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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Week 286 Menu

Good morning! It’s a cereal kind of morning around our house. And a black and white kind of morning. And a Cate-finally-poured-her-own-cereal-and-milk kind of morning. I like these kinds of mornings.

This week we leave for our annual East Coast trip! One week on Cape Cod, one week in New Jersey and I’m throwing SocialLuxe Lounge once again in New York City. We have a fun couple of weeks ahead of us! Of course, I have to survive this week first…so much to do! My menu is going to be very simple and BORING.

– Frozen mac & cheese from Trader Joe’s
– Lots of veggies

– Spaghetti
– Salad

– Frozen chicken cordon bleu from grocery store
– Wild rice and a veggie

– Eat out (who am I kidding, I’ll be packing AND getting carpet installed in our apartment that day. Heaven help us…)

– Overpriced airplane food, most likely

Sweet Tomatoes Pizza in Sandwich, MA (our first night on the Cape tradition)

– Who knows? We’ll be in vacation mode!

Can’t wait to see your menus for the week! As always, thank you all for sharing!


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    shannon {gidgetnfroggi}

    Picked up our all organic CSA bag and it had some goodies: Corn on the Cob (dubbed Andy’s Candy Corn), Sweet Onions, Peaches (dubbed: Chin Dripping Good), loaf of fresh 8 grain bread, Milk, and Bison (1 lb) all for $25 bucks!!!

    CSA Sunday: Bison Burgers (spicy black bean for me), Corn on the Cob, Cantaloupe (non csa add ons: Vegetarian Baked Beans and Fries (regular and sweet potato)

    Monday: Black Bean and Corn Burritos, Spanish Rice, and Pinto Beans

    Tuesday: Red Beans and Rice and Cornbread (our weekly staple)

    Wednesday: Swedish Meatballs w. noodles, and Big Salad (me just the big salad)

    Thursday: Spaghetti, Italian Green Beans, Cheese Texas Toast

    Friday: Calzones: Pepperoni for them and Veggie for me, and raw veggies and ranch, Fruit Salad

    Saturday: Chicken Parm Sandwiches (for mine I’ll use morningstar Italian Chicken love this vegetarian “meat”), Very Veggie Pasta Salad, Fruit Salad

    Have a wonderful vacation!!! I didn’t know you lived in a apartment I always thought it was a house πŸ™‚ We had carpet ripped out and hardwood floors installed in our house what a mess! Good Luck!!! Have a Safe Trip!!

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    The only time I’ve been to Cape Cod is when my husband and I were dating. It was the first trip we ever took together and I get nostalgic every time I think about it. I’d love to go back but we live a lot further away now and it just hasn’t worked out. I hope you have a wonderful time!

    Sunday: Turkey paninis on rye with salad and fruit
    Monday: Lasagna with salad
    Tuesday: Vegetable soup with bread and fruit
    Wednesday: Oriental chicken and pasta salad
    Thursday: BLT sandwiches with fruit
    Friday: Homemade margherita pizza
    Saturday: Leftovers or eat out

    • shannon {gidgetnfroggi}

      your tuesday meal sounds so good, might have to bring back soup night! I love soup!

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    Sunday – Shrimp scampi, tossed salad, garlic toast
    Monday – Grilled chicken sandwich, macaroni salad
    Tuesday – Pork chops, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, corn
    Wednesday – Salmon, brown rice
    Thursday – BBQ chicken pizza
    Friday – Tuna melts, fruit and chips
    Saturday – Leftovers

    Have a great vacation. Can’t wait to see the pictures and read all about it. Cape Cod is a wonderful vacation spot.

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    Haven’t posted in a while, but checking out all the yummilicious menus is always part of my Sunday ritual!

    Sun: TJ’s mini chicken tacos with salsa, guacamole and salad
    Mon: Veggie stirfry and edamame over quinoa and rice
    Tues: pasta bake with chicken sausage, broccoli and zucchini
    Wed: Gyoza salad
    Thur: leftovers
    Fri: pita pizzas (my current favorite way to use up leftover veggies
    Sat: My dear friend’s wedding! They’re getting a Vietnamese food truck to cater. =)

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    Kim 2

    Have a great vacation….eat a lobster roll in Cape Cod and get a giant gourmet cupcake from Cupcake Charlie’s!

    I’m finally not traveling on business for a couple of weeks and our oven died. Ugh! New one can’t be delivered until 7/23 so I need to make meals which don’t require baking (stove top burner still working well).

    Sunday: Shrimp boil with crusty bread
    Monday: Chicken Asian Salad
    Tuesday: Tuna sandwiches with celery and carrot sticks
    Wednesday: spaghetti and salad
    Thursday: omelets w fresh sliced tomatoes from the garden
    Friday: baked potatoes topped w vegetarian chili
    Saturday: Grilled Cheese & fruit

  6. Wow! Have fun on your trip! I have never been to the east coast but I can’t wait to get there and have some super-fresh seafood!

    S: @ my parent’s
    M: sloppy joes
    T: baked ziti from the freezer
    W: BBQ chicken tacos, black beans and corn
    T: mac ‘n cheese
    F: pizza night
    S: at a ballgame

    Everyone have a great week!

  7. I’m at the airport leaving for work. The 3-mo old and 3-yo will be home alone with Daddy! It’ll be a little rough on everyone. So the menu is pretty basic this week. I have to take some extra “equipment” to be away from baby for a couple days. Gonna be fun! πŸ™‚

    Sunday: Burgers on the grill
    Monday: Leftover pizza
    Tuesday: BBQ turkey sandwiches
    Wednesday: Pancakes
    Thursday: Beef stroganoff over noodles and CSA peas
    Friday: Leftover turkey
    Saturday: Out.

  8. Just got my August Cooking Light magazine in the mail so I’ll be trying a few things from there this week.
    S- Pimento Cheese BLTs and Sweet Potato Fries
    M- Chicken Tostadas & Avocado Salsa with Chipolte Rice (CL)
    T- Grilled Vegetable Pizza and Herbed Mediterranean Salad (CL)- I’ve never tried making pizza on the grill before!
    W- Zuchini & Camarlized Onion Quiche with Salad (CL)
    Th- Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce
    F- Take Out
    S- Open Faced Sandwich with Mushroom and Fried Eggs (CL)

  9. Sunday – Grilled salmon and veggies, then off to our favorite Ice Cream joint to celebrate National Ice Cream Day!
    Monday – CSA Monday! We get our box of veggies today and I plan to make a version of this Farmer’s Market Skillet but with farro (since we already have it!).
    Tuesday – Foot truck night with friends. I’m going to pack veggie, bean, and cheese quesadillas for the kiddos, then buy something yummy there for Scott and myself.
    Wednesday – I’m having dinner out with friends, so I thought this super yummy tortellini salad for be the perfect make-a-head dinner for Scott and the kids.
    Thursday – Taco Thursday! (I’m assigning all the days a personality now!) I’d like to make some easy fish tacos and some of these delicious chipotle black bean and sweet potato tacos with lots of guac. Everyone loves guac!
    Friday – Homemade pizza Friday. I’m dying to try a fried egg pizza. Something about the yummy yolk and the warm pizza dough sounds so strange and enticing. I’m thinking about this one with pesto.
    Saturday – Grilled fish and pesto potatoes. With a fruit salad on the side.

    Have a great week everyone!

    • shannon {gidgetnfroggi}

      fun we have CSA Sunday since we pick up our items on Saturdays πŸ™‚

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    Sunday – Meatball sliders and salad
    Monday – Grille pork tenderloin and orzo with broccoli
    Tuesday – On my own. The hubby has a meeting.
    Wednesday – Spaghetti and Meatballs
    Thursday – Taco Chicken Bowl (taco chicken, black beans, corn salsa, and rice)
    Friday – Bahama Mamas, fries, and fruit
    Saturday – Out to Eat

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    After you get pizza at Sweet Tomatoes you should head out to Sweet Caroline’s for ice cream. It’s the best ice cream in Sandwich. Just a couple miles heading south on Rt 130. It’s my family’s favorite!! Have a great trip.

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    Erika B.

    Have an awesome trip! Ended up scrounging around or getting take out all last week. Hope to be better this week. Order will probably change.

    Sun-Brunch Stuffed Peppers from Paula Dean, Roasted Asparagus, Yellow Raspberries
    Mon-Browned Butter Buttermilk Waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Cream, Green Beans with Toasted Pecans
    Tuesday-Spaghetti with Veggie Tomato Sauce, Green Salad with Dilled Honey Mustard Dressing and Candied Walnuts, Nectarines
    Wednesday-Leftover Pasta, Baked Zucchini, Raspberries
    Thursday-Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burritos, Carrots and Ranch, Strawberries
    Friday-Out or Leftovers

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    Sun: Summer Squash and Corn Chowder
    Mon: Greek Turkey Meatball Gyros
    Tues: Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Pasta with a Lemon Cream Sauce
    Wed: Three-Mushroom Pizza
    Thurs: Greek Turkey Meatball Gyros
    Fri: Grilled Portobello Burgers

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    Amy S

    Crazy weeks like yours make it hard to plan. We have them too. Last week was like that and resulted a menu plan being thrown to the wind. Have fun in your travels!

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    sunday – pizza
    monday – salmon on the grill with zucchini from the garden
    tuesday – chicken stir fry with rice
    wednesday – spaghetti with salad
    thursday – steak on the grill with salad and grilled potatoes
    friday – sunday – xpnonetial music festival!

  16. have a fun trip!!

    Monday: black bean soup
    Tuesday: baked rigatoni with bechamel sauce
    Wednesday: turkey-zucchini meatloaf
    Thursday: Hawaiian pizza [didn’t make last week]
    Friday: leftovers
    Saturday: out to eat
    Sunday: breakfast for dinner”¦ pancakes & sausage, perhaps?

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    Lynn BB

    Sunday: Pasta w/garlic, tomatoes, arugula, veggie broth and asiago cheese and grilled chick

    We leave tomorrow morning on a family road trip to tour some of the colleges my middle daughter is interested in. One thing for sure, I’m getting a cheesesteak when we’re in Philadelphia!

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    Ashley P

    Sunday- lasagna rolls with green salad
    Monday- out with friends
    Tuesday- I planned crockpot Italian chicken and bowties, but it’s actually going to be out with more friends, in town unexpectedly
    Wednesday- something quick, probably sandwiches
    Thursday- BBQ Ranch burgers, twice baked potatoes and sauteed zucchini
    Friday- pizza
    Saturday- almond pork chops, leftover baked potatoes and garlic green beans

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    S: Mozzarella panini sandwiches
    M:Β Pasta with Vegetables and Pecorino
    T: Ham and cauliflower bake
    W: Kale Cobb salad with homemade croutons
    T: Steak, grilled corn salad
    F: French bread pizza
    S: eat out

  20. Have a wonderful holiday! My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in Cape Cod and loved it so much!

    Mon – Lemon and oregano pork with pasta alfredo and salad
    Tue – Baked potatoes with goat’s cheese and pesto, tomato salad
    Wed – Turkey and chorizo jambalaya
    Thur – Penne all’arrabiata, salad
    Fri – Wine tasting evening
    Sat – Husband’s birthday, out for dinner
    Sun – Dinner at Mum’s, I’m making lime and ginger cheesecake for husband’s birthday cake

  21. Monday: Roasted Tilapia with potatoes, lemons, and olives; roasted broccoli
    Tuesday: Spaghetti with Edamame, Grape Tomatoes and Parsley Pistou
    Wednesday: Chicken and Chickpeas over rice
    Thursday: Baked Panko Chicken Tenders and Pumpkin-Farro Rissotto
    Friday: Easiest ever baked mac & cheese with chicken apple sausage and peas(I’ll make it on Thursday night so I just have to bake it on Friday and I won’t be tempted to order in Friday night)
    Saturday: BBQ at a friend’s house – going to take over some homemade hummus and try out a recipe for Greek yogurt key lime pie πŸ˜‰

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    Big Jim

    Sun – Greek Meatballs w/ orzo
    Mon – leftovers
    Tue – Tex Mex Calzones w. salad
    Wed – Steak w/ carrot salad & corn on the cob
    Thu – Chicken Parm w/ pasta
    Fri – Burgers w/ blood bull sauce
    Sat – leftovers

  23. Back to school for us this week, vacation is over πŸ™ Hope you have fun on your vacation!
    Monday: Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewers, Green Beans, Tater Tots (my son’s request) and Caramel Apple Cheesecake (also my son’s request for 1st day of school)
    Tuesday: Spinach Chicken Stromboli and Salad
    Wednesday: Out To Eat
    Thursday: Chili Rice and Corn
    Friday: Crockpot Tuscan Seafood Stew and White Cheddar Muffins and Broccoli
    Saturday: Pioneer Woman’s Chicken and Noodles
    Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner–Monkey Bread and Eggs and Fresh Fruit

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    We had a huge weekend planting around our addition and building a pergola and the last thing I felt like doing was cooking either day so middle son Jacob (15) made dinner last night and started the trend of each of the kids making dinner one night this week. So I’m off the hook for a lot of meals this week, which is fantastic!
    Sunday: Mashed yukon golds, parmesan roasted zucchini, and baked salmon in Jacob’s special sauce (soy, brown sugar and TONS of spices).
    Monday: Oriental chicken salad and kale & berry smoothies.
    Tuesday: 13-year-old Rachel is making dinner ”” she doesn’t know what yet.
    Wednesday: Leftovers.
    Thursday: 16-year-old Alex is making dinner ”” no clue what yet!
    Friday: Either spaghetti & turkey meatballs or lasagna roll-ups.
    Saturday: Out at husband’s high school reunion. Kids on their own ”” probably pizza!

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    tonight ~ dinner out at the Stand ($1 hot dogs!)
    Tuesday – chicken apple sausages, crispy pasta, green beans
    Wednesday ~ turkey burgers, grilled corns, salad
    Thursday ~ tofu fried rice
    Friday ~ taco night
    Saturday ~ Chicken w/ swiss and white wine casserole
    Sunday ~ TBD

    safe travels!

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    it’s been a few weeks since i’ve posted. but don’t worry, we’ve been eating. πŸ™‚ …and planning. just not blogging so much.
    anyway, i have last week’s menu (for ideas sake) and this week’s:
    hawaiian chicken sandwiches
    cheeseburgers with fried rice
    hamburger ramen with peas
    chicken ramen with green beans
    ribs and baked beans and corn on the cob
    this week we have some black beans to use up:
    black bean and corn quesadillas
    tater tot taco casserole
    cornbread muffins and chili
    pancakes, bacon, eggs, and (thanks to you) blueberry muffins
    grilled chicken fettucini alfredo w/ broccoli
    hamburgers with that twice backed potato casserole from last week
    and lastly (thank you commentor “kim” from last week!) ranch house crockpot pork chops with parmesean mashed potatoes

    i’ll put a link or two up (for recipes) when i actually get around to blogging.

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    Have a fun & relaxing vacation! I’m aching for ours in August to Hawaii!!! πŸ™‚

    Mon: chicken tacos, black beans, Mexican brown rice w/ homemade salsa
    I taught Lil’ Chefs School today too: Buttermilk Waffles & Brownie Waffles…yummy!

    Tues: Going-Away Party for hubby’s best friend–Tri Tip, Shrimp Kabobs, corn & black bean salad, chocolate banana cream pie

    Wed: Leftovers

    Th: Veg & Cheese Stuffed Potatoes w/ salad

    Fri: Eat Out

    Sat: Chicken Sausage & Garden Pepper Grilled Pizza (using 4 different peppers from my garden–gypsy, cubanelle, banana, & jalapeno)

    Sun: Grilled baguette slices w/ roasted garlic bulb & bruschetta along with grilled fries w/ yogurt-herb dip. For dessert, grilled fruit ice cream sundaes. (I was inspired by your last week’s crusty bread & roasted garlic…Thanks Jane!)

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    Sun: Grilled Salmon & orzo with zuchinni

    Mon: Simple, Perfect Chili (Pioneer Woman)

    Tues: Burgers & onion rings

    Wed: Marinated Pork Tenderloin (Dinner a love story)& rice pilaf

    Thu: Spaghetti Bolognese

    Fri: out!

  29. Have a wonderful trip!

    Grilled Flank Steak (grill an extra Β½ lb)
    Grilled Corn and Summer Squash (cook a few extra ears and one extra squash)

    Jasmine Rice Salad with Grilled Veggies and Flank Steak

    Out of the Kitchen

    Mac and Cheese with Feta and Dill
    Roasted Carrots
    Greek Salad

    Ham and Cheese Crepes
    Simple Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

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    Have a great time! Watch out for sharks off the Cape!

    Sat – out
    Sun – BBQ pork chops, cold pasta salad, corn on the cob
    Mon – pan seared herb chicken w/ roasted beet risotto
    Tues – caprese paninis w/ cole slaw
    Wed – pork & pea pod stir fry over rice
    Thurs – tortelloni w/ zucchini & summer squash
    Fri – hot dogs, corn on the cob, cole slaw

  31. Phew, better late than never! Enjoy your vacation! Is this Owen’s first trip to the Cape?

    Monday-Chicken, Bell Pepper and Corn Quesadillas with chips and salsa.
    Tuesday-Grilled Chicken (in Trader Joes Island Soyaki Marinade), rice, green beans, grilled pineapple
    Wednesday-Italian Dressing marinated chicken, grilled veggies, noodles
    Thursday-Meatball Soup w extra veggies, Bread
    Friday-Homemade Pizza and Salad
    Sunday-dinner out for wedding anniversary

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    Hope you have fun! First time commenting, just starting reading blogs over this last week or so and you are one of my favorites so far.

    Sun – Fried chicken (on sale at Rouse’s for $2.30 for 6 pieces)with broccoli and cheese
    Mon – lunch-salad with chicken
    dinner-italian sausage, peppers and onions
    Tue – lunch-chicken quesadilla
    dinner-Turkey Chili w/ white navy beans
    Wed – lunch-white navy bean and tuna salad
    dinner-left overs
    Thu – lunch-TBD by Farmer’s Market that morning
    dinner-Chicken and broccoli alfredo
    Fri – lunch-salad
    dinner-eat out
    Sat – lunch-crackers, cheese, veggies (easy food when fishing)
    dinner-hopefully fish! w/ fresh veggies from Wed. excursion

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    Jane Maynard

    as always, loving all the menus! thank you so much!

    and thanks for the happy vacation wishes!

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    I just found you while I was googling ways to make menu planning more efficient and less frustrating. I really like your site. Your menus seem so “real”, rather than being a bunch of meals that I could never hope to make (or get my kids to eat). So, I think I’ll stick around. This last week has been a little different. My 8 year old needed to create a menu for a week for a scouting requirement, anyway. But last Friday, when he threw a fit over something I had made for dinner (which was delicious, btw), and refused to even come the the table, and instead sat on the couch sulking at the rest of us, I decided this week, he was in charge of every meal. He would plan the menu, he would shop for needed ingredients, he would cook the meals, and delegate tasks that needed to be done in order to get meals on the table in a timely fashion. He was allowed to plan whatever he liked as long as he stayed within a budget that I had set for him, and had to meet the nutritional needs of the family. I, of course, have been supervising, but I think it’s been an eye opening experience for him. His dinner menu this week:

    Monday – Ground beef tacos, refried beans, and taco toppings (olives, lettuce, cheese, taco sauce)
    Tuesday – Cheeseburgers, canned pears, and burger toppings
    Wednesday – Chicken enchiladas, and canned pears
    Thursday – Cheeseburger macaroni, and apple slices
    Friday – Bean and cheese grilled burritos, and orange wedges
    Saturday – Easy Crock Pot Lasagna, and green beans
    Sunday – Chocolate pancakes, scrambled eggs, and orange juice

    He’s done a great job. I’m so proud of him!

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