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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Week 177 Menu

I have 12 roma tomatoes. What should I do with them? I’m thinking some caprese salad. Maybe a Tuscan bread salad? Or maybe something you suggest…hint, hint.

roma tomatoes web

Last week was the very busy last week of school, among other things. I only made one thing on my menu plan, mostly because we never made it to the grocery store! What in the world did we eat? I know we ate out twice, but what happened the rest of those days? It’s a mystery! This will actually be the subject of a reader-requested post coming up this week…so save any comments on this subject until then! 🙂

– Tri-Tip Roast (recipe to come, if I what I do ends up being good, that is!), corn on the cob and caprese salad

Asian Spinach Salad

Santa Fe Salad

– Leftovers

– Kaiserschmarren (recipe to come)

– Eat out

Orange Chicken, rice and veggie (this recipe is a staple in our family’s dinner repertoire, thanks to Grammy McCarthy…it’s a real winner, if you haven’t tried it yet)

Please share your menu for the week! Thank you!!


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    Hi Jane! I have had several weeks like that lately when the menu didn’t really happen. I have also wondered what do others do in that situation, so it will be good to read your post, and hopefully some comments, on the topic.

    I don’t eat a lot of fresh tomatoes myself–it’s a texture thing. But I do cook with them and serve them to my family. Here is a good casserole that uses summer vegetables (zucchini or yellow squash) that i think is great:
    Layered Tomato-Vegetable Casserole

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    Friday–I was sick so my hubby made breakfast for dinner for himself and the kids
    Saturday–I made Olive Garden’s Chicken & Gnocchi soup
    ( It is FABULOUS!!!!!
    Sunday–BLTS (a possible use for your tomatoes?)
    Monday–We’ll be meeting my parents for the day so we may eat with them or grab something on the way home
    Tuesday–Pork Loin Chops and Mac & Cheese
    Wednesday–Lasagna Soup (
    Thursday–Stupid Chicken (

  3. I’m allergic to tomatoes-but I make tomato based dishes for my hubby quite a bit. I would say, make a pasta salad, hull out and drain the tomatoes upside down on a paper towel, then stuff the tomatoes with the pasta salad.

  4. Fresh tomatoes on a pizza are always yummy! I also like to roast them with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

    Sunday: Lamb Chops with Pistachio Tapenade (from Smitten Kitchen); this one is too intriguing to pass up!
    Monday: Chicken Pasta Salad (make ahead)
    Tuesday: Shaved Asparagus Pizza (from Smitten Kitchen)
    Wednesday: Drip Beef in the Crock Pot (Pioneer Woman)
    Thursday: Stuffed Peppers from the freezer stash (This Week for Dinner)
    Friday/Saturday: Grandma and Uncle Mikey are here this weekend!! Out? Whip up something fabulous with Mike? Hard to say!

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    So I saw a recipe from Giada on the The Food Network Years ago. It was really yummy. She cut up fresh tomatoes, added them to olive oil and garlic and let it simmer in a pan until the tomatoes got very soft. Boil some pasta noodles. When the noodles are ready, add them to the sauce pan and mix with the sauce. Add fresh mozzarella and chopped basil. The fresh flavors are really simple and delicious. It’s so easy. The cheese melts when the sauce and noodles are mixed all together.

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    Home made tomato pizza!! Oh it sounds so good!

  7. Monday:
    -Penne with Zucchini & Feta

    -Grilled Shrimp
    -Black Eyed Pea Salad

    -Spicy Black Bean Burgers
    -Sweet Potato Fries

    -Cornmeal Crusted Fish
    -Black Eyed Pea Salad


    With Roma tomatoes I love to make Caprese sandwiches, Greek salads, pasta with pesto/tomatoes/cubed mozzarella, and I love this Pasta with Tomatoes, Chicken, & Feta. I’ll be making it soon, since it’s such a great summer dish.

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    The kids and I are gone Monday thru Wednesday this week so our menu is kind of scattered. We’ll be visiting my dad and stepmom so I’m not sure what we’ll be eating, although I know we’ll have bbq for sure one night.

    Friday – Eat out
    Saturday – daughter’s bday party: sandwiches, pasta salad, chips, fruit
    Sunday – Ham and Veggie Primavera
    Monday (for hubby) – homemade mac n cheese from freezer
    Tuesday (for hubby) – fajitas
    Wednesday (for hubby) – homemade chicken nuggets
    Thursday – tuna and tortellini

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    Monday- Sesame and spinach salad (mix up 1 tea each honey and soy, 1 tb each lemon juice and sesame oil, salt and pepper. toss with spinach, red bell pepper, red onion and cucumber.) and grilled chicken.
    Tuesday- Mac and Cheese, tuna and peas (something i grew up eating and just love. No one else seems to though!)
    Wednesday- Baked Sweet Potato, left over grilled chicken
    Thursday- Leftovers
    Friday- Family is coming into town so we will eat out.

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    I’d vote for the Tuscan Bread Salad… but sadly I would be the only one at my house eating it- but a sauce for pasta would be gobbled up by everyone!

    Sunday: Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
    Monday: Salmon with Bourbon BBQ glaze, Beer bread, Spinach Salad,watermelon
    Tuesday: Beef Pho with CSA green onions, Cilantro and Mint from my herb pots (if I get radishes this week, I may make a side with that?)
    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Omelets with CSA eggs, spinach and green onions, berries and toast
    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Bacon Cheeseburgers, sweet potato fries and green beans (or radishes cooked with butter in foil on the grill)
    Friday: My birthday dinner out at Benihanas
    Saturday: TBD: Dinner at my parents with my aunt and uncle? Hotdish? grilled chicken?

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    i think you should juggle them.

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    Sunday- Leftover pancakes from Original Pancake House and other BFD goodies
    Monday-Some sort of chicken in the oven, steamed veggies
    Tuesday- Smoked sausage, rice, veggie
    Wednesday- Burgers on our new grill!! Fries, veggie
    Thursday- Leftover burgers
    Friday-Sunday- at the lake with friends

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    The caprese salad is sounding really good to me. I can’t wait for our tomatoes to hurry up and get ripe!

    Sunday–Steak, potatoes, green beans
    Monday–Quinoa Tabbouleh, fruit
    Tuesday–Gngery Salmon with Grilled Peaches, Rice medley
    Wednesday–Pasta–maybe a caprese version
    Thursday–Orange Chicken with rice (I have to try your recipe–it sounds so good, and easy!)
    Friday–Hamburgers, potato salad, veggie sticks
    Saturday–Salad bar, cheese breads

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    Oven-dried tomatoes – fantastic when made with romas. Slice in half lenght-wise, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, sugar, oregano and anything else that sounds good. Bake at 200F or on low depending on your oven, for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
    These are fantastic on a sandwich with grilled portabello and a creamy sauce.

    Sun – forage for yourself
    Mon – brocolli quiche, watermelon
    Tues – beef enchiladas, gaucamole, rice
    Wed – Country Captain Chicken
    Thurs – Baby romaine topped with strawberries, almonds, feta, and poppyseed balsamic; cheese and crackers
    Fri – Indian Shrimp with Zucchini, rice
    Sat – Panini: grilled red peppers and portabello with Havarti cheese, chips

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    Haven’t posted in months – just got back from 4 weeks of teaching in India (plenty of good food there). So now I’m on a meat-filled week to make up for lost time:

    Su: Ate out
    Mo: Spag with meatballs
    Tu: Veg Chili, cornbread
    We: Chicken parm, green beans
    Th: chicken and rice, corn on the cob
    Fri: Pork chops, grilled sweat pots

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    I love oven roasted romas. They are less seedy and less delicate than most tomatoes. Oven roasting is like cheat sun dried tomatoes. They are easy and great. You can store then in a bit of evoo in the frige for quite a while. Considering how much they cost, they are a very decadent treat. Romas are also great for cevice, and the weather has been great for cevice lately!

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    T-Spaghetti, salad
    W-Orange chicken, vegetable
    Th-Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable
    S-Pot roast in crockpot, potatoes, carrots

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    Jenn E.

    My tomatoes are finally growing, too. I’m really excited to need an excuse to use them soon!

    Mon- Spaghetti with Homemade meat sauce
    Tues- Nachos w/ ground beef and veggies
    Wed- Something quick (hot dogs, probably)
    Thurs- Chicken Fingers and baked fries
    Fri- Headed out of town
    Sat and Sun- Hubby is on his own at home…should be interesting.

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    use the tomatoes for pizza! we made pizza this weekend using grilled chicken, fresh tomatoes & fresh basil. so good!!

    our menu for the week:
    Mon- Grilled chicken pizza
    Tues – Italian Beef Dip Sandwiches
    Wed – Italian Beef & Gnocchi
    Thurs – Grilled Cheese & Fries
    then we’re out of town for father’s day!

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    I don’t like tomatoes so no suggestions, but here is our menu:
    Su – Grilled Chicken Sandwiches on Cheese Garlic Bread and Homemade chips
    M – Burgers and chips with a side salad
    T – Spaghetti and Meatballs with the leftover cheese garlic bread)
    W – Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken with Mac & Cheese and a salad
    R – leftovers
    F – Birthday dinner for Sister-in-law
    Sa – Going to a fundraiser pub crawl so bar food 🙂

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    My favorite way to eat romas is sliced really thin on homemade pizza with lots and lots of basil! Our tomatoes are slowly growing and I can’t wait to eat some fresh ones soon!

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    OK, back with my menu.

    Sunday–Went to a grad party
    Monday–Chicken Tortilla Soup (in fridge) with cornbread or quesadillas
    Tuesday–Hamburgers, beans, veggies and dip
    Wednesday–Ravioli and salad
    Thursday–Hot dogs or pizza (at swim meet)
    Friday–Summer is finally here celebration dinner: Steak on bbq, grilled veggies, pudding pie for dessert

  23. Monday – Fettucine Alfredo
    Tuesday – Lemon Pepper Ribs and Potatoes
    Wendesday – Chicken Tortellini
    Thursday – Baked Chicken and Wild Rice
    Friday – Pizza with the girls
    Saturday – Grilled Burgers
    Sunday – Meatloaf for Father’s Day

  24. M – Italian Tuna Melts
    T – Baked Potatoes
    W – freezer meal
    Th – crock pot breakfast casserole
    F – pasta w/ marinara sauce
    S – turkey burgers

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    Erika B.

    Sunday-Taco Bell
    Monday-Fried Eggs, Cinnamon Toast and Blueberries
    Tuesday-Pasta, Salad and Apples
    Thursday-??? Maybe Mac and Cheese???
    Friday-Out (I hope)
    Saturday-Dinner out for sister in law’s B-Day

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    I have been making a lot of tabbouleh-like things with the tomatoes I have on hand; replacing the bulgur with garbanzo/black beans or quinoa.

    S: Potluck cookout
    M: Sausage, polenta, greens
    T: Tortilla soup
    W: chicken, pea risotto
    T: Peasant Chicken
    F: CSA goodies with Chicken some other-way (chicken was on sale this week.)

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    i love using roma tomatoes and plum tomatoes to make bruschetta. (i use a mix of chopped tomatoes, fresh basil cut into ribbons, minced garlic and feta cheese; place on toasted pieces of french bread that are lightly brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt, drizzle with elmusified balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper)

    mon-buffalo shrimp, angel hair pasta with pesto
    tues-greek salad; toasted pita, carrots and roasted pepper hummus
    wed-grilled tofu with fried rice
    thurs-boca burger; strawberry poppy salad
    fri-out for dinner!
    sun-red coconut curry with vegetables

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    Sarah L

    Sunday : Grilled Walleye, rice pilaf, grilled zuchini
    Monday: General Tso’s chicken with white rice and broccoli (gotta love Trader Joe’s sauce in a jar!)
    Tuesday: Grilled Something…maybe pork tenderloin? Probably with grilled beets
    Wednesday: Top Chef season premier (since we both work late we have cheese, crackers, proscuitto, salami, etc. and a whole lot of our favorite red wine!)
    Thursday: Chicken Parm and pasta, with fresh peas on the side
    Friday: Who knows…we both work late again!
    Saturday: Tacos

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    Tomato Tart?

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    Some sort of fabulous pasta salad – I particularly love this one:

    It’s a great “play with it” kinda recipe – throw more of one thing in, omit another, just kinda have fun. Lots of beautiful ripe tomatoes in it would be fabo.

    Menu? What’s that?!

    Yeah – it’s that kinda week!

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    Mon – Tortellini & veggies
    Tues – Tuna cakes / corn on the cob / salad
    Wed – quiche lorraine
    Thurs – thai curry chicken & rice
    Fri – Zucchini parm over pasta

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    Mon. boxed mac and cheese
    Tues. Fend for yourself
    Wed. Grilled Chicken, Green Salad
    Thurs. Breaded Baked Pork Chops, steamed carrots, peas
    Fri. Shrimp Scampi
    Sat. dinner w/parents
    Sun. tbd

    Snack of the week: roasted chick peas YUM!

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