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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Week 199 Menu

This week we are going to talk Thanksgiving! That’s right, I’m actually thinking about it more than a week in advance! There are several recipes that I make each year that I’ve never blogged about or photographed, so my goal this week is to make a few of those recipes ahead of time to photograph for you and then stick in the freezer for the big day!

The Italian sausage explosion last week was hilarious! Six of us had some sort of Italian sausage something on our menus…all before we saw each other’s menus. I wonder what this week’s magic, random ingredient will be…

– Leftovers – we’ve got a bunch we need to use up!

– Eating out Indian food with our friends

Cream of Mushroom Soup (Cate wants me to type in right now, “Cate likes mushrooms, so she will like this!” Cute girl.)

Stuffed Shells
– Salad and bread

– Paninis of some sort

– Leftovers

Pumpkin Pancakes

As always, I read through all your menus for inspiration – they are such a great help! Now, let’s see what you’ve got planned for this week!


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    Your pumpkin pancakes sound great!

    After a failed attempt at pumpkin fudge this morning, I now have lots of Libby’s canned pumpkin to use in my cooking this week. So it’s pumpkin soup, risotto, muffins and bread for me!


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    Your pumpkin pancakes do look good. I use a Martha Stewart recipe that works well too. LOVE them!!
    Friday– Mexican Chicken Lasagna
    Saturday– leftovers
    Sunday– Pork chops, sweet potatoes and rice
    Monday– Poached Tilapia and mac&cheese
    Tuesday– Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
    Wednesday– Chicken Alfredo
    Thursday– Breakfast, maybe Pumpkin Pancakes!

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    Ok, this is too funny…I was part of that italian sausage explosion last week. Guess what? We are having pumpkin pancakes tonight! Looks like pumpkin is the front runner.
    Though the frigid weather is prompting 2 soup nights at our house.

    Sun: Pumpkin pancakes, bacon, fruit
    Mon: Baked Potato soup
    Tues: Sloppy Joes, fries, carrots
    Wed: Leftovers
    Thurs: Broccoli Cheese Soup in a bread bowl, salad
    Fri: Pizza
    Sat: Kids parties to attend

  4. sun: chicken korma
    mon: bunless burgers, cheesy baked artichokes
    tues: veg chili
    weds: out
    thurs: souffle stuffed chicken, brussels sprouts (trying to learn to like these…)
    fri: kale & chickpea soup — my favorite soup!
    sat: stuffed flank steak and roasted potatoes — just learned this recipe at a stonewall kitchen cooking class. can’t wait to test it out on the in-laws!

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    S: Roasted Chicken breasts, apple cranberry stuffing, roasted asparagus, gravy & cranberry sauce
    M: Spaghetti & meatballs, salad & some kind of garlic bread
    T: Son’s 16th birthday: Flank steak with PW’s blue cheese sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, corn & homemade chocolate mousse birthday cake. I’m gonna need extra time on treadmill today!
    W: On the road to FLA for Thanksgiving break. Don’t know what I am cooking down there, yet.
    Have a great holiday everyone!

  6. Sunday: Cheese tortollini, kielbasa and kale soup
    Monday: Work Event
    Tuesday: Chicken with honey-citrus glaze and sesame sauce
    Wednesday: Eat Out
    Thursday: Autumn Chicken Stew
    Friday: Fregola Salad with Broccoli and Cipollini Onions
    Saturday: Leftovers

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

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    Elisa Clawson

    This is a week for cleaning out cupboards, fridge and freezer!!

    Monday – Chili and chive biscuits
    Tuesday – Chicken and Cheesy Rice (Emeril)
    Wednesday – Stuffed Shells
    Thursdy – Leftovers
    Friday – Leftovers or out(depending on what is left in the house πŸ™‚
    Saturday – We are all heading out of town for the next week!!

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    I still can’t believe it’s already that time of year again!

    Sun: Parmesean crusted chicken breasts with kale and rustic bread with pesto
    Mon: Tilapia with a cherry reduction sauce, rice and salad
    Tue: Burgers with sweet potato fries
    Wed: Grilled skirt steak with crispy garlic potatos and salad
    Thr: Chicken milanese and arugula salad with almonds and grapes (and a midnight showing of Harry Potter!)
    Fri: Roasted cauliflower pasta
    Sat: Shredded chicken tostadas

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    I’m excited to see some Thanksgiving recipes I can make ahead and stick in the freezer!

  10. We aren’t having pumpkin pancakes this week, but we have them several times a month! So excited to stock up on pumpkin puree!

    Sunday: Asian Salmon and Oven Fries
    Monday: Leftover pizza
    Tuesday: Minestrone Soup from the freezer (Pioneer Woman)
    Wednesday: Zucchini Boats
    Thursday: Veggie quesadillas
    Friday: Pulled pork from freezer
    Saturday: Out.

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    Monday- Chicken Wings, Panko Mozzarella sticks, veggies and ricotta dip

    Tuesday – Lemon butter chicken, steamed veggies and rice

    Wednesday – Pizza buns, salad

    Thursday – Shrimp fetticini Alfredo

    Friday- Spaghetti Squash with tossed veggies

    Saturday – Out!

    Sunday- Shredded chicken nachos with peppers, salsa, sour cream and guacamole

    There are links and recipes on my blog!

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    I am loving all of the other people I see enjoying the pumpkin pancakes! I started making them a few months ago and have fallen in LOVE with them! I have started adding chocolate chips to them as an added treat and my three-year-old son just cannot get enough of them which means I am making them just about every week now! Plus the leftovers make for a super easy breakfast the next morning. As for Thanksgiving, I always volunteer to do the sweet potatoes. I am yet to make the same recipe twice and I think this year I will be going with a recipe I found in the Food Network Magazine.

    Dinner this week:

    Monday: leftovers (quiche, pizza, it will look like a buffet)
    Tuesday: Pizza with friends
    Wednesday: Lasagna from the freezer, broccoli and bread
    Thursday: Slow Cooker Chili
    Friday: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Waffles and fruit

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    It’s a heavy Trader Joe’s week. Trying to clean out the freezer and pantry!
    S: Eating out with friends (leftover birthday celebration)
    M: TJ’s panko crusted tilapia, roasted winter squash
    T: Red lentils, naan, veggies
    W: Orange Chicken, brown rice, stir fry
    Th:Leftovers, might make a veggie soup
    F: Over to a friend’s house for dinner
    S: Italian marinade chicken with angel hair pasta, perhaps? Not sure

  14. Monday: Garlicky Pork with Kale
    Tuesday: Quinoa Burgers with green beans
    Wednesday: Twice Cooked Navy Bean Soup with homemade bread
    Thursday: Chicken Marsala with Braised Brussels Sprouts
    Friday: Dinner out with friends
    Saturday: Twice Cooked from this week
    Sunday: Dinner out again – different friends

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    The first snowfall in MN and I am craving some serious comfort food!

    Sunday: Beef Stew, bread
    Monday: Homemade pizza, Salad
    Tuesday: Chicken, pepper and potato skillet, pineapple
    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Salmon, rice, vegie
    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad
    Friday: Pork, Sweet Potato and Spinach “Salad”
    Saturday: I’m at my friend Sara’s holiday cookie baking party. Chili in the crockpot for my boys!

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    My wife delivered our first-born Thursday night! Menu planning is on a hiatus.

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    I must say pumpkin pancakes do look yummy. I think I will squeeze that in as a menu item this week.

    Monday- pasta dish with sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, edamame beans with shaved paremsan chesse and cesar salad
    Tuesday- shrimp and rice with veggies
    Wednesday- chicken and couscous along with some broccoli
    Thursday- Chicken Noodle soup
    Friday- out with friends
    Saturday- out with family
    Sunday- ribs in the crockpot and sweet potato fries-

    Sunday evening would be great to have pumpkin pancakes!

  18. I’m putting full meal plans up on my website, but thought I’d put dinners here:

    Sunday: Open Faced skillet-Salmon sandwiches and cabbage pepper soup

    Monday: Steak and veggie fajitas with sprouted tortillas

    Tuesday: Coconut curry lentils with sweet potatoes and side of creamed spinach

    Wednesday: Sprouted pasta with buffalo bolognese and Salad

    Thursday: Omelets and roasted garlic potatoes

    Friday: Roast Chicken, and Buckwheat Waldorf Stuffing

    Saturday: Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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    I did not post last week but also had sausage – a Rachael Ray specialty – Italian sausage with chorizo and veggies in a broth over pasta – oh so yummy!!!!
    Sun – take out – craved a swiss burger and fries.
    Mon. Chicken and potato
    Tues. – meatball and tortellini soup and crusty bread
    Wed. – Chicken parm in the crock pot
    Thurs – Turkey breast from the grocery already cooked
    Fri – out or steak
    Sat – definitely out

  20. Monday: Grilled Chicken with citrus-scented quinoa
    Tuesday: pasta with tomato cream sauce
    Wednesday: egg sandwiches with Cheddar Black Pepper Biscuits
    Thursday: leftovers
    Friday-Saturday: out of town
    Sunday: Bierocks

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    Trying some new crock pot recipes this week and practicing a turkey since I’ve never done one before and we are hosting Thanksgiving this year.

    M – crock pot four beans and sausage
    T – leftovers
    W – thanksgiving practice turkey
    T – spaghetti
    F – turkey sandwiches
    S – crock pot taco soup w/pinto beans
    S – leftovers

  22. Monday – Sage Roasted Chicken with roasted broccoli and cauliflower
    Tuesday – Quesadillas – using the left over roasted chicken
    Wednesday – leftovers
    Thursday – Mini lentil Loaf – something I’m testing out….I’ll keep you posted
    Friday – Stirfry
    Saturday – eating out.

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    Sun – turkey paninis (we had Thanksgiving #1 on Sat)
    Mon – turkey enchiladas
    Tue – hoagie roll pizzas (a night off from turkey!)
    Wed – turkey bean soup
    Thur – turkey fajita french dip sandwiches
    Fri – flank steak and scalloped potatoes
    Sat – eat out

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    Mon- Ham hocks and beans, corn bread
    Tues- Chicken spaghetti, green salad,french bread
    Wens- left overs
    Thurs-BBQ chicken bread
    Fri- Chili or some type of soup
    Sat- left overs
    Sun- Impossible pie

    Hopefully I can stick to my menu. This is my first attempt since baby #5 was born a month and a half ago. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

  25. mo: quinioa brocc/fritatta
    t: salmon in parchment with steamed veggies
    w: kitchen sink quesadillas (got recipe from here)
    th: breaded turkey cutlets Dojonaise w/spinach
    f: southwest pinto bean burgers and salad
    sa: out

  26. 26

    I love pumpkin ANYTHING so, I am going to try the pumpkin pancakes this weekend. YUM! Love all the ideas I am getting.

    Sunday: family dinner at in laws
    Monday: deep dish pepperoni pizza with roasted eggplant
    Tuesday: tuna noodle casserole (taking to a new mom) with roasted beans and brussel sprouts
    Wednesday: roasted winter vegetable salad
    Thursday: honey mustard chicken fingers with roasted brussel sprouts and potatoes
    Friday: take out – packing for Hawaii!
    Dessert: gooey butter cookies
    Green Monster flavor: chard, green apple and vanilla – yum!

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    Sunday – Meatloaf and roasted cauliflower
    Monday – miso soup with soba noodles
    Tuesday – spaghetti with chickpeas (Smitten Kitchen)
    Wednesday – pesto quesadillas with corn
    Thursday – TBD, It’s my birthday so we might go out or pick up something to cook that night. I’m not planning for once – an experiment for me! Also making a mini chocolate lasagna cake for dessert.
    Friday – leftovers/freezer dinner
    Saturday – we’re cooking an early Thanksgiving dinner for family

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    Janna M

    Sat – Sweet & Sour Chicken (
    Sun – Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Broccoli Slaw (inspired by
    Mon – Winey Chicken (
    Tues – Apple Chicken Sausages with Stuffing
    Wed – Hot Hamburgers
    Thurs – Leftovers
    Fri – French Toast

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    Jenn E.

    Monday- Hoagies (Eagles Football Game on TV)
    Tuesday- Beef Soft Tacos, Chips and homemade salsa
    Wednesday- Chick-fil-a (church event)
    Thursday- Fish and Chips
    Friday- Pizza
    Saturday- Baked Stuffed Shells, salad, bread

  30. 30

    Those shells look fabulous!


    Monday – Pasta
    Tuesday – Dan Dan Noodles
    Wednesday – Chicken with Apples and Onions (and Cheese…)
    Thursday – We play ultimate, so a take out salad, most likely
    Friday – Pizza! Made from scratch. (
    Saturday – Going to Montreal, so eating out.
    Sunday – leftovers

  31. 31

    love quiona – have a great salad with it.
    btw – I posted a picture of you on my facebook.
    didn’t know how else to get it to you.

  32. 32

    This is the first time I post my menu! I’ve been stealing ideas from y’all for awhile. It is time I share too. πŸ™‚

    Mon: Ribs, Jalapeno-Cheddar Corn Bake, Carrot Sticks
    Tue: Mushroom Risotto, Salad, Crunchy Bread
    Wed: Sausage Stuffed Red Bell Peppers, Roasted Potatoes
    Thurs: Lime-Chicken Quesadillas, Re-fried Beans
    Fri: Trying your Pumpkin Pancakes – they sound delicious
    Weekend: I don’t cook. Hubby helps. Bring home take out, sandwiches, homemade pizza, etc.

    That wasn’t so hard. I’ll try to include some links next week. Thanks for all of your inspiration!

  33. Monday: Chicken Fried Steaks, Salad and Bratkartoffeln
    Tuesday: Chicken Stuffing Sandwiches and Corn
    Wednesday: Fish and Garlic Potaotes and Peas
    Thursday: Spaghetti and Broccoli
    Friday: Grilled Ham and Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches
    Saturday: Visiting family
    Sunday: Scones and Tacos

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    Back to menu planning!!

    Sunday- At Grandma’s

    Monday- Fajitas with rice and beans

    Tuesday- Pulled Pork Sandwiches, fries and green beans

    Wednesday- Quesadillas with leftover Fajitas

    Thursday- Out at a state soccer game

    Friday- Pasta

    Saturday- early Thanksgiving celebration with extended family

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    M- Spaghetti & meatballs, salad, french bread
    T- French dip sandwiches, apples & carrot sticks
    W- Lentils & rice with cucumber yogurt sauce
    Th-Salmon burgers, chips, fruit
    F- PreThankgiving dinner with friends
    S- Nieces birthday dinner

  36. I’m finally getting back in the swing of cooking, but nothing glamorous…
    Su – Open Face Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
    M – Stove Top MAc & Cheese and Oven Baked Chicken Tenders (side salad or veggie)
    T – Sauteed Chicken, Twice Baked Potatoes, Green Beans
    W – Tacos (nachos for me – craving them!!)
    R – Sage and Rosemary Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, Maple Glazed Apples, Mashed Potatoes
    F – Out to eat!

  37. 37

    I didn’t post last week, but had Italian sausage twice (I had bought in bulk). Once crumbled in lasagna, and once sliced and added to a delicious pasta in vodka cream sauce!

    This week:

    M: Apricot glazed pork chops, brown rice and broccoli
    T: Shepard’s pie and fresh salad (going to try a poster’s recipe from last week, I have leftover mashed potatoes)
    W: Pulled pork sandwiches, broccoli slaw, sliced peaches
    T: Burgers, French fries & salad
    F: Grilled steak, crispy roasted potatoes & wedge salad
    S: Homemade Pizza
    Su: Parmesan chicken, buttered noodles, steamed green beans

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    Bistro chicken

    pork chops with goat cheese, stuffing, and beans

    grilled steak
    sweet potatoes

    fried shrimp with peppers and onions over rice

    sloppy joes and cole slaw

    crockpot meatballs over brown rice

    or breakfast

  39. Hmm…. I could’ve swore I pout my menu up already! Oh well, here it is. You can find several of the recipes on my blog!

    Monday: Eat out @ Jack in the Box
    Tuesday: Breakfast casserole, sausage, strawberries
    Wednesday: Chicken noodle soup, french bread
    Thursday: Beef Enchiladas, Spanish rice, corn
    Friday: Poppy seed chicken, brown rice, green bean fries, crescent rolls
    Saturday: Pizza, bananas
    Sunday: Raspberry chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, applesauce

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    Jen Schulte

    I was part of the italian sausage explosion last week so thinking I should adjust and make something ‘pumpkin’ so I keep up – but here’s the plan:
    Monday – chicken pot pie
    Tuesday – leftover pulled pork bbq from weekend, cole slaw
    Wednesday- leftover chicken pot pie (lots of evening activities this week!)
    Thursday – broiled tilapia with lemon pepper, cous cous & steamed broccoli
    Friday – pizza with friends
    Saturday – either lentil or pasta a fagioli soup
    Sunday – maybe apricot chicken?

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    Monday: going out for mom’s birthday
    Tuesday: turkey paninis and candied yams (practice for next Thursday!)
    Wednesday: tacos, quesadillas, and Mexicali salad with jicama (kind of a Mexican smorgasbord because we’re having a meeting at our house)
    Thursday: spaghetti with veggies and a big salad to get rid of some CSA greens and veggies – might try to make some Bob Evans rolls I found on copycat. Unhealthy but taste SO GOOD
    Friday: burgers and fries
    Saturday: eat it and get it out of the fridge day (make room for Thanksgiving!)
    Sunday: Pizza?

    I don’t do leftovers much because whatever we don’t eat, I usually take to work for lunch. Plus my husband just does not eat leftovers. Spoiled πŸ™‚

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    I also received kohlrabi in my CSA box…Never had it before but I found an easy recipe. Maybe it would go with spaghetti night? Or turkey panini night?

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    M: Pumpkin Goulash
    T: Leftovers
    W: Lemon Chicken with Spinach
    TH: Thai Honey Peanut Chicken with roasted carrots
    F: Off to home to celebrate Thanksgiving

  44. 44

    M – lentil soup
    T – salad & chicken & bread
    W – spaghetti
    Th – curry rice
    F – whatever is left in the fridge…gotta empty it before or pre Thanksgiving Costco trip
    Sat – Costco trip, daddy in charge
    Sun – crock pot Mexican a la daddy, make cranberry sauce and roast pumpkin.

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    Monday – Was awesome! Filet Mignon, leftover spaghetti sauteed in olive oil with garlic, onion, and mini bell peppers, green and wax beans with cranberries, roasted beets
    Tuesday – Leftover smorgasbord.
    Wednesday – Burger patties and baked mac & cheese, steamed broccoli
    Thursday – Stewed chicken (from freezer) and dumplings
    Friday – Go out or Every Woman for Herself Night
    Sat – Beef stew, sweet potato biscuits
    Sunday – Ham, mashed potatoes with ham gravy (oh, yum!), spicy collard greens

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    I am so late in this but am going to post my menu anyway:

    Monday – southwestern chicken soup and fresh bread
    Tuesday – OUT
    Wednesday – corn chowder, sausage & peppers and dessert wontons
    Thursday thru Sunday – OUT

    Ok, so I only had two nights to share this week..not much inspiration from me!

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    Jane Maynard

    am absolutely LOVING all the menus!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ thanks everyone!

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    Awesome perfect recipes i ever had easily to prepare in affordable. i can’t wait this weekend i try it. thanks for sharing. keep it up

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