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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Week 276 Menu

Today I am on a plane…flying home…from this place

Owen and I got to go to Miami for a few days to attend the Mom 2.0 Summit with my DailyBuzz Moms team. It was a blast…especially the closing night party at the Versace Mansion. Yup, Owen has been to a party at the Versace Mansion. How many 7-month olds can say that? Too bad I’ve ruined Cinco de Mayo for him for the rest of his life…don’t think he’ll ever be able to top it!

It’s really hard to think about a menu right now, but I’m pretty sure that we’re going to have to eat dinner this week!

Kitchen Sink Quesadillas
– Guacamole

– Lasagna

– Leftovers

Oriental Chicken Salad

– Eat out

– If the weather is nice, grilling! I’m thinking brats and hot dogs
– Fresh fruit and baked beans

– Scrambled Eggs

Wow! I did it! I planned a menu. The Miami heat didn’t completely fry my brain. You know the drill…time to share your menu for the week. Thank you all and have a great week!


  1. After a week of no menu planning, I’m glad to be back on track this week. It really does make life easier!

    S- Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos
    M- Hamburgers and Onion Rings
    T- Baked Potato Bar and Salad
    W- Roast
    Th- Spaghetti and Salad
    F- Take Out
    S- TBD

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    Sunday – Cajun chicken pasta with salad
    Monday – Hawaiian Kielbasa with rice
    Tuesday – Buffalo chicken wraps
    Wednesday – Leftovers
    Thursday – Beef stroganoff
    Friday – Haddock with buttered garlic noodles
    Saturday – Leftovers

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    The pictures look awesome, as does the hotel. We actually are considering staying there when we go to Miami in june! Would you recommend it?

    Mon: Chicken Satay and Spring Rolls
    Tuesday: Dumplings but with leftover diced chicken
    Wednesday: takeout
    Thursday: Wings
    Friday: Twice Baked Potatoes with onion and bacon
    Saturday: Hamburgers, Onion Rings, Crudite

    • Jane Maynard

      it is really lovely there – it’s sort of off the beaten path down on key biscayne, kind of a drive to everywhere else, but definitely more peaceful b/c of that. the beach was kind of small and lots of seaweed, but beaches are always changing so it may not always be that way. the hotel is super pretty and the pool area looked like lots of fun. and it’s right on the beach…which is the best thing about it, in my opinion – vacation spots should be right on the beach!

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    My little girl turns two this week. Almost impossible to believe!

    Sun: Chicken divan soup
    Mon: Sloppy Joes and leftover soup
    Tues: leftover sloppy joes with Mac n cheese and veggies
    Wed: Raviolis (marinara sauce)
    Thur: leftovers
    Fri: Salmon burgers
    Sat: Birthday party! Still working out this menu… And waiting on RSVPs, haha

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    Vicki Tunell

    Monday: Gyros with fresh tomato salad
    Tuesday: Potato Soup with Cheddar Chive Turnovers and Salad
    Wednesday: Creamy Cheese Pesto Pasta and Broccoli
    Thursday: Coconut Chicken in Crock Pot and Green Beans
    Friday: Chicken Ranch Succotash
    Saturday: Shrimp and Cellophane Noodles and Cauliflower
    Sunday: Pumpkin and Cheese Spice Bread

  6. Sunday: Grilled mushrooms, sweet potatoes, artichokes, and swiss chard

    Monday: Thai curry with brown rice

    Tuesday: Bulgur-stuffed poblano peppers with black beans and beets

    Wednesday: Soy chorizo tacos with rice, beans, and pickled onions

    Thursday: Saag with tofu

    Friday: Roasted veggie flatbread with a cilantro pesto

  7. Sounds like an awesome time!! Loved the pictures!

    Sunday: Birthday dinner for my dad – pork chops, baked apples, green bean fries, salad, and chocolate cake!
    Monday: Yorkshire pudding with cranberry sauce
    Tuesday: Dry BBQ rub chicken thighs in slow cooker with oven-baked pearl onion poppers (experiment!)
    Wednesday: Dinner at church
    Thursday: Chicken thigh with cranberry sauce and roasted broccoli
    Friday: leftovers
    Saturday: Out

  8. This week’s grocery list is online ( and dinner this week looks like this:

    S: Fend for yourself
    M: Pollo alla valdostana
    T: Hoisin-glazed barbecue pork
    W: Takeout
    R: Buttermilk chicken with peach-tomato salsa
    F: Dinner with friends
    S: TBD. Hopefully, I get motivated enough to get the grill ready for the year

  9. Guess what news I have for you, Jane! In a little more than a month our very own Trader Joe’s will be opening! Can you believe it? I’ll finally have access to all the wonderful stuff you’ve been talking about all these years.

    This week’s grub, in no particular order:
    -Roasted broccoli alfredo
    -Turkey burgers w/ black eyed pea salad
    -Chicken flautas w/ cilantro-lime rice
    -Jalapeno popper grilled cheeses w/ spicy sweet potato wedges

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    S – Homemade chicken pesto pizza
    M – Costco ravioli & garlic toast
    T – Friends are bringing dinner πŸ™‚
    W – Crabcakes & salad
    Th – Ina’s Orzo & shrimp salad
    F – ???

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    I haven’t planned a menu in so long! We have been getting ready to put our house on the market and now that my husband is travelling for work, he isn’t home during the week. So the kids and I have been mostly scrounging or going to the store before dinner. YUCK! Anyhoo, we listed the house and it sold in THREE DAYS!! So now I can relax a little more and plan a menu. But that will have to be next week because I am so exhausted that we will eat hot dogs and grilled cheese and leftovers for the next few days πŸ™‚

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    Looks like you had a great time!
    Sunday out to eat to diner
    Monday pork chops on grill corn on cob and rice
    Tues Leftover pork on sandwiches maybe potatoe salad (new way of making with sour cream it’s delish)
    Wen pizza on grill
    Thur ravioli and bread sticks
    Friday sandwich night
    Sat chili hotdogs! Yum

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    Sunday – home made pizza
    Monday – tailgating at the Phillies!
    Tuesday – shrimp and black bean salad
    wednesday – pork chops on the grill, asparagus and baked potatoes (yeah! son home from University)
    thursday – jalapeno baked chicken, rice and green beans
    friday – out?
    saturday – leftovers

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    Hotel looks amazing! What a great Cinco de Mayo for you & lil’ Owen! I’m sure the girls (& hubby) will be so happy to have you both back. πŸ™‚

    Mon: Breakfast for Dinner–Pasta Frittata w/ fruit salad & garlic wheat toast
    Tues: Fish Tacos w/ mango salsa, calabacitas (mex-style zucchini, peppers, onions, & cheese) & slow-cooker pinto beans (from freezer)
    Wed: Panko chicken cutlets w/ peas & carrots risotto
    Th: Leftovers
    Fri: Chicken Sausage, Pepper, & Mushroom Pizza
    Sat: We are finally getting rid of the turkey in our freezer from this Fall…yay! Grill BBQ Turkey w/ sauteed mushrooms & smashed red potatotes
    Sun: Using leftover turkey for Rachels (thanks for the idea, Jane!) w/ broccoli slaw & sweet potato fries

    • Jane Maynard

      the girls gave owen a very enthusiastic welcome home – it was very cute! when it came to me…well they were more interested in what was in my suitcase, little stinkers! πŸ˜‰

    • Lisa

      Forgot this was Teacher Appreciation Week…making chicken enchiladas w/ green sauce & beef enchiladas w/ red sauce for teacher potluck lunch on Wed. Also decided to make individual cherry crumbles for dessert this week. πŸ™‚

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    green thumbs vegan mom

    wasn’t he shot right outside there? I could be totally off on that but I thought he was.

    Miami is a wild, fun place. πŸ™‚ Did he stick his feet in the ocean water?

    Our Menu I’m vegan (with the occasional vegetarian lapse) the rest of the family is meat eaters so I make everything vegan take out my stuff and then prepare the rest for them. It works for us!

    Mon: black bean and sweet potato tacos, with spanish rice

    Tues: Spaghetti (with meatballs for hubby and girls), roasted green beans, garlic toast

    Wed: red beans and rice with cornbread (with some veggie)

    Thurs: Swedish meatballs with noodles and roasted brussel sprouts (for me pasta w. white beans and spinach and brussel sprouts)

    Fri: Calzones and raw veggies to munch

    Sat: Sandwiches (me: smashed chickpea and avocado, hubby: hot ham and cheese girls: pepperoni) with tomato soup

    Sun: Moms day so grilling burgers (homemade black bean for me: regular for the rest of the family), and my sister and mom are bringing sides but don’t ask me what πŸ™‚

    • Jane Maynard

      yes, he was – pretty crazy! the house is unreal…you just can’t believe it was someone’s home. and miami is a fun, wild place…I can’t believe how many neon lights there are and how all the palm trees are lit with blue lights! πŸ˜‰

      and, yes, owen and I both stuck our feet in the water! it was actually the first time I’ve touched a warm ocean…I’ve always been in the northeast or california, and that florida water is AWESOME!

    • green thumb vegan mom

      fun I lived in the florida panhandle for a while the water is warm there so I can’t imagine how warm in miami.

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    What a fantastic trip! How fun for Owen ”” those will be great photos for him someday πŸ™‚ My husband and I have talked about going to Miami for a vacation but haven’t done it yet ”” I’m a little concerned it’s going to be a bit too nightclub-y for us. So our vacations this year are both California ones (Northern for the family one and LA for the husband and I).
    Anyways, on to the menu:
    Sunday: Grilled pizzas with salads and pears. We made a sausage, mushroom, and roasted red pepper one; a roasted red pepper, spinach and pepperoni one; and a prosciutto, asparagus, yellow beet, goat cheese in a garlic sauce one. YUM!
    Monday: Crockpot chicken teriyaki with brown basmati rice broccoli (track meet followed by band concert = definitely equals a crockpot meal!).
    Tuesday: Tikka marsala tofu and chickpeas with sesame green beans and mandarin oranges.
    Wednesday: Leftovers.
    Thursday: Zucchini, onion, and corn enchiladas.
    Friday: Not sure ”” husband will be gone traveling. Oldest will be working so the younger two and I may do something easy like hot dogs and crudite.
    Saturday: Husband will be back so date night for us!

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    Sun: Grilled chicken in the best marinade…to die for…if you want it I can send it to you, couscous, steamed swiss chard from the garden.
    Mon:Crock pot pork chops simmered in an awesome soy sauce, ketchup, garlic, honey mixture, rice, green beans
    Tues: Leftover pea soup and bread
    Wed: Fish tacos…this marinade is yummy and I grilled in my gill pan, delish. I didn’t put the adobo sauce in my dressing, not a fan, but did the rest.
    Thurs: no hubby, you are on your own
    Friday: burritos with all the fixings
    Sat-Sun…not sure what are plans are so I will do this later.

    • Happy =)

      I want it!

    • Denise

      Here it is. My friend found it in a Runner’s World magazine years ago. Her husband makes it by the gallon to keep in the fridge for summer bbqing. I just make when needed. Let it marinate a while, I usually do overnight even though there is lemon in it and some people say not to marinate long with lemon. I do and we are fine.

      Awesome marinade

      For 1 lb chicken, double as necessary. I will often double and use for 3 pounds, it should be enough.

      ΒΌ c soy sauce
      ΒΌ cup orange juice
      3 minced garlic cloves
      2 TB olive oil
      2TB lemon juice
      1 tsp oregano
      1 tsp worchestire sauce
      Β½ tsp pepper
      Β½ t paprika
      1TB parsley

      I put this all in a Ziploc, add chicken, marinate a day or two flipping Ziploc from time to time. I also put the Ziploc in a pie plate so it doesn’t leak in my fridge.

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    Happy =)

    Wow! How beautiful! Glad you both had fun!

    Well, last week everything got so turned around… only about three things were actually made from that list! With, MIL cooking one night, take out another night & hubby & I finally getting a DATE NIGHT! That was so worth it! Hope this week settles down!

    Sun: B: Waffles w/ strawberries, bacon & OJ.
    L: Sandwiches, chips, salsa & guacamole (from last night)
    D: Spaghetti w/ french loaf (Never made last week)
    Dessert: Apple pie ala mode (never made last week)

    Mon: Steak & potatoes w/ crusty bread

    Tue: Orange Chicken w/ noodles or fried rice (excited to try this!)

    Wed: Crock Pot Pulled Pork (On good buns) & corn on the cob (never got to last week)

    Thur: Chicken tacos (from matzo stock) w/ spanish rice & refried beans

    Fri: Matzo Ball Soup
    Dessert: Cookies

    Sat: B: Eggs, sausage, toast (hash browns?)
    L: BLT’s & watermelon
    D: Grilled Burgers & dogs. Potato salad & cole slaw.
    Dessert: Angel food cake w/ berries & whip cream

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    Kim 2

    What fun time for you and Owen!

    Sunday: Eat on way home from DC
    Monday: Salmon (or whatever fish is freshest), baked potatoes, green beans
    Tuesday: Chicken pizzaiola, salad
    Wednesday: Shrimp Caesar salads
    Thursday: Eggs and waffles, fruit
    Friday: Nantucketer sandwiches (turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce on a long roll)
    Saturday: Grilled chicken, baked beans, salad

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    oh here is my pork chop recipe for the slow cooker, I found it, so delish!!

    If this link doesn’t work go to and search for pork chops for the slow cooker, that is the actual title.

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    Oh sounds like a fun time in Miami!

    I’m finall getting back to normal since the move. Here you go!

    M – salad, chicken & corn mffins(made with the help of the three yr old and 1 yr old)
    T – fish night! Rice, miso soup & veggies
    W – homemade pizza
    Th – fish night! See Tursday
    Fr – homemade gyoza
    Sat & sun a la my honey

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    Sunday: Cajun Chicken pasta, french bread, salad

    Monday: Buffalo Chicken wraps, chips, fruit salad, cut up vegies

    Tuesday: pork tenderloin, rice, asparagus

    Wednesday: Take out after track meet

    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Burgers, beans, fruit, salad

    Friday: Pizza Night- nacho pizza? salad

    Saturday: Prime rib roast, loaded potatoes, green beans

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    Lynn BB

    I did not do a good job of planning this week, but I’ve come up with the following:
    Sun: Cheeseburgers on the grill
    Mon: Pasta with turkey sausage and mushrooms
    Tues: Some sort of chicken enchiladas
    Wed: Chinese food with my son, all the Asian food haters in the family are out
    Thurs: Waffles
    Fri: Not sure
    Sat: Hopefully out, picking up our oldest from college

  24. Your commitment is inspiring:)

    My menu is at my blog today:

    Along with a post with some tips for meal planning…feel free to add yours as well πŸ™‚

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    Sun – Chicken Fried Steak (pan-fried) w/ Mashed Potatoes & Gravy (from the pan-drippings)
    Mon – Crockpot Carnitas (new recipe)
    Tue – Italian Hoagies w/ Homemade Giardiniera & Pasta Salad
    Wed – Leftovers
    Thu – Breakfast for Dinner (the other half is requesting eggs over easy w/ potatoes o’brien & sausage)
    Fri – Burgers on the grill
    Sat – leftovers/go out

  26. Monday
    Grilled Salmon (cook an extra 1/2 lb for tomorrow)
    Broccoli with Asian Dipping Sauce
    Brown Rice

    Salmon Sandwiches with Basil Mayo
    Roasted Potato Wedges
    Green Apple Slaw

    Grilled London Broil
    Mashed Potatoes
    Carrots and Cauliflower

    Steak Salads (using last night’s reserved steak)
    Hot Whole Wheat Popovers with Basil Butter

    Kitchen Sink Fried Rice

  27. Glad you made it home safe and had a fun time! Owen is becoming quite the accomplished traveler!

    I froze a bunch of stuff last week, and this week will be no exception. I have 2 weeks worth of meals for after baby (37 weeks now), but am aiming to get a month’s worth. We’ll see!

    Sunday- Grilled Jalapeno Bacon burgers with Avocado Slaw and Feta Dressing, Fries, Green Salad. (So. Ridiculously. Good.)

    Monday-Beef Burritos, Beans, Chips and homemade guacamole. (making extra beef to freeze)

    Tuesday-Bacon and Spinach Omelettes, Fresh Fruit

    Wednesday-Spinach, Pine Nut, Bell Pepper Pasta, Green Salad, Garlic Bread

    Thursday-Soup and Sandwich, TBD (Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese perhaps?) (extra soup to freeze)

    Friday-Pizza and Green Salad

    Saturday-Leftovers or taking my mom to dinner, not sure

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    Wow, Miami looks fab. Glad you had a good time!

    Mon: Lasagna and salad
    Tue: Lamb and squash curry, naan bread
    Wed: Asparagus quiche, green beans
    Thur: Chicken ratatouille bake with new potato and sorrel salad
    Fri: Fish and chips
    Sat: Mezze buffet
    Sun: Dinner at mum’s, taking tiramisu or maybe tres leches cake.

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    Finally planning menu, I’ve been winging it for weeks. Feels good to know what we’ll be eating this week. Thanks for the inspiration as always .

    M: Santafe salad (adding beats from csa, we’ll see how that works)
    T: pork with sticky rice and cauliflower
    W: leek, asp and bacon tart
    T: sandwiches by the pool
    F: kielbasa, zucchini and mushroom pizza
    S: Indian potluck
    S: leftovers

  30. I’m keeping it simple and trying to mostly eat out of the pantry and freezer this week.
    Here’s my menu plan:

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    Finally back to menu planning after a several week lapse…

    Here’s what I’ve planned for this week!

    Sunday: grilled cheese, tomato & basil sandwich with Tuscan tomato soup
    Monday: homemade pizza (bought some pizza dough in the deli section–hope it works out!)
    Tuesday: Taco Tuesday!
    Wednesday: BBQ! Grilled zucchini, yellow squash, peppers and onion with couscous and salad (probably grilled hot dogs for the girls!)
    Thursday: Volleyball night–pasta w/marinara, green beans
    Friday: Potluck at book club (kids and dad out)
    Saturday: lasagna roll-ups

  32. I’ve been to a party at the Versace Mansion – Gorgeous, isn’t it?

    Here’s what we are up to this week:
    Chicken Fajitas
    Meatloaf, broccoli, mashers
    Chicken picata (sp), rice pilaf, veg
    Pasta and white clam sauce
    Spinach egg casserole with salad and hash browns

  33. Jane–your baby is so adorable. I’ve got to break down and get me a ticket to Mom 2.0 next year. I’ve been living vicariously through you and everyone else via Twitter. πŸ™‚

    Our menu (it’s been ages since I’ve made one…)

    Sunday: White Beans with Gremolata and Pan-Roasted Veggies
    Monday: Pancakes πŸ˜‰
    Tuesday: Brazilian Black Bean Stew with Rice, braised kale
    Wednesday: Thai Vegetable Curry with rice
    Thursday: Baked Potatoes and Green Salad
    Friday: Pizza?
    Saturday: Leftovers
    Sunday: Teriyaki Chicken Legs with broccoli and rice

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    Sat – Cinco de Mayo! Taco night
    Sun – Lemon apricot chicken, rice, steamed broccoli
    Mon – spinach lasagna (freezer)
    Tues – sloppy joes w/ green beans
    Wed – spaghetti w/ green salad
    Thurs – baked chicken pcs w/ risotto
    Fri – homemade pizza

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    Monday-Spaghetti, sourdough toasted bread and broccoli
    Tuesday-Thai peanut noodles with stir fry veggies
    Wednesday-Sloppy joes, sweet potato fries and fruit
    Thursday-Crock pot creamy black bean salsa chicken burritos (that’s a mouthful!) with rice
    Friday-Pizza night
    Saturday-Eat out
    Sunday-Lemon Herb chicken, mashed potatoes and asparagus (all of which my lovely husband will be making!)

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    Kelly B

    Never knew I could be so jealous of a 7 month old! What a fun trip! I know I’m SUPER late posting my menu this week (computer issues), but I’m happy to say I had it planned out at the beginning of the week and we’ve stuck to it.


    Ginger Chicken Stir Fry w/ coconut noodles
    Egg Rolls

    Pepperoni Pizza Roll Ups
    Green Beans

    Lime Honey Salmon
    Warm Corn & Black Bean Salad


    Mac & Cheese w/ Peas
    Parmesean Chicken Fingers

    Mother’s Day (Woo Hoo!) – No cooking for me, the hubby is grilling out!

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    Nikki CB

    How fun!

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