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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Week 170 Menu…and Tropicana Sweeps

Good Morning! I have a lovely glass of juice for you to start your day.

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Speaking of orange juice…okay, not really a segue since I totally set it up…but…I keep forgetting to tell you about a Sweeps contest* from Tropicana. They actually set up a special code just for my readers, which means 3 of you will win a prize! Visit the Sweeps page and use the code VALENCIA. Grand Prize is a $50 Adidas card, First Prize is a 1-hour massage from Massage Envy (I will certainly envy whoever wins this, by the way), and Second Prize is a $10 Coleman gift card. The Sweeps end on April 28 at 11:59 PM CT. Good luck!

I can’t believe it’s already time for a menu…I looked at the date yesterday and could not believe how far into the year we are. Time, slow down just a bit, won’t you? I just know those little hands holding that glass of juice won’t be little for long enough.

– Stuffed Peppers (didn’t get to them last week. once I make them, I’ll share the recipe. promise.)

– Stir Fry (it’s been a while since we’ve had this) with rice and some appropriate side dish like dumplings or something

– Omelets, toast & smoothies

Bertucci’s Tortellini (I’m leaving out the sausage this time around…I just really feel like a yummy pasta with a creamy tomato sauce…mmmm….it’s all about the sauce this week)
– Salad and bread

– Leftovers

– Eat out

Chicken Scallopine from The Pioneer Woman (I even have my pre-measured 1 cup of white wine waiting patiently in the freezer – thank you, Freezer)

I’m sure a few of you will notice I pretty much ripped off most of my menu ideas from you last week.  Told ya I read your menus. And love them. And use them. All the time. THANK YOU!

So get you’re menus up here! And, don’t think I didn’t notice some of you are slacking off…or haven’t posted in the first place. Hop to it!

*No purchase necessary. Ends 4/28/10. Please see Official Rules at website for details.


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    Monday – Ground Beef Stir-fry

    Tuesday – Broccoli & cheese tortellini in a creamy tomato sauce

    Wednesday – Salt and Pepper Pork Chops,

    Thursday- Choo’s Marinated chicken , rice & green salad

    Friday – Tuna Pasta Salad

    Saturday – Out

    Sunday – Steak on the BBQ, caesar salad, sweet potato fries

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    We have a very very very busy week ahead of us:
    Sunday – Apple Pork Roast + Salad
    Monday – Leftovers
    Tuesday – Grilled chicken + Orzo pasta salad
    Wednesday – Asian-style chicken vegetable medley (frozen)
    Thursday – Beef Stroganoff (Hamburger Helper)
    Friday – Eat out
    Saturday – BFD?

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    Sunday–Roasted chicken (done on the grill–its already too hot here), rice, salad

    Monday–Quinoa tabbouleh, veggies and dip

    Tuesday–brother the chef cooking

    Wednesday–Chicken Enchiladas, zuchini

    Thursday–Pad Thai, lemongrass chicken Stix (TJ’s)


    Saturday–eat out

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    Nancy Deininger

    sunday – lamb chops with mashed potatoes and broccoli
    monday – chicken breast with veggies
    tuesday – spaghetti with meat sauce
    wednesday – out
    thursday – monday – away! (mini vacation!)

  5. 5

    Wait… you can freeze wine?… I hardly drink so wine usually goes bad waiting for me to drink it. (Nobody likes a bad wine they do bad things to food and they don’t taste good either)

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    Friday–Eat What You Can Find Night!!
    Saturday–Chicken Quesadillas
    Sunday–Birthday party
    Monday–Raley Goulash (family recipe…not really goulash)
    Tuesday–Chicken and pasta
    Thursday–Deer meat, not sure how I am making it yet

  7. Mon: Rigatoni with sausage, zucchini, and pistachios
    Tues: Pad Thai with shrimp
    Weds: Oven-fried chicken parmesan / roasted broccoli / polenta
    Thurs: Triple fennel sausage pasta / salad
    Fri: Italian turkey burgers / radish and cucumber salad
    Sat: Out

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    Last week before sports season mania starts….so some cooking:
    Sunday – Homemade Pizza Night
    Monday – Out after Sam’s Play
    Tuesday – Greek Pork, Lemon Roast Potatoes, Peas
    Wednesday – Cobb Salad (adults), Chk, Veggies and Dip (kids)
    Thursday – BBQ Chicken, Green Rice, Corn
    Friday – BBQ Burgers, Fries, Veggies and Dip

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    Monday- manicotti/ cheesy bread
    Tuesday- left overs
    Wed- italian crockpot soup
    Thur- hubby in charge
    Fri- BBQ hamburgers/ pasta salad/fruit
    Saturday- wedding
    Sunday- breakfast burritos

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    Fri: Fundraiser Dinner @ Church
    Sat: Turkey Burgers + Oven Fries + Milkshakes
    Sun: Dinner @ Friends’
    Mon: Chalonn’s Marinaded Chicken + Rice + Fruit
    Tues: Tuscan Lentil Soup + Rolls
    Wed: Taco Salad + Tortilla Chips
    Thur: Fresh Tomato & Basil Pasta

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    Monday- turkey pot pie, salad
    Tuesday- clam chowder (or other soup), sandwiches and salad
    Wed- fried rice
    Thur- crock pot meal – vegetable stew
    Fri- hamburgers, freezer coleslaw, vegetables, fresh buns
    Saturday- pizza and salad
    Sunday- grilled lamb chops, side and salad

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    Monday- Tuscan Roasted Chicken, Asparagus, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    Tuesday- Roasted Garlic Chipotle BBQ Pork Chops, Mac and Cheese, Green Beans
    Wednesday- Southwest Chicken Salad
    Thursday- Speg., Salad, Garlic Cheese Bread
    Friday- Chicken Chimichangas, Black Beans, Rice—–GO THUNDER!
    Saturday- Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks and Peppers
    Sunday- Taco Pie, Guac and Sour Cream

  13. Sunday: Broccoli Rabe and Beef Flat Bread from Real Simple
    Monday: Stuffed Bell Peppers
    Tuesday: Braised chicken with polenta
    Wednesday: Roasted Spring Vegetable Salad and Pork Tenderloin
    Thursday: Stir Fry and brown rice
    Friday: Shrimp and Clam pasta (carb loading for long ride)
    Saturday: Out (to celebrate previously mentioned long ride)

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    Traci P.

    Sun: Mexican Lasagna from Pioneer Woman
    Mon: Chicken Parmesan- trying PW’s recipe
    Tue: Leftovers
    Wed: Kielbasa- Mac and cheese
    Thurs: Barbecups from Pillsbury- roasted cauliflower
    Fri: Probably more leftovers
    Sat: out

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    Alright Jane, I hear you! I know I’ve been a slacker!

    Monday: Stir-fry, jasmine rice, and veggie spring rolls
    Tuesday: Hot Italian sandwiches with potato chips
    Wednesday: Corn-Chipotle rice and beans with fresh tortillas
    Thursday: Leftovers maybe mixed into a salad?
    Friday: German Pancakes with strawberry smoothies
    Saturday: Out
    Sunday: Cayenne mashed potatoes, fresh bread, steamed broccoli, and grilled chicken

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    Friday – Pizza
    Saturday – Eat Out
    Sunday – Pecan Chicken, corn, pears
    Monday – Mini Meatloaves, mashed potatoes, texas toast
    Tuesday – Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas, corn, rice
    Wednesday – Pork Roast, baked potatoes, parmesan noodles, crescent rolls
    Thursday – Leftovers or Breakfast Night

  17. It’s going to be a gorgeous week in Florida. So, we’re going to use the grill non-stop!

    Sunday: Veal chops & grilled corn salsa
    Monday: Veggie omelets
    Tuesday: Salsa Chicken & Black Bean Soup ….we’ll try this again. Didn’t happen last week.
    Wednesday: Kebobs on the grill – lots of good veggies and meat
    Thursday: Veggie burgers on the grill
    Friday: Leftovers….we close on the new house!!
    Saturday: Something low maintenance and easy. We’ll be going back and forth between the houses.

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    M: Spaghetti with meatballs, fresh green salad
    T: Grilled cheese w/ creamy tomato soup
    W: Pizza night
    Th: Baked meatloaf, steamed green beans, roasted potatoes
    F: Parmesan chicken, steamed broccoli and fruit salad
    S: Grilled steak, fresh asparagus, garlic bread
    Su: Roasted Chicken, crispy rosemary potatoes, baked apples, green salad

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    I need to add some super easy and kid-friendly recipes to my menu plans. I have some really hectic days coming up, if anyone has a favorite that is quick and simple I’d love if you noted it on your menu!

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    Sun.- leftovers
    Mon.- Sausage and Potato Soup
    Tues.- Baked Haddock, Broccoli and Spinach
    Wed.- Baked Chicken Thighs/Legs, Oven Roasted Cauliflower, Carrots
    Thurs.- Burgers?, Tossed Salad
    Fri.- Out
    Sat.- Date Night

    I’m writing this up as I peruse the grocery store flyer, I may change my as I’m shopping. I have a couple carry overs from last week due to having company and last min. menu changes.

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    Sun: Spinach, cheddar & bacon egg bake
    Mon: leftovers
    Tues: Tuna melts, salad
    Wed: leftovers
    Thurs: Grilled BBQ Ribs, apple crisp with caramel sauce, ice cream (friends are making other sides)
    Friday: Indian spiced salmon with chickpea/tomato/onion saute
    Saturday: wedding

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    This is my first week menu planning, and I felt compelled to share.
    Monday – lettuce wraps with pulled chicken, baby bok choy, water chestnuts
    Tuesday – sandwich day: mozzarella, prosciutto, tomato, basil paninis
    Wednesday – Arctic char with some sort of fruit relish/salsa, rice
    Thursday – arugula salad with prosciutto, goat cheese, tomatoes
    Friday – eat out/takeout
    Saturday – family in town, tbd
    Sunday – baked turkey meatballs adapted from Smitten Kitchen’s baked chicken meatballs with pasta or side salad

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    M-Steak, onion and peppers hoagies
    T-Cobb salad, breadsticks
    W-Meat, black bean, rice, make-your-own-burritos
    Th-Chicken, Potato salad, orzo salad, steamed broccoli
    S-Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, brownies

  24. M – Taco rice
    T – Stuffed peppers
    W – homemade pasta
    Th – Hayashi Rice
    F – next week…Golden Week at the in-laws woo hoo!!!

  25. M — Beef Empanadas; Lemon-Garlic Kale
    T — Indian-spiced Salmon over Brown Basmati Rice; Spinach w/ Mushrooms; Mango Lassi
    W — Orzo Salad w/ Peas & Feta Cheese; Zucchini Fritters
    Th — Cream of Asparagus Soup; Assorted Salad Greens w/ Raisins, Cashews, & Sunflower Seeds; Homemade Sourdough Bread
    F — Spice-tossed Shrimp w/ Parmesan Grits; Lemon-Pepper Broccoli; Rhubarb Compote

    Homemade Mushroom Pizza topped with Homegrown Arugula

    Lemon Parmesan Fusilli with Asparagus and Spinach
    Strawberries topped with Greek Honey Yogurt

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    Peg C

    these menus really do inspire…..
    Sun.-Chicken parmesan
    Mon.-ravioli casserole
    Tue.-Haddock baked with spinach
    Wed. leftovers
    Thur. out
    Fri.-Crockpot spareribs
    Sat. homemade pizza

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    Jenn E.

    Monday- BLTs
    Tuesday- Chicken Soft Tacos
    Wednesday- Salmon (grilled), baked potatoes, veggie
    Thursday- Ribs, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
    Friday- Pizza
    Saturday- Out
    Sunday- Flying to MT

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    Monday-Baked Ravioli & Meatballs, Garlic Bread
    Tuesday-Garlic Pork Roast, Sour Cream & Onion Scalloped Potatoes
    Wednesday-Turkey Fried Rice, Green Beans, Mandarin Oranges
    Thursday-DIY Dinner (Do It Yourself with whatever is in the fridge!)
    Friday-Pizza Night
    Sat & Sun-out of town

  29. Monday: Left Overs
    Tuesday: Pot Roast, Potatoes and Salad
    Wednesday: Chicken in White Sauce and Broccoli
    Thursday: Chicken Parmesan and Salad
    Friday: Italian Crab Pasta Sauce
    Saturday: Out To Eat
    Sunday: Left Overs

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    M – Sandwiches (my husband is away)
    T – alfredo pasta, green beans, bread (homemade)
    W – not sure yet
    Th – Taco night
    F – Baked pesto pasta, broccoli
    S – Meatsa Pizza Burgers (Rachael Ray), grilled asparagus
    Su – Portabella Lasagna

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    Monday – Fish Tacos
    Tuesday – Everyone’s outta town… n/a
    Wednesday – Take out
    Thursday – Greek Chicken Salad
    Friday – Farmer’s Market Grilled Pizza
    Saturday – Grilled Skewers on Brown Rice (side salad)
    Sunday – leftovers or Tortilla Soup?

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    Monday-Veggie sandwiches w/ fruit salsa and cinnamon pita chips:

    Tuesday: Tofu tacos with Asian slaw
    Wed: Grilled Veggie Packets
    Thursday: Strawberry Spinach Salad:

    Friday-Homemade pizza night

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    I haven’t got much figured out for this week in regards to food/menus… but we’re definitely having the following (and I cannot wait to make them!)
    Chicken Caesar Pitas! and then Frittata! Mixing in sausages (not the breakfast links, but real ground up sausage), peppers, onions & potatoes with the eggs. Sprinkle a little cheese over top. Just like Gramps used to make for Sunday brunch. 🙂

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    Mon: Meatloaf, mashed taters, green beans (there’s always one dish that we never end up making so it gets kicked to the next week!)
    Tue: Chicken salad with parsley biscuits
    Wed: Steak, oven roasted potatoes, salad
    Thr: Pork, asparagus/broccoli, rice a roni
    Fri: Kebobs? Taco Salad?
    Sat: Some kind of casserole
    Sun: Stir Fry

  35. 35

    I just found your site and LOVE all the great ideas…
    here is what we are having this week (with a few recipes too)

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    Mon: honey mustard pork chops
    Tues: Out
    Wed: Pasta limone
    Thurs: Veal Burgers and latkes
    Fri: Fish and Celeriac
    Sat: Caesar Salad
    Sun: Bhuna Curry

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    Um….um…..still thinking….:)

    Mon- @ Grandma’s
    Tues- Breakfast for Dinner
    Weds- Squash soup from freezer and veggie burgers
    Thurs- Orange chicken, brown rice, broccoli
    Fri- Might try homemade pizza w/kids
    Sat- School Function
    Sun – Stuffed Peppers

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    We used to be so good at menu planning… How is it that our efforts have actually gotten more pathetic with the passage of years? I used to think it would be so much easier once my kids were teens – NOT!
    Monday: Enchiladas
    Tuesday: Orange Roughy and maybe Orzo with some
    sort of creamy sauce
    Wednesday: Chili with Scoops
    Thursday: Beef Barley & Veggie Soup w/Homemade Dinner Rolls
    Friday: Tacos and/or Taco Salad

    Not very exciting, is it?!

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    Jane Maynard

    wow! I should call you guys slackers more often…love all the menus this week!!! 🙂

    dina – I think it’s harder when your kids leave, cause you’re just cooking for yourself. I think my parents stopped eating completely when we left home 😉 – and your plan does NOT need to be exciting. love it all!

    thanks everyone…I really appreciate your plans. keep it coming!!

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    Mon: Stuffed Peppers (same as you :)with green beans
    Tue: Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos with cilantro lime rice
    Wed: Pork Chops w/ apples and carmeilzed onions
    Th: Chicken enchiladas and black beans
    Fri: Spaghetti with salad and bread
    Sat: Out to the Nature and Science Museum and dinner
    Sun: Creamy dijion tenderloin and garlic potatoes also jam making day!!

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    Monday- Pasta and Stuffed Sole (We’re trying to eat more fish)
    Tuesday- Out for Grandpa’s 70th Birthday!
    Wednesday- Pizza
    Thursday- Obama’s Chili
    Friday- Probably eating at grandma’s
    Saturday- Leftovers
    Sunday- Back to Grandma’s!!

  42. No better way to start the day than with this glass of orange juice. As I think about the rich, natural vit C, I am getting,I am also looking at the favor by Tropicana for your readers. Really jealous about your week long recipes. Please no matter how busy you will be,do share the stuffed peppers recipe.

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    Monday – lasagna, garlic bread
    Tuesday – tacos, chips and salsa
    Wednesday – leftover night
    Thursday – honey mustard chicken with snap peas and carrots, brown rice, salad
    Friday – cashew chicken and broccoli, honey rolls
    Saturday – leftover night
    Sunday – personal homemade pizzas, salad

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    Monday – Spaghetti, romaine salad
    Tuesday – broccoli quieche, bacon
    Wednesday – Pork Chops in BBQ sauce, mashed potatoes, fried okra, biscuits
    Thursday – Chicken pizza, salad
    Friday – Turkey corn chili, crackers
    Saturday – Monte Cristo sandwiches on the griddle with cranberry sauce, chips
    Sunday – chicken nuggets, creamed corn, rolls

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    Erika B.

    Mon-Gross Delivery Pizza and Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy
    Tues-Taco Bell (15 min ago. Ewww)
    Wed-Black Bean Enchiladas, Chips and Salsa, Asparagus and Apple Slices
    Thurs-Leftover Enchiladas, Balsamic Cauliflower and Kiwi Slices
    Fri-Out? or Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Strawberries (still didn’t get to these!)

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