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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Week 223 Menu

Two years ago I posted with great pride a picture of one of my beautiful baby tomato plants that I had just planted. I had high hopes for those plants. But, as we all know, pride goeth before the fall! A combination of diseased soil in our garden plot and a gardener without the faintest idea of what she was doing (that’s me!) killed every last one of the plants I put in the ground. It was Hamlet tragic.

So, not surprisingly, I was a little gun shy last year and didn’t plant any. This year, however, I will not let my fears control me! And I’m taking a new approach – potted tomato plants. And I’m asking people who do know what they’re doing what I should be doing, over and over again, no matter how pesky I get! So far so good…my plants are growing like crazy! I’m hesitant to be excited about our forthcoming tomatoes, but I think it might actually happen this year.

I seriously can’t believe it’s time to plan a menu again. AND it’s May. I can’t keep up with Father Time. That guy is fast.

Mushroom soup (love this soup, btw)

– Enchiladas (not sure what kind yet)

– Spaghetti
– Salad

– Leftovers

Caprese paninis

– Eat out (crazy busy day!)

– Breakfast for dinner…I’m loving this as my plan for Sundays.
– Smoothies

Please share your menu for the week! As always, THANK YOU for sharing!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. We’ve planted tomatoes every year for the last six years, and it’s always hit or miss. One year we were giving away bags of tomatoes, we had so many. Last year, we got two. Not sure if it was the weather or not, but it’s so worth it to try – nothing beats fresh garden tomatoes!

    Sunday – jerk chicken, red beans and rice
    Monday – white bean and chicken chili
    Tuesday – leftovers
    Wednesday – smoked salmon caesar
    Thursday – fajitas carnitas and some margaritas! Yum!!
    Friday – pizza
    Saturday – dinner out for pre-Mom’s Day with my mom

    • Jane Maynard

      that makes me feel much better about my skills…at least a little less guilty for killing them all two years ago! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Nancy Deininger

    sunday – tailgating at the Phillies game!
    monday – general tso’s chicken (in the crockpot) and rice
    tuesday – some kind of pasta with salad
    wednesday – preview party to see daughter’s wedding photos! Pizza
    thursday – mexican for Cinco de Mayo
    friday – leftovers
    saturday – out

    • Can you share the General Tso’s recipe? I haven’t seen it done on a Crock Pot! Sounds yummy…and easy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jenny

      yes, please! I was just trying to find it on google!

    • Jane Maynard

      Nancy emailed me the recipe after you guys requested it. Here’s what she sent! ๐Ÿ™‚

      the general tso’s chicken was from another blog – “a year of slow cooking” – this was the first time I made this recipe – there were only three of us home for dinner tonight – the initial reaction wasn’t too good – my husband and son, Neil, thought it looked too much like a stir fry – but after tasting it they both liked it! Slow cooking the chicken in the sauce really infused the chicken with the flavor! I might cook the vegetables separately next time – I thought they got too mushy –
      A Year of Slow Cooking

      1 pound boneless, skinless chicken, cut in 1-inch chunks
      4 garlic cloves, minced
      3 tablespoons brown sugar
      1 teaspoon dried ginger
      2 tablespoons soy sauce (I use La Choy because it’s gluten free)
      1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (add more to taste at the table if you’d prefer more heat)
      1 (16-ounce) package stir-fry vegetables (to add later)

      The Directions.

      Use a 4-quart slow cooker. Put the chicken into the bottom of your crockpot and then add the garlic, brown sugar, ginger, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Toss the chicken to fully coat with the sauce ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours, then add the frozen vegetables. Re cover and cook on high for an hour, or until the veggies are fully hot and the chicken has reached desired tenderness.
      Serve with white or brown rice.

  3. Daddy is out of town this week. So, we’re going with easy dinners!

    Sunday: Oven Baked Beef Ribs & Oven Fries
    Monday: Pumpkin Pancakes
    Tuesday: Squash Meatballs and marinara
    Wednesday: Dinner at church.
    Thursday: Chicken Cacciatore in the slow cooker (new recipe)
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Out

  4. Sunday–Spinach Artichoke Pizza (with the new stone!)
    Monday–Grilled Chicken & Fruit Salad
    Tuesday–out with a friend
    Wednesday–Zucchini Chips with some kind of sandwich
    Thursday–Black Bean & Corn Nachos
    Friday–Spicy Pineapple Chicken Panini

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    I’ve been following your site for a while, and I really enjoy it! I may have posted a comment before, but this is my first menu posting.
    Sunday – Creamy Hamburger Noodles
    Monday – Cheeseburger Meatloaf by Paula Deen
    Tuesday – Chili Over Rice
    Wednesday – out (soccer practice)
    Thursday – Ritzy Chicken Casserole (basically this recipe: plus 8 oz cooked spaghetti noodles)
    Friday – Pizza Cups
    Saturday – Potato Cheese Soup

  6. I gave up planting tomatoes when we moved, mostly due to a lack of sunny spaces. My yard is very tree-covered. Funny story about my first foray into planting. The instructions said to plant every six inches. Not thinking, I figured I needed to keep six inches between each six-pack of plants, not each individual plant. I put about two dozen plants into two extra-large planting pots. By the end of summer, I had picked nearly a bushel of tomatoes. The plants overtook my deck and required watering three times a day. At the end of the season, I had to use a hacksaw to cut the plant apart.

    Sunday: Chicken tenders and waffle fries
    Monday: Salmon burgers with tzatziki
    Tuesday: Udon miso
    Wednesday: Steak pizzaola (
    Thursday: Chicken dish to be announced
    Friday: Takeout
    Saturday: TBD. My sister is in town and I’ll likely cook something, but I’m not sure what.

  7. sun: cowboy steak sandwiches / sweet potato waffle fries
    mon: coconut shrimp / black bean and avocado salad
    tues: salmon with creamy pesto sauce / asparagus
    weds: chicken adobo / squash with asiago and walnuts
    thurs: leftovers
    fri-sun: weekend trip to portland, maine ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sun – Steak and baked potatoes
    Mon – baked chicken and rice
    Tues – subs – after away lacrosse game
    Wed – pork chops
    Thur – mexican meatballs and rice or pasta
    Fri – pizza party
    Sat – some kind of pasta

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    Lesley Fitts

    Sun – Burgers on the grill, fruit salad, fries
    Mon – Ham steaks, steamed broccoli, salad
    Tues – Griled Chicken, Steamed carrots, Salad
    Wed – Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole, Bacon, Fresh Fruit
    Thurs – Grilled Hot Dogs, Beans, Cornbread
    Fri – Spaghetti & Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Salad
    Sat – Greek Salad

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    Sun – Ravioli, meatballs
    Mon – out of town eating at Grandmas
    Tues – pancakes or waffles (dad’s choice)
    Wed – Brisket in the slow cooker
    Thurs – Cinco De Mayo dinner – Chicken Mole
    Fri – Fish or dining out
    Sat – Fish or dining out (depends on Friday)

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    Grilled Fish, Butternut Squash Risotto
    Chocolate Chip Waffles w/Strawberries
    Taco Salad (Cinco de Mayo)
    Chicken & Spinach Crescent Ring
    Stuffed Shells, Garlic Bread
    Slow Cooker Swiss Steak over Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

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    Mon-Pot Roast, potatoes, carrots
    Tues-Grilled fish & veggie packets
    Wed-Chicken divan, rice, sauteed green beans
    Thurs-Beef broccoli stir-fry with noodles, potstickers, edamame
    Fri-Homemade pizzas
    Sat-LEFTOVERS ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. ooh, there are some good looking meal plans posted here! i love all the plans… so many good ideas. we are also having enchiladas this week. i seriously cannot get enough of salsa and sour cream!

    here’s our week (the last three nights are barely cooking, we have a weird week ahead!):

    M: chicken enchiladas
    T: couscous stuffed tomatoes
    W: either some sort of eggs/toast combo or waffles
    Th: fend for yourself
    F: a frozen casserole…. or more likely ordering pizza/going out for dinner!

  14. hm, my comment got lost! let’s try this again!

    M: chicken enchiladas (i just can’t get enough of salsa and sour cream these days!).
    T: couscous stuffed tomatoes
    W: waffles or eggs/toast, depending on what degree of lazy i feel
    Th: fend for yourself night – we both have stuff going on in the evening
    F: the plan is a frozen casserole… but that probably means ordering pizza or going out!

    have a great week, Jane! have you been feeling better??

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    Love that grilling weather is finally in Northern California!
    School year coming to a close and busy week for a teacher!
    Sunday: Grilled Balsamic Chicken
    Monday: Grilled Pork Chops with garlic lime sauce
    Tuesday: Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Soup
    Wednesday: Chinese Chicken Salad made with leftover chicken
    Thursday: Open House for me at school, husband on own
    Friday: Retirement Party for teachers, husband on own
    Saturday: Chipotle Turkey Burgers

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    Don’t be so hard on yourself- I’ve had such high hopes for basil plants on many occasions only to find them dead (or nearly so) after a few months.

    Sunday- Leftovers
    Monday- real Maryland crab cakes (thanks to my mother-in-law)
    Tuesday- grilled margarita pizzas and salad
    Wednesday- shepherd’s pie
    Thursday-Pasta w/tomatoes, tuna, capers and olives
    Friday- pancakes, turkey sausage and fruit salad
    Saturday- grilled chicken, grilled bread and grilled asparagus

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    Janna M

    Last year I bought a potted cherry tomato plant from the hardware store and it was the best. I had so many tomatoes it was unbelievable. I’ll be sending good thoughts to your tomato plants for a hardy crop.

    Today is my daughter’s 8th birthday so she chose the menu for this week.

    Sat – Meat Pie
    Sun – Sweet & Sour Chicken
    Mon – General Mom’s Chicken
    Tues – Take out Pizza
    Wed – Tacos
    Thurs – Spaghetti & Meatballs
    Fri – Calzones

    • Brandi

      I perked up when I saw your post for meat pie. My family is French-Canadian but we make ours with ground pork and mashed potatoes – same spices. I’ll have to pass your recipe onto my mom. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Laura in San Diego

    Discovered this great site a few months back, and decided it’s high time to actually post a menu. Maybe having in in writing will help me actually stick to it.

    Monday: Mahi Mahi. Either in a stir fry or with green beans and pineapple.
    Tuesday: Curry with chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and any veggies in the fridge
    Wednesday: Fish again or omelet
    Thursday: Out-knitting night
    Friday: Chicken fingers, sweet potato fries, fruit
    Saturday: ???
    Sunday: Homemade pizza night

    • Jane Maynard

      glad you posted! and, I think having it in writing definitely helps…at least most of the time! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Monday: Roast Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Gravy, Roasted Zucchini
    Tuesday: Steamed Potstickers, Egg Fried Rice, Cucumber Salad
    Wednesday: Quesadillas, Fresh Fruit
    Thursday: Picnic! Hot Dogs, Pasta Salad, Fresh Fruit
    Friday – Cinco de Mayo Observed: Taco Pizza, Fruit Salad, Margarita Cake
    Saturday: Turkey Burgers, Oven Fries, Green Salad
    Sunday – Mother’s Day: Mother’s Day brunch in afternoon…leftovers?

  20. Last year I was a little TOO enthusiastic of a gardener and over planted. Then we had a super hot and long summer and I couldn’t bear to go outside and take care of the plants. Poor Eric took over the responsibility!

    This year I am going to stick with pots as well. I have a big whiskey barrel that I’m going to plant my herbs in and want to get another for tomatoes and then plant something small around the bottom.

    I thought it would be safe to plant, but tonight we are under a freeze warning and we had snow flurries this afternoon. Mother Nature hasn’t gotten the memo that is is now MAY!

    Sunday: Crock Pot Mexican Chicken, Rice and Black Bean Burritos

    Monday: Creamy Asparagus Soup, Rustic Rosemary Garlic Bread

    Tuesday: Leftovers

    Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Salad with Mixed Greens and Blue Cheese

    Thursday: Gingered Skirt Steak with Snow Peas with Jasmine Rice

    Friday: Date Night and a Movie (belated birthday celebration)

    Saturday: Pasta with Tomatoes, Herbs, and Goat Cheese (adapted from Pasta with Fresh Basil, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella) and Green Salad

    and since our Rhubarb is huge, I am going to make this Lemon Cloud Tart with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote for dessert sometime this week.

    • Jane Maynard

      can’t believe you have a freeze warning tonight. seriously, besides where I live, I can’t believe how long everyone’s winters are turning out to be – it’s NUTS!

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    I was pretty successful with tomato plants in containers last year; my biggest issue was keeping them watered enough & I also failed to fertilize them throughout the summer. I still got a number of small tomatoes, but I think my larger variety would have done better had I remembered to ferilize. Good luck!

    Monday – baked chicken, potatoes & rice pilaf
    Tuesday – BBQ chicken pizza & watermelon
    Wednesday – pancakes & bacon
    Thursday – tacos
    Friday – grilled burgers, tater tots & fries
    Saturday – dinner at gram’s house
    Sunday – not sure yet

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    Sunday: Sweet and Sour chicken, rice, eggrolls
    Monday: French toast with berries, bacon
    Tuesday: Pesto with Shrimp, garlic breadsticks, salad
    Wednesday; Hubby cooks. BBQ pork sandwiches, oven fries, carrots
    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Tacos, guacamole and chips
    Friday: Pizza night, salad
    Saturday. Saturday night steak night, sweet potato fries, salad

  23. I lived in NYC before moving to the country and I still grow everything in pots. I love that I can bring my herbs in over the winter and my tomatoes are much easier to pick if they are just a few steps away on my deck.

    Save those enchiladas for Thursday after all itโ€™s Cinco de Mayo.

    London Broil
    Baked Potatoes

    Steak Salads with Sweet Corn, Avocado and Buttermilk Dressing

    Roast Chicken with Oranges and Lavender
    Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    Chicken Salad Wraps

    Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
    Chili Rellenos

    French Bread Pizza
    Green Salad

    • Jane Maynard

      I kind of am thinking pots is a great way to go – thanks for your comment, I can picture your pots on a small balcony in NYC! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    What tricks have you learned for planting tomatoes?

    • Jane Maynard

      no tricks so far. someone just commented that putting broken egg shells in the soil before planting helps. and I think fertilizing seems to be key (several people have mentioned that tome)…I’ll keep you posted if I learn anything else! my biggest trick is to ask the gardening experts a billion questions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    I am jealous that so many of your menus can have leftovers at least once a week! No matter how much I make the the husband always eats if for lunch the next day.

    Menu up at

    • Jane Maynard

      it’s so funny you say that…there are definitely times when I specifically tell nate to lay off the leftovers for lunch! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    I am always inspired by everyone’s menus each week! Here’s mine:

    Sun: BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake
    Mon: Leftovers
    Tues: Vegetable Soup with Crostini
    Wed: Pizza for hubby, Greek salad for me ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thurs: White Bean and Sausage Sautรƒยฉ with Biscuits
    Fri: Revoltillo con Arroz y Frijoles Negros (Fried Eggs with Rice and Black Beans)
    Sat: Dinner at a friend’s house

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    My tomatoes started out well last year and then they got ravaged by some critter. My neighbors garden florished and I was so jealous. Good luck with your plants.

    Sunday: family dinner
    Monday: greek chicken with artichoke heart and parsley quinoa salad
    Tuesday: chicken with roasted cauliflower, tomatoes and chickpeas.
    Wednesday: tuna paninis and cantaloupe
    Thursday: creamy chicken taquitos with beans and rice
    Friday: left overs
    Saturday: CHOC gala!

    Dessert: chocolate peanut butter revel bars

    • Jane Maynard

      critters make me crazy! in our old apartment, I had a squirrel who would dig in the garden every day looking for whatever he could find…the only seeds that survived were the nasturtiums.

      my mom’s dear friend jenny i believe tried to run over the ground hog that was destroying her garden with a car once.

      amazing what those critters will drive you to do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Sunday–Chicken Enchiladas and Nachos
    Tuesday–Cranberry wild rice stuffed cornish game hen, roasted asparagus, pear, blue cheese, candied walnut spinach salad
    Wednesday–Brats on the grill, pasta salad, champagne salad
    Thursday–Orzo shrimp feta bake and salad
    Friday–On own

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    Anne L

    Monday – Pizza and Salad
    Tuesday – Two Bean Soup and Bread
    Wednesday – Leftovers
    Thursday – Panini and Salad
    Friday – Beans and Rice

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    Hi! Never did get a menu going last week–I got sick and relied on the freezer and take out. Oh well! Here’s this week:

    Mon–Egg Salad sandos, green salad
    Tues–(Chinese) bbq pork, vegetable yakisoba
    Weds–Chicken Sausage, zucchini torta
    Thurs–Leftovers or soup from freezer & Rolls
    Fri–Lobster Ravioli with pesto Cream sauce
    Sat–We are out!

  31. Good luck with your tomatoes. I grew heirlooms last year with seeds from a 92 year old lady! Next year try adding egg shells to the soil before planting. As they decompose they will release calcium into the dirt that will prevent blossom-end rot.

    Monday – Cubed Steaks with mashed potatoes, green beans and rhubarb cobbler with ice cream
    Tuesday – Peas & Ham with Creamy Orzo
    Wednesday – Chicken Breast with Fontina and Prosciutto, mashed potatoes & broccoli
    Thursday – Large Chicken Salad
    Friday – Pizza
    Saturday – Fresh Pasta (First time for everything) with Prosciutto and Orange Cream Sauce
    Sunday – Grilled Steaks with Asparagus and Scalloped Potatoes

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    Sunday – Dinner out
    Monday – Striped bass with potatoes and red onions; roasted asparagus
    Tuesday – Braised lamb chops with pesto orzo; cucumber and snap pea salad
    Wednesday – Spicy potatoes and peas with chicken; pea shoots with ricotta and lemon
    Thursday – Tomato & basil pasta with fresh mozzarella; salad; garlic bread
    Friday – Grilled corned beef and swiss on rye; fries; fruit salad


  33. This is only my 2nd week posting but I love reading everyone’s menus!

    Sunday: homemade burgers, new potatoes, zucchini, bell peppers and mushrooms in foil packs and steamed lemon green beans
    Monday: BBQ grilled chicken, oven roasted red and sweet potatoes, parmesan zucchini
    Tuesday: pork chops with peach butter sauce, polenta, glazed carrots and salad
    Wednesday: steak with mushrooms and carmelized onions, garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus
    Thursday: fried tacos with spanish rice, corn, guacamole and chips and salsa
    Friday: we leave for the Dominican Republic so eating at the airport on the way!!! Kids will eat with grandparents (all week long)

  34. Here’s my menu… a little late but nevertheless…

    Monday – Cheesy chicken and rice casserole (my husband loves these types of meals)

    Tuesday – Bean burritos

    Wednesday – Egg salad sandwiches

    Thursday – Bowtie lasagna except I’ll use rigatoni pasta noodles

    Friday – Pizza with Mediterranean Crunch Salad

    Saturday – leftovers

    Sunday – Mother’s Day Lunch!

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    So glad I found you again (I believe I’ve been here) via @VinoLuci. I love the concept of having a menu. My son has always requested I write a menu! Perhaps next week. I’ll start thinking about it NOW.

    Thank you!

    I’m a tomato geek, not an expert though, and I grow ALL my veggies in containers. Ask away if you have questions.

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    Here’s my menu for the next two weeks.

    1. Stir fryโ€โ€chicken, veggies, rice, and sweet/sour sauce
    2. Egg Panini sandwiches with French fries
    2. Tortellini with Olive Garden-style salad
    3. Cooking Lightโ€™s Corn, Bacon, and Green Onion Tart; Slow Cooker Brown-Sugared Baby Carrots
    4. Cooking Lightโ€™s chicken and broccoli casserole; Apple salad
    5. Cooking Lightโ€™s chicken paprika over potatoes
    6. Thick german pancakes with fresh fruit
    7. Cooking Lightโ€™s Broccoli, Velveeta Cheese, and Rice Cassarole
    8. Strawberry Cream Cheese stuffed French Toast; fresh fruit
    9. Macaroni and Cheese
    10. Papa Johnโ€™s Homemade Pizza; fresh fruit or veggie side

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    I’m really late this week, but tried to post my menu on Tuesday and kept getting a 403 Forbidden error message. anyway… I too managed to kill all my tomato plants that I planted in the ground one year. So last year, I went with the “topsy turvey” idea, only I used a bucket & coffee cans. They grew so well, I had fresh tomatoes going until Dec/Jan, inside the house. I will be doing that again this year!

    my late menu…

    Mon – haddock, sweet potato fries, green beans
    Tues – burgers, salad
    Wed – orange chicken w/ broccoli over rice
    Thurs – Lobster tortelloni
    Fri – veggie pizza
    Sat – pork chops, roasted potatoes, carrots

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