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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Week 266 Menu

Remember rice candy?

I do. I received a box when I was in first or second grade that I cherished. There’s something about an edible wrapper that seems magical. I don’t even remember if I liked the candy itself, but I loved the idea of it. I haven’t had this candy since then, but last night Cate got her own box for the first time at a birthday party. When I looked at that packaging, it swiftly brought back memories that made me smile. Cate just tried her first piece and said, “It’s good” very matter-of-factly. Then, after a few minutes and the wrapper had dissolved in her mouth, she changed her review to “It’s awesome!” The magic continues.

I don’t even know how to plan this week’s menu, since I can only eat soft foods. Honestly we might end up eating out a lot, but I’m planning a menu anyway to see if I can get my act together!

Cream of mushroom soup

– Eat out to celebrate my sister’s arrival in the Bay Area! (She’s moving here and we are beside ourselves with excitement!)

Chicken Piccata with mashed potatoes

Chicken Soup with Rice

– Leftovers

– Eat out

– Omelettes (I really need to do a post about Nate’s technique, maybe this week I’ll finally take some photos and pull that together for you all!)

It’s time…time for you to share your menu for the week! Remember, we don’t care what’s on the menu, fancy or not just share!


  1. 1

    Hope you’re feeling better! I’ve had chicken piccata on my menu forever but I’m actually making it tonight. Yesterday was supposed to be chicken piccata but we had ribs, home fries, 7-up biscuits & brussel sprouts. So, this week’s plan:
    Sunday: Chicken piccata with herbed angel hair, grilled zucchini and chocolate chip cookies for dessert
    Monday: Pumpkin and bacon pasta with roasted asparagus
    Tuesday: Ranch crockpot pork chops with parmesan smashed red skins and broccoli
    Wednesday: Good old fashion mac & cheese (probably going to try cooking it on the stovetop in the milk), fish sticks and probably peas or broccoli again
    Thursday: Baked cream cheese spaghetti with salads
    Friday: Chicken tikka masala and coconut rice, papaya and some veggie ”” maybe green beans?
    Saturday: Pizza on the grill with salads

    Get well soon!

    • Jane Maynard

      as much as chicken piccata sounds good, I think your rib dinner sounds divine! πŸ™‚ thanks for the well wishes…

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    Sa- beef stew
    Su – roast chicken, mashed, peas, stuffing
    Mo – steak, zucchini, sw potatoes
    Tu – 3 pepper pasta
    We – chicken piccata, carrots, rice
    Th – mac and cheese, brocolli
    Fr – chili, cornbread

  3. We just moved into a new house this past week and I’m still unpacking but I really need to get on schedule with planning and cooking shopping!

    Sunday- At Grandma’s!

    Monday- Filet Mignon (it was frozen in the old house’s freezer, need to use it up!) With potatoes and roasted green beans

    Tuesday- Garlic Lemon Chicken with Pasta and peas

    Wednesday- Steak sandwiches with fries and Brussel Sprouts

    Thursday- Either out or at Grandma’s

    Friday- Leftovers

    Saturday- At a birthday party down the shore

    Hopefully sticking to all of this! I can’t wait until I unpack my slow cooker!

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    Kim 2

    I’ve never heard of rice candy…….but, I admit, a candy with an edible wrapper is intriging.

    Sunday: Chicken Piccata, brown rice, broccoli
    Monday: Panko crusted cod topped w shrimp, baked potato, green beans
    Tuesday: Lasagna, salad
    Wednesday: Meatloaf, corn, salad
    Thursday: Chicken parmesan, salad
    Friday: Out
    Saturday: Leftovers

  5. Mon: Greek/Lebanese Nachos
    Tues: Sandwiches
    Wed: Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon *fingers crossed it turns out!*
    Thurs: Leftovers

    That’s as far as I’ve gotten!

    • Jessica E

      I’ve been doing Julia’s Boeuf Bourguignon for years now, it’s a lot of steps, but totally worth it!! GOOD LUCK! πŸ™‚

    • Jane Maynard

      julia’s recipes seem to always require a lot of steps, but always worth it! may have to jump on this boeuf bourguignon bandwagon!

    • Thanks for the encouragement, ladies! I didn’t get to it on Wednesday, but I think I’m going to do it on Sunday or Monday. I’m nervous!! πŸ™‚

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    Susan in SC

    We have never tried rice candy. There is a Chinese food store close by, I wonder if they would have some?

    Sunday– Beef tips and mushroom gravy over egg noodles in the crock pot now. I will make some peas and carrots too.
    Monday– Ham steak, home made Mac & Cheese, steamed broccoli
    Tuesday–Leftovers from Sunday and Monday
    Wednesday– Chicken Parm,pasta,salad,garlic bread sticks
    Thursday–Hamburgers,potato salad and raw veggies with ranch
    Friday– Baked potato soup and Mexican cornbread
    Saturday–Husbands day to cook,most likely French Toast

  7. Rice candy was a great treat when we went into “the city” (Chicago) when we were young! Good memories! I think the box has remained unchanged in 25 years. πŸ™‚

    Sunday: game day decision…..out for pizza!
    Monday: Yorkshire pudding with cranberry sauce
    Tuesday: Balsamic and Onion Pot Roast in slow cooker with kale chips
    Wednesday: Dinner at church.
    Thursday: Shredded beef sandwiches (leftover pot roast) with homemade buns and roasted cauliflower
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Out.

  8. I sure miss living in the Bay Area. We lived there when we were first married, and every couple weeks I still have a serious, yet insatiable craving for a Buckhorn Grill Tri-Tip Sandwich.

    Anyway, since that’s unfortunately NOT on the menu this week, here’s what we are having:
    -Spaghetti, Salad, French Bread
    -Vegetable Beef Soup, Garlic Toast
    -Roasted Chicken, Veggies, Biscuits
    -Buffalo Chicken Wraps, Carrots and Celery
    -Stromboli, Green Salad
    -Fish Tacos, Slow Cooker Pinto Beans, Steamed Veggies

    I hope you’re feeling better soon. My favorite soft foods are Tomato Soup, and Coconut Milk Fruit Smoothies.

    • Jane Maynard

      my sister is so excited to get out here – we keep telling her how much we love the bay area! and, um, I’ve never been to buckhorn grill but it sounds like I NEED to go!

      and coconut milk fruit smoothies sounds so yummy, thank you!

  9. Sunday: Steaks, sautéed mushrooms, asparagus and French fries. Kids get hot dogs, fries and asparagus.

    Monday: Nachos with leftover crockpot chicken

    Tuesday: Fish tacos

    Wednesday: Chicken Enchilada casserole with leftover crockpot chicken

    Thursday: Pizza I think

    Friday & Saturday: Don’t know yet, it will be just be and the baby for the weekend

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    So great that your sister is moving near you! I don’t know what I’d do without mine.

    We have a very hectic week ahead- I’ve got volunteer stuff 3 nights this week and a long overdue night out with the girls.

    Sunday- lasagna with chicken sausage and spinach
    Monday- leftover lasagna
    Tuesday- Annie’s mac & cheese
    Wednesday- out with the girls
    Thursday-pasta with one of the sauces from the freezer
    Friday- crab cakes and rice
    Saturday-maybe roast pork? Not sure yet.

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    Lynn BB

    Sunday: Pork tendeloin w/ mushroom sauce, baked potatoes, asparagus
    Monday: Chicken cordon bleu (from Fresh Market), mashed potatoes, green beans
    Tuesday: Turkey burgers
    Wednesday: Take-out
    Thursday: Waffles
    Friday: White chicken chili
    Saturday: Something with shrimp

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    Emma Michel

    Last week was too hectic for any meal planning but this week I am determined!

    Sunday: Crockpot Pulled Chicken Tacos
    Monday: Jambalaya w/ Sausage and Chicken
    Tuesday: Something from my pasta Pinterest board, husband will probably pick
    Wednesday: Leftovers
    Thursday: Husband out, I will forage
    Friday: Buffalo Chicken Soup
    Saturday: Leftovers or dinner out

    This is a chicken-heavy week, glad I just went to Costco!

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    I’m on bedrest this week so my husband and mother-in-law will be cooking. It was so cute to see my husband plan out a menu for the week. I guess I’m rubbing off on him.

    S- Chicken/Rice and Green Bean Salad
    M- Beans, Rice and Tortillas
    T- Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
    W- Tacos
    Th- Sloppy Joes, Fries and Coleslaw
    F- Fish Fry (take out)
    S- Homemade Pizza

    • Your husband did a great job! I’ve been on modified bed rest for the last 16 weeks, and got SO tired of Quesadillas, PB&J, or stuffing-something-in-a-tortilla-and-calling-it-a-burrito every night. Love my husband to bits, but I finally just started throwing things in the crock pot for a little variety πŸ™‚

    • Jane Maynard

      love that you’ve rubbed off on your husband, jodie! good luck with the bedrest, no fun!

      sara – your comment is so funny πŸ™‚

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    Ashley P

    Sunday- Herbed Turkey breast and red potatoes/carrots in the crock pot– can’t wait for my husband to get home so we can eat! It smells good!
    Monday- Baked Spaghetti, green salad and garlic toast
    Tuesday- Turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans (trying turkey meatloaf for the first time, from Annie’s Eats)
    Wednesday- out for fast food (it’s our busy night)
    Thursday- Meatloaf leftovers
    Friday- pizza with my family
    Saturday- Turkey burgers with the leftover turkey meat, with oven fries

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    Trying to get better about planning meals after our big shake up around here. With my hubby gone I get kind of blah and lazy about meals but the kids and I have to eat so here is what I have planned:
    Tonight– Fish sticks and Mac & cheese (I know, right?)
    Monday– Salisbury Steak and Mashed Potatoes
    Tuesday– Tacos
    Wednesday– Chicken Spaghetti
    Thursday– Sloppy Joe Casserole
    I am also making a more concerted effort to serve salads with every meal πŸ™‚

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    Nancy D

    Sunday – blue cheese stuffed flank steak with roasted Brussels sprouts and salad (steak cooked in crockpot). It was awesome!
    Monday – chicken Parmesan with whole wheat spaghetti and salad
    Tuesday – leftovers! Because on Wednesday we are going to London for a week! So excited!

  17. Hope you are feeling better! I had a hard time with this week’s plan. Just not feeling like cooking. LOL But I did it anyway.

    Sunday – Fend for yourself. Trust me, no one went hungry.
    Monday – Crock pot roast with potatoes
    Tuesday – Roast beef gravy (using leftover beef) over loaf bread
    Wednesday – Mac-n-Cheese with steamed broccoli
    Thursday – French Toast
    Friday – Pizza (possibly frozen or take out)

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    Sunday – Ham, augratin potatoes, carrots & applesauce
    Monday – Tacos and refried beans
    Tuesday – Spaghetti in red sauce with meat balls, salad
    Wednesday – Ham fried rice
    Thursday – Pepperoni, mushroom and pepper ring pizza
    Friday – Salmon, wild rice and asparagus
    Saturday – Leftovers

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    Sun – turkey chili and cornbread
    Mon – Buffalo chicken and quinoa rice
    Tues – Baked chicken and baby reds
    Wed – left overs
    Thur – out with mom
    Fri – work party pizza for the guys?
    Sat – ???? in laws for dinner??

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    We are trying to eat more healthfully around here after weeks of parties, vacation, and eating out.

    Sunday: grilled chicken, steamed veggies
    Monday: lean sirloin steaks, steamed veggies, good bread
    Tuesday: Whole wheat spaghetti and salad
    Wednesday: but doing it as a decomposed salad and using a lighter olive oil based dressing
    Thursday: Asian lettuce wraps, spring rolls
    Friday: out
    Saturday: Chipotle? Leftovers?

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    Hope you’re back to your normal self fast! πŸ™‚

    Sunday – out
    Monday – grilled cheese sandwiches & veggie soup
    Tuesday – benefit
    Wednesday – mac n cheese & steamed broccoli
    Thursday – baked beans, broccoli, corn on the cob
    Friday – chopped beef sandwiches. Side is determined if we’re around a campfire or not lol
    Saturday – grilled veggie pizza

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    I’m half-Korean- Those candies were practically a staple. I’m in a local meal-planning group on Facebook. I’m going to have to share your blog with them. πŸ™‚

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    Rice candy – yes!!! I grew up in Seattle and we bought this all the time at Pike Place Market – only cost a quarter. You should also try Pocky Sticks as another “novelty” treat (chocolate or strawberry dipped skinny cookie sticks).

    Hope you are recovering well and are able to eat again soon!

    My menu this week is only planned as far as tomorrow – haystacks! So, here I am for inspiration. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  24. OK, attempting to get back into the habit to help control our grocery bill!
    Monday-pork chops, rice, miso-glazed squash (must remember to take port chops out of the freezer right now!)
    Tuesday-curried lentil/farro soup with brown butter and pita bread
    Thursday-roast chicken, broccoli
    Friday-white chicken chili, cornbread
    Saturday-barbecued chicken pizza

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    Mon – Tofu lettuce wraps and leftover rice noodles
    Tues – Chicken tacos
    Wed – Salmon & asparagus
    Thurs – Leftovers
    Fri – Soup
    Sat – Leftovers
    Sun – Eggs + veggies (??)

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    I too have enjoyed getting Botan Rice Candy since I was little! I still get some every time I go to a World Market store or Jungle Jim’s here in Cincinnati, OH where I live πŸ™‚

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    Hope you’re better soon!

    Monday ~ Dinner a Love Story’s Bolognese from the freezer with a hearty green salad (carried over from the previous week)

    Tuesday ~ Dinner A Love Story’s Turkey Chili, corn bread muffins

    Wednesday ~ out

    Thursday ~ Chicken Pot Pie

    Friday ~ Chicken apple sausages, couscous, green beans

    Saturday ~ Coconut Chicken with Apricot Sauce, rice, spinach

    Sunday ~ Homemade Chicken Pot stickers, steamed broccoli, egg drop soup

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    Sun: Chinese delivery out at my daughters house while watching Oscars.
    Mon: chicken verde enchiladas, green beans, Gina’s Latin yellow rice.
    Tues: spinach lasagna roll-ups, marinated cucumber & grape tomatoes.
    Wed: eggplant Parmesan, roasted asparagus, spaghetti marinara.
    Thurs: lemon-butter-dill sauced tilapia, broccoli, quinoa.
    Fri: Grilled sirloin, grilled zucchini, sauteed mushrooms, garlic sage roasted red potatoes.
    Sat: Scrounge(every man for himself)

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    Sun: Turkey meatloaf w sundried tomatoes and feta (Giada), pasta, pesto green beans
    Mon: Dad’s birthday,going out
    Tues: Chicken tortilla soup
    Wed: Chicken caesar wrap & cheese and corn chowder (PW)
    Thurs: Spaghetti and meatballs
    Fri: Greek shrimp with feta, orzo, salad
    Sat: Pork carnitas (smitten kitchen)

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    Monday – chicken stirfry with brown rice
    Tuesday – Taco salad
    Wednesday – chicken and couscous salad
    Thursday – Falafel burgers with salad
    Friday – Alfredo
    Saturday – Braai with sosaties and chops, potato bake and salad
    Sunday – Leftovers

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    Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery!

    Mon: Pasta with peperonata and salad
    Tue: Home alone – baked potato with baked beans
    Wed: Chicken curry and rice
    Thur: Cous cous, roasted vegetables and merguez sausages
    Fri: Oven baked fish and chips, peas
    Sat: I’m doing a bread baking class so maybe soup to go with any bread I get to take home

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    Sunday: Turkey Dinner
    Monday: Leftovers
    Tuesday: Beef Pho
    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Ravioli with pesto, garlic bread, salad
    Thursday: Hubby “cooks”. Chili from the freezer, chips, fruit
    Friday: Pizza night, salad.
    Saturday: Chicken Stir fry, egg rolls

  33. 33

    Monday- Carmel pork
    Tuesday- Cream Beef on toast
    Wednesday- Mac and Cheese
    Thursday- Mystery Lunchbox
    Friday- Spaghetti and Meatballs
    Saturday- I leave town for a few days

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    I don’t have a menu plan to share, but I WILL share in your love for rice candy! My best and oldest friend of over 25 years is half Korean and we used to go to the Korean food store with her mom all the time when we were kids. We always stocked up on the rice candy and these little pencil thin breadsticks. Great memories!

  35. Monday- Spicy brown rice and barley salad and grilled chicken
    Tuesday- Event
    Wednesday- winter squash soup, gruyere cheese croutons, salad, and apple pear crisp
    Thursday- Southwest Salad with grilled chicken
    Friday- leftovers
    Saturday- Out to eat!

    Have a great week all!

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    Jessica E

    Crazy week ahead!
    Sun- Bacon cheese sliders, baked beans, sweet potato fries and cole slaw
    Mon- Hubby’s birthday: Lemon Pepper chicken cutlets, corn, perogies and rolls
    Tues- Beef and Broccoli, rice and maybe egg rolls?
    Wed- Still undecided I have class that evening and a test
    Thurs- Chicken Parm, garlic herb pasta, salad and french bread with compound butter (probably garlic, chives and cheese)
    Fri- Meatball subs and oven fries

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    Lynn Alt.

    First week in nearly 3 months that we do not have basketball practice 3 of 5 weeknights. So glad!

    Monday – Breakfast
    Tuesday – Jenni-O Turkey Meatloaf
    Wednesday – Beef & Rice
    Thursday – Kielbasa & Hot Dogs
    Friday – Cheese & Potato Soup (trying reciepe from BHG this month) & Fish Sticks
    Saturday – OUT or Pizza
    Sunday – OUT or Pizza

  38. Sorry to say I don’t really have any “soft foods” on the menu – but as I learned when I started making baby food for my kids – anything can be soft if you own an immersion blender πŸ™‚
    Anyway, love your sight – lots of good inspiration here. I actually recently started blogging about my own menu planning so I’ve got two weeks worth of dinners planned out at a time. This week it’s:
    Monday, February 27, 2012

    Kale, with sausage and white beans over mashed potatoes

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    Greek chicken with tomato sauce over orzo

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 (Happy Leap Year!)


    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Pasta with Goat Cheese, baby spinach, and cherry tomatoes

    Friday, March 2, 2012

    Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa

    Hope your recovery is smooth and fast!

  39. Monday – Reither Goulash again just like last week but it is cheap and easy!

    Tuesday – Ham Mac n’ Cheese

    Wednesday – BBQ Style Kassler with Rice

    Thursday – Grilled Chicken with Spinach Fettucini

    Friday – Chicken Wings and Homemade Pizza – we bought a kit at the store and we are going to see if we can Americanize it!

    Saturday – Chicken Milanese with Arugula Salad

    Sunday – Kassler and Potatoes Au Gratin

  40. Mon – chicken lime fajitas with grilled bell peppers/onions
    Tues – twice baked potatoes & salad
    Wed – tortilla soup
    Thurs – out
    Fri – the sisters’ cafe’s classic chili
    Sat – steak & grilled bread, with salad

    Thanks for helping me stick to something this week! Hopefully I’ll follow through!

  41. 41

    RICE CANDY — YES!!!! Dad had a client who owned a Chinese restaurant and we got these often for a few years. Good memories, to be sure. Thanks for that.

    Sunday: Swiss chicken (chicken .99/#, homemade white sauce .20, Swiss cheese .50, dash of leftover champagne), broccoli (.50), cauliflower (.50), rice for the guys (.30). About $3.50.

    Monday: Spaghetti (~.60) for the guys, meatballs with sauce (1.99), Italian blend cheese (.25), pan-grilled zuchinni (.43), salad for me (.30). About $3.60.

    Tuesday: Mac & cheese (.25), tuna (.60 for two cans) for the boys. Out with DH for my birthday (FREE with gift money). About $1.50.

    Wednesday: Chicken Fajitas (chicken .99/#, peppers .65, onion .25, seasonings .20), salads (.80), rice for the guys (.30). About $3.75.

    Thursday: Eggplant Parmesan (eggplant .99, bread crumbs .20, egg .07, Parm ~.10, Italian blend cheese .25), broccoli (.50). About $2.10.

    Friday: Individual homemade pizzas! (dough ~$1, cheese $2, toppings of choice ~$1), salad for me (.30). About $4.50.

    Saturday: BBQ pork (1.48/# = 2.25), slaw (cabbage .39/#, dressing ~.20, carrots .12), mac & cheese for the guys ($2.89, and I’m sure it will all be gone). About $5.75.

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    Hope you feel better soon!
    Mon: Eggplant bake with spaghetti
    Tues: Chicken Piccata, rice, broccoli…your recipe looks yummy
    Wed: slow-cooker taco salad
    Thurs: veggie quesadillas
    Fri: pizza
    Sat: breakfast
    Sun: hopefully out

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    Jane Maynard

    first off, love all your rice candy memories and comments! glad I’m not the only that this candy makes happy πŸ™‚

    secondly, thank you for the speedy recovery wishes – I appreciate it!

    thirdly, loving all the menus as always. keep them coming!!

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    Sat – squash & apple soup (didn’t get to make this last week, when I cut open the butternut squash, it was rotten inside! Had to return it to the store and try again this week)
    Sun – out
    Mon – BLT salad & risotto
    Tues – Chicken Chow Mein
    Wed – Beef stew in the crock w/ fresh bread
    Thurs – Spinach Tortelloni w/ veggies
    Fri – pizza

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    A bit behind… but here is the plan:
    Sun- breaded pork chops, polenta & broccoli
    Mon- butternut squash soup & parmesan pancetta muffins
    Tues- carnitas Mexican lasagne
    Wed- pasta & veg, bread & salad
    Thurs- mini chicken pot pies
    Fri- pizza
    Sat- leftovers or out

  46. I couldn’t remember what I had planned for Wednesday, so I came back to check! haha Thanks for the help! πŸ™‚

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