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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Week 196 Menu

We went to a 1-year old’s birthday party yesterday, which is always fun! Gotta love chubby fingers digging into cake. Speaking of cake, didn’t Natalee (the mama) do such a great job? It was adorable. And she was smart enough to put a layer of butter cream frosting underneath the fondant, so there was actually some yummy frosting to eat with the cake. Good thinking!

A few repeats from last week’s menu – sorry! This week is going to be busy, too – full of Halloween parties galore. Looking forward to lots of fun! And my mom coming to town…can’t wait!

Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers
– Fruit

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

– Leftover night

Kitchen Sink Quesadillas
– Guacamole

– Eat out

– Homemade Pizzas (including one Honey Goat Cheese…mmmm…)

– Mac & Cheese because it’s Halloween! I’ll be busy getting a couple of bumble bees ready to hit the streets for for some candy begging!

Your turn! Please share your menu! And don’t forget, all meal plans are welcome…fancy schmancy or scary larry. In fact, scary is appropriate for this week! 😉

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  1. I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it. I thought I was one of the only ones that plans my meals weeks in advance! I’ve dedicated a tag in my Google Calendar just for dinner!

    Your week sounds so yummy! I’m moving this week, so the menu is not as exciting as it usually is, but still pretty yummy!

    Spicy Broth with Chicken (I’m leaving out the chicken) & avocado


    Spicy Quinoa Salad

    Grilled Cheese & Pumpkin Soup

    Pizza from our favorite pizza joint before we move!


    Saturday & Sunday are up in the air!

    Have a happy week!

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    Here is ours for the week:

    Sunday: meatloaf, roasted potatoes, and green beans
    Monday:Chicken salad sandwiches and fries
    Tuesday: Potato Soup and Grilled Cheese
    Wednesday:Chicken Jambalaya
    Thursday: Hubby is having surgery so who knows!
    Friday: Chili!

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    Sunday- steak and baked potatoes
    Monday-beef stew and rolls
    Tuesday-homemade breakfast pizza
    Wednesday-potatoe soup
    Thursday-steak fingers and fried potatoes, acorn squash
    Friday-no kids so not sure
    Saturday-eat out,out of town
    Sunday-out of town

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    Sunday: linguini w/tomato and shrimp
    Monday: Chicken Fajitas
    Tuesday: Crock pot meat loaf and mashed potatoes
    Wednesday: Pasta w/tomato basil sauce
    Thursday: grilled chicken
    Friday: BLTs
    Saturday: roasted chicken breasts

  5. sun: lunch: escarole & mini meatball soup / dinner: oven-fried chicken parm
    mon: panko pork chops with sage cream gravy / green beans
    tues: gruyere turkey burgers with sage mayo and apples
    weds: spicy chicken stir fry
    thurs: channa masala
    fri: out
    sat: Link textshrimp pad thai

  6. Sunday: Leftovers from our 2-yr old’s birthday party!
    Monday: More leftovers! (why is it that you ALWAYS make 2.5 times more food than you really need for a party?!)
    Tuesday: Minestrone Soup and crusty bread
    Wednesday: Stuffed Shells (from This Week for Dinner)
    Thursday: Pancakes
    Friday: Homemade pizza
    Saturday: Out

  7. This was last week’s menu, a rather heavy restaurant week. I’m going to try and be better this week!
    Sunday: Chinese takeout
    Monday: Fall Vegetable Curry
    Tuesday: Watching the Giants beat the Phillies at the local pub!
    Wednesday: Friends from out of town- went out to dinner
    Thursday: Pasta with butternut squash and sage
    Friday: Pancakes
    Saturday: Homemade Spaghetti

    I post all of my recipes for everyone to enjoy here:

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    Sunday: Comfort Meatballs (from Pioneer Woman), Mashed Potatoes, Corn Casserole
    Monday: Grilled Italian Chicken, Grilled Peppers and Onions, Rice
    Tuesday: Eggs and Pancakes
    Wednesday: Hubby is on his own! I have a class.
    Thursday: Chicken and Noodles, Dinner rolls
    Friday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread
    Saturday: Order pizza

  9. Monday: Chicken Parmesan

    Tuesday: Warm Steak Salad w/ Crusty Hearth Bread

    Wednesday: Pea Soup w/ Hot Ham & Cheese Biscuit Sandwiches

    Thursday: Chicken Scarpariello with Italian Sausage &

    Friday: Braised Short-ribs in Garlicky Red wine sauce

    Saturday: Turkey Cheeseburger Sliders with Homemade
    Rustic Sweet Potato Fries

    Sunday: Dinner at In-laws! I’m off!

  10. And PS– Can we talk about how gorgeous that CAKE LOOKS???? Soooo pretty and festive!

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    The days that these things will be consumed depends on my homework load. It’s like I’m the mom and the kid all at one time, ha. We’ll be having:

    -Black Bean & Corn Stew w/ cornbread
    -Mushroom Risotto w/ roasted butternut squash, carrots, and onions
    -Spaghetti Squash w/ Eggplant Bolognese

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    Busy week…going to make my slow cooker work for me
    Sunday- Salmon Burgers (Thanks to my husband)
    Monday-Pork Chops
    Tuesday-Pot Roast Sundaes
    Wednesday-Machaca Burritos (with left over roast)
    Thursday-Ham Steaks and Scrambled eggs
    Friday-Frozen Pizza (I am working and the boys are on there own)

  13. Tis the season for making meals for other families…my meal-planning is starting to include a meal or two each week for families with new babies or other needs. I’m curious what meals others take to families, if anyone wants to share. Here’s my menu for this week:

    Sun: Leftover homemade pizza
    Mon: Chicken Parmesan
    Tues: Turkey meatloaf with roasted root vegetables
    Wed: It’s our anniversary…probably take-out from our favorite Indian restaurant!
    Thurs: Leftovers
    Fri: White Bean Chicken Chili (crockpot); plus a meal for another family. . .three-cheese baked ziti, perhaps?
    Sat: Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Cacciatore

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    Sun. Veggie Bake
    Mon. Chicken Stir Fry
    Tues. Meatloaf w/baked potatoes
    Wed. Butternut Squash Soup
    Thurs. Zuppa Toscana
    Fri. Fend for Yourself
    Sat. TBD

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    Jane Maynard

    cindy! I did a very post about that topic – here’s the link! other people shared ideas, as well! 🙂

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    Monday- Baked potato soup
    Tuesday- Pesto ravioli with roasted peppers
    Wednesday- Leftover ravioli
    Thursday- Apricot Chicken with rice
    Friday- Crockpot lasagna
    Saturday- Out of leftover lasagna
    Sunday- Probably order a pizza while handing out candy to trick or treaters!

  17. SUNDAY: Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soup with Beef
    MONDAY: Indian Butter Chicken with Naan Bread
    TUESDAY: Leftovers
    WEDNESDAY: In Napa
    THURSDAY: In Napa
    FRIDAY: In Napa
    SATURDAY: Pasta Alfredo with Broccoli and Mushrooms

    THIS WEEK’S TREAT: Halloween Candy for the kids. Pumpkin Cobbler for the adults.

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    Monday: Chicken Duvan with Italian Bread
    Tuesday: Salmon, Green Beans, Mac and Cheese
    Wednesday: Pizza with the inlaws while carving pumpkins =)
    Thursday: Pumpkin Pancakes and Eggs
    Friday: Leftovers or maybe some kind of soup

  19. omg, that cake is TOOO spankin’ cute! is she a professional? dang.

    for me and our meals:

    m: crock pot chicken tortilla soup
    t: left overs
    w: Pasta Bake w/Ground Turkey
    th: Leftover
    f: baked sweet potatoe w/beans cheese (pre-half marathon race meal)
    s: anything i want! post race!
    su: halloween candy…oh, i mean pizza/salad


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    Erika B.

    A normal week!
    Sunday-Leftover Pot Pie, Apple Slices
    Monday-Ginger Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Acorn Squash (TWFD), Spinach
    Tuesday-Leftover Chicken Dinner
    Wednesday-Healing Cabbage Soup, Seeded Rolls, Salad, Pears
    Thursday-Leftover Soup DInner
    Friday-Out? Frozen Pizza? Trader Joe’s Something?

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    Getting back into the action here and finally able to start planning meals again!

    Mon: Leftovers (pot roast)
    Tue: Philly cheesesteaks and fries
    Wed: Broccoli, bacon and corn chowder with bread rolls
    Thr: Chicken sandwiches with pineapple and a veg, cauliflower perhaps?
    Fri: Meatloaf, mashed taters and green beans
    Sat: Parmesean crusted chicken with kale and salad
    Sun: Tacos….. and candy… lots and lots of candy!

    Happy Halloween everyone 🙂

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    Monday: Four-cheese Tortellini, Steamed Veggies
    Tuesday: Mexican Lasagna
    Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner!
    Thursday: Stuffed Shells (from TWFD) and some kind of salad
    Friday: Chili with cornbread baked on top
    Saturday: Probably order pizza or something!
    Sunday: Leftovers

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    Nikki CB

    Wow Natalee!! Nice work on that cake! Impressive.

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    Here’s my menu for the week:
    Sun: Turkey meatloaf & mashed potatoes
    Mon: Leftovers
    Tues: Chicken stir fry & rice
    Wed: Bean & cheese burritos with Spanish rice
    Thurs: French onion soup & salad
    Fri: French dip sandwiches
    Sat: Eating at SC vs. Oregon game
    Sun: ???

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    Mon: Chicken pie with phillo pastry and Salad
    Tues: Spicy mince with corn bread and Salad
    Wed: Fish cakes with oven baked chips and Salad
    Thurs: Sesame chicken strips with egg noodles and greens
    Fri: Bacon, mushroom and pea pasta
    Sat: Out (Hopefully)
    Sun: eating at my Mom

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    Sunday: Chili
    Monday: Pizza Pasta, salad
    Tuesday: Homemade Chicken Tenders, salad, bread, fruit
    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Bacon and Egg sandwiches, fruit
    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Italian Sausage, potato and pepper roast, grapes
    Friday: Roast chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots
    Saturday: Steak Fajitas, grapes.

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    S: Chicken Cordon Bleu w/supreme sauce, mashed potatoes & honey glazed carrots
    M: Turkey Bolognese w/pasta & salad
    T: Pork chops stuffed w/cranberry & apple stuffing, butternut squash & green beans
    W: Chicken salad sandwiches w/tomato soup
    T: Chili (freezer), cornbread & nacho chips
    F: Dinner Party (menu still being worked on) & Morbid Mountain
    S: Pizza or leftovers from party – because inevitably there will be too much food with this crowd.

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    Sunday – Tofu Makhani (with a few adjustments:
    Monday – Ethiopian style chickpea stew (
    Tuesday – pizza with kale, red onions and tomato
    Wednesday – hotdogs and french fries
    Thursday – black bean and sweet potato burritos
    Friday – whole wheat pasta with butter, sage and butternut squash

  29. Ohh Chicken Cordon Bleu sounds good…I’ll find swiss cheese one day.

    M – Garden stuffed baked potatoes and a green salad
    T – kurigohan(chesnut rice with carrots, shiitake, bamboo root, chicken, etc.), miso soup, sauted veggies and chicken? I’m a bit iffy on the last dish
    W – Spaghetti squash, chicken and rolls. Another salad if I’m feel ambitious
    Th – Ramen( with boiled eggs, sauted veggies and kimchee for me. Corn, spinach, egg and naruto for the boys.)
    F – more salad and whatever I can think of that day. My cravings are all over the place lately. Maybe pasta.
    S & Sun – a la hubby

  30. The Fall weather is finally here and I am so excited to bring out some of our favorite fall dishes:

    Sunday: Tacos
    Monday: Turkey Sausage, pepper, onion and spinach pizza and salad
    Tuesday: Kebabs, whole wheat pitas, whole wheat couscous
    Wednesday: Red wine braised short ribs, creamy polenta, green beans
    Thursday: Pork chops, gnocchi, salad
    Friday: Whole wheat pasta primavera

  31. Sunday – Bistro Chicken and garlic mashed potatoes
    Monday – stuffed pasta shells
    Tuesday – leftovers
    Wednesday – tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
    Thursday – out for yummy Mexican at Rosa’s Tortilla Factory
    Friday – Cob Salad
    Saturday – Pizza, donuts and apple cider… its tradition!!! (for Halloween that is – we are celebrating a day early this year since Halloween is on Sunday)

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    What great ideas here! I’ve been enjoying all the menus.

    Here’s ours:
    Bacon cheeseburgers, lettuce/tomato, fries, grape salad
    Pork loin, rice pilaf w/ mushroom sauce, broccoli, bread
    Chicken & noodles, veggies w/ dip
    Cobb salad w/ turkey, grapes, avocado, etc.; garlic-cheese bread
    Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas
    Dinner out
    Breakfast for dinner

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