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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Week 220 Menu

I love pears, especially Bartlett and Comice. Mmmmm. But I have a problem with pears. I’ll see them at the store, crave them, buy a bunch, bring them home and place them in the fruit bowl to ripen. And then, nine times out of ten, I forget about them until they are far too ripe for eating. It’s tragic. Yesterday, I decided to photograph the pretty little Bartlett pear sitting in my fruit bowl. And then, believe it or not, I cut it up and ate it. And it wasn’t even mushy. I consider this a miracle pear!

Well, our menu this past week ended up looking nothing like what I planned. One of these days things will get back to normal. I’m 17 weeks pregnant, after all! Honestly, though, last week was the best week yet. Still not out of the woods on this sickness nonsense, but I think we’re getting there! So, let’s see if I can’t actually follow my menu plan this week…even just a little!

Paninis of some sort (probably caprese, but maybe chicken with spinach, avocado, tomato and honey mustard)
– Fruit

Green Noodles

– Pulled pork sandwiches (using this sauce recipe, but I’ll use it with the smoked pulled pork from Costco)

– Leftovers

– Eat out

– Eat out. I’m just going to be realistic and plan on two eating out nights. But hopefully I’ll feel better and rustle up another meal instead!


Your turn! Bring on the menus!!!


  1. sun: lunch- baked teriyaki turkey meatballs; dinner- shredded beef and sweet potato baked taquitos
    mon: working late — chicken sausages and salad
    tues: chicken w/jalapeno popper sauce / roasted broccoli
    weds: pasta puttanesca / caesar salad
    thurs: flatbread buffalo chicken pizzas
    fri: french onion soup
    sat: out

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    Sun– Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole
    Mon– Chimichurri Casserole
    Tue– Rotisserie chicken and pasta salad
    Wed– Italian Crescent Casserole
    Thu– Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets with mac & cheese
    Fri– Steaks and mashed potatoes
    Sat– Hamburger Salad

  3. 3

    This is what we had last week…haven’t gotten to this week yet.

  4. 4

    Wow, early this week…shocking! 😉

    Mon-Coconut Curry Chicken Soup, rice, fruit salad
    Tues-Subway (busy, busy!)
    Thurs-Roasted pork tenderloin, peanut noodles, stir fry veggies
    Fri-Fish Tacos
    Sat-Pot Roast & potato pancakes (still haven’t made this!), green veg

    • Jane Maynard

      yes, definitely shocking! 😉 I even took the photos the day before – a meal planning miracle! 😉

  5. 5

    Sun: Coconut & Chicken Curry Soup (from
    Mon: Leftover lasagna, roasted carrots, Rosemary Peasant Bread (from
    Tue: New Caesar Salad (from May Martha Stewart Living issue)
    Wed: Herb Marinated Pork Loin (Barefoot Contessa), green beans
    Thu: Leek and Goat Cheese Tart (from, salad
    Fri: Order pizza
    Sat: Fish Tacos

  6. 6

    Well I kind of just want to move into Katie’s house this week….but if not then:

    Sun: Taking dinner to Grandma and Grandpa’s BBQ Burgers/Fixins/Angel Food
    Mon: Pasta Alfredo
    Tues: Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes
    Wed: Out [Dad our Chef is away and Mom will have cooked two nights already!]
    Thurs: BBQ Burgers/Fries/Veggies and Dip [the Chef returns]
    Fri: Homemade Pizza (Pep & Cheese for kids and Shrimp/Pesto for parents)

  7. 7

    Suday-BBQ brisket salt potatos and corn on cob
    Monday-Quinoa Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

    Tuesday-Leftover Brisket on kaiser roll hand cut sweet potato fries
    Wednesday-Chicken Ceaser pita sandwich with stawberry and walnut salad
    Thursday-Take-Out 🙂
    Friday-Grilled Mahi Mahi with grilled pineapple and fresh cut green beans
    Saturday-Take out or dinner out!! 🙂

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    Last week started off well, then I got a bad cold & everything kind of fell apart meal-wise. At least I *had* a plan to deviate from! Am loving the inspiration from other’s menus… am totally wishing I knew Katie (#4) and could come over to her house for dinner this week! 🙂

    Mon: lemon chicken, broccoli, pilaf
    Tues: crockpot something TBD
    Wed: Australian rissoles, salad, bread
    Thurs: out
    Fri: potluck BBQ – am making potato salad & something sweet
    Sat: out or leftovers
    Sun: frittata, salad, fruit muffins

  9. Sunday: Fresh Beet Tian, cornbread
    Monday: Burgers on the grill and homemade buns
    Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie from freezer
    Wednesday: Dinner at church
    Thursday: Stovetop Chili
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Date night!!…..Grandparents having a “party” with the little one!

  10. How’s the making of Maynard number three going? Have you lost your flavor for anything yet?

    I was hoping to grill this week, but the weather looks kind of blah in Upstate New York.

    Tonight: Leftover spaghetti parm (
    Monday: Sirloin stirfry with soba noodles
    Tuesday: The miso marinated salmon from last week that I never ended up making (luckily, I didn’t buy any fish)
    Wednesday: Sushi takeout
    Thursday: A chicken to be determined…like I said, I’m hoping to grill.
    Friday: Out. Likely Panera Bread
    Saturday: Sister-in-law’s birthday, which will likely turn into slices of pizza on the ride home. Her husband is a disaster in the kitchen. The problem is that no one has told him yet. Sigh.

    I did chicken with leeks this week on a whim and it came out awe-some!

    • Jane Maynard

      I haven’t lost a taste for anything…but I”m finding when I crave something, once I have it, the craving is gone. it’s REALLY strange! 🙂

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    Here’s hoping the sickies leave you for good this week! I’ve just been sick with a cold & haven’t followed my menu plans, so you are definitely given a free pass!!

    Monday: Grilled salmon, grilled veggie of some sort, rolls
    Tuesday: Chicken tacos & fruit slices
    Wednesday: Pancakes & bacon
    Thursday: Sloppy joes with salty chips & pickles
    Friday: Spaghetti, green salad & bread
    Saturday: out of town for the day – eating out
    Sunday: Glazed chicken w/rice pilaf & fruit

    • Jane Maynard

      thanks for the free pass…and, uh, yeah, I’ve really been using it so far. menu plan? what menu plan? 😉

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    Sun: Out
    Mon: Teriyaki chicken + rice noodle + veggie stir fry
    Tues: Salmon cakes + salad
    Wed: Roti (Indian flat bread) + Dal (lentils) + cauliflower
    Thur: Quinoa black bean salad
    Fri: Grilled mahi mahi + grilled veggies
    Sat: Out?

  13. It’s a KISS week – Keeping it Simple Sistah!

    Sunday – Roast in crockpot with carrots and potatoes, rolls
    Monday – Leftovers
    Tuesday – Orange-apricot Pork Chops (crockpot recipe), baked sweet pototoes and broccoli
    Wednesday – Spaghetti with garlic bread
    Thursday – Leftovers, with fruit salad
    Friday – Going to a Family birthday cookout

    I’m also looking for kid friendly recipes that grownups still like. Although so far, so good on that with a ‘new’ 3 year old in the house!

    • Traci

      Check out Ham & Cheese sliders on “Annie’s Eats”
      They are so good. I have given the recipe to many friends who have served them at parties that had kids and adults. Something a little different too.

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    Sun – pork roast, potatoes,
    Mon – chicken, tomato pasta with cream cheese sauce
    Tue – meatloaf
    Wed – baked chicken
    Thur – take out – game night
    Fri – garlic and herb lemon chicken
    Sat – burgers

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    Elza B.

    Sunday – Chicken Gordita with shredded lettuce, tomato and yellow pepper
    Monday – Linguine with peas and pancetta
    Tuesday – Peanut Chicken with rice
    Wednesday – Cavatappi with spinach, garbanzo beans, and feta cheese
    Thursday – leftover
    Friday – shrimp fried rice
    Saturday – eat out or roast chicken aka ‘Engagement Chicken’

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    Nancy Deininger

    Sunday – pork with sauerkraut in the crockpot
    Monday – chicken masala
    tuesday – linguine with shrimp and feta
    wednesday – southwestern chicken soup
    thursday – peanutty turkey lettuce wraps
    friday – out
    saturday – out

  17. 17

    So glad to hear that you are feeling better! Calorie counts are in parentheses.

    Sunday: Asiago crusted chicken (Cooking Light, 253), white balsamic pasta salad (CL, 196), Dill greenbeans

    Monday: Veggie tofu soup (, 190), whole wheat naan (, 162), Salad

    Tuesday: Leftovers

    Wednesday: Orange beef and broccoli (CL, 238), gingered couscous (CL, 92), Asian slaw (CL, 46)

    Thursday: Leftovers

    Friday: Red beans and rice with smoked turkey sausage (400), salad OR leftovers

    Saturday: Red beans and rice with smoked turkey sausage (400) OR out

  18. 18

    Even though I haven’t posted my menu for the past couple weeks, I have been writing it down on a wipe board inside my pantry and sticking to it pretty closely. Here’s what I’ve got planned for this week:

    Sunday – artichoke & tomato spaghetti, baugette
    Monday – beef & green chile enchiladas
    Tuesday – leftovers
    Wednesday – homemade chicken pot pie
    Thursday – homemade pizza
    Friday – leftovers

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    Hope you start feeling better soon!

    Sunday: Bruschetta with baked mac and cheese
    Monday: Leftovers
    Tuesday: Feta burgers with roasted potatoes
    Wednesday: Palomilla steak with rice and black beans
    Thursday: Some kind of pasta
    Friday: Eat out
    Saturday: Leftovers

  20. You gotta be coming to the end of it, fingers-crossed!

    Sunday: leftovers
    Monday: (didn’t get to it last week) salmon and risotto
    Tuesday: leftovers
    Wednesday: chicken and dumplings
    Thursday: grilled chicken and steak kabobs
    Friday: Homemade pizza
    Saturday: mini-vacay, dinner out

  21. I have been dealing with a serious mental block when it comes to dinner lately. I am hoping reading all of your menus will spark something… here is what I have so far:

    Monday: Egg salad sandwiches
    Tuesday: Some kind of shrimp and pasta dish
    Wednesday: Something very quick and easy, my little one has soccer practice
    Thursday: Up to hubby, I am going to be down and out from a medical procedure
    Friday: Yet to be determined

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    Erin Noelle

    Feel better!!

    Sunday: BBQ Chicken, Grandma D’s yams, asparagus
    Monday: Coconut curry fried rice
    Tuesday: Farmers Market
    Wednesday: Taco’s (either shrimp or beef)
    Thursday: Fancy beer/sweet tea vodka sponsored dinner
    Friday: Baseball game
    Saturday: Something made with our CSA bag that comes for the first time this week!!! 🙂

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    Hope you’re out of the sick phase soon. Hang in there!

    On deck this week:

    Sunday: grilled hot dogs w/whole wheat buns, baked beans and salad
    Monday: Chicken quesadillas
    Tuesday: Giada’s pasta e fagioli
    Thursday: Burrito Casserole w/rice and tomato-avocado salad
    Friday: Away for the weekend to celebrate out anniversary. But we’re going to a culinary inn and spa, so there will be cooking…
    Saturday: Still away

  24. 24

    Your pear looks pretty as a picture! Or should I say that it looks good enough to eat? Cheezy, either way, I know…

    Sunday: Sweet & Spicy meatballs, Garlic-scallion noodles, Green salad (didn’t end up making it last week)
    Meatless Monday: Pumpkin Spaghetti with mushrooms and zucchini, Green salad
    Tuesday: Fried mozzarella cheese sandwiches, Green salad
    Wednesday: Soup Supper at church – bringing Chicken Vegetable Soup.
    Thursday: Brat dogs, Oven Fries, Corn on the cob
    Friday: Homemade pepperoni pizza, Fresh fruit
    Saturday: Sausage & potato hash, Biscuits, Fresh fruit

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    Sunday: Leftovers from Sat. dinner
    Monday: Cowboy dinner from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
    Tuesday: Kung Pao Noodles with chicken/potstickers
    Wednesday: Baked chicken nuggets/sweet potato fries
    Thursday: Oatmeal pancakes/homemade syrup/fruit/bacon
    Friday: Vegetarian Soup (haven’t picked one yet)

  26. I didn’t really stick to my menu last week either. But this week I’ve got it written down and grocery list ready to go for tomorrow morning. Hope you have a great feeling week!

    Sunday: Spicy Chicken and Pepper Jack Pizza and Salad

    Monday: Quiche and Strawberry, Spinach Salad

    Tuesday: Leftovers

    Wednesday: Chinese Beef Broccoli and Jasmine Rice

    Thursday: Honey Mustard Chicken, Asparagus, and Garlic Couscous

    Friday: 3-2-1 Pasta to clean out the fridge

    Saturday: Grilled Turkey Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic, and fresh fruit

    This Week’s Treat: Lemon Sticky Rolls

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    I think it’s the time of year for even the best laid plans to be jumbled up, sickness or not! Spring time always seems more hectic and improvisational to me. I always want to be out and about after a cold winter of struggling to make it from the indoors to the car and back as fast as possible. (c:

    Sunday – okonomiyaki
    Monday – egg salad sandwiches with cucumber salad
    Tuesday – falafels
    Wednesday – lasagna
    Thursday – volunteer dinner
    Friday – dinner with friends
    Saturday – mom and aunt are visiting! we’re doing our make ahead thin crust pizza and a salad

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    Monday: Taco Casserole
    Tuesday: PW’s Dr. Pepper Pork Shoulder: This looks so amazing, I can’t wait to try it!
    Wednesday: More pork: probably on tacos
    Thursday: BBQ Chicken Homemade Pizza…might attempt this on the grill…fingers crossed!
    Friday: Dinner at a friends house!
    Saturday: Smoked sausage and creamy noodles

  29. 30

    Sunday: Spaghetti for lunch then take-out pizza for dinner
    Monday: Parmesan Baked Chicken, scalloped potatoes
    Tuesday: Pork Fried Rice
    Wednesday: PW’s Meatballs with peppers & pineapple
    Thursday: Homemade Chicken Strips with Mac & cheese
    Friday: Layered Chile-chicken enchilada casserole
    Saturday: grilled ham & cheese for lunch and leftovers for dinner

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    Erika B.

    Actually cooked!Not sure who shared the casserole last week, but thank you. Looking forward to it.

    Sunday-Arabic “Crushed Lentil” Soup (PW Tasty Kitchen), Yogurt Dip, Pitas, Baby Bok Choy, Raspberries and Vanilla Almond Apple Crisp
    Monday-Mediterranian Veggie Pizza (farmer’s market), Green Beans with Pecans, Blackberries
    Tuesday-Leftover Soup and Pita, Green Salad, Strawberries
    Wednesday-Baked Quinoa Casserole (from someone here last week), Balsamic Butter Asparagus, Apple Slices
    Thursday-Leftover Casserole, Artichokes and Tangerines
    Friday-Out or Quesadillas and Salad

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    After the sickness passes (soon!?) maybe you could pull the energy to turn those past-prime pears into chutney.
    I use equal parts sugar and rice vinegar, a bit of grated ginger root, dry ginger, and crushed pink pepper (pink pepper is a key flavor; sweet, fruity and lightly floral). Its great on chicken!

    As far as a menu for this week….yeesh! I’ll be cleaning out the fridge with my meals, so my produce doesn’t end up like your pears-useless!

    chicken, mashed potatoes, swiss chard
    Portobella burgers with avocado, or guacamole Jane-style.
    Spanish rice and bean with leftover avo/guac.
    Pasta with all kinds of veggies- carrot, tomato, fennel, onion, spinach, chard.
    Spinach salad with caramelized fennel, honey figs, nuts, veggies that need to be used.
    Soup (that has been in the fridge for a bit) and Jane’s skillet biscuit bread.
    “Reuben” Style Sandwich- I call practically any hot, toasty meat/kraut or slaw/cheese sandwich a reuben, and I know its wrong. Mine will be on spelt bread with ham, kraut, and russian dressing, skip the cheese.

    Well…I suppose my ideas turned into a menu. I’ll just pick from the list each day. 🙂

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    Sunday: Herb Roasted Turkey, Mashed potatoes, rolls and green beans
    Monday: Parmesan Tilapia, rice, vegie
    Tuesday: Lasagna, garlic breadsticks, salad
    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Turkey noodle soup in the crockpot, leftover rolls from the freezer (he just has to add the noodles and serve!)
    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Grill night. Hotdogs, baked beans, fruit salad, chips
    Friday: Pizza Night, salad
    Saturday: Flank steak with chimmichurri sauce, roasted potato wedges, salad

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    Janna M

    Sat-bacon wrapped chicken tenderloins with baked potatoes
    Sun-spaghetti & meatballs
    Mon-homemade pizza
    Tue-grilled chicken & vegetables
    Wed-sloppy joes
    Thurs- leftovers
    Fri-pancakes made by my 7-year-old daughter

  34. With blustery Autumnal weather hitting in south-eastern Australia at the moment, I’ve planned some cockle-warming dishes because of the chilly conditions for the week to come (is that weird that I check the weather forecast to plan my menu? Hee hee). There’s nothing like a steamy casserole with some crusty bread at the end of a 15 degree day”¦

    M: Creamy Tomato, Pumpkin & Baby Spinach Penne
    T: Cottage Pie with Steamed Broccoli
    W: Leftover Pie
    T: Sausages with Vegetables, Mash & Onion Gravy
    F: Fruity Beef Casserole
    S: Fried Rice
    S: Tuna Mornay with Green Salad

    Be sure to check out for previous meal plans and some tasty recipes. Have a great week all – and Jane, hope the baby sickness clears up soon xx

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    The Easter candy post got me thinking about Reese’s pb eggs, deviled eggs & carrot cake – but gonna stay strong and hold off to Easter – lol!

    Pork Chops, Polenta, Green Beans
    Oatmeal Pancakes, Sausage Links
    Orange Chicken
    Tacos, Quinoa w/Black Beans, Blackberry Cobbler w/Ice Cream
    Sloppy Jose’s, Chips & Guacamole
    Spinach Salad (w/mandarin oranges, craisins & almonds & Lion House rolls or other homemade bread/rolls
    Glazed Mini Meatloaves, Mashed Potatoes Green Beans

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    Sunday – pecan-crusted tilapia, rice with broccoli, fresh fruit salad
    Monday – Leftover pork tenderloin, gnocchi, steamed broccoli
    Tuesday – tex/mex crockpot chicken, rice, salad
    Wednesday – brats on the grill, cole slaw, grapes
    Thursday – Pork loin in the crockpot with carrots and potatoes
    Friday – stir fry, pot stickers, salad with ginger dressing
    Saturday – out

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    Angie .

    The fiance is home this week, so we’re back to a full menu…

    Sat – BfD: eggs, hashbrowns, sausage & biscuits
    Sun – Carne Asada Tacos & jalapeno corn
    Mon – Sour Cream Noodle Bake
    Tue – French Dip w/ au jus & Sweet Potato Fries
    Wed – DS (Dinner Station frozen meal)
    Thu – Burgers on the grill w/ tater tots
    Fri – Taco Salad (w/ ground turkey)

  38. 39

    MOn- grill out (we didn’t do it as planned on sunday – hope we can pull this off on a weekday!) potatoes/salad
    Tue- tacos with refried beans, chips and salsa
    Wed – steak hoagies/homemade fries
    Thur- pizza
    Fri- pasta salad/salad/bread
    Sat- hamburgers/hotdogs/corn on cob, baked beans, roasted potatoes
    Sun- oven-baked chicken (hubby does this)

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    Monday – crockpot chicken, corn and rice
    Tuesday – pancakes & bacon
    Wednesday – meatloaf, potatoes, green beans
    Thursday – blackened talapia, asparagus, rice pilaf
    Friday – eat out
    Saturday – birthday party for my son (honeybaked ham sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, fruit salad, mediteranian veggie salad, chocolate cake)
    Sunday – left overs

  40. 41

    Can’t believe it’s Monday already…!
    Sunday — Herb and citrus Sunday Roast chicken with mashed potatoes, butternut squash, and peas
    Monday — Whole wheat pasta with beets and goat cheese, salad, fresh fruit
    Tuesday — Slow cooker — Midwest Lentil soup, cornbread
    Wednesday — Maple ham and muenster panini, fruit, roasted veggie antipasto salad
    Thursday — Turkey tacos
    Friday — fend
    Saturday — Fish supper

    Meal plan for this month (and past months) can be found at

  41. 43

    My 4 year could live on “juicy” pears alone. He would go nuts over your fruit basket.

    menu #22 sunday april 3rd

    Sunday: poached eggs on toast with fava bean puree spread and bacon
    Monday: cheesy meat loaf with israeli roasted carrots and fingerling potatoes
    Tuesday: boboli
    Wednesday: chicken and cornmeal dumplings
    Thursday: teriyaki sloppy joes
    Friday: take out/leftovers
    Saturday: take out

    Dessert: peanut butter truffles

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    Amy M.

    Having a hard time sticking with the plan- especially since the nice weather is here- but I’m trying!

    Monday- Dinner at Life Time- Liv swimming Lessons
    Tuesday- Chicken with Feta Sauce, Basil Orzo (from two weeks ago:()
    Wednesday: Silly Night- Oatmeal Pancakes (new recipe)
    Thursday- Grilled Chicken with Creamy Polenta and Roasted Broccoli
    Friday- Grandma and Papa are here hooray!!! Surf and Turf (crab cakes and steaks on the grill), Grilled Asparagus and Potato Packets
    Saturday- Orcchiette with mini Chicken Meatballs- a family fave

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    Jen Schulte

    I raelize I’m a little late but it’s helpful reading the other posts when I’m stuck!

    Monday – grilled salmon, cheesy rice, spinach
    Tuesday – easy apricot chicken, rice, green beans
    Wednesday – mac & cheese and broccoli
    Thursday – oven baked chicken drumsticks, leftover noodles, salad
    Friday – flatbread pizzas & salad
    Saturday – may attempt Chicken Tikka Masala, I’m hungry for it! Or Chicken Enchiladas.

    • Bri

      If you do attempt Chicken Tikka, try Jamie Oliver’s recipe. We did it last week and it was a huge hit with our whole family, even the 2-year-old. I accompanied it with spiced basmati rice, mango lassis, and homemade potato and pea samosas — baked, not fried. It went over so well that my husband is already bugging me to do another Indian night!

  44. 46

    Here is our menu-

    Monday-we had leftovers tonight
    Tuesday-stacked burrito pie
    Wednesday-potato soup
    Thursday-crockpot apricot chicken
    Friday-egg salad sandwiches
    Saturday-salsbury steak
    Sunday-crockpot split pea soup

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    S: Greek Sirloin Salad; pita wedges
    M: Burgers on the grill; sweet potato fries
    T: Bubba’s chopped salad; grilled chicken; garlic bread
    W: Out with friend; Turkey meatball sliders & chips for rest
    T: Chicken Cordon Blue; mashed sweet potatoes; green beans
    F: Dinner party, thinking: Grilled baby back ribs, potatoes au gratin; some kind of salad; chocolate chip & white chocolate macadamia cookies. Friends to bring appetizers
    S: Off to Foxwoods with husband and another couple

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    Mon – glazed salmon, potato wedges, green beans
    Tues – Hamburgers, beans
    Wed – baked ziti
    Thurs – orange chicken w/ broccoli over rice
    Fri – homemade pizza
    Sat – BFD

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    Sun: Chicken Divan, brown rice, corn, bread
    Mon: Roast Beef Hoagies with au jus dipping sauce
    Tues: BBQ Pork Ribs, cornbread, baked beans, steamed broccoli
    Wed: Ground Beef and fried onion casserole
    Thurs: Leftovers
    Friday: Steaks, sweet potatoes, spinach salad
    Saturday: Dinner out

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    Jane Maynard

    as always, I love reading your menus and comments…THANK YOU, everyone! 🙂 and if you still want to post…feel free to do so, it’s never too late! 🙂

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