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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Week 213 Menu

Today I’m not making breakfast for dinner like I had originally planned. Instead we are doing something so much better – driving to Santa Barbara! Tonight we will be eating at Olio Pizzeria, which I’m certain will be better than pancakes. After spending a few days in Santa Barbara we will head down to Orange County. We are SO excited for this trip and will be sharing it with you as we go, especially since we have some great meals lined up!

Ford provided us with this awesome 2011 Explorer for the trip. We’ve borrowed cars for trips before, but this is our favorite. I fell in love as soon as I started driving. Nate felt the same way…after driving the car for the first time, he walked in the house and said, “That car is awesome.” It’s really too bad we have to give it back in a week. Maybe Ford will conveniently forget we have it. 😉

Here’s our menu for the week – gotta love vacation!

Aldo’s Italian Restaurant in Santa Barbara

– Lunch at Wine Cask in Santa Barbara
– Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, with a special tour of the kitchen with the chef!

– Huntington Beach Day…any suggestions?

– Newport Beach Day…any suggestions?

– Lunch at Cafe Orleans in Disneyland!

– Driving home

– Breakfast for dinner, for real this time…we’ll be home and I’m sure exhausted! I’m thinking pancakes will fit the bill.

Since I’m not offering any helpful dinner ideas this week, I’m counting on all of you to share your menus and inspire one another!


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    Have to go to Ruby’s at the end of pier at Huntington….for shrimp tacos and cherry cokes…divine!

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    The Hyatt at Huntington Beach – a very beautiful place! Ran a meeting there a few years ago for 250 people – it was FAB!!!

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    Oooh that sounds great! Our week’s pretty boring in comparison

    Sunday: Split pea soup and turkey paninis
    Monday: Pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes and canteloupe
    Tuesday: Chana masala and cucumber sticks
    Wednesday: Pumpkin macaroni and peas
    Thursday: Margherita pizza and salad
    Friday: Bean and cheese burritos
    Saturday: Leftovers or eat out

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    The Crab Cooker, Newport Beach. I used to go there. It’s not far from my old surf hang-out.

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    Have a great trip!

    Sunday- potsticker soup
    Monday- leftovers
    Tuesday- Pasta w/red sauce
    Wednesday- chicken w/balsamic, basil and grapes
    Thursday- Sausage and Shrimp Jambalya
    Friday- Veggie calzones
    Saturday- dinner at a friend’s house. We’re in charge of the appetizers (baked brie w/brown sugar and apricots).

  6. I live in Newport Beach and there are a TON of wonderful things to do here!

    I suggest a drive down to The Wedge, with the storms we have been having there will probably be some wonderful waves. A trip to Balboa Island is also a must – you can get a Frozen Banana at the place where it was created and it is filled with really cute shops and restaurants. If you are looking for something more athletic a trip to the Newport Aquatic Center in Newport Back Bay is great to get kayaks or paddle-boards. I also strongly suggest a trip to Crystal Cove – a meal at the Beachcomber is a MUST!

    Enjoy your trip! Hope the weather gets better this week!

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    Oh have a blast!! Grandma is still in town on baby duty so here is what we have lined up, but no day assignation.

    Homemade pizza
    Black bean soup
    Chicken and dumplings

    Weekend will be brought to us by daddy.

  8. Monday: Tofu with Peanut Sauce
    Tuesday: Sweet & Tangy Pork Chops with Pineapple; Coconut Toasted Rice
    Wednesday: man meal for Ben/class for me
    Thursday: leftovers
    Friday: Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes
    Saturday: out to eat
    Sunday: leftovers/freezer food
    lunch special: pasta salad with salmon, peas, and herbs

    and when you’re in the newport beach area, i second stefani’s comments. we went to newport beach for our honeymoon & loved crystal cove state park. we ate at the crab cooker and it was so good! also balboa island is so fun… frozen bananas are great! we ate at a cute italian place called amelia’s. have fun!

  9. Sounds like a fantastic trip! Enjoy the time with your family!

    Sunday: Grandma is here!
    Monday: Chicken Pot Pie
    Tuesday: Red Beans and Rice in slow cooker (Savour Fare)…I’m going to get to this one yet!
    Wednesday: Dinner at church
    Thursday: Szechuan Chicken (Ina Garten, my hero!) on grill with leftover rice
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Out

  10. Sounds like such a great trip, have fun!!
    Monday: jerk chicken, red beans and rice
    Tuesday: Swedish meatballs
    Wednesday: black bean soup
    Thursday: breakfast – waffles and strawberries
    Friday: tacos carnitas
    Saturday: leftovers
    Sunday: homemade pizza and salad

  11. I can’t believe I missed posting last week. I got so busy and thought I had.
    Well here I am this week – your trip down the coast sounds amazing. I’ve never been to the west coast before, but plan to get out there someday.

    Hubs and I are struggling to stick to our budget with the rising cost of gas. It is really affecting us and as the baby due date gets closer, we have more driving around to do. We need a easy menu that we have most of the items. So it’s simple, cheap meals this week.

    Mon: Left over ziti with side caesar salad;
    Tues: Baked potatoes (butter, cheese, sour cream & bacon);
    Wed: Grilled cheese and tomato soup;
    Thurs: PB & J;
    Fri: Taco Chips Salad: Beans, Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese, Salsa, Sour Cream & Olives;

    Mon: Sloppy Joes, burger buns, cheese; rice or beans on the side maybe
    Tues: Sweet N Sour Chicken with Rice (didn’t make this last week)
    Wed: Oven Ready Lasagne
    Thurs: Breakfast for dinnner, French toast, Bacon and fruit
    Fri: Homemade Pizza

  12. Monday – Ham and Cheese Panini and Kale Salad
    Tuesday – Rice Bowls
    Wednesday – Risotto with Bread
    Thursday – Black Bean Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
    Friday – Margarita Pizza and Salad

    Have a great trip!

  13. sun: tilapia piccata, brussels
    mon: pot roast, mashed potatoes
    tues: pork, caramelized onion, and cheese flautas
    weds: beef and broccoli
    thurs: taco night
    fri: out
    sat: turkey bolognese

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    two week’s menus with some links for recipes on my blog today. nothin’ new for us… all repeats, which hasn’t happened in a long time.
    chicken sandwhiches, corn, and fries.
    crock pot pork chops, potatoes, and green beans.
    fried chicken, veggies, and taters.
    beef stroganoff with salad.
    outdoor pork loin with vegetables.
    crock pot apricot chicken served with vinegret salad and rice.
    white chili with tortilla chips.
    hamburgers with baked beans and corn.

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    Jen Schulte

    Have a wonderful trip, I can’t wait to see the places and food!

    Our plans including tonight since I’m still getting it together:
    Sunday – I am also an Ina Garten fan, making her Greek Lamb chops with Yogurt Mint Sauce (, steamed artichokes on side
    Monday – paprika chicken, herbed buttery noodles, asparagus
    Tuesday – chicken enchilada casserole, guacamole & chips
    Wednesday – pizza made on Naan bread, salad
    Thursday – leftovers and broccoli
    Friday – spicy shrimp angel hair pasta & spinach

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    Sunday- venison tacos (mango bread for dessert)
    Monday- leftovers
    Tuesday- butter chicken, palak paneer, and chai!!
    Wednesday- leftovers + salad
    Thursday- chickpea sliders (& carrot soup with fresh dill?)
    Friday- leftovers (birth class night)
    Saturday- a birthday dinner with family?

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    I second the restaurant at Crystal Cove, best view in OC!
    Dinner this week:

    Sunday:Pick Husband up at Oakland Airport and burgers from In and Out
    Monday: Crock Pot Carnitas
    Tuesday: Thin Crust Cheese Pizza
    Wednesday: Tortellini Soup
    Thursday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches (leftover carnitas)
    Friday: Salmon Croquettes
    Saturday: Dinner Out

    Dessert: Carmel Turtle Bars
    Breakfast Treat: Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

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    London Broil

    Chicken with French onion soup and tomatoes

    Chicken pot pie

    Turkey Chilli

    Baked potato bar

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    I am on vacation this week so I would love to just eat out all week.
    I don’t think that will go over so well with the hubby even though he said we could. It gets old I guess.
    sat – fam over for dinner – 3 dishes to satisfy all tastes – chicken enchildadas, mexican rice, ravioli with spinach and cheese sauce.
    Sun – leftovers and pesto salmon
    Mon – crockpot beef
    Tues – chicken something
    Wed. – out for wings and beer!
    Thurs – out with friend Susie!!!
    Fri – ?????
    Sat – Out for swiss mushroom burger – I’ve been craving it!!!

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    Michelle D

    Have a great trip?

    Monday Beef with snow peas and brown rice

    Tues Red pepper risotto, salad and tofu

    Wed chili, cracker, cheese, celery and carrot sticks

    Thurs. meatloaf, roasted potatoes (mashed for the girls)and roasted veggies.

    Fri. leftovers

    Sat. Lasagna skillet

    Sun. chicken and beef tacos

    anyone have any lunch ideas for toddlers. I’m running low on ideas………we’ve been eating pb&j way to much 🙂

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    Have fun!!

    Sunday: pork tenderloin, bok choy, jasmine rice with edamame
    Monday: Roast chicken, roast veggies and potatoes
    Tuesday: spinach/zucchini stuffed shells
    Wednesday: BBQ chicken panini
    Thursday: Chicken fried rice
    Friday: taco chicken bowls

    I just realized that’s a lot of chicken. 🙂

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    Sounds like an amazing week you have planned! Nothing nearly as interesting here…

    Sun – meatloaf (wrapped in bacon), mashed potatoes, honey glazed carrots
    Mon – korean chicken (Thanks to Bonnie Lawrence who posted a link to the recipe last week!), salad
    Tues – spinach tortelloni w/ roasted veggies
    Wed – orange chicken w/broccoli over rice
    Thurs – spaghetti & meatballs
    Fri – Breakfast dinner (seems to be a regular Friday meal now)
    Sat – tuna melts & baked fries

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    fun fun! LOOOOVE the wine cask!

    For your Newport night – head to Laguna Beach (super close) and go to Las Brias… AMAZING view AND Margaritas!!
    M- My Mama’s Amazing, Vegan, Lentil Soup
    T – Lemon-dill Salmon, haricots verts, green salad
    W – Santa Fe Chicken Salad
    Th – Chicken Curry w/ Peas and Brown Rice
    F – Tilapia w/ Roasted Root Veg
    Sat – OUT
    Sun – Some kind of crockpot meal

    Oh – and Michelle D – we have a 2 and a half year old.. this is what he eats (but of course we always have chicken nuggets and easy mac as a backup)
    🙂 happy week!

    • michelle D

      Wow I’m impressed! I wish my daughter ate that well. I keep hoping that our daughter will eat better. I know it takes 15-20 times of seeing a new food before they will try it sometimes. I keep putting it out there but…….
      I’m almost to the point where I’m going to start to hide veggies and fruits in the food that she already likes.

  24. I love, love, love that car!!! Hoping to trade in for one soon!!
    Monday – Taco night
    Tuesday – Spiced beef crockpot meal with cilantro and corn tortillas
    Wednesday – My daughter’s FIRST birthday!!! We’ll probably eat her favorite fruits and veggies for dinner.
    Thursday – leftovers
    Friday – Take out
    Saturday – Birthday party day!!! Chicken salad, pasta salad, pear salad and cake!

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    We will also be out of town but only for the weekend.
    Monday: citrus chicken w/black bean salsa
    Tuesday: Caldo de pollo c/arroz (chicken soup and rice)
    Wednesday: Shrimp w/zucchini and cherry tomatoes (don’t remember where I saw this recipe but it looked really yummy) spaghetti and salad
    Thursday: Caldo de pescado (fish soup)
    weekend out of town

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    a bit of an unpredictable schedule this week so i’ll be numbering and deciding what to make based on how much time i have at the end of the day 🙂

    1. pasta with pesto, pine nuts & goat cheese
    2. PW’s spinach and mushroom quesadillas
    3. Cape Cod Salad – from Barefoot Contessa’s Back to Basics
    4. Chipotle Bean Burritos

    these four plus leftovers should get us through friday 🙂

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    Dang, gina. I really wish I could swap menus & locations with you this week.

    Fri: Puffed Oven Pancakes (your recipe) w/ fresh fruit + Hashbrowns
    Sat: OUT {coming home from basketball game — Go Cougs!!}
    Sun: Ritz Chicken + Red Mashed Potatoes + Fruit Salad
    Monday: Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta + Kale Salad w/ Oranges
    Tues: OR
    Wed: + Cantaloupe
    Thursday: Eggs + Homemade Hashbrowns + Fruit

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    Sunday: Penne with vodka sauce, roasted garlic breadsticks, salad
    Monday: Hubby’s out with friends. Breakfast for dinner. The youngest requested waffles.
    Tuesday: Sausage, pepper and onion pizza, salad
    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Maple-mustard salmon, rice, green beans.
    Thursday: Hubby “cooks”. Slow cooker pot roast with carrots and potatoes, homemade rolls.
    Friday: Black bean and corn enchiladas, chips with guac/salsa, fruit (pushed from last week)
    Saturday: Basketball tournaments (out)

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    I’m on vacation this week, I don’t have much of a plan yet.
    I have a Trader Joe’s trip planned so that will probably dictate my menu.

    Loosely planned my menu is:
    Mon. Broiled Mahi Mahi, Sautéed Spinach w/Garlic Winter Squash
    Tues. Roasted Chicken and Potatoes, Steamed Carrots
    Wed. Crockpot Pot Roast, Green Beans
    Thurs. Shrimp Scampi
    Fri.-Sun. TBD, visiting family

  30. Relatively boring week in our household:
    M- Teriyaki Chicken with rice and broccoli
    T- Baked Ravioli, salad
    W- Pancakes and Bacon
    R- Steak sandwiches and oven baked fries
    F- Homemade hamburger helper, or go out with friends

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    Shanna ~ my favorite everything

    Yea! My backyard!! Ok someone mentioned it already, The Crab Cooker should not be missed. Paper plates and the best dinner or lunch. Our family has been going for more than 30 years and with each baby ive had the grandparents have headed there in celebration! Best!!

    I think you would love true food in fashion island, everything is organic and local and AMAZING, honestly not to be missed, great kids menu and outdoor firepit too!

    Then crystal cove beach heading to Laguna. Beachcomber is owned by rubys. It’s on the beach so fun for the kids to play or to take a walk while you wait. Would love to say hi while you’re here, or help you figure anything out! Let me know 🙂

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    Nice! Have a great time. We just got more snow here in the East Coast… so ready for some sun.

    S – pan seared tuna in ‘Asian’ sauce, stir-fried bok choy and steamed brown rice
    M – bibimbap, mandoo (korean dumplings)
    T – udon noodle soup, pan jun (korean scallion pancakes)
    W – lemon ginger noodles w/mushroom and tofu
    T – leftovers or potato leek soup
    F – potato and squash stew, korean style, steamed rice, sting beans in garlic sauce
    S – leftovers

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    Urgh, I’m so jealous! I love Northern California. One of these days, we’ll make it out there. Have a great time in Santa Barbara!

    I have no idea what this week’s menu will entail. Need to get on it!

    Mommy Chic

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    Huntington Beach: Any of the restaurants along Main Street. or… Sunny’s (just a couple blocks opposite the beach) We were there 2 years ago and went there twice during the week. I still remember the cinnamon bun french toast they served. AMAZING!

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    Totally jealous of your fun trip! Have a blast 🙂

    This week for the Frosts:
    Saturday: Twice-baked potatoes and rolls
    Sunday: Chinese Chicken Salad (and more rolls)
    Monday: Apricot Chicken Pasta
    Tuesday: Leftovers
    Wednesday: Taco Salad
    Thursday: Navajo Tacos
    Friday: Wild card dinner!

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    Enjoy your trip – sounds fun!

    Sat – Fondue night!
    Sun – Dutch oven roasted chicken, smashed potatoes, green beans, & cranberry sauce
    Mon – Lentil stew with sausage, bread, salad
    Tues – Spaghetti & Meatballs, broccoli
    Wed – Enchilada lasagna & salad
    Thurs – Baked salmon, rice, & mixed veggies
    Fri – Baked potato bar

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    Sunday- leftover BBQ from Saturday night’s dinner out
    Monday- slow-cooker chicken BBQ (we love our BBQ AND I have chicken that was about to go bad)
    Tuesday- leftovers or chicken sandwiches
    Wednesday- vegetable chicken stir-fry
    Thursday- taco night
    Friday- homemade pizza
    Saturday- impossibly easy cheeseburger bake

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    We are starting the 500 calorie dinner challenge this week. **Fingers Crossed** Here’s what’s on the menu:

    Monday – Leftover Pork Roast, black beans & yellow rice

    Tuesday – Pork loin chops w/ apples, Buttered Poppy Seed Noodles (both Cooking Light) and a green salad

    Wednesday – Pan glazed chicken w/ basil, broccoli couscous (both Cooking Light) and a green salad

    Thursday – Mexicali turkey casserole (Cooking Light), cucumber & tomato salad

    Friday – Leftovers

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    Monday – (a holiday here in Manitoba) Oven Baked Apple Pancake with sausage

    The Rest of the Week…

    * Spaghetti and Meat Sauce with Spinach Salad

    * Stirfry with Quinoa

    * Minestrone Soup

    * Chicken Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette and Key Lime Pie for Dessert!

  40. I’ve been following your site for quite a while, but I think maybe I’m FINALLY getting the hang of this menu planning thing!

    Monday: Chicken, Rice and Broccoli Bake
    Tuesday: Spaghetti
    Wednesday: Chili
    Thursday: Black Bean Burgers
    Friday: Mexican Vegetable Soup
    Saturday: Homemade Pizza & Breadsticks.

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    Sunday-Shredded BBQ Chicken on rolls, chips, fruit
    Monday-Pizza on Pitas
    Tuesday-Wild Rice Soup
    Wednesday-Hawaiian Haystacks
    Thursday-Steak, baked potato and broccoli
    Friday-Grilled Cheese sandwiches, tomato soup
    Saturday-Breakfast for dinner

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    Monday – Ginger steak wraps with snow peas and red peppers, wild rice
    Tuesday – Roasted garlic and onion soup, wheat rolls
    Wednesday – Rosemary chicken, warm cabbage salad, couscous
    Thursday – Parmesan-crusted tilapia, baked sweet potatoes, green beans
    Friday – out for my husband’s b-day
    Saturday – Homemade pizza

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    My husband has been pushing for a Santa Barbara trip and I think your post was just the nudge I needed. Good pizza? I am so there.

    Tuesday – pineapple/bell pepper/chicken sausage skewers; leftover brown rice; steamed broccoli
    Wednesday – cauliflower Mac n cheese
    Thursday-chicken fajita tacos
    Friday -lentil soup, homemade bread (resolve to dust off the bread machine)

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    Sun: Puttanesca
    Mon: Shrimp and Grits
    Tue: Blue Cheese Bacon Burgers
    Wed: Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
    Thur: Salmon, brown rice and spinach
    Fri: Sweet Potato Chili
    Sat: Leftovers

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    A few days behind, but here it is:

    Sun: Homemade Spaghetti & Meatballs for my boy’s bday!, salad, garlic bread
    Mon: Leftovers
    Tues: Spaghetti & meatballs, round 2
    Weds: Mashed potato soup (freezer), Sausage & broccoli stir fry
    Thurs: Pizza
    Fri: Corned beef dinner (Carrots, potatoes, etc)
    Sat: Back to back gatherings, bringing zucchini dish to 2nd one

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    Pepper Steak
    Cobb Salad
    Cheese Potatoes w/Ham
    Quiche Lorraine
    Chicken Fried Rice
    Sloppy Jose’s (sloppy joe made w/salsa instead of tomato sauce, w/diced green chilies and maybe a spoonful or two of refried beans)
    Weekly Treat: Pumpkin Bread Pudding (to use up remaing pumpkin from pancakes)

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    SOOOO late posting! Ugh — there’s been illness and pestilence throughout our household, so this is my first chance to post for the week. As always, this month and months past are at
    Sunday: Eggplant parmigiana, green salad
    Monday: Flank steak, two-potato mash, cracker-crusted cauliflower
    Tuesday: Slow cooker — turkey veggie chili with avocado and baked multigrain chips
    Wednesday: Homemade pizza night, salad, fruit platter
    Thursday: Fish cakes, honey-balsamic glazed veggies, brown rice
    Friday: Fend night
    Saturday: Lamb ragout over pasta, sauteed greens

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    Being out of town for the weekend, in addition to the holiday – I’m a little late posting this week…

    Sun – flying home/out to eat
    Mon – snacking on potstickers & eggrolls
    Tue – Creamy Pesto Linguini w/ Chicken
    Wed – Greek Gyro Burgers on a pita w/ Tzatziki,
    Goat Cheese, Tomato & Onion
    Thu – Island Shrimp & rice pilaf (DS)
    Fri – Santa Fe Salad
    Sat – out to eat

  49. Homemade pasta with meat sauce, salad + whole wheat garlic bread

    Breakfast for dinner: blueberry pancakes, nitrate free bacon + fruit smoothies

    Pork won tons + white rice

    Nitrate free hot dogs + homemade hot dog buns + raw veggies with ranch

    Something with chicken… probably cilantro lime chicken quesadillas.

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    Jane Maynard

    sorry I haven’t been able to comment much, but I have been reading YOUR comments. great menus as always…and thanks for the great suggestions from you southern californians!!!

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    I am chiming in way late here and probably will not have much of substance to add since we just arrived home from an extended vacation in Texas. Unfortunately our return home was delayed two days because of inclement weather up north. So glad to be home!

    Sunday – fish tacos
    Monday – ate at Din Ho Chinese BBQ in Austin, TX (so delicious – would definitely recommend!)
    Tuesday – gyros
    Wednesday – fast food 🙁
    Thursday – sub sandwiches
    Friday – spaghetti, garlic bread and corn

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