and babysitter get ravioli and sauce
    Saturday: pizza with toppings and salad (we’re going to experiment with a yeast free crust for Daddy)
    Sunday: roast or salmon and large quantities of rice or noodles to use in creative leftovers during the week

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    Mashed Potatoes and Ham Casserole (parents out to dinner!)
    Chicken Pot Pie
    Turkey Cheddar Sausages, baked potatoes, cornbread
    Spaghetti, garlic bread, broccoli w/ cheese
    Stir Fry
    Alfredo Penne w/ Veggies

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    I have found lots of inspiration here this week! Thanks for the help!!

    Sunday- Chili (from my freezer stash)
    Monday- Jane’s Bistro Chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, salad
    Tuesday- Oriental Chicken Salad (an adaptation of Jane’s)
    Wednesday- Crab Cakes, Roasted potatoes with peppers and onions, salad
    Thursday- Steak and Spinach Quesadillas with Black Bean and Corn Salsa
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday- Weekend Mini Vacation

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    Monday – Rice and beans
    Tuesday – Pasta Salad –leftover from Sunday
    Wednesday – Burritos with the leftover rice and Beans
    Thursday – Breakfast night – Breakfast cake with fruit
    Friday – Husband in charge of cooking
    Saturday – Pasta with veggies
    Sunday – Roasted Potatoes/sweet potatoes with Rosemary, Grilled marinated chicken, broccoli

    Goodluck with the move!! I love moving….Whole new start to your home…..

    The last time we moved, a neighbor brought us a store-roasted chicken. At first I thought that was an odd house warming, but it fed us for the 1st three days. I highly suggest it….

  9. Sunday: Roasted whole chicken and asparagus
    Monday: Leftover chicken with pesto pasta
    Tuesday: BBQ sandwiches and broccoli
    Wednesday: Chicken fajitas
    Thursday: Pork Chops Parmigiano ala Slow Cooker
    Friday: Gobi Matar Sabzi from TWFD! –> First time making this one
    Saturday: Grandma in town for the weekend!!

    Mixed feelings on moving. A great way to sort through un-used junk, but taking soooo much time cleaning the old place afterward!

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    -Bean, Corn, and Tortilla Salad


    -Cornmeal Crusted Trout
    -Chili-roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

    -Cinnamon-Oat Pancakes

    -Homemade pizza

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    Sunday- leftovers from the freezer
    Monday- a new shrimp recipe
    Tuesday- Tacos
    Wednesday- chicken breast in the crock pot, cheese cauliflower, rice a roni
    Thursday- out to dinner (hubby out of town)
    Friday- grilled pork chops, baked potatoes, black eyed peas and corn bread
    Saturday- hamburgers and fries

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    Oh man. Moving is kind of the pits. But Sheryl always says, “a change will do you good.” I hope that’s the case for your family.

    Friday: OUT
    Saturday: Hamburgers + Chips + Fruit
    Sunday: Crock Pot Pork Chops + Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes + Roasted Asparagus
    Monday: Danish Night (yogurt, bread, cheese, deli meat, milk, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, dips)
    Tuesday: Mini Pizzas + Tomato & Avocado Salad
    Wednesday: Bajio Chicken Burritos
    Thursday: Cafe Rio Salads (use leftover chicken)

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    Monday – Hamburger soup (but with ground turkey) and Biscuits
    Tuesday – Chicken Quesadilla
    Wednesday – Peanut Noodles and Veggies
    Thursday – BBQ Hamburgers (husband is still cooking in the snow πŸ™‚
    Friday – Shrimp Soup
    Saturday – Homemade Pizza

  14. -Mixed greens with navel and blood oranges, blue cheese, and balsamic steak strips
    -Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
    -Creamy Shrimp and Artichoke Pasta
    -Easy Sausage Jambalaya
    -Some kind of homemade pizza

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    Erika B.

    Last week was all scrounging. This week will be better!

    Mon-Potato Leek Soup, Bake Off Bread and Spinach Salad
    Tues-Spiced Red Lentils with Yogurt, Pita Bread and Kiwi Slices
    Wed-Out for Husband’s B-Day!
    Thurs-Pizza, Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts, and Apple Slices
    Fri-Mac and Cheese (Boxed from Trader Joe’s), Baby Broccoli and Blood Oranges

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    We just went really cheap and non-perishable when we moved (from NY to NC) – mostly pasta. The best part was when we brought cereal but forgot to pack spoons. I had to “steal” them from a local 7-11.

    This week:

    Sa: Mac’n’cheese, broccoli
    Su: Roasted chicken, stuffing, corn, potatoes gratin
    Mo: Quiche
    Tu: grilled chicken and pasta, salad
    We: baked chicken parm, grilled garlic bread, salad
    Th: leftovers
    Fr: Roasted veggie pasta bake

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    My menu is planned, with recipe links, at my site.

    We’ll be moving in a few months too, so it won’t be long before my menu looks like yours. Good luck with the move!

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    I don’t understand why people love trader joe’s… it is mostly prepared or frozen… and they are owned by the German version of Walmart. The same people who shun Walmart go crazy over TJ’s.

    I just miss Wegmans.

  19. Monday: Turkey Chili (didn’t make it last week)

    Tuesday: Spicy Bow Tie w/ Sausage and Broccoli

    Wednesday: Southwestern Pulled Brisket
    Corn Tortillas
    Spanish Rice

    Thursday: Orange Chicken
    Brown Rice

    Friday: Ravioli & Tomato Sauce for kids…
    (Mommy’s Night Out)

    Saturday: Turkey Burgers & Hot Dogs (bbq!!)

    Sunday: Potato, Greens & Goat Cheese Quesadilla
    Black Beans

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    Barbecue-Rubbed Pork Chops (CL)
    Creamy Cheese Grits (SL)
    Dijon Green Beans (my recipe)

    Shrimp and Broccoli Stir-Fry (CL)
    Steamed Rice
    Egg Rolls

    Pasta e Fagioli (CL)

    Indonesian Chicken (CL)
    Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs (CL)
    Fresh Fruit

    French Onion Burgers (CL)
    Steak Fries

    Dinner out with the family

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    Good luck with the move! I hope it goes well!

    Monday: Grilled Pear/Cheese sandwich:

    Tuesday: Huevos Rancheros:

    Wed: Pear,Cranberry, Almond, Feta Salad

    Thurs: Whole wheat spinach/mushroom crepes:

    Friday: Homemade pizza or out

    Saturday: Tortellini with veggies

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    Sat: Chicken Quesadillas, fruit salad
    Sun: Babyback ribs, corn muffins, coleslaw
    Mon: Spinach tortellini w/Alfredo sauce, garlic bread, peas
    Tues: Tacos
    Wed: Leftovers
    Thurs: Boboli pizza, carrots
    Fri: Salmon for grownups, fishsticks for kids, rosemary potatoes, salad

  23. BBQ chicken pizza (pepperoni for the kiddo)w/homemade crust, salad, strawberries
    Hot Naked Pasta, breadsticks, veggies, fruit salad
    Chicken Soft Tacos, chips & salsa, fruit salad
    BBQ Beef sandwiches w/homemade buns, baked fries, fruit
    Breakfast Bake

    Just wanted to submit after a few weeks of getting some great ideas.
    It is refreshing to get out of a rut- and encouraging to see some of the amazing things other families are making. And I can give a sigh of relief that I make some alternative meals for my kid when I know it won’t be received. I really appreciate this blog- and just wanted to say THANKS for reminding me to plan ahead and improvise when necessary!

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    mon- vegetable egg fajitas
    tues- chicken pot pies
    wed- sausage stuffed shells
    th- homemade mac and cheese
    fri- homemade pizza (ham and pineapple)
    sat- don’t know yet
    sun- hoping someone invites us over b/c I think I’ll need a break by then! πŸ™‚

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    Moving can sure knock your menu plans all out of sorts that for sure!

    Here’s my menu copy-pasted from my blog post. πŸ˜‰
    Delicious Big Bowl – Recipe can be found HERE.

    Chicken Teriyaki with Stir Fry Veggies

    I simply stir fry boneless-skinless chicken breast or thighs in ghee, then add a big package of frozen stirfry veggies, after the veggies are done I then add a bottle of Organic Teriyaki Sauce and simmer to let flavors blend.

    One Pan Pasta Dish

    * Brown one pound of lean ground beef, with one small chopped onion and 2 cloves of garlic in a large dutch oven (drain excess fat)
    * Add one 24-ounce can crush tomatoes
    * Fill tomato can up with water and put in with meat and tomatoes
    * Fill tomato can up with uncooked tiny (whole-wheat) shells pasta or elbow macaroni and put in with the meat, tomatoes and water
    * Now stir in 1 teaspoon each of dried oregano, sweet basil, garlic powder, onion powder, and fine sea salt
    * Bring to a boil, lower to a low-medium, cover and let simmer until liquid has been absorbed and pasta is tender.
    * Top with Parmeasn Cheese.

    Leftovers or Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

    Here’s our favorite pizza crust recipe

    Roast, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli

    Hebrew National Beef Hot Dogs, with Sour Kraut.

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    Good luck with the move!!! It’s a busy week for us too, so my menu this week is uninspired as well….
    Monday: Homemade mac & cheese
    Tuesday: “Guy Approved Meatloaf”
    Wednesday: Spaghetti and Garlic Breadsticks
    Thursday: Dinner out
    Friday: Homemade pizza

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    We’ll see how our week goes with all the sunshine we are suposed to get. Yay!

    M – great northern white bean soup from the whole foods iPhone app
    T – veggie curry(vaccinations in the afternoon, crockpot is a neccesity!)
    W – mabo eggplant. Chinese box mix we need to use.
    Th -homemade pizza
    F – chili shrimp and stir fry. Using more expired Chinese box mixes.
    S – Costco run , whatever is on special
    Su – a la Daddy

    best of luck with the move!!

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    Jenn E.

    Monday- Chicken Fingers and Baked Fries, Veggie
    Tuesday- Chicken Soft Tacos w/ Chips, Salsa and Guacamole
    Wednesday- Club Sandwich Paninis
    Thursday- Spaghetti Pie
    Friday- Pizza
    Saturday- Out
    Sunday- Pulled Chicken BBQ sandwiches

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    S – bell pepper casserole and spanish rice
    M – pesto pasta w/garlic bread and salad
    T – oven baked breaded chicken with mashed pot. and corn
    W – Bean and vegetable burritos
    Th – Broccoli Cheddar Chowder
    F – homemade pizza
    S – Pork tenderloin with roasted veggies

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    S- Meatloaf, mashed potatoes & corn
    M- Creamy Chicken & wild rice soup, breadsticks
    T- Crockpot Thai Peanut Noodles
    W- Pioneer Woman’s Tomato Artichoke pasta, salad, garlic bread
    Th- Leftovers
    F- Out

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    Jen Schulte

    Best of luck in your move … I know you’ll have moments of chaos, just hope it goes as smoothly as possible!

    I travel this week so light on the mea plans but here goes.
    Monday-tortellini & marinara sauce, salad
    Tuesday-leftover chicken pot pie from weekend (hubby in charge)
    Weds-probably a frozen pizza (again hubby in charge)
    Thurs-some kind of chicken & pasta
    Friday-Think I will do Bistro Chicken after your inspiration!
    Saturday-something fun the kids can help make – little english muffin pizzas? (having 4-yr-old friend sleep over)

  32. ahhh, i seriously love coming here each week and gettin’ my ideas for our wkly menu. Thank U to all these comment/menus. woo-hoo!
    m: hamburgers/salad
    t: pasta primavera
    w: chicken sausage w/baked sweet potatoe
    th: shrimp tacos
    f: cheese omlettes w/sliced fruit (I’m out for nite;-)
    sa: Date nite; kids have lil’ pizzas w/carrots

    have fun with the move!

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    Short week for me–we’re heading to Vancouver for a few days(we’re outside of Seattle). Yeah Olympics! (Congrats on the new house, Jane. That part is exciting! πŸ™‚

    Sunday–(Birthday boy request) Homemade meatballs & sauce, pasta,zucchini bake, green salad, cake
    Tuesday–leftover meatballs, pasta & zucchini
    Wednesday–soup from the freezer
    Thursday & Friday–out of town

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    Monday – Butter Chicken, Basmati Rice and Garden Salad
    Tuesday – Haddock /Salmon or Halibut with Pesto Sauce and chopped tomatoes, roasted potatoes
    Wednesday – Crock Pot Homemade Soup (Maybe Cream of Mushroom) salad and rolls
    Thursday – Kaiser Sandwiches with Havarti Cheese
    Friday – In Laws for Supper
    Saturday – Homemade Pizza
    Sunday – Roast Chicken with Roasted Root Veggies

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    I’ll probably veer off course this week, but here it goes…

    Su: Pork Tenderloin and lentil soup
    M: Chicken and Rice casserole from Simply Recipes
    T: Leftovers
    W: Shepherd’s Pie
    Th: Sausage Pasta Bake
    Fr: Tilapia and mashed potatoes
    S: Leftovers

  36. Sunday – Mexican Crockpot Chicken
    Monday – Baked Potatoes and Salad
    Tuesday – Taco Salad
    Wednesday – Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
    Thursday – Pasta with Bacon and Mushrooms
    Friday – Concession Stand Food – at a basketball tournament
    Saturday – Eat Out

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    I just found your blog and am loving it!
    Monday – Turkey Meatloaf & roasted cauliflower w/cheese sauce
    Tuesday – Stewed chicken and squash
    Wednesday – Salad and popovers
    Thusday – Italian Vegetable pie & quinoa
    Friday – Eating at in-laws (going out of town)
    Saturday – Eating out
    Sunday – Eating out

  38. Monday: Tilapia in Lemon Shallot Butter Sauce, Broccoli and Rolls
    Tuesday: Steaks with Pan Sauce, Mac and Cheese for the kids, and Peas
    Wednesday: Chicken Spaghetti and Corn
    Thursday: Faki and Salad
    Friday: Beef Stew with Rice, Onions, and Tomatoes
    Saturday: Tilapia with Rosemary, Garlic, and Potatoes and Salad
    Sunday: Beef with Broccoli

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    hi i love your blog! i’ve been planning meals for about a yr now, and i don’t know how i ever did anything when i would just go to the grocery store and wander about, i’m sure it was a lot more expensive and a lot more went to waste!
    mon-broccoli chicken casserole
    tues- sausage stuffing criss cross pastry (recipe on the pepperidge farm website… this is my hubby’s favorite meal)
    wed- steak and spicy chili french fries
    thurs- sausage, pepper, and onion subs
    fri- burgers and chips

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    You might find Family Dinners a valuable source of recipes; the recipes are tasty and don’t require a lot of effort to prepare.

  41. Sunday
    Mom//Dad took us out for Mexican

    Soup & Sandwiches

    Jane’s Bistro Chicken (never made it last week)
    Mahed Potatoes

    Orange Chicken
    Brocolli & Carrots

    Andrew’s Birthday – going out
    Bistro West – yummy!



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    Monday: Date night
    Tuesday: Asian noodles with ginger
    Wednesday: Birthday celebration!
    Thursday: BBQ pork sandwiches
    Friday: Vegi Enchiladas and salad
    Saturday: Beef and vegi taco’s with chips and salsa
    Sunday: Pot roast with vegis

  43. I’ve never posted, but happen to have a pretty good meal plan laid out right now:

    Monday: potato leek soup, salad, bread
    Tuesday: Roasted salmon, roasted asparagus, potatoes + zuch
    Wednesday: box of Safeway’s risotto with asparagus added
    Thurs: Frittata (eggs with leftover veggies) with bread and salad
    Friday: Date night
    Saturday: DIY pizza with Trader Joe’s dough and sauce
    Sunday: Family playdate with take out (with another foursome)

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    Monday: Veggie calzones and salad
    Tuesday:Riagtoni w/turkey meat sauce and salad
    Wednesday:BLTs and baked beans
    Thursday: Take out pizza
    Friday: Whole wheat pancakes
    Saturday: roast pork, sweet potatoes and apple sauce
    Sunday:Minestrone soup

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    I’m baking my husbands birthday cake. During lent we are giving up pre-made food like eating out, ordering out, or just warming up- so I won’t be buying a bday cake. I’m dreading making it. SO much that I’m actually going to buy a pillsbury chocolate cake box- any suggestions!?

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    Jane Maynard

    cake mixes are EASY and yummy! and I’m sure you could find some great homemade cake recipes on some good food blogs out there…pioneer woman, smitten kitchen and bakerella all come to mind off the top of my head. don’t be scared – if you go with a mix, you’ll be happy – they’re tasty and SO easy! πŸ™‚

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