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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Week 253 Menu

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I cooked literally all day on Thursday, which was lots of fun after months of not cooking at all. We spent the weekend feeling very thankful for all that we have…well, except maybe the disaster that is our girls’ room right now. πŸ˜‰ I just finished stringing the lights on our Christmas tree and am looking forward to sitting down with a mug of hot chocolate. May this be the first of many more mugs this winter!

We are still working on leftovers today and I’ve made two batches of rollsΒ this weekend…and we might have to make another batch today! This week I’m tackling all of the meals we have stashed in the freezer, so it should be pretty easy, as long as I remember to defrost things in time…

Beef stew

Butternut squash soup

– Roasted chicken breasts
– Mashed potatoes and green beans

– Leftovers

– Take out

Orange chicken
– Rice and veggie

– One of our Dream Dinners

THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful Thanksgiving menus! It was so fun and inspiring to read through them all!

Be sure to enter the fabulous cookbook giveaway that is running right now…you have until Tuesday night to comment.

AND…as always…please share your lovely menus for the week!Β 

Post-Publish Addendum: I forgot I’m going to have to use up a little turkey this week…so I’ll probably do a soup or Turkey a la King. Which brings me to my next point…share your best Thanksgiving leftover ideas along with your menus! πŸ™‚


  1. 1

    Sa – Tomato/basil fettuccine
    Su – veggie lasagna with pumpkin, tofu, spinach
    Mo – steak, some starch, zucchini
    Tu – pepper parm pasta and chicken
    We – Beans and rice
    Th – Chicken Curry
    Fr – Leftovers/TBD

  2. 2

    Interesting squash soup recipe – I hadn’t thought about adding leaks. I love the one in the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook… onions, squash, thyme, broth, nutmeg, touch of cream at the end….

    • Jane Maynard

      I love the leeks in the soup, it’s a great flavor!

      the america’s test kitchen version sounds really yummy, too…

  3. going on a much needed post-thanksgiving low-carb detox!

    mon: mustard-horseradish shrimp; roasted broccoli
    tues: rocco’s turkey salisbury steak; sauteed greens
    weds: baked kidney beans w/chorizo; salad
    thurs: pesto chicken; salad
    fri: flank steak with mashed cauliflower
    sat: low carb shrimp & “grits”
    sun: chili with ground turkey

    • Jane Maynard

      every time I ate yet another dinner roll this week, I thought of your comment! not kidding πŸ™‚

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    Sunday- turkey curry with rice and naan
    Monday- wild rice and cream of turkey soup
    Tuesday – salmon with fries and green beans
    Wednesday – lamb chops and something else
    Thursday – ham steak and Mac& cheese
    Friday – out
    Saturday – leftovers (hopefully not turkey!)

  5. Sunday: Leftovers

    Monday: Brisket Tacos

    Tuesday: Loaded Baked Potato Soup with Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

    Wednesday: Turkey and Dumplings

    Thursday: Beef and Cheese Enchiladas

    Friday: Texas Two Step Pork Chops, Dill Potato Salad and Grilled Chipotle Corn

    Saturday: Fish and Chips

    You can check out some of the recipes and links here

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    Sunday- leftovers
    Monday- Blueberry Pancakes and bacon
    Tuesday- linguini w/peppers, onions and apple chicken sausage and salad
    Wednesday- dijon salmon w/bread crumbs and roasted sweet potatoes
    Thursday- chicken piccata and salad
    Friday- chicken burrito casserole and rice
    saturday- Holiday party at friend’s house

  7. I am happy to say I have very few Thanksgiving leftovers left!! I gifted my guests with take-home packets and force-fed my family the rest of them. πŸ™‚

    Sunday: Sausage and Cauliflower Sformato from CSA basket (Bitten Word)
    Monday: Slow Cooker Ribs with sautéed greens from CSA basket
    Tuesday: Homemade mac and cheese with veggie surprise (inspired by Two Peas)
    Wednesday: Dinner at church.
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: Homemade pizza – half “white,” half pesto
    Saturday: Out.

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    Sunday: Chipotle
    Monday:Panko Chicken Cutlets, Thanksgiving mashed potatoes, peas
    Tuesday:Steak,salad,freeform apple tart
    Thursday: Paninis and chips
    Friday:grilled chicken with lemon sauce, string beans,pesto penne

    Also, I have a question, what exactly is dream dinners? how does it work?

    • Jane Maynard

      lexa, dream dinners is a place where you go, they have stations set up for different recipes, you put the food together then go home and freeze it. my sister-in-law LOVES dream dinners and does it all the time. I like them, and it’s fun to do, but I’ve only done it twice…and both times because someone gave us a gift card. it’s a fun way to mix up dinner and have stuff on hand!

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    Trying to use things in the freezer and cupboard this week to save some money.
    S- Chicken Wings and Onion Rings
    M- Chicken Quesidillas (spelled wrong I know), Spanish Rice and Guac.
    T- Cube Steak and Mashed Potatoes
    W- Gorditas (Trader Joes) and leftover rice from Monday
    Th- Spaghetti
    F- Steak, Green Beans and Baked Potatoes
    S- TBD

  10. 10

    Sunday – clam chowder and sourdough bread
    Monday – lasagna
    Tuesday – leftovers
    Wednesday – chicken fiesta chili mac
    Thursday – leftovers
    Friday – pizza
    Saturday – Vegan party food

    This list subject to change based on my successes at the grocery store, since I haven’t managed to get there yet. The first day back after being out of town can be so draining.

    • Steph

      Here’s the vegan party menu: Chips & Salsa with contest-winning Guacamole, Vegan Mac & Cheese, Fruit with Chocolate Fondue, Assorted Vegan Cupcakes, Sparkling Cider & Juice.

    • Jane Maynard

      vegan is so tricky – great menu!

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    Sunday – Crockpot chicken noodle soup
    Monday – baked chicken
    Tues – rigatoni with sausage and burger sauce
    Wed. – leftovers
    thurs – chicken quesadillas
    Frid – out
    Sat – if I am lucky out again!!!!

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    I have to say- I am jealous of Bonnie still getting her CSA basket….

    Sunday: Pork stir fry, rice, eggrolls
    Monday: Breakfast for dinner- eggs, hashbrowns, bacon, fruit
    Tuesday: Butternut squash risotto, salad
    Wednesday: Hubby’s birthday dinner out
    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Chicken quesadillas, grapes,
    Friday: Pizza night
    Saturday: Bacon wrapped chicken jalapeno poppers, potato wedges, salad

    • One of the perks of living in Florida, I guess! They sometimes throw in some non-local, organic produce to fill out the basket….and keep me on my toes!

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m still getting my CSA bags, too! πŸ™‚

    • Jane Maynard

      although, when it’s the winter months, it’s a LOT of squash, broccoli and navel oranges. πŸ˜‰ BUT…we’re still getting a bag, and it’s pretty awesome regardless. gotta love living in warmer places!

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    Lynn BB

    Busy week and not the most creative menu!
    Sunday – Chicken Tettrazinni
    Monday – Chili
    Tuesday – Leftovers for the family (I’m going out w/friends)
    Wednesday – Probably more leftovers
    Thursday – Salmon, salad
    Friday – Not sure, maybe tacos
    Saturday – Southwest turkey chowder

    • Jane Maynard

      it doesn’t need to be creative! it still gives me (and others) ideas, so glad you still posted! πŸ™‚

  14. We did a turkey breast for Thanksgiving, and had very little leftover. We have been finishing up the leftover sides. My favorite is bread stuffing and German stuffing. I hit all the food groups with those!

    Monday – Beef stroganoff over noodles or leftover rice
    Tuesday -Roast chicken, sauteed veggies, rice cooked in chicken stock or quinoa
    Wednesday – Spaghetti and meatballs with sauteed veggies
    Thursday – Leftovers
    Friday – Baked ziti

    Recipes linked here:

    • Jane Maynard

      I thought of just doing a breast this year…but I gave in and did the whole bird. I’m always torn about that!

  15. Monday
    Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Fried Sage Leaves
    Grilled Sausage (cook 4 extra)

    Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage and Fennel Ragu
    Green Salad

    Salmon (cook an extra Β½ lb)
    Brown Rice Pilaf (make extra)

    Panko Crusted Salmon Cakes
    Fried Rice

    Hash Browned Potatoes

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    Sunday – Turkey and all the fixings (we didn’t have any leftovers since we didn’t host Thanksgiving.)
    Monday – turkey paninis, salad, fruit
    Tuesday – tacos
    Wednesday – ham, sweet potatoes, green beans
    Thursday – leftovers
    Friday – homemade pizza
    Saturday – out

    • Jane Maynard

      I love that you had turkey dinner on sunday – every year that we eat somewhere else, I always end up cooking our own thanksgiving dinner a few days later, too. I just can’t NOT have leftovers!

  17. 17

    Not much cooking for me this week but I’m having a baking marathon on Wed to make mince pies and cookies for my charity quiz night the next day.

    Mon – Lasagne, salad, strawberries (all left over from our dinner party on Sat)
    Tue – Chicken, chorizo and butterbean stew
    Wed – Pepper and tomato frittata
    Thur – Quiz night so probably just nibbles and wine (not very healthy!)
    Fri – Dinner out, late night shopping
    Sat – Dinner out again! First Christmas party of the season
    Sun – Dinner at mum’s

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    Michelle D

    Mon- ham and bean soup
    Tue- spaghetti , salad, asparagus
    Wed- L/O
    Thur-hamburgers, green beans and strawberries
    Fri- grilled chicken, brussel sprouts and yams
    Sat- dinner out
    Sun- breakfast for dinner!

  19. Dinner this week:

    chicken fajitas
    chicken noodle soup

  20. By the way, that weird person in your stats who was on your blog for 30 minutes? That’s me, your favorite stalker. I left your window open while I worked.

    No bigs.

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    Angie .

    For the first time in a long time, I have no idea what we’re going to eat this week. I have enough leftovers to make turkey popovers one night. And a turkey sandwich. We had frozen pizza last night – just so we got a night without turkey leftovers. Maybe pasta one night? Or a caesar salad?

    Here’s to better planning next week!

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    Leftover turkey twice this week – then it’s done:

    Sunday: Turkey Tetrazzini (Pioneer Woman)
    Monday: Turkey Tortilla Soup
    Tuesday: French Dip sandwiches; tater tots
    Wednesday: Pork Tonkatsu (Mad Hungry blog); jasmine rice
    Thursday: Lasagna; Caesar salad
    Friday: ??
    Saturday: Beer-braised beef with onions (Pioneer Woman); polenta

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    Anna Kenney

    M-pasta with peas, corn, and beans
    T-Ginger Stir Fry (Clean Eating)
    W-eat out
    Th- clam chowder or pasta
    F-Spicy tomato soup (from moosewood cookbook)

    wish I remembered to take home TG leftovers!

  24. Sunday – Reither Goulash (my moms recipe and it was heavenly) and Green Beans

    Monday – BBQ Baked Chicken Thighs and Rice (in case you were curious we were distracted with Christmas shopping and over cooked the meal and it was not good, as I am not a fan of crunchy rice)

    Tuesday – Knackwurst with Fried Potatoes and Onions

    Wednesday – Korean Beef with Rice and Green Beans

    Thursday – Baked Potato Soup with Leftover Knackwurst

    Friday – Nachos (very excited about this!!!!)

    Saturday – International Christmas Dinner Party

  25. Not much cooking was done this week. Made:

    Turkey broth from the turkey carcass

    Turkey Soup with Root Vegetables and Napa Cabbage

    Curried Turkey Chow Mein

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    Sorry I missed posting this week. My father passed away on Monday after a short illness. Our meals this week have been provided by friends, neighbors and church family. How wonderful it is to have a support group to help get through these things. Hope to be back next week.

    • Jane Maynard

      mona, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. and you’re right, it is just amazing how people step up in times of need. it’s such a blessing. anyway, my heart is with you and your family right now.

    • Mona

      Thank you so much Jane.

  27. 27

    This is starting Saturday (the 3rd) and ending Friday (the 9th). Since I work during the week, going from Sat or Sun to Fri or Sat is easiest for me… I am a music teacher and just had my Christmas Show this past Thursday. Crazy week! Planning meals and shopping once (hopefully) a week is easiest for me.

    Saturday the 3rd – Mexican (tacos, I lay everything out on the table and let everyone fend for themselves, I get soft and hard tacos – more choices!).
    Sunday the 4th – we are having a friend over and we are taking him out for dinner
    Monday the 5th – Baby Back Ribs (in the Pressure Cooker with BBQ sauce, we LOVE the Pressure Cooker), couscous (Far East box – they are awesome!) and a can of veggies
    Tuesday the 6th – A roast (I will have to look at prices, I’m saving bones for a Christmas Party – my plan for the party is to have a variety of soups), preferably beef, mashed potatoes and a vegetable (green beans?)
    Wednesday – Manischewicz (spelling?) dry soup mix. They are $1 plus some change in the international aisle of our supermarket and all we have to do is follow the easy directions and add water. I’m getting the Minestrone, but we have tried the Lentil Soup – it’s great! One package serves 4 people. They also have split pea, chicken noodle, and I forget what else…
    Thursday – I actually have a day off from school so I can cook your beef stew (THANKS!), I might add a few more veggies though – such as peas, corn, green beans, sometimes a can of stewed tomatoes… Gives a little variety to the standard stew…
    Friday – we are going to a family party to celebrate birthdays – I will whip up some sort of dessert on Thursday since I have a day off to bring. They are having it catered, so no need to bring a side dish. But this side of the family are dessert-aholics (VERY Italian…LOL). We will have plenty of cookies, cakes, pies, etc… I’ll have to think of something unique that no one else will think of, maybe I’ll get out my bread machine and read the dessert recipes…

  28. Your site, along with others, have inspired to get organized in the kitchen and start doing menu planning. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Here’s my first {ever} week of menu planning:

    Monday – Mini Lasagnas with roasted vegetables
    Tuesday – Butternut Squash soup and {cheese biscuits or grilled cheese sandwich}
    Wednesday – Semi-homemade Jambalaya and brown rice
    Thursday – Leftovers
    Friday – Maple Salmon with salad
    Saturday – Dining Out
    Sunday – Lobster Dinner (Husband is cooking)

    • Jane Maynard

      yea, so glad you did a plan! I think you’ll find you’ll really like doing it…you don’t ALWAYS end up following the plan, but even then it makes life a lot easier! keep on posting – love to see your menu!

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