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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Week 240 Menu

When I think of McIntosh apples, I think of cool weather, sweaters, beautiful foliage…you know, autumn. So when we got McIntosh apples in our CSA bag last week in the middle of summery August, the first thing I did was text my New Englander mother-in-law saying, “Isn’t it just wrong that we have McIntosh apples right now?” And she wholeheartedly agreed! Not that I’m complaining, but California is kind of a weird place!

Menu time…and I imagine my menu is going to get simpler and simpler the closer we get to the baby’s due date! Just three weeks!

– Fetuccine alfredo
– Caprese salad and baguette on the side

Asian Spinach Salad
– I know, I know…this is the third week I have this on my menu. It keeps falling through the cracks, but I really do what want to eat it, so it’s making one more appearance on the menu before I give up!

– Orange chicken (from Costco freezer section) and rice
– Potstickers (from Trader Joe’s freezer section)

– Leftovers

– Hot dogs and/or hamburgers on the grill
– Fresh fruit

– Eat out

– Yup, you guessed it, breakfast for dinner. French toast this time!

Since I’m going to get less inspiring over the next few weeks, we really need all of you to post your menus and inspire one another! Let’s see what you got!


  1. 3 weeks left, how exciting!!!! My body hates pregnancy too, so I understand the inexplicable joy you must be feeling as the due date gets closer 🙂

    Sunday-Pioneer Woman’s Peach Whiskey BBQ Chicken, Smashed Red Potatoes, Steamed Carrots
    Monday-Minestrone Soup, French Bread
    Tuesday-Greek Chicken Gyros, Homemade Tzatziki Sauce, Greek Salad
    Wednesday-Strawberry Chicken Balsamic Salad, French Bread
    Thursday-Spaghetti and Meatballs, Green Salad, Garlic Bread
    Friday-Beef Tacos, Spanish Rice, Carrots

    Here are the recipes I’m using:
    Minestrone Soup-
    Strawberry Balsamic Salad-

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    By the time I was 3 weeks away from having my clones, I had no concern for what anyone else was eating! Good for you, keeping up and even posting! Here’s our menu:
    Sunday– Raley Goulash
    Monday– French Dip Roast
    Tuesday– Our 14th Anniversary! I am making a new Lasagna recipe
    Wednesday– Poached Tilapia and pasta
    Thursday– Happy 4th Birthday to my baby girl!! Her favorite meal is “french fries and ketchup and water and chicken nuggets” If we went out to eat that is what she would order so I am going to kae it at home for all of us.
    Friday– We are expecting out of town company for our big September Triple birthday Bash so I haven’t decided what to serve since I am not sure how many people we will have yet.
    Saturday– We are having our Triple Threat Birthday (mine and two of our three clones) and we are having Triple Tacos! Regular, Tilapia , and Chicken

  3. Here’s my plan for the week:

    Sunday: Barbecue Chicken Wraps with Red Barbecue Sauce

    Monday: White Chicken Chili Blanca with Baked Tortilla Chips and Cornbread

    Tuesday: Hearty Minestrone Soup with Mediterranean-Parmesan Breadsticks

    Wednesday: Fast Veggie Pizza with Oregano Hummus and Low-fat Brownie Sundaes for Dessert

    Thursday: Stove-top Tex-Mex Mac and Cheese with Cornbread Crumbs and Orange Soy Broccoli

    Friday: Dinner out

    Saturday: Leftovers

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    breakfast for dinner sounds delicious… especially french toast!

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m going to show my husband this comment…he has never liked breakfast for dinner. but the girls and I love it so he’s outnumbered 😉

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    Erin Noelle

    Sunday: Crock pot jambalaya
    Monday: Turkey enchilada casserole, salad
    Tuesday: farmers market
    Wednesday: Portobello Burgers
    Thursday: Chicken BLT Salad
    Friday: Steak, Baked Potatoes
    Saturday: Latin Chicken and Rice

    This is the first week in a long time where i have been able to put together a menu! The husband was gone for 2 weeks, and then last week was a wash since we were out of town the weekend before.. Yay for real food!

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    Debbie Ward

    We plan our menus Saturday morning and then I hit the grocery store:

    Saturday: rib-eye, mashed potatoes, and fresh green beans
    Sunday: grilled shrimp salad
    Monday: chicken asada, black beans, corn
    Tuesday: cheeseburgers and french fries – some vege
    Wednesday: grilled italian sausage with peppers/onions
    Thursday: teriyaki chicken, rice pilaf, peas

    Best of luck these next few weeks Jane!
    Friday: take out

  7. California is lucky to get everything YEAR ROUND! That’s one thing I miss…

    • Jane Maynard

      it is pretty amazing! I will certainly miss our CSA and the produce in CA if we move away from here at some point!

  8. This week is nothing spectacular 🙂

    Sunday: Bake Potato and Big Salad with lots of Veggies

    Monday: Stir fry with brown rice

    Tuesday: daughters 11th birthday so out to eat or if we stay in: Fettuccine Alfredo, Salad and Bread sticks. (I’ll make vegan Alfredo for me:

    Wednesday: Homemade Pizza toppings of your choice. I’m also trying Daiya Cheese on mine

    Thursday: Red Beans and Barley (will get around to this and finally post it I promise)

    Friday: Sandwiches and Chips

    Saturday: not sure I go grocery shopping on friday.

    Snacks we are making this week:

    Disappearing Banana Bread:

    Blueberry Muffins:

    and a new snack I hope to try out this week.

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    Since it is a holiday weekend that will be spent at my parents’ house, I only have to plan through Thursday this week! Mom is in charge of the rest. 🙂

    Quesadillas, Out (first soccer practice), Savory Chicken Packets, Freezer Meal (diner’s choice of single servings), Eggs and Grits, holiday weekend meals

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    Sunday: Mongolian beef, rice, eggrolls

    Monday: breakfast for dinner… I’m thinking fried egg and eggplant sandwich with cheese,melon

    Tuesday: chorizo and rice stuffed peppers, salad, melon

    Wednesday: hubby cooks … Or not. bts Open house. Out.

    Thursday: hubby cooks. Tomato basil soup and grilled cheese sandwich

    Friday: pizza night, salad

    Saturday: chicken marsala, mashed potatoes and csa veggie

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    Laura in Texas

    Going to Austin for the long weekend, so here’s the plan through Thursday.

    Sunday: Turkey meatballs with sauce from the freezer
    Monday: Roasted shrimp
    Tuesday: Korean pancakes (with leftover shrimp)
    Wednesday: Leftover meatball subs
    Thursday: Probably ham and cheese quesadillas with soup

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    Samantha N.

    We are headed to Cape Cod this week. I don’t have to worry about a menu thankfully. Tonight we are having stuffed chicken and sweet potatoes that my Mom made for us!

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    We are doing a sandwich themed week!

    Sunday- Italian Beef Sandwiches (Food Network- Sandwich King) and Italian Salad
    Monday- Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches
    Tuesday- BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Deviled eggs and Sweet Potato fries
    Wednesday-Grilled cheese and Creamy Tomato Soup
    Thursday- Pimento Cheese sandwiches, chips and grapes
    Friday-Saturday0 Out of town

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    My hubby always chooses the meal the night before, but here are his menu choices this week.

    And for tonight, pizza!

    Good luck with the new little one. I swear I’m the only woman on earth that would rather spend six extra months pregnant than parent a newborn! I love being pregnant and I love my kids, but those first six months are so tough!

    • Jane Maynard

      you are so lucky that you feel that way about pregnancy! I’m jealous of people like you! but you’re right…even though the final product is amazing, those first few months are a doozy! 😉

    • Megan Flowers

      I totally agree with the extra 6 months!

  15. Oh, I can’t believe your little man will be coming so soon! I’m just impressed your still cooking at all. 🙂

    Sunday: Creamy Dill Salmon and Herb Roasted Potatoes
    Monday: Grilled Margherita Pizza
    Tuesday: Leftovers
    Wednesday: Thai Chicken Tacos
    Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner with Crumpets
    Friday: Night out
    Saturday: Leftovers

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m doing PRETTY good…actually, last week I think I made dinner three nights in a row – it was a miracle! we’ll see if I can keep that up this week…

  16. Amen for simple menus!!…regardless the reason! 🙂 Being a transplanted Midwesterner living in Florida, I miss fresh, autumn apples.

    Sunday: Peach Whiskey Barbecue Chicken with roasted asparagus
    Monday: Veggie Meatballs and marinara
    Tuesday: Squash pancakes
    Wednesday: Dinner at church.
    Thursday: Mushroom Slow Cooker Roast Beef
    Friday: Cheesesteak sandwiches with leftover beef
    Saturday: Out.

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    Sunday: roast chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans
    Monday: beef broccoli, rice (aka “Sophia’s favorite dinner in honor of her first day of 1st grade!)
    Tuesday: chicken salad from leftover roasted chicken
    Wednesday: turkey burgers, purple potato wedges, salad, apple sauce
    Thursday: turkey meatball souvlaki, homemade hummus, homemade taziki, store bought pita, roasted red onions, cuke and tomato salad (hubby’s happy b-day)
    Friday: pizza

  18. I hope the next three weeks go by quickly for you. I’m patting myself on the back for making a menu AND a grocery list on Sunday.

    Sun :: Ham & Cheese Stuff n’ Puff,
    Mon :: Roasted Red Bell Pepper Spaghetti w/ Shrimp steamed broc on the side
    Tue :: Beans, cornbread and sliced tomato & mozzarella salad
    Wed :: Tacos w/ leftover beans and cilantro rice
    Thur :: Crunchy Honey Chicken w/ brown rice, How Sweet It Is Blog.
    Fri :: Bacon & Spaghetti Squash Casserole, Family Fresh Cooking Blog, & loaded spinach salad
    Sat :: I’m having a baby shower in my honor and a cookout with friends by the pool.

    Have a great week!

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    I’m a Mac girl! Here in Indiana they use Jonathans instead. So, when I called the orachard and asked for Macs for my apple sauce she said, “You’re from the east coast aren’t you? You’re in Jonathan country!” (c:

    Saturday – Picnic at the lake! Peach and tomato salsa, french bread, salami, and fancy cheese with tapioca pudding for dessert (great suggestion you had last week!)
    Sunday – Fresh corn chowder
    Monday – Spicy Thai stir fry with eggplant, baby corn, peppers and tofu with edamame on the side
    Tuesday – tuna melts and fresh okra
    Wednesday – Zucchini fritters
    Thursday – double broccoli quinoa and a peach and blueberry freeform tart
    Friday – whatever we have left!

    • Jane Maynard

      nate LOVES macs – he’s from new hampshire, they practically grow on every tree there! he’s really missed them since we moved away, so we were very happy to see that our CSA would be providing them. it’s been years since we’ve had them!

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    I’m sure the next three weeks will fly by and your little guy will be here. Looking forward to hearing all about him and his big sisters. The stories you will tell….

    Sunday – Stuffed chicken, Mashed potatoes and green bean casserole
    Monday – Beef macaroni and cheese
    Tuesday – Grilled Salmon and baked potatoes
    Wednesday – Tacos with refried beans and mexican rice
    Thursday – Homemade Buffalo Chicken pizza
    Friday – Ham and Cheese Quiche
    Saturday – Leftovers

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    Here’s the plan for this week:

    Sunday: Leftover Italian veggie pie (w/ tofu), greenbeans, and broccoli & cauliflower mix

    Monday: Slow Cooker German-Style Pork Roast with Sauerkraut and Potatoes (using pork chops), salad, apple sauce

    Tuesday: Leftovers

    Wednesday: A version of this Black bean soup

    Thursday: Leftovers

    Friday: Cookout at work, not sure what we’ll be bringing yet

    Saturday: Leftovers, something easy, or out to eat

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    Traci P

    I did so well planning and shopping for the week today. Then…my son’s baseball tryouts went very long and that meal was out the window- so pizza tonight and the whole week gets pushed a day!

    Sunday: Pizza
    Monday: Hamburgers, oven fries, salad
    Tuesday: Grilled Chicken quesadillas, black beans & rice
    Wednesday: Thai turkey burgers, sesame noodles
    Thursday: Baked parmesan chicken, brown rice, broccoli
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: out??

    • Jane Maynard

      those days drive me bananas…when you’re all organized and ready to go, and then something throws it all off. but that’s life…gotta roll with the punches, especially with kids, right? 🙂

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    lots of great ideas this week! i’ll be the first copycat, it looks like. 🙂
    i loved the sandwich themed week because honestly i could probably eat sandwiches ever single meal!!! so here’s what i came up with:
    a big roast beef w/ potatoes, celery, onions, mushrooms, and carrots
    use leftovers for bbq beef sandwiches w/ tator tots
    chicken enchiladas w/ rice and refried beans
    chicken salad sandwiches on rolls (made w/ extra chicken made for the enchiladas) w/ fresh veggies
    tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
    skillet beef stroganoff w/ green beans
    tuna melts with raw veggies and fresh fruit

    …it looks like i’ll be busy making bread this week!

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    Good lucky with the last 3 weeks! Here’s my menu for the week (made a menu with mostly what I had in the house and from my CSA):

    Monday: Kids DIY pizza night (with trader joe’s pizza dough)
    arugula salad with Parmesan and red onion; kids will probably just have cucumbers from the garden (what I resort to when they refuse the salad).
    Tuesday: Teriyaki turkey burgers with grilled pineapple, baby potatoes and green beans.
    Wednesday: Veggie tofu stir-fry
    Thursday: Thai curry chicken over rice with wilted asian greens (I know I am mixing Asian foods here, but I have mizuna and tatsoi I need to put to use).
    Friday: Lemon pepper papardelle with shrimp (recipe on the TJ’s bg of pasta!) with arugula salad
    Saturday and Sunday – I admit I haven’t had time to think that far ahead yet. This is my first week posting my menu!

    • I asked someone else about what pizza dough they used and they also said the Trader Joes pizza dough. Is it really yummy?! I think the nearest Trader Joes from my house is about 30 minutes. If I’m going to make the drive it better be pretty dern’ good! 😛
      p.s.- What’s the texture like? Does it compare to a certain pizza chain crust? Is it a thick crust? I love thick crust. I’m not really feelin’ thin crust pizzas…

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    Monday-Homemade chicken taquitos w/some kind of rice
    Tuesday-Pesto pasta and breadsticks
    Wednesday-Meatloaf, baked potatoes, broccoli
    Thursday-Breakfast, BTW my husband is also not a breakfast for dinner fan but my daughter and I LOVE it! My favorite is trying out new waffle recipes. Here’s the best one I’ve tried yet:
    Friday-Homemade pizza night
    Saturday-Eat out night
    Sunday-Chili and cornbread muffins

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    Monday – Chicken, tomato, cucumber, scallion salad with honey lime dressing
    Tuesday – Scrambled eggs with caprese salad
    Wednesday – Dinner Out
    Thursday – White pizza with pepperoni, olive, banana pepper and fresh mozzarella
    Friday – Vegetable soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
    Saturday – Off to Hawaii for vacation. Yea!

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    we were away all weekend – sleepless night on Saturday as my daughter and her husband were at our house weathering the hurricane – luckily all was well!
    sunday – got home late so Pizza
    monday – fried rice and potstickers
    tuesday – chicken with roasted potatoes and salad
    wednesday -beef tenderloin on the grill
    thursday – salmon with zucchini
    friday – leftovers
    saturdy – out

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    Here we go!

    Monday: Skinny Baked Ziti
    Tuesday: Grilled chicken and rice
    Wednesday: Pad Thai
    Thursday: Homemade Pizza (maybe attempt on the grill again…)
    Friday: Chicken Salad Sammies on Sourdough and Oven Fries

    Good luck Jane with these last 3 weeks!

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    Monday–Work meeting for me, husband on own
    Tuesday–Class for me (so Subway), husband has work meeting
    Wednesday–Jerk Pork Loin, Sweet Potatoes, Corn
    Thursday–Rot. Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots with Brown Sugar
    Friday–Steak or Burgers on the grill, baked potatoes, asparagus

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    Sunday – homemade pizza + salad
    Monday – more pizza + salad
    Tuesday – burritos
    Wednesday – stir fry + egg rolls from Aldi
    Thursday – leftover stir fry + egg rolls
    Friday – something awesome in Memphis on our way to the BYU vs. Ole Miss football game!
    Saturday – Tailgate food 🙂

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    Angie .

    OMG – it’s Hatch green chile season, and Central Market is Hatch crazy!! We made a special trip this week JUST for the roasted Hatch green chiles. Being from Colorado, I am crazy about Green Chili – I will smother almost anything in Green Chili. Living in Texas, there are almost no restaurants that even know what Green Chili is, so I have to rely on my own devices to create that glorious dish. We may have gone a little overboard on the Hatch-infused products, but I will be a happy woman for many weeks to come.

    Sun – we were supposed to have Tuscan Lemon Chicken w/ lemon risotto, but there was a power outage, so we ended up ordering Chinese.
    Mon – Tuscan Lemon Chicken & risotto
    Tue – Pork Roast w/ carrots and potatoes
    Wed – Hatch green chile cheeseburgers w/ fries
    Thu – Chicken Fettucini Alfredo
    Fri – Quesadillas w/ Hatch tortillas & Hatch Monterrey Jack cheese and Bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapenos
    Sat – leftovers, I’m sure! 🙂

  32. It’s a holiday weekend here so I’ve been able to indulge in some serious cooking today – I’ve roasted a huge batch of tomatoes from the garden and frozen them for winter, pickled another batch of zucchini and made blackberry and apple cake with the windfalls from our tree. So it’ll be a simple, quick dinner for us tonight!

    Mon – Chorizo and feta quesadillas with green beans
    Tue – Pasta with butter tomato sauce and salad
    Wed – Red wine, mushroom and rosemary risotto
    Thur – Pizza (using up leftover tomato sauce) and salad
    Fri – Something fishy, not really sure yet
    Sat – Chicken pie, new potatoes, green beans
    Sun – Dinner with Mum

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    Sunday: dinner in san diego
    Monday: bacon and corn chowder with shrimp and banana zucchini flax muffins
    Tuesday:turkey burgers with san francisco garlic fries and watermelon
    Wednesday: book club
    Thursday: turkey and pinto bean chili with corn bread
    Friday: going away bbq
    Saturday: breakfast tortillas

    lunch: stuffed bell peppers
    Dessert: marshmallow fudge sundaes

  34. Here is this upcoming weeks, a day late.

    Sunday: birthday dinner at parents

    Monday: baked potatoes with shredded pork bbq

    Tuesday: bean soup with ham and cornbread

    Wednesday: out to eat with in-laws for my son and I’s birthdays.

    Thursday: Cilantro Pesto Chicken, cilantro lime rice and grilled corn with chipotle butter

    Friday: Grilled Greek Chicken Salad Sandwiches, tzaziki sauce, and oven fries

    Saturday: Sour cream chicken enchiladas with corn and black bean salad.

    For recipes and links go to

    • Jane Maynard

      no such thing as a day late – you could post saturday night and I’d be delighted! 🙂

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    I think I should just go simple, because it is so close to the end of summer! Good thinking on simple meals!

  36. I’m a weirdo and planned lunch and breakfast in an attempt to get my very very skinny kid to eat lots and gain weight. So far so good.

    B – oatmeal w/ blueberries
    L – super ramen
    D – spaghetti-ravioli and ratatouille
    B – salad and English muffins
    L – tuna sandwich & carrot stick
    D – chili
    B – cereal
    L – ham & cheese sandwiches
    D – super enchiladas
    B – oatmeal & fruit
    L – udon w/ chicken and veggies
    D – garden baked potatoes
    B – bagels & fruit
    L -tortilla pinwheels
    D – salad & soup?

    Iron cookies, frozen apple juice, senbei

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    Mike D

    That Asian Spi9nach salad looks great. I may have to try that before it starts to get cold again. Looks like it would work well to pack for lunch the next day too.

    Here is My Menu for the week – I know I am late to the game, but hopefully you’ll see why I wanted to post this:

    -Bow-tie Pasta with Alfredo sauce and diced ham.
    -French Baguette

    -Chef’s salad (with tomatoes, carrots, and snap peas from our own garden)

    Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner
    – Biscuits with Rabbit Gravy.
    – Fried Eggs
    – Hash Browns

    Butter Chicken

    Roasted Venison with Root vegetables over Soft Polenta

    Antelope Stroganoff

    I don’t usually have so many game recipes in my menu (first time ever actually), but I have a reason for it this week.

    • Angie .

      Mike – your menu sounds delicious!! I miss living in Colorado and game we’d get from my grandpa, dad and brother hunting…

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    My husband LOVED the Asain Chicken Salad!

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