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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Week 168 Menu

Pistachios are officially on my list of ‘beautiful foods I love looking at when I cook’ (I’m an artist, I can’t help but be a little obsessed with what food looks like). Blueberries still take the top spot, but pistachios aren’t far behind.  Yesterday when I was cracking a bunch for a recipe, it was the first time I really looked at them. Of course there’s that vibrant green color I’ve always liked, but what I hadn’t really noticed before was the contrasting purple in the skins. I love it.

pretty pistachios web

On to the menu. I have a couple duplicates from last week. We were able to draw out our ham leftovers longer than I anticipated (I even froze lentil soup AND ham in the end!).

Stuffed Shells

– Homemade Veggie Burgers (new recipe for me that my mother-in-law shared with me…I can’t wait to try them, she says they’re irresistible! Rest assured I will share them with you…)

– Butternut Squash soup

– Leftovers

– Breakfast for dinner

– Eat out

Lime & Honey Glazed Salmon

Okey dokey, pokey. Get your menu planned. You’ll be a much happier person. I promise. And don’t forget to share that menu here with us!

Have a great week, folks!


  1. I LOVE pistachios! Can’t wait to see what you’re making with them.

    -Pizza Caprese on Garlic Focaccia Crust
    -Cashew Chicken
    -Vegetable (not sure what combo yet) tarts with a side mixed greens salad
    -Asian Flank Steak Wraps
    -leftovers when we need to fill in the days

    and I am making that raspberry cake sometime this week!

  2. Here is what we have planned so far for the week:
    – Steamed Clams with french bread (clams from Costco freezer section)
    – Chicken Panzanella
    – Turkey Tacos
    – Turkey burgers
    – Grilled Mahi with brown rice and asparagus

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    I can’t wait to see those veggie burgers! Yum!

    Monday-Polenta Spinach Lasagna

    Tuesday-Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus, Spinach and Feta

    Wed-Veggie sandwiches with Baked Zucchini Fries

    Thursday-I’ll be honest-cereal, it’s a busy day:)

    Friday-Pear/brie panini


  4. 4

    Here’s mine:

    – burritos
    – bbq: honey mustard pork chops and bacon wrapped shrimp
    – ham and cheese puff pastries
    – mini meatloaves
    – eating out one night since we have a busy week

    I’ll be sharing some recipes probably later this week over on my blog… if you’re interested.

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    Connie Z.

    Mon: Tilapia Parm
    Tues: Homemade Pizza
    Wed: Husband’s Shrimp fried rice
    Thursday: PW Pan Fried Pork Chops
    Friday: Salmon
    Saturday: PW Flank Steak

  6. With family in town last week, we didn’t do so well with following the menu. So, there are a few repeats this week!

    Sunday: Sausage paella & Oven Fries
    Monday: Pulled Pork (ala Crock Pot)
    Tuesday: Leftovers
    Wednesday: Homemade Ravioli from the Ravioli Party!
    Thursday: Chinese Beef Broccoli
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Out!

  7. M: Meatloaf with buttered noodles and green peas
    T: Pesto spaghetti with fresh tomato, garlic bread, green salad
    W: Barbeque pork sandwiches(, coleslaw, fresh fruit salad
    T: Leftovers (or homemade pizza)
    F: Grilled cheeseburgers, homemade fries, garden salad
    S: Seasoned chicken breasts, pan-fried zucchini cakes, spinach salad
    Su: Dry-rubbed pork tenderloin, couscous, fresh green beans

  8. Saturday – Shrimp and Asparagus tarts / green salad

    Sunday – Grilled prime rib with a sweet potato salad (

    Monday – Pan fried sole with fresh peas and carrots

    Tuesday – Pasta with home made tomato sauce

    Wednesday – Curried Chicken with rice

    Thursday – Grilled cheese sandwich bar ( i.e either using brie, manchego or comte)

    Friday – either Tacos or take out pizza

    PS: Making note of that stuffed shells recipe for next week !

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    Sun – Herb crusted lamb rack and vegetables
    Mon – Chicken Salad
    Tues – Spaghetti Bol
    Wed – Homemade Pizza and salad
    THu – Out for sister inlaws birthday
    Fri – Steak and salad and roast pumpkin
    Sat – Beef CUrry and Naan

  10. Monday: Chicken and Rice and Corn
    Tuesday: Chicken with Paprika Onions and Cream and Salad
    Wednesday: Black Bean Soup with Avocado and Cheese Crisps
    Thursday: Spaghetti and Broccoli
    Friday: Pizza and Fruit
    Saturday: Breakfast for Dinner
    Sunday: Left Overs

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    Jen Schulte

    Hi Jane, I’ve been traveling like a fiend for work and really missing putting a menu on your site! I won’t be around this week either but in the spirit … and for nostalgia …. here is what (I hope) my family will be doing.

    Mon-Meatloaf, green beans, tater tots
    Tues-Pigs-n-blankets, more green beans or carrots
    Weds-Pasta or pizza from freezer, salad
    Thurs- I’m home! Might be leftovers until I get my bearings (returning from Brussels)
    Friday-Grilled Salmon, spinach, rice
    Saturday-BBQ pork ribs, sweet potatoes, cole slaw

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    Unplanned Cooking

    I love pistachos but have never used them in a dish. Hope you do so I can try your recipe 😉

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    Friday–Oven Fried Chicken Strips with spaghetti and salad
    Saturday–Grilled Cheese sandwiches with soup (check out Tasty Kitchen’s grilled cheese post this week)
    Sunday–Tuna Alfredo (yes, it’s Tuna Helper, but it’s also VERY GOOD!) with salad
    Monday–Deer Tenders with rice and salad
    Wednesday–Chicken Ranch Tacos
    Thursday–Italian Crescent Casserole

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    I’m looking forward to the Veggie Burger recipe!!

    Monday- Pasta
    Tuesday- Grilled Chicken Fajitas
    Wednesday- Chicken Nachos or Stir fry with brown rice
    Thursday- Mexican Chicken Stew
    (Are we seeing a theme?!?1)
    Friday- Leftovers…possibly out for sushi!!
    Saturday- Family party, sandwiches
    Sunday- Family over

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    Okay, I’ve been following you for well over a year, but have never had my act together enough to post a menu. This week I get back to being organized!
    Monday-Chicken, Pesto, Feta, Mozarella Pizza (Homemade)w/ Mixed green salad (w/apples & apple balsamic vinaigrette)
    Tuesday-Chicken & snowpea stir-fry
    Weds- Bruschetta on fresh toasted baguette(my no meat attempt)
    Thurs-Homemade Fruit Crepes (rasp,strawb,blueb) w/Nutella!!
    Friday-Curry chicken (w fruit)& rice, w/ edamame
    Saturday-Baked Monterey chicken & potatoes

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    Hiya. This is my first week of planned meals. Thank you Jane (and everyone who posts their menus), for the inspiration and motivation!

    Sunday – tamale pie & salad
    Monday – 16 bean soup (crock pot), garlic bread & salad
    Tuesday – grilled cheese & tomato roasted red pepper soup
    Wednesday – spicy sweet chicken thighs, quinoa, broccoli
    Thursday – leftovers
    Friday – tortellini, salad, roasted butternut squash

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    andrea p

    Mon: Lemon chicken (Like what you’d get at an Asian restaurant) with brown rice and steamed carrots and cauliflower.
    Tues: Crockpot day, I’ll be checking out a slowcooker blog to decide what to make. I also have a roast to toss in as a back up plan.
    Wed: Hamburger or Beef Stroganoff with steamed broccoli
    Thurs: Taco night
    Fri: Leftovers, or homemade pizza night (if there’s no leftovers left after eating them for lunch).
    Sat: Eating out with friends
    Sun: Roasted whole chicken, undecided on the side dishes.

    To get more fruit in our diet I’ve been slicing fruit, usually apples or pears and putting it out as a side dish with dinner.

  18. Love your website! I figured if I am going to continue checking you out every week, I might as well fully participate and leave my menu. Here you go!
    Mon-Creamy Chicken Asparagus Soup
    Tues-taco salad
    Wed-Eat out (it’s my birthday!)
    Thurs-BBQ pork roast
    Sat-eat out
    Sun-who knows? we are leaving on vacation!

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    Monday-Fish sticks, not sure what else with it
    Tuesday-Pot roast, potatoes
    Wednesday-make your own burritos with the leftover shredded roast
    Thursday-french bread pizzas
    Saturday-Cube steak or PW’s chicken fried steak, baked potatoes

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    Mon: BBQ Chicken sandwich, green beans, and salad
    Tue: Chicken Pesto Pasta with peas
    Wed: Homemade Pizza
    Th: Leftovers
    Fri-Mon: Out of town, we will see what the Mother in law is cooking

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    Jenn E.

    Monday- Pasta with Bacon and Mushrooms (a la PW)
    Tuesday- Chicken Enchiladas
    Wednesday- Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwiches
    Thursday- Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
    Friday- Pizza
    Saturday- Out for the Anniversary of our First Date (we go to the same restaurant every year)
    Sunday- Grilled London Broil and Baked Potatoes

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    Ugh – plan a menu? We’re all battling a cold this week and no one feels much like eating.
    Monday – leftover chicken tika masala, rice, naan, peas
    Tuesday – chicken soup?
    Wednesday – Ground turkey tacos
    Thursday – Something in the crock pot – evening meeting
    Friday – Steamed mussels from the freezer, poached salmon, salad, potato salad
    Saturday – pizza and a salad
    Sunday – Fritata with fresh vegetables

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    Still getting into a routine with this meal planning!
    M: Tacos, my favorite!
    T: Kebobs and rice
    W: Ranch chicken, asparagus, bread or salad
    T:Pork of some kind, panko maybe. Salad, rice.
    Sa: BBQ at a friend’s
    Su:Leftovers perhaps?

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    Stuffed Shells (What a coincidence!)
    Chicken Gyros with homemade tzatiki and pita bread
    Chicken with herbed goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes
    Bean tostada’s

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    Mon – Bean & Veg Soup, corn bread
    Tues – (Freezer) Meatballs & Sauce, spaghetti, green salad
    Weds – Slow cooker pork roast with 3 mushroom ragout, egg noodles, dark greens salad, cookies
    Thurs – Leftovers or taquitos and tomato salad
    Fri – Fish sticks, tater tots, cole slaw
    Sat – PW beef brisket, baked squash, something green
    Sun – Leftovers or taquitos

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    S: Crockpot Country Style Ribs, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, caprese salad
    M: Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs, paremesan breadsticks
    T: Sweet & Sour Chicken Stirfry, brown rice
    Moving the next 2 days, don’t know how long it will take to find the kitchen. No sinks and countertops until sometime on Thursday. Maybe able to have leftovers in the microwave. At least the dogs eating habits won’t change.

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    Erika B.

    Sunday-Veggie Pot Pie, Steamed Artichokes, Garlic Bread and Apple Slices
    Monday-Bean Burritos, Chips and Bananas
    Tuesday-Frozen Stir Fry Meal, Rice and More Bananas
    Wednesday-Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Strawberries, Fried Eggs and Bacon
    Thursday-Veggie Burgers, Roasted Balsamic Parmesan Cauliflower and Kiwi Slices
    Friday-Leftovers or Out (I hope)

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    I’ve got a few carry overs from last week. I wasn’t feeling well last week, I was way too tired to make much for meals.

    Sun.- Beef Stew
    Mon.- out (unexpected shopping trip)
    Tues.- Baked chicken, peas and green salad
    Wed.- Calzones
    Thurs.- Broccoli Salad and canned soup
    Fri.- To Be Determined
    Sat.- out:Date Night

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    I’m not a fan of nuts, but pistachios are somehow okay with my mouth. Pine nuts and pistachios are the only nuts I’ll consume. Haha. I haven’t started planning a menu weekly, I really should though. Everyone says it will make life easier.

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