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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Week 222 Menu

Happy Belated Passover and Happy Easter! Nate’s parents just drove off to the airport after a completely perfect visit this week. We celebrated Easter in all its glory yesterday and it was a wonderful day full of delicious food and even better memories.

Nate’s mom always has a million fun tricks up her sleeve. One of the many this week was decorating Easter cupcakes. We made mini cupcakes, so for these cute carrots, she sat down with Cate and actually cut up mini carrots into even minier, perfectly shaped carrots to decorate the cupcakes with. The green carrot tops are curly parsley pieces. They were complete adorable (although we noticed this morning they don’t really last over time…mental note!). For the nest cupcakes, she mixed green food coloring with coconut and then had Cate dip the frosted cupcakes into the coconut, finishing the nests off with a few eggs (i.e. jelly beans). This is just one of the many reasons grandmothers are magical.

Time for a menu already? Wowzah. This week is not going to be fancy. I have a lot of work coming up, we’ll be getting back into the school groove after spring break, and, well, we have oodles of ham to get creative with.

Lentil Soup

– Western omelettes (ham, cheese, bell peppers, onions)
– Smoothies

– Grilled ham & cheese sandwiches
– Salad

– Leftovers

– Anything but ham!!!! (Eat out)

– Spaghetti
– Salad and garlic bread

– Breakfast for dinner

Thank you all each week for sharing your menus – it’s wonderful! Can’t wait to see what you have planned for this week! And, if you’re making and/or eating an Easter feast today, happy cooking and enjoy!


  1. Those cupcakes are SO cute! Gotta love grandmas. 🙂

    Monday: Leftovers, of course. 🙂
    Tuesday: Very Lemon Chicken and Parmesan Risotto
    Wednesday: salmon and roasted red potatoes
    Thursday: leftovers
    Friday: homemade deep dish pizza
    Saturday: skillet chicken parmesan

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    I just started this new grain-free, lactose-free, sugar-free diet so everything I eat needs to be made from scratch. And since I didn’t want to run to the grocery store every day, I finally decided to make a menu for the week and (try to) stick to it.

    Saturday: Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken with cooked carrots and applesauce

    Sunday: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, coriander glazed carrots, green beans with shaved Parmesan, artichoke and tomato salad, roasted asparagus

    Monday: Grilled steak with tomato tapenade, roasted cauliflower

    Tuesday: Turkey croquettes, cucumber avocado salad

    Wednesday: Shrimp Seviche with a green salad

    Thursday: French Onion Soup

    Friday: Turkey meatloaf

    (We’re trying to eat leftovers without eating them everyday. Let’s see how it goes!)

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    Mrs. Day

    No Easter Feast for this working woman=no leftovers 🙁
    Grocery shop tomorrow; food forecast for this week.

    Sunday-Scrambled Cheddar Eggs w/Toast and a grapefruit
    Monday-Italian Date Night Out (Well overdue)
    Tuesday-Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni (Jamie Oliver’s recipe)
    Wednesday-Loads of taste-testing at Wedding Salon Event
    Thursday-Chicken Enchiladas w/ Arugula Salad
    Friday-Spicy Turkey Meatballs w/ Risotto & Spinach
    Saturday-Greek Date Night Out

  4. For my sister’s birthday two weeks ago I had cupcakes delivered to her office from Reinwald’s Bakery on Long Island. Nothing short of awesome presentation. Bailed me out for living six hours away and not going down for any of the festivities. (

    Monday: Easter leftovers from the in-laws. Ham, beef stew and polenta patate

    Tuesday: Reubens with sweet potato fries

    Wednesday: Spinach salad with chicken, almonds, Crasins in homemade citrus vinaigrette

    Thursday: The last quart of chili in the freezer

    Friday: Takeout

    Saturday: As always, TBD. I’d say a 60 percent chance of takeout, but you never know, right?

  5. Oh my goodness! Those cupcakes are precious! Love grandmas!

    I haven’t thought ahead enough to plan out a weekly menu, but I just bought a GIANT bag of Kale, so I know it’s on the menu pretty much every night this week! 😉

    Happy Easter!

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    Our Easter feast was fantastic- now my only problem will be trying to get creative with the leftovers!

    Monday- It’s our anniversary, so we are eating out
    Tuesday- Easter leftovers
    Wednesday- Getting more creative with leftovers (I’ll be looking for suggestions)
    Thursday- meatball subs (I’ll be sick of ham by then, so I’ll have to freeze any leftovers at this point)
    Friday- Shepherd’s Pie
    Saturday- Pulled pork sandwiches

  7. Happy Easter.
    Your cupcakes are perfect! Well worth all the effort. I would almost not want to at them because they are that cute.
    🙂 Mandy

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    Erika B.

    Happy Easter!

    Sunday-Su Hong to Go
    Monday-Leftover Su Hong and Raspberries
    Tuesday-Bean Burritos, Peas and Shallots, Strawberries
    Wednesday-Healing Cabbage Soup, Rolls, Salad, Baked Apples
    Thursday-Leftover Soup
    Friday-TBD or Out

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    Janna M

    We don’t have any leftovers but had a wonderful Easter.
    I always plan my week on Friday night and do all my shopping on Saturday morning. That’s why my menu always starts on Saturday.

    Sat-pot sticker dumplings (I made them again. Thanks for featuring them at Foodpress!)
    Sun-Easter ham at my sister-in-law’s
    Mon-Polynesian meatballs
    Tue-Janna’s chicken
    Wed-beef stroganoff
    Thur- leftovers
    Fri- pancakes

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    Nancy Deininger

    monday – bbq chicken on the grill
    tuesday – ham and pineapple on the grill
    wednesday – salmon wiht zucchini
    thursday – tacos
    friday – leftovers
    saturday – out

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    Sunday – Easter dinner with friends!
    Monday – Indian butter chicken w/ the missionaries
    Tuesday – Leftovers (hopefully)
    Wednesday – Carrot & chickpea tagine
    Thursday – Leftovers
    Friday – Eat out the night before the half marathon!
    Saturday – Foraging

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    Sunday–Prime rib Easter dinner at parents
    Monday–Chilli mac
    Tuesday–Ham and hashbrown casserole, roasted asparagus
    Wednesday–Chicken and spinach alfredo, salad, garlic bread
    Friday–Out to dinner

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    Sun- ham and all the fixings
    Mon- leftovers
    Tue- spaghetti and meatballs/salad
    Wed- ham and cheese sandwiches (with hawaiian rolls, drenched in butter, garlic and Worcestershire sauce sauce
    Thurs – waffles
    Friday – pizza
    Sat – ??

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    Angie .

    The cupcakes are incredibly adorable – who wouldn’t want one?

    This week is a short week, as we’re headed to Vegas on Thursday for a friend’s wedding this weekend. Going to be fun!!

    Sun: Dinner with a friend’s family
    Mon: Homemade Pizzas
    Tue: Dinner @ friend’s house (we always watch The Biggest Loser together)
    Wed: Freezer dinner
    Thu: Headed to Vegas!!
    Fri: Out to eat with the bride & her family
    Sat: Wedding reception!

  15. Keep it simple this week–and trying to cut back on meet.

    Sun: Kale, carrot, and pear juice (sometimes less is more)
    Mon: Veggie burgers
    Tues: Veggie fajitas with homemade guac
    Weds: Tuna melts with homemade tomato soup from the chest freezer
    Thurs: Cobb salad with out the bacon
    Fri: Mystery night
    Sat: Fish tacos and key lime pie

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    It’s a busy week for us, so we’re keeping it simple!

    Mon – Tacos, black beans
    Tues – Grilled cheese, fresh fruit and veggies
    Weds – out
    Thurs – Homemade mac and cheese (freezer), salad
    Friday – grilled chicken, corn on the cob, cole slaw
    Saturday – potluck at friend’s house – take salad
    Sunday – Pork tenderloin, sweet potatoes, green beans

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    Thankfully I have a husband who will eat all the leftover ham for lunch, and just complain at the end! So we only have 1 day of leftovers scheduled but still have to use up potatoes that aren’t cooked yet.

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    S: Rib Roast dinner with friends
    M: Leftovers-French dip sandwiches & oven fries
    T: Roasted chicken, twice baked potatoes (LO) & sauteed spinach
    W: Leftovers-chicken taco’s, refried beans & corn
    T: Chef’s salad, dinner rolls
    F: Roasted Asparagus & Tomato Pizza
    S: Out

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    Hi Gang, I do not have a menu up yet, but I thought I’d chime in with a decent ham recipe: Ham and Egg Fried Rice. I tried it last year and it was good. You can find it here:

  20. Those cupcakes are adorable! Love grandmas who do fun things with the kids 🙂

    Our menu for this week is:
    Sun: glazed ham with mustard sauce, mashed potatoes, garlic mushroom green beans, glazed carrots and zucchini, green salad and homemade rolls
    Mon: eating at my parents, not sure the menu
    Tues: Tarragon Chicken Vol au Vents with steamed sugar snap peas and strawberry spinach salad
    Wed:lemon rosemary pork tenderloin with parmesan risotto and grilled zucchini
    Thurs: spaghetti and meatballs, garlic french bread and salad
    Fri: steak fajitas with black beans, chips and salsa and corn and maybe some raw veggies
    Sat: date night at Indian fusion restaurant

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    Those cupcakes are darling. So festive!

    We are sick so lots of soup.

    Sunday: chicken and white bean soup with a crusty baguette
    Monday: butternut bisque with more crusty baguette
    Tuesday: vegetarian bolognese over penne pasta and roasted broccoli
    Wednesday: asparagus and snap pea beef stir fry
    Thursday: carribean succotash with grilled sausages and corn bread
    Friday: left overs
    Saturday: couples baby shower

    Dessert: strawberry layer cake

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    Erin Noelle

    This is a busy week for us, so trying to keep it simple…

    Sunday: Easter ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans
    Monday: Ham Bone Soup, Cheese/Dill Scones
    Tuesday: Roast Chicken, Roasted Root Veggies
    Wednesday: Something with the Ham, I don’t know what yet…
    Thursday: Sloppy Joes, Veggies, Salad
    Friday: Fish/Veggies from our CSA Box
    Saturday: Throwing an engagement party for some friends, catering to be done by Moe’s, but I am going to attempt to make “Mexican” filo triangles, I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂

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    the week before grocery shopping has a lot of improvising! these probably wont stay in order, but itll do for now!

    mon- cheese, tomato and deli turkey pizza and sliced apples

    tues-cheese manicotti

    wed-tuna helper

    thurs- pork chops and mashed potatoes and green beans

    fri-breakfast for dinner



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    Sunday: grilled hotdogs/hamburgers, mac & cheese for dinner
    Monday: BBQ Pork Penne
    Tuesday: Applesauce BBQ Chicken
    Wednesday: Eggs, Bacon, & hashbrowns
    Thursday: Calzones
    Friday: Beef enchiladas
    Saturday: sandwiches for lunch and baked fried chicken

  25. I’m doing a great meal planning GIVEAWAY you won’t want to miss out on!!!

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    Tuesday – steak & shrimp on the grill; fries; corn on cob
    Wednesday –breakfast – eggs, sausage, hash browns (either separate or as a bake)
    Thursday –taco, quesadillas,
    Friday –crock pot ribs, mashed potatoes, green beans
    Saturday – out to eat
    Sunday –pasta & Italian sausage, meatballs

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    Here is my menu—a little late : )

    Sunday-Easter dinner with my family


    Tuesday-going to a potluck still not sure what I am going to take

    Wednesday-crockpot split pea soup and rolls

    Thursday-french dips, fries and fruit

    Friday-baked potato with and egg on top

    Saturday-orange chicken


    Have a great week everyone!!!

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    I am late too! Lotsa ham leftovers…

    Sunday – Ham, Funeral Potatoes (thanks Jane), peas
    Monday – Ham & Cheese Paninis
    Tuesday – Ham Fried Rice & Potstickers; remaining ham to be frozen!!
    Wednesday-Saturday – Spring Break @ Great Wolf Lodge with Kids

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    Better late than never!

    Monday: Jambalaya and smoked sausage
    Tuesday: Spaghetti with homemade sauce
    Wednesday: More spaghetti (its always better the second day anyway)
    Thursday: Lemony Chicken via
    Friday: More chicken/leftovers
    Saturday: at a friends wedding in Lexington!

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    Sunday: Easter Brunch and Dinner at the families
    Monday: Ham and Potato soup, leftover rolls
    Tuesday: Creamy Turkey Taquitos, chips and salsa, oranges
    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Spaghetti, salad, breadsticks
    Thursday: Tator tot hotdish, green beans
    Friday: Buffalo chicken pizza, salad
    Saturday: Pork Shoulder in the crockpot, Sweet Potato fries, vegie/salad

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    Super late for this week! =\

    MondayӢ Baked ziti and meatballs with broccoli rabe
    TuesdayӢ Grilled chicken & spinach walnut salad
    WednesdayӢ Waffels,bacon and fresh fruit salad
    ThursdayӢ Steak,corn on cob & baked potato
    FridayӢ Homeade grilled flatbread pizza with leftover meat an fresh veggies and goat cheese & pinapple
    SaturdayӢ Takeout/Out for dinner
    Sunday”¢ My 2 1/2 olds choice 🙂

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    Sunday Ӣ Roast chicken and cauliflower; green beans; couscous with tomatoes
    Monday Ӣ Salmon with potatoes and red onions; cucumber and snap pea salad
    Tuesday Ӣ Braised lamb shoulder chops with white wine and garlic; pesto orzo; spinach salad with beets, dried cherries and pickled red onions
    Wednesday Ӣ Spicy potatoes and peas with chicken; pea shoot salad with ricotta and lemon
    Friday Ӣ Pasta with basil-and-tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella; garlic bread
    Saturday Ӣ TBD

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    We tried your Lentil soup recipe… YUM! My husband was raving about it. Thanks for sharing!

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