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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Week 273 Menu

Good Morning! Or afternoon or evening…whatever it is for you right now, I hope it’s good! And no matter the time of day, I’m pretty sure waffles are always welcome!

Life has been busier than normal work-wise. I’ve still gotten meals on the table, but not as many as I’d like. Hoping things calm down a bit this week, although I’m not holding my breath!

– Enchiladas
Guacamole and chips

– Leftovers

Caprese paninis (didn’t get to them last week, but my basil arrives from the CSA this week, so it’s all good!)

Island Pork with Sticky Coconut Rice

– Eat out

– Breakfast for Dinner

Stuffed Peppers

Your turn – what are you eating this week? As always, thank you for sharing your menus…they really are such a help every week when I sit down to plan!


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    -Tuna mayonnaise, avocado & spring onion jacket potato

    -Salmon pie

    -Pollo al ajillo with crusty bread

    -Crab linguine with chilli and lime

    -Kashmiri lamb

    -Salmon pie leftovers

    Really looking forward to dinners this week – sounds expensive but it all worked out so cheap!

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    We’ve also been busy. I won’t be able to go to the supermarket till Thursday morning, so the meals for the beginning of the week are going to be pretty basic

    Monday: breakfast for dinner (waffles, bacon, smoothies, and fruit)
    Tuesday: penne with chicken and broccoli in garlic cream sauce
    Wednesday: salad tacos, churros (Pre-made from the freezer isle)
    Thursday: steak, fries, green salad
    Friday: broiled teriyaki chicken skewers, broccoli with garlic and soy
    Saturday: eat out

  3. I’m on a strict “No dairy” diet now thanks to my 3-week old little guy with some tummy troubles. I had to revisit your soy challenge posts, Jane! I love my dairy products (and a lot of my freezer stash has butter/cheese in it!!). SO, I’m adopting a (mostly) vegan diet (I’m halfway there already!). So far, so good!

    Sunday: Pasta, meatballs and Braised celery
    Monday: Engine 2 vegetable lasagna from freezer
    Tuesday: Beef soup from freezer with Rustic white bread (goodLife Eats) and Vegan green bean casserole
    Wednesday: Dinner at church
    Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie (maybe extras for the freezer??) with stuffed baked potatoes
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Out? Friends over?

       – Sweet and salty roasted chickpeas
       – Roasted butternut squash, kale, tomatoes (all with mustard vinaigrette) for salads and wraps
       – English muffins…big hit last week!

    • I just started back on dairy a week or two ago after it triggered morning sickness the first 32 weeks of this pregnancy. I starting subbing coconut milk in place of regular milk for pancakes, smoothies, waffles, etc. (Also the soy free “butter” if a recipe called for it.)
      I was also dairy free while nursing baby #1. Lots of soups/sandwiches, salads, and plain pasta. Hang in there!

    • Jane Maynard

      oh goodness, good luck, bonnie! as if taking care of a newborn isn’t enough, now you have to think so hard about what you eat! you’re a good momma. πŸ™‚ hang in there!!!

    • The things we do for our kids! I’m treating it like a culinary challenge. I have several vegan friends/family who are mentoring me – so I’m not out there by myself. I definitely feel a lot healthier gorging on veggies and legumes! πŸ™‚

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    Kudos to you with your new baby & busy work life to still keep this great blog going!

    Mon: Leftover Lentil Soup w/ Apple-Bacon-Cheddar Paninis

    Tues: 4-Cheese (colby, swiss, sharp cheddar, parmesan) Wheat Mac n Cheese (I accumulated a lot of cheese from Easter Brunch & really need to use it up!) w/ Homemade Fish Sticks & Spinach Salad

    Wed: Taco Pizza w/ lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, cilantro

    Th: Chinese Noodles with snap peas & bell peppers; chicken & veg potstickers; & pineapple chunks

    Fri: Dinner Out

    Sat: Sis-in-law, her boyfriend, and my 2 neices are coming over for a BBQ. Grill turkey dogs & spicy sausages, cucumber-tomato pasta salad & spinach salad w/ bacon, red onion, & honey-mustard vinaigrette.

    Sun: Leftovers

    Weekly Dessert: Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies!

    This will be my 1st attempt at these whoopie pies, and I’m really excited! My 4-year-old son & I are going to make them together tomorrow! πŸ™‚

    • Jane Maynard

      awww, thanks, lisa. I TRY to keep it all going, at least. πŸ˜‰

      carrot cake whoopie pies sounds yummy!

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    Sarah H.

    I’m so jealous that you get produce from your CSA year round! Ours doesn’t start until next month, and I’m so excited!

    Sunday: Stuffed peppers and roasted beets

    Monday: Curried eggplant & potato over rice (Thanks, Lisa!)

    Tuesday: Black bean and swiss chard tacos with homemade guac

    Wednesday: Oven-roasted trout stuffed with ramps, tabouleh, and sauteed kale

    Thursday: Grilled mushroom caps, “Tumbleweed Rice”, and crispy kale

    Friday: We’re trying our hand at Pho! Not sure how it’s going to turn out, but trying to find oxtails was an adventure!

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    I created the menu on Friday, so I switched Saturday’s and Sunday’s. I hope to get to everything this week. Saturday we had Subway and pushed the meatloaf to Sunday.

    Sunday- Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, random veggie
    Monday- Orange Chicken, broccoli, and rice.
    Tuesday- Stew, rolls
    Wednesday- Pizza Quesadillas
    Thursday- Breakfast (freezer diving)
    Friday- Mystery Lunchbox
    Saturday- Apple chicken chili.

    I just noticed that I didn’t have any form of spaghetti this week. I usually have it at least once a week. Oh weel, I’ll live πŸ™‚

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    Lynn BB

    Sunday: Enchiladas, guacamole & chips
    Monday: Not sure, maybe creamy taco mac & cheese
    Tuesday: After tax season celebration for me!
    Wednesday: Out
    Thursday: Turkey sausage and mushroom pasta, asparagus
    Friday: I’m going to U of I for “Mom’s Weekend”, will need to stock up for the rest of the family.
    Maybe I’ll make some chili before I go.

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    Our menu this week is all up in the air since our little boy FINALLY decided to make his entrance into the world! πŸ™‚
    Sunday: Take out Sushi (yay!!)
    Monday: Awesome friends brought beef stroganoff
    Tuesday: Leftover Taco Soup
    Wednesday: Leftover Tuna Casserole
    Thursday; More awesome friends with Casseroles
    Friday: Pizza
    Saturday: Who knows, but we’ll eat something!

  9. I’m pleased with how well I actually planned for this week, but we’ll see if I have the energy to get it all made, ha. Also, I’m apparently on a rice kick.

    Sunday: Sweet & Sour Crock Pot Chicken w/ rice
    Monday: Cuban Black Beans & Rice
    Tuesday: Roasted Broccoli & Linguine w/ Alfredo sauce
    Wednesday: Shrimp Enchiladas, cilantro-lime rice w/ corn & peppers
    Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie
    Friday: Turkey Burgers & Waffle fries

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    Sunday – leftovers
    Monday – chicken, prosciutto and spring mix
    Tuesday – Tuna steaks on the grill with red potatoes and other veggies
    Wednesday – Tex-mes rice bowl and butter lettuce salad
    Thursday – Pasta with asparagus
    Friday – Lamb burgers on the grill
    Saturday – take out hoagies

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    Monday – Teriyaki Chicken, brown rice & egg rolls
    Tuesday – Spinach & Chive Pasta, garlic bread & salad
    Wednesday – Baked Mac & Cheese w/ham
    Thursday – Leftovers
    Friday – Eat Out
    Saturday – Pulled pork sandwiches with oven fries
    Sunday – Waffles, smoothies & bacon

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    Summer is comin’ – I can feel it!! πŸ™‚

    Sun – Chili Colorado Burritos w/corn chips & fruit salad
    Mon – Liguini w/shrimp scampi, garlic bread & fruit slices
    Tues – BBQ chicken w/corn on the cob & fruit
    Wed – Pancakes & bacon
    Thrs – Fried tacos & chips
    Fri – Homemade pizza w/fruit
    Sat – BBQ burgers, chips & fruit

  13. Easy meals this week. Falling asleep on my feet today, and wondering how I’ll survive the sleep deprivation of another newborn in a few weeks. Just having an early-riser 3 year old does me in!

    Sunday-Leftovers (pick and choose between Pizza or Mexican Lasagna)
    Monday-Farfalle with Spinach and Bell Peppers, Green Beans, French Bread
    Tuesday-Beef Nachos topped with Homemade Refried Beans, Cilantro Lime Green Salad
    Wednesday-Avocado BLTs, Homemade Fries, Fresh Fruit
    Thursday-Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Steamed Veggies
    Friday-English Muffin Pizzas, Green Salad

    • Jane Maynard

      oh goodness, nate and I were SO TIRED this time around when owen was born. just enjoy it now (even with the early-rise 3 year old) because it WILL get worse. πŸ˜‰ how’s that for encouragement….but THEN it gets better! for real! πŸ™‚

  14. sunday- lemon and broccoli chicken over pasta
    monday- white bean chili and cornbread
    tuesday- grilled salmon and veggies
    wednesday- baked potato bar
    thursday- chicken pesto paninis
    friday- out to eat
    saturday- turkey burgers and sweet potato fries

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    Erika B.

    Sunday-Farmer’s Market Pizza, Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter, Strawberries with Whipped Cream
    Monday-Pesto Cheese Ravioli with Tomato Sauce, Green Salad, Pear Slices
    Tuesday-Leftover Pasta
    Wednesday-Veggie and Egg Scrambles in Pita Bread, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Cool Looking Purple Leaf Thing From Farmer’s Market
    Thursday-Leftovers or Mac and Cheese (Box), Roasted Parmesan Asparagus, Oranges
    Friday-Cooking for a Volunteer Thank You Dinner-Roasted Lemon Chicken, Boursin Potato Gratin, Green Beans with Pecans, Herbed Citrus Spaghetti, French Bread Rolls, Bobby Flay’s Fall Salad, Lemon Bunt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  16. Monday:
    Dinner Out with visiting family(Also hosting a Dip & Dessert night. My offerings will be Chicken Ranch Dip & Oatmeal Woopie Pies.(

    Slow Cooker Caesar Chicken on English Muffins & Caesar Salad

    Leftovers(Also hosting a bridal shower. My offerings will be another batch of Chicken Ranch Dip & Nutella Dip with strawberries.)

    Baked Tilapia, Roasted Squash & English Chick Pea Salad


    Grilled Turkey Burgers on English Muffins & Sweet Potato Beet Hash

    Grocery Day! (Which probably means I’ll grab something quick or eat leftovers.)

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    Su: Dinosaur BBQ mojito chicken

    Mo: Chicken parm, salad
    Tu: chicken and dumpling soup
    We: Veggie quesadillas
    Th: Spaghetti with sauce from the freezer, salad
    Fr: grilled ch, tom soup, broccoli

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    Have been sick for two weeks so I am so excited to be cooking!!!
    Sunday: Italian Beef Stew, never tried but it smells delish downstairs. From Cooking Light
    Monday: Red Lentil soup and bread
    Tuesday: Chicken Korma. Our local Fresh and Easy grocery store has really good simmer sauces and this is pretty darn good, Naan bread, rice
    Wednesday: Another cooking light recipe Pollo con Mojo de Ajo rice and broccoli
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: Beef and broccoli stir fry
    Sat-Sun…no hubby, chocolate chip cookies for dinner?????

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    Those waffles look so yummy. I might have to make some tomorrow despite it being a weekday!
    Sunday: Crab cakes with lemon-caper yogurt sauce, fingerling potatoes, and brussel sprouts.
    Monday: Daughter’s 13th birthday ”” her dinner request? Plain ground turkey soft tacos.
    Tuesday: Buffalo chicken rolls, sweet potato fries and broccoli.
    Wednesday: Leftovers.
    Thursday: Open face mushroom, spinach & havarti sandwiches and minestrone soup.
    Friday: Pierogies and chicken-apple sausages, veggies tdb.
    Saturday: Out for Italian for daughter’s birthday celebration!

    • Jane Maynard

      you should! I was in a huge rush yesterday when I made these and was able to get ’em done fast!

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    Vicki Tunell

    So my husband left out of town unexpectedly last week, and will be gone all of this week, so we haven’t eaten any of the things on my calendar…sigh…but here’s my menu plan.
    Monday: Elvis Pancakes and Bacon
    Tuesday: Macaroni and Cheese and Apples
    Wednesday: Out to eat
    Thursday: Apple Fritter Cakes with caramel syrup and eggs and berries
    Friday: Chicken and Rice and Corn
    Saturday: Chicken Parmesan, garlicky crumb broccoli, and Brazilian Lemonade (from
    Sunday: Grilled Salmon with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze and Grilled Asparagus

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    Ashley P

    Sunday- leftover lasagna from Thursday of last week
    Monday- Fiesta chicken casserole from
    Tuesday- leftovers
    Wednesday- out
    Thursday- Almond parmesan pork chops, cheesy garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli
    Friday- pizza with my parents
    Saturday- Hubby broke out his grill last week, and I am loving it! steaks on the grill, with baked potatoes and grilled zucchini

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    Kristen S

    I love getting inspiration from everyone’s posts! So this is my first time posting my menu for the week.

    Sunday: Third Sunday Service at church, we’ll eat there
    Monday: Leftovers/clean out the fridge because Tuesday is trash day
    Tuesday: Rachel Sandwiches (from TWFD) and Corn & Cheese Chowder (from Pioneer Woman)
    Wednesday: Cooking at church: Chicken & Broccoli Ranch Calzones, Salad and Dirt Cake (it’s my daughter’s 11th birthday and her special request)
    Thursday: Cheesy Chicken Chilaquiles (Pampered Chef recipe)
    Friday: Chicken Pad Thai (Pampered Chef recipe)
    Saturday: Breakfast supper (pancakes or waffles, bacon and fruit)

  23. Sunday: BLTs, Mint Chip Ice Cream Brownie Sundaes for dessert
    Monday: Green Bean Stir Fry
    Tuesday: Crockpot Butternut Squash Risotto, salad
    Wednesday: out
    Thursday: Quinoa Broccoli Casserole
    Friday: Waffles, Fresh Fruit
    Saturday: Homemade Pizza, salad
    Sunday: Crispy Polenta Squares with Veggie Ragu, Boston Cream Pie for dessert

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    Wow a great set of menus…..Jane…we are in island pork sync this week! We need to heat things up here in Saskatchewan after the snow returned today πŸ™

    Saturday: Boys away so adults out!
    Sunday: chili and cornbread
    Monday: roast chicken, mashed pots, veggies
    Tuesday: quesadilla (cheese & chicken)
    Wednesday: chili dogs, chips, veggies and dip
    Thursday: island pork and coconut riceΒ 
    Friday: take outΒ and game night πŸ™‚

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    last week ended up being a total bust. Of the six meals we had planned we only ate two or three since my husband ended up working late most nights and I have a hard time motivating myself/pulling dinner together when it’s just me and the kids. here’s hoping this week goes better
    Monday – meatballs, tater tots, sauteed spinach
    Tuesday – Chinese Chicken Salad
    Wednesday – my son’s 4th birthday. dinner will be his choice
    Thursday – Turkey taco salad
    Friday – Big family dinner for those coming in from out of down for the birthday celebration. Artichoke crusted chicken, potato gratin, roasted sprouts
    Saturday and Sunday – out πŸ™‚

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m the same way….so funny, because even if dad/husband isn’t there, we still have to eat, but for some reason I totally slack off if he’s not there! πŸ™‚

      artichoke crusted chicken…what a yummy idea!

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    Perfect timing for the guacamole recipe – thanks! We have some avocados that need eating (we are tired of them in smoothies). We decided we’ll make guacamole, but… how? Your recipe looks nice and easy and yummy! πŸ™‚

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    Megan Flowers

    Sunday- Turkey and Cheese Panini
    Monday- Ham bone soup
    Tuesday- Grilled Chicken with mustard cream sauce and tarragon with asparagus
    Wednesday- Left overs
    Thursday- Spaghetti and Meatballs
    Friday-Chard pesto pasta with zucchini
    Saturday- Our shopping day

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    Susan D.

    Sun-out for Indonesian food
    Mon-Cajun shrimp pasta, parmesan baked zucchini(from my garden!)
    Tues-chile relleno casserole, salad and Latin yellow rice (
    Wed-grilled marinated sirloin, grilled yellow squash(mygarden) baked potatoes
    Thurs-roast chicken, mashed taters, country green beans.
    Fri-fajitas(leftover steak,peppers and onions) home made flour tortillas and pico de gallo(jalapenos& cilantro from my garden)
    Sat-burgers on the grill, vinegar Cole slaw, corn on the cob

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    You are making me crave guacamole so bad right now. I better go to sleep!

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    Mon: Slow cooker lamb curry and rice
    Tue: Away for work
    Wed: Ditto
    Thur: Pasta with tomato sauce, salad
    Fri: Slow cooker pulled pork, baked potatoes and celeriac slaw
    Sat: Chilli with leftover slaw
    Sun: Dinner at Mum’s

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    sunday: bbq pork, mashed potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe

    monday: breakfast for dinner… waffles sound yummy… otherwise puff puff pancakes

    tuesday; two sauce lasagna bowls, garlic bread, salad

    wednesday: hubby cooks. leftover turkey casserole, green beans

    thursday: hubby cooks.pork chops with mushroom stroganoff sauce, rice, peas

    friday: pizza night, salad

    saturday: buffalo chicken sandwiches per son’s request, potato wedges, coleslaw

  32. My menu is posted at my site. I love seeing everyone’s weekly plans! Especially since I tend to eat the same kinds of things over and over. You guys give me new ideas!


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    Sun – Crockpot Creamy Spaghetti
    Mon – Baked Chicken Taquitos
    Tue – “My Jimmy Loves” Ham & Potato Casserole
    Wed – Bang Bang Chicken & Rice

    Thu-Tue: I’m going to Denver to work on wedding planning and attend a bridal show. Jim’s on his own. He’ll have leftover spaghetti, ham & potato casserole, and I made him italian meatloaf. πŸ™‚

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    Sunday-out with brother and sister in law
    Monday pastu with arugula and cannelli beans
    Tuesday cesar chicken wraps
    Wed grilled steak or shrimp have not decided yet with rice and grilled asparagus
    thursday maybe shrimp salad
    friday pizza
    sat who knows! daughter has a sweet 16

  35. Monday
    Grilled Chicken (cook 2 extra breasts for tomorrow)
    Roasted Broccoli with a Japanese Dipping Sauce
    Brown Rice

    Panko Crusted Chicken Cakes (made with left over chicken)
    Quick Roasted Cauliflower with Zesty Orange Olive Dressing
    Marinated Mushrooms
    Spinach Salad

    Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Feta, Crispy Shallots and Poppy Seed Dressing
    London Broil
    Matchstick Potatoes

    Steak Sandwiches

    Kitchen Sink Fired Brown Rice

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    M – Chicken ala King, rice & strawberry shortcake for dessert
    Tu- Stuffed Peppers (thx for the recipe!!)
    W – Leftovers
    Th – Spicy Orange Chicken
    F – Baked Spaghetti Casserole
    Sat – Sweet Potato & Blk Bean Burritos
    Sun – Meatloaf, potatoes, veggies

    Loving the freedom that meal planning brings & love the ideas from this blog! Thanks!

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    Monday-Pioneer women’s corn chowder (amazing, try it out if you haven’t!) with rolls
    Tuesday-Corn dogs and steak fries with mixed veggies
    Wednesday-Baked chicken taquitos (from Sam The Cooking Guy) with brown rice and black beans
    Thursday-My birthday! Eat out!
    Friday-Homemade pizza night
    Saturday-Date night! Eat out!
    Sunday-Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole

  38. Monday: Greek Yogurt Pancakes
    Tuesday: free Domino’s pizza!
    Wednesday: class for me/Ben fends for himself
    Thursday: Teryaki Meatballs
    Friday: leftovers
    Saturday: Hawaiian Chicken
    Sunday: Chicken Pot Pie

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    Mon- Blackend chicken, cilantro quinoa, steamed broccoli
    Tues- Edameme Stir Fry
    Wednesday-Broccoli Cheddar Soup
    Thursday= Chicken Sausage with Peppers and Onions
    Friday-Coconut Chicken and Salad
    Saturday-On your Own or Eat out
    Sunday-Sunday Dinner with the In-laws (MIL in charge)

  40. I have not done a meal plan since before my son was born six weeks ago. In fact, until last week I hadn’t even cooked. I am glad to be back in the swing of things (well if I can figure out how to successfully shop with a toddler and infant)

    Sunday: Chicken Salad on croisants (from Costco)

    Monday: take out pizza for my daughters 3rd birthday, with an antipasto salad for the adults.

    Tuesday: Grilled Italian Chicken with Parma Rosa Sauce

    Wednesday: Fish and Chips (requested by my husband for his birthday)

    Thursday: Dinner Out with In-Laws for my husband’s birthday

    Friday: Pioneer Woman’s Sour Cream Noodle Bake

    Saturday: Creamy Chipotle Chicken and Black Bean burritos

    For links and recipes you can go to

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m glad you haven’t done a meal plan or cooked for 6 weeks! but I’m also glad you’re back with your menu. good luck with the grocery shopping, I still haven’t figured it out! True confession – Trader Joe’s has little kids’ carts and I basically make anna push all our groceries around AND out to the car. i feel like a slave driver. BUt Owen can sit up now, so I think I’m going to be sticking him in the car finally!

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    Sat – BBQ chicken pizza
    Sun – tortelloni w/ veggies
    Mon – BLTs, cold pasta salad
    Tues – burgers (local beef/homemade buns), leftover pasta salad
    Wed – spaghetti w/ meatballs & green salad
    Thurs – twice baked potatoes w/ bacon & cheese & green salad
    Fri – homemade pizza

    • Jane Maynard

      mmmmm…I haven’t made BBQ chicken pizza in a while and that sounds good – thanks for the reminder!

  42. Here’s my dinner menu and snacks for the week. Nothing fancy but mostly natural and simple.

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    Kim 2

    Not cooking this week or early next week……..away on business trip.

    So instead of a menu, I thought I’d give an update on our use of cloth napkins. We weren’t so good at using them daily so I purchased 8 more napkins to ensure we always had some available. I started folding 4 of them up and placing them in a napkin holder (made for paper napkins) on the counter……this helps keep them visible and accessable.

    I can report we have been consistent with cloth napkins for dinner and weekend breakfasts…….still need to work on lunchs, snacks, and week day breakfast. But, we made progress with a litlle more focus!

    Have a great week!

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    Sunday- Sliders
    Monday- Cobb Salad
    Tuesday- Small Salads with Napoli style pizza
    Wednesday- BBQ pork loin, small salad, and steamed broccoli
    Thursday- eat out
    Friday- leftovers
    Saturday- Chicken wrapped asparagus and salad

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