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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Week 205 Menu

I can’t believe Christmas is over. Which means we can dig in and eat the decorations on our gingerbread house! (And before you start thinking I’m some amazing confectioner creating little people out of sugar, we just used a cute little kit from Trader Joe’s πŸ˜‰ )

The girls are still playing non-stop with their new toys, completely uninterested in food. I’m still in vacation mode. Meal planning is about the last thing I feel like doing right now…but we’ve gotta eat!

– Leftovers

– I have a hankering forΒ pulled pork
– Don’t forget to top with coleslaw – yum!

– Spaghetti (I know, I know…soooo fancy)

– Leftovers

– New Year’s Eve! 7-Layer Dip, Artichoke Dip, Chicken Tenders, Oriental Chicken Salad are first to come to mind.
– Some sort of yummy treat. Maybe as simple as chocolate chip cookies, it’s been a while since I whipped up a batch!

– Leftovers and/or waffles

Please share your menu for the week! I know lots of us are in vacation mode…so if we don’t get a lot of menus up here this week, I’ll forgive you. But you better believe next week I’m going to be all over your case…it IS the New Year after all, a time to whip ourselves into shape…meal planning is a good place to start! πŸ˜‰


  1. Monday: Baked Fish with Rosemary and Potatoes and Peas
    Tuesday: Sesame Noodles and Fresh Veggies
    Wednesday: Chicken, Paprika and Onions and Salad
    Thursday: Yellow Chicken and Corn
    Friday: Left Over Lasagna and Green Beans
    Saturday: Beef Borgignon and Peas
    Sunday: Left Overs

  2. I think we’re still in a food coma from yesterday! we still have a houseful of people, so we’ll be flying by the seats of our pants for dinner!

    Sunday: Haven’t decided yet. We still need to restock the fridge.
    Monday: Fish and oven fries…encore from last week. Yum!
    Tuesday: I’m working….family’s choice
    Wednesday: I’m working….family’s choice, Part Deux!
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: Schezuan noodles
    Saturday: Out? Something very low key while overdosing on college football!

  3. sun: chicken and dumplings — perfect for the snowstorm we’re getting in boston right now!
    mon: chicken breasts stuffed with prosciutto & fontina / asparagus
    tues: oven hot dogs / salad
    weds: beef & broccoli / rice
    thurs: healthy creamy shells / salad
    fri: out
    sat: denis leary chicken wings

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    Sunday- Frozen pizza and snacks! We’re in a Blizzard over here and enjoying all comfort foods!

    Monday- Beef Stroganoff with Egg noodles and peas

    Tuesday- Pasta

    Wednesday- Leftovers

    Thursday- Meatball subs

    Friday- New Year’s Eve! We are either having friends over for a party OR we’re going out to family restaurant for dinner!

    Saturday- New Year’s Day! Pork loin, potatoes, veggies

  5. I’m preoccupied with my new toys, too, so I think we’re going to live on leftovers this week. I sent Santa your post about the T2i, which I already had been drooling over, and one magically appeared under the tree yesterday. Thanks for helping the cause! πŸ™‚

  6. I’m starting my new years health kick a little early this year, since it is easiest to do while on holidays. Got so much kitchen stuff from Santa so it is a very exciting year!

    2011 will be my first year of menu planning, so here goes:

    Monday: Mexican (vegetarian kidney bean chilli and red rice with plenty of salad and wholemeal burritos)
    Tues: left over Mexican
    Wed: minestrone soup
    Thu: left over soup
    Fri: vegetable stirfry with marinated tofu

    Hopefully I can stick to my plan!!

  7. 7

    You are so good Jane!! I couldn’t possibly put a menu together but I have ageneral idea of what we will eat this week. Let’s see….
    Monday–Chicken strips (homemade)
    Tuesday–travelling to my in-laws
    Wednesday– My wonderful f-i-l is smoking a brisket
    Thursday–we’ll be at my parents’
    Friday–we’ll be on our way back home so not sure
    Saturday– Hoppin John ! You’ve got to have black -eyed-pease for New Years πŸ™‚

  8. 8

    The week after Christmas is non-ambitious for us
    Monday – white bean shallot and roasted cauliflower pasta
    Tuesday – slow cooker beef bourgignonne with buttered potatoes
    Wednesday – leftovers
    Thursday – Fast roasted cut-up chicken with Butter onion and celery rice
    Friday – New Years Eve – celebrating out!

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    Trying to think….trying to think……toooooo much sugar……….

    Monday — Light Cordon Bleu from my freezer meal supply
    Tuesday — Probably Beans and Rice from the crockpot,
    I’m on-call and need to plan ahead for the Fam
    Wednesday — Lentil/Sweet Potato Soup
    Thursday — Breakfast Night-Oatmeal Pancakes with Orange Syrup
    Friday — Not sure, but something nice and light and healthy
    Saturday — Cannoli Fest!!! Family bringer food and I’m making the homemade Cannoli’s and homemade donuts….(Hence, the light and healthy on Thursday…)
    Sunday — Leftovers vs. Mr Handsome cooking

  10. I am so impressed that you ladies are menu planning! I swear to you that I have a turkey hangover!! (It must be a real thing) Once we dig through the turkey leftovers I may have to go buy some red meat:)
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    Monday – OUT
    Tuesday – cheesy ham casserole (using some of our leftover Christmas ham)
    Wednesday – holiday party at our house that was postponed from a couple weeks ago (I’m making a phyllo mushroom appetizer, maybe some bacon wrapped pineapple and a couple of other things)
    Thursday – spaghetti
    Friday – probably some dips and other apps to enjoy while we play games and ring in the new year!

  12. 12

    A very short week of cooking for me (mostly using leftovers up from Christmas or freezer)
    Sunday: at my parents for family Christmas celebration
    Monday: Shrimp Scampi, garlic bread, salad
    Tuesday: Vegetable beef soup, rolls
    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Chicken, rice, green beans
    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Turkey and gravy over mashed potatoes, carrots
    Friday: New Year’s Eve celebration at friends
    Saturday: New Year’s open house at my parents

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    Janna M

    Sun – Po-Gra-key (it’s my husband’s name for a shepard’s pie type casserole I make with leftover potatoes, gravy and turkey)
    Mon – Hot turkey sandwiches
    Tues – Bacon-wrapped chicken tenders
    Wed – Pineapple glazed steak
    Thurs – Leftovers
    Fri – Sweet & Sour Chicken (

  14. 14

    I’m on vacation this week so I’m not really sure how much we’ll stick to a menu but this is what I have planned so far. I’m trying to use up Christmas leftovers.

    Mon. Shepard’s Pie or Pea Soup
    Tues. Something w/leftover ham
    Wed. Shrimp Scampi
    Thurs. Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots
    Fri. TBD (depends on if we have a babysitter)
    Sat. Fend For Yourself
    Sun. Out?

  15. 15

    Leftovers is the name of the game for us, too! Plus we’re trying to go a bit lighter to compensate for our sinful Christmas eating. (c:

    Sunday – out with friends
    Monday – bean soup made with our ham bone, yum!
    Tuesday – kale pesto pasta with white beans
    Wednesday – chickpea and potato curry
    Thursday – open faced mushroom melts and oven fries (thanks for the link to those @Bonnie Lawrence!)
    Friday – snack foods for the holiday
    Saturday morning – monkey bread, an old tradition of my mom’s for New Year’s that I’m bringing back!

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    I wish we had more leftovers from the holiday…but our fridge/freezer mysteriously stopped working on Christmas morning — spoiling a lot of our food. Major bummer.

    Those little gingerbread sugar people are darling! And you should totally take credit for them.

    Mon – Pureed Broccoli Soup w/ Whole Wheat Bread
    Tues – Brown Rice & Lentil Casserole + Kale Salad w/ Oranges
    Wed – Easy Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes + Eggs
    Thur – French Dip Sandwiches + Green Salad
    Fri – BBQ Chicken Pizza + Ensalada Chilena
    Sat – Awesome Meatless Chili + Cornbread Muffins
    Sun – Sweet & Spicy Chicken Soft Tacos

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    Got a new, bigger crockpot for Christmas this year – yee haw!!

    Monday – waffles & sausage links
    Tuesday – Chinese Chicken Stew w/rice
    Wednesday – Tacos, chips & salsa
    Thursday – Sweet Pork Sandwiches w/fruit salad & salty chips
    Friday – Mama’s Beer Chili w/cornbread
    Saturday – Spaghetti, salad & garlic bread
    Sunday – New England Clam Chowder w/crusty bread

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    Sun. – leftovers
    Mon – Butter. Almond Chicken , br. rice, salad
    Tues, – Pizza out
    Wed. – mac and ch. or chicken fingers – kid friendly the niece and nephew are coming
    Thurs. – out
    Fri – shrimp and scallop bake
    Sat – Chipotle Ravioli

    • What do you put in your Chipotle Ravioli? That sounds very intriguing!

    • Shelly

      Wow….I second that. What do you put in the Chipotle Ravioli and what to do put on them?

    • Heidi

      Bonnie and Shelly – although I love to cook I also go to Dream Dinners and make up meals for the work week when the nights get hectic. The ravioli is plain cheese and the sauce is a yummy creamy,chipotle sauce with sundried tomatoes .

    • Jane Maynard

      dream dinners is great!!! πŸ™‚

    • MMMM…sounds yummy…I’m going to have to hunt down a recipe. I used to do Dream Dinners and Frozen in Thyme (an awesome Houston place). Loved it. Freezer meals SAVE us. Now I have 2 friends and myself in a freezer swap group. Each month we each make 3 copies of 3 meals, then meat and swap. We come home with 9 meals with 6 servings each for a $70 budget. It’s fabulous!! I feel chipotle Ravioli on the menu in coming months….

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    Jean von B

    Good heavens I can’t even think about a menu for this week. Its everyone for themselves unless I manage to work up the energy to throw something into the crock pot in the morning!

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    Having a hard time getting my head around a menu for this week. Hubby gone to mammoth and me home with the kids. Need to detox from the weekend foodfest but, still use up some items in my freezer. Happy New Year!

    menu #8 sunday december 26th

    Sunday: italian sausage panzanella salad
    Monday: chicken and chickpea soup with italian bread
    Tuesday: quick chicken gumbo
    Wednesday: leftover soup/gumbo
    Thursday: lamb shanks braised with tomatoes over creamy polenta Friday: new years eve dinner – catalina
    Dessert: gingerbread souffles

  21. 21

    You should have asked for a monthly menu.
    Monday – it’s the leftovers day definitely.
    Tuesday is my Veggie Burger day.
    Wednesday Quinoa Patties
    You can guess that I am a veggie…..but my most favorite snack is Beetroot Chips

    • Jane Maynard

      I can barely think a week ahead! πŸ™‚ I know some people do plan a month at a time, but that sort of raises my blood pressure… πŸ˜‰ but I have had people post monthly menus before, which is great! feel free to do so!

      love all the veggie recipes…thanks!

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    I have two meals that match up this week! Trying to get back into the groove of being back to work after five days off!

    Sunday – leftovers from Christmas
    Monday – spaghetti
    Tuesday – tilapia, couscous and salad with dijon vinaigrette (leftover from Christmas)
    Wednesday – waffles (new waffle iron for Christmas!), bacon and fruit salad
    Thursday – Grilled chicken, sweet potatoes and green beans
    Friday – out for New Year’s
    Saturday – steak, wild rice and roasted brussels sprouts

  23. 23

    Aren’t those gingerbread kits great?! My family is making some pulled pork sandwiches this week as well…we’re pullin out the smoker!

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    OK, so this week we are still in holiday mode. I have not made a menu in about 3 weeks πŸ™ So far we’ve ate pizza, burritos, and lots of meals with the extended family!

    Next week, I will have a menu planned for sure:)

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    Erika B.

    More a confession of what we ate than a menu plan. Oops. I’m out of milk, so I finally have to go shopping. No CSA box for another month. Next week will be better.

    Sunday-leftover ham dinner at my mother-in-law’s
    Monday-Yogurt and Pita, Brussels Sprouts and Maple Glazed Carrots (I cooked!!!)
    Tuesday-Veggie Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries (out)
    Wednesday-Yucky Chinese food. Very Sad. (out)
    Thursday-Veggie Tacos, Chips, Something Green TBD and Kiwis
    Friday-Out or Cereal
    Saturday-Party Food

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    Yay for Trader Joe’s! Love the house.
    I’m also very happy to hear you got yours at TJ’s because it seems the gingerbread houses over at Whole Foods are having some problems…..

  27. What a beautiful gingerbread house. I hope everyone enjoyed tasting the fruits of their labors.

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