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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Week 291 Menu

On Friday, my friend Natalee had us over so we could do a lemonade stand. Cate looked forward to it all week and wasΒ over-the-moon excited when the day actually came. It was one of those magical moments as a parent, watching her live the dream, so to speak. I never did a lemonade stand as a kid, so my 7-year-old self got to live vicariously through Cate. And it was as much fun as I always imagined it would be.

I seriously can’t believe summer is almost over. Just two more weeks of sleeping in and hitting the pool when we can! And, because it’s summer, I didn’t really get to a lot of items from last week’s menu. We’ll see how this week goes!

Spinach and Pancetta Stuffed Shells
– Salad

– Leftovers

– Chicken Pot Pie (still have a recipe I want to try)

– Leftovers

– Grill night…hot dogs, hamburgers
– Watermelon, baked beans

– Eat out

– Breakfast for dinner, probably waffles

You know the drill! Please pretty please share your menu for the week!


  1. Ahh…firsties. There will be full coverage of this at

    S: Pizzas. As of now, we’re looking at salami+mozzarella and figs+gorgonzola. That could changes.
    M: Quinoa+black bean burrito bowls
    T: Salt-cured roasted chicken (a la Bon Appetit) with an orzotto.
    W: Chorizo burgers that I didn’t make two weeks ago.
    R: TBD.
    F: Takeout. Kitchen is closed on Fridays.
    S: Sushi. I’m letting The Wife take me out on the occasion of my 35th birthday.

    Plus we’ll have the rotating sides of string bean salad and a roasted tomato and chickpea salad.

  2. Takes me back MANY years…to my own efforts and then my kids (who are now grown). Kids in our neighborhood do them but gotta tell ya…their mom’s really should supervise better. Horrible warm dry mix lemonade? Still…I give them a buck and you would think I was Santa. πŸ™‚

    The luxury of kids being grown…no menu planning. When I make a main course dish I’ll sometimes have the same thing several nights in a row…and I’m OK with that!!

    • Jane Maynard

      we made lemonade from scratch! it was everything I could do to not drink it all myself! πŸ™‚ I do love how excited the kids get…it’s soooo sweet.

    • Jane Maynard

      by the way – making the lemonade with the kids was half the fun, they got to juice all the lemons! πŸ™‚

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    Monday: Grilled Chicken and lemon orzo
    Tuesday: Linguini with garlic cream sauce, steamed broccoli
    Wednesday: Cobb Salad with leftover chicken, garlic bread
    Thursday: Meatballs with garlic and oil, penne
    Friday: out/takeout/pizza
    Saturday: Coq au Vin
    Sunday: BBQ (burgers, chips, pickles, watermelon)

    I’ll also be baking and stocking up my freezer before summer ends. On thursday i’ll be baking chocolate chip cookies and a berry tart. I’ll also prep and freeze 2 rolls of cookie dough, 4 sheets of pie crust, creamy chicken and mushrooms, and garlic meatballs.

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    Kim from PA

    Cate and her friends “did build that business”! I never had a lemonade stand when I was a kid (too rural of an area… foot traffic and very few cars drove by on a daily basis), but my husband and I always stop whenever we see a lemonade stand when we are out and about. We love to see how happy the kids as they carefully pour 2 cups of lemonade, handle the sale, and say “thank you” while their parents are watching from close by but trying not to be seen.

    Sun: Tuna Noodle Casserole, salad
    Mon: Orange chicken, brown rice, green beans
    Tues: baked cod, baked potatoes, broccoli
    Wed: Lasagna, salad
    Thurs: Leftovers
    Fri: BLT’s, celery and carrot sticks
    Sat: Breakfast for dinner

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    Sunday – Ina Garten’s seafood gratin with crusty bread and green beans
    Monday – out for dinner – our 29th anniversary!
    Tuesday – going to the beach for the day!
    Wednesday – clean out the fridge leftovers
    Thursday – spaghetti with sausage
    friday – chicken on the grill
    saturday – out

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    Sunday – Lasagna and garlic bread
    Monday – Chili-cheese dogs, baked beans and fruit
    Tuesday – Salisbury steak, boiled potatoes and broccoli
    Wednesday – Pepperoni and mushroom pizza and salad
    Thursday – Grilled cheese and buffalo chicken soup
    Friday – Leftovers
    Saturday – Wedding

  7. My 4 year old is very excited to do a “cookie stand” at the next garage sale. Me? When selling candy bars for school, I would start sobbing at the first person who would say no, so my parents always ended up buying the whole box. Needless to say, I never did a lemonade stand πŸ™‚

    I need to go through the freezer, FoodSaver a few things, and use up a few things, but here is the tentative menu.

    Sunday-Grilled Tri Tip, Pasta Salad w veggies, Rolls
    Monday-Enchiladas and Green Salad (Enchiladas I made a couple weeks ago and froze)
    Tuesday-Stuffed Shells, Bread, Green Salad
    Wednesday-Ancho Chile Sauce Grilled Chicken, Cilantro Rice, Black Beans
    Thursday-Grilled Teriyaki Hake, Rice, Broccoli
    Friday-Pizza and Salad

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    Sunday – Chicken enchilada soup with homemade guacamole and chips
    Monday – Leftovers
    Tuesday – Taco salad
    Wednesday – Takeout
    Thursday – Frittata (would love a good recipe if someone has one to share!) and salad. (Might make quiche is frittata research doesn’t happen.)
    Friday – Spaghetti with green salad.
    Saturday – OUT

  9. I am using a deconstructed, whole, roasted chicken for our chicken dishes this week. We’re only buying organic meat (to try to consume less meat overall), so using the most economical method (i.e. whole chicken) seems to be helping!

    Sunday: Asian salmon and a fancy potato galette
    Monday: Chicken & white bean enchiladas and red sauce
    Tuesday: Pumpkin pancakes with peach/mango/spinach smoothies
    Wednesday: Spinach salad with chicken
    Thursday: Noodles with spinach pesto
    Friday: Individual, homemade pizzas
    Saturday: Out with Grandma!

    I also made potato/leek/mushroom soup, roasted red pepper soup, white bean hummus and a few batches of baked oatmeal bars for breakfasts/snacks.

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    Lynn BB

    My oldest went back to college yesterday and the other two start their senior and junior years of high school Tuesday, so we will be back in a more normal routine.

    Sunday: Grilled ribeyes, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes w/bleu cheese dressing
    Monday: Out, last day before school
    Tuesday: Waffles
    Wednesday: Grilled cheeseburgers
    Thursday: Chicken caesar salad and/or for those who prefer, chicken wraps
    Friday: I think I’m going to start a night of “eating up what’s left from the week”
    Saturday: Something on the grill

  11. My husband is out of town this week, so we’re having some easy meals.
    Monday: Breakfast for dinner-cheese omelets and fresh fruit
    Tuesday: Cheesy Pasta Bake and Spinach Salad
    Wednesday: Left Overs
    Thursday: Out To Eat
    Friday: Hamburgers, Oven Fries, and Corn
    Saturday: Beef On a String and Broccoli
    Sunday: Shrimp Fried Rice and Zucchini

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    I have a menu two weeks in a row! Getting back into the swing of things after a few crazy weeks.

    Sun – Chicken Alfredo and salad
    Mon – Chicken and bean stir-fry
    Tues – leftovers
    Wed – My birthday (yay) and a late work day (boo) so I am definitely not cooking!
    Thurs – Eggplant custard bake
    Fri – leftovers
    Sat – TBD

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    Mon: Turkey goulash and rice
    Tue: Corn and potato bake, salad
    Wed-Sat: Off on a quick break to Avignon, hoping to eat lots of great Provencal food and my weight in patisserie!
    Sun: Dinner at Mum’s

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    Jen S

    Our school started this past week, so now getting back into our groove at dinnertime! Loved the lemonade stand story and pics.

    Our plans:
    Mon – leftovers, we made homemade marinara sauce from our garden tomatoes this weekend, and grilled up some tasty sausages! Time for take 2 with crusty bread.
    Tues – daddy at a baseball game, so it’s Mac and cheese for the girls and salad for me
    Weds – crockpot recipe for Thai style pork ribs, steamed broccoli
    Thurs – spaghetti and meatballs, salad
    Fri – pizza night

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    Sun: Lemon orzo with chicken cold salad. The adults get the addition of goat cheese, olives, and roasted tomatoes.
    Mon: Flatbread night! fig & goat cheese for adults; sausage and tomato for the kids.
    Tues: Soccer practice night means taco filling in the crockpot (we eat in shifts)
    Weds: gumbo, made with Alton Brown’s roux-in-the-oven recipe as a base
    Thurs: quiche, side of veggies from whatever’s in the CSA
    Fri: salmon (see above)
    Sat: leftovers, scrounge around.

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    Sun: Stuffed from a birthday celebration this afternoon, so maybe nothing? Scrambled eggs and fruit if we get hungry?

    Mon: Lemony Pesto Pasta with Spinach (

    Tues: Fish tacos

    Wed: Rice and Red Lentil Dal with Trader Joe’s Baingan Bharta

    Thur: Leftovers

    Fri: Trader Joe’s Chicken Gyoza with Noodle and Veggie Bowl

    Sat: To my parents’ for the weekend.

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    Saturday: Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Spaghetti, food network show version
    Sunday: Frozen Pizza
    Monday: chicken tacos with Mexican rice
    Tuesday: Slow Cooker San Francisco Pork Chops (pinterest)
    Wednesday: Church Block Party
    Thursday: Home Group Dinner, Mexican fiesta theme
    Friday: Meatballs with Peppers & Pineapple (Pioneer Woman)

    • Jane Maynard

      so many people are always putting PW’s chicken spaghetti on their menus, might have to try it one of these weeks!

    • Angela

      Whitney, your menu looks awesome! We make a lot of PW food too. And Jane, do try the chicken spaghetti! It is so good I keep it in our freezer all the time so we can have it anytime! Even my toddler loves it!

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    Sunday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Cole Slaw
    Mondday: Chipotle-style Burrito Bowls
    Tuesday: Beef and Cheese Enchiladas
    Wednesday: Pasta with Italian Sausage
    Thursday: Pork Tacos and Cilantro-Lime Rice
    Friday: Pizza with Sausage and Black Olives

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    My second child left for college today so I will spend the next few weeks figuring out how to cook for just three of us….sigh.

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    Sunday:Lunch: hotdogs, chips, fruit salad
    Dinner: Grilled chicken, Grilled potato and onion packets, corn on the cob and green beans

    Monday: Lunch: sandwiches, chips, vegies
    Dinner: BBQ pork (in the crockpot), mashed potatoes, leftover corn, melon

    Tuesday:Lunch: Buffalo chicken wraps, salad
    Dinner: Risotto with corn, roasted peppers and pepperjack cheese, corn muffins, melon

    Wednesday: Lunch: chicken nuggets, fries, vegie
    Dinner: Hubby cooks. Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad

    Thursday: Lunch: Pizza
    Dinner: Hubby cooks. Stuffed peppers, fruit, salad

    Friday: Lunch: Kids choice
    Dinner: Hubby’s out with friends, Pizza, salad

    Saturday: Lunch: sandwiches, chips, vegies
    Dinner: Roast chicken, baby new potatoes, carrots

  21. Monday
    Grilled Chicken and Vegetables with Lemon Basil Butter
    Corn on the cob

    Panko Crusted Chicken Cakes with Pickled Onions (use last night’s chicken)
    Shoestring Potatoes
    Blistered Green Beans

    French Bread Pizza
    Green Salad

    Grilled Salmon
    Grilled Miso Eggplant
    Brown Rice

    My Mom’s Birthday Dinner
    Lobster Cob Salad
    Sautéed Corn
    Popovers with Basil Butter
    Strawberry Shortcake

  22. Last week before school starts and my oldest is at Camp Grandma & Grandpas for the next few days. Trying to use up everything in the house and the last of the CSA veggies.
    Monday: Tomato Pie (Simply Recipes) with grilled chicken sausage and corn on the cob
    Tuesday: Pierogies with Turkey Kielbasa and CSA Cabbage
    Wednesday: Cherry Preserve Roasted Pork Tenderloin with red potatoes and sauteed spinach
    Thursday: Spaghetti with ground turkey and CSA eggplant sauce
    Friday: Chicken and Black Bean tacos with homemade mango salsa

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    Angie Marr

    Sun – Mozzarella grilled cheese w/ italian turkey sausage and marinara dipping sauce
    Mon – Crockpot chicken taco chili
    Tue – Philly cheese steak sloppy joes
    Wed – leftovers
    Thu – Philly cream cheese pasta & chicken
    Fri – Feta-stuffed turkey burgers
    Sat – leftovers

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    Sunday – Roasted corn and tomato soup with no-knead bread
    Monday – Leftovers
    Tuesday – Big salad
    Wednesday – Zucchini rice gratin
    Thursday – Pizza
    Friday – Out, or pizza again
    Saturday – Out

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    Traci P

    Sun: Turkey Burgers, potato salad, baked beans from PW
    Mon: Leftovers
    Tue: Asian Marinated Chicken, brown rice, green beans
    Wed: Kung Pao Ramen Noodles from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
    Thur: Taco Salad
    Fri: Pizza or leftovers
    Sat: Headed to White Sox Game – so probably eat out on the way

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    I have leftovers from our Luau party Sat, so I have those to work with & the rest of the week I’m emptying the fridge & pantry before we leave to Maui! πŸ™‚

    Mon: Teriyaki Chicken Wraps w/ melon cubes & salad w/ spicy peanut vinaigrette

    Tues: Kalua Pork Egg Rolls w/ pineapple salsa, steamed brown rice & salad w/ spicy peanut vinaigrette

    Wed: Shrimp Louie Salad w/ garlic wheat toast

    Th: Pasta Primavera w/ garlic wheat toast & salad w/ balsamic vinaigrette

    Fri: Rachel Sandwiches w/ oven fries & fruit salad

    Sat: BBQ Chicken w/ quinoa-black bean salad & grilled peaches

    Sun: Leftovers

  27. Monday: Lemony Kale Pasta
    Tuesday: Spinach, Ham, and Rice Casserole
    Wednesday: Biscuits and Gravy [made by Ben]
    Thursday: Chicken Soft Tacos
    Friday: leftovers
    Saturday: Pizza
    Sunday: breakfast for dinner

    summer is over…boo!

  28. My kids did a lemonade/cookie stand last summer & loved it & made a good amount of $$. They keep asking when I’ll do a garage sale again so they have a stand.

    Vacation is over and it’s time to cook in my own kitchen again. Here are some of my vacay pics and my menu plan for this week.

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    I’m so behind with everything this week, including posting this week’s menu! School orientations, getting prepped for school, getting prepped for all three of the kids to have bonfire parties this weekend (high school band one Friday night after the first football game and junior high one Saturday), and then work is crazy busy for me this week! So easy dinners it is.
    Sunday: Grilled steak and chicken over avocado, radish, jalapeno, and fresh corn salad with a cilantro-lime vinaigrette and roasted fingerling potatoes.
    Monday: Giada’s baked farro with roasted broccoli and cantaloupe.
    Tuesday: Turkey meatball subs (using the extra frozen meatballs I made a few weeks ago) with roasted asparagus and watermelon.
    Wednesday: Take-out! Chipotle burrito bowls.
    Thursday: Grandparents in town for marching band preview show so I’m making mushroom and spinach quiches with salads and fresh peaches.
    Friday: Off to a friend’s 40th birthday celebration ”” a Cuban pig roast and then hot dogs and sausages on the grill for the band kids later in the evening.
    Saturday: Buffalo chicken sandwiches with homemade blue cheese dressing and a chopped salad.

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

    • Jane Maynard

      beginning of the school year rush has begun! goodness, your week makes me tired just thinking about it! πŸ™‚

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    Sat – eggplant parmesan
    Sun – chicken fajitas
    Mon – spinach tortelloni w/ veg’s
    Tues – grilled chicken pcs w/ Green Bean Salad with Basil and Cherry Tomatoes
    Wed – ginger sesame pork & cabbage, corn on the cob
    Thurs – burritos
    Fri – homemade pizza

    • That ginger sesame pork & cabbage sounds really good – do you have a link or recipe?

    • Jessica

      sorry I’m just replying now! I do not have a recipe I follow for this. It’s more of a throw whatever I have on hand together and hope for the best. here’s a rough version of what I did…

      1/3 c. honey
      2-3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
      fresh grated ginger to taste
      2 cloves fresh garlic – minced
      some finely chopped onion
      a dash of hot chili flakes

      4 center cut pork chops
      cabbage (red, green, bok choy, whatever you got)

      place pork chops in a baking dish. top with some of the sauce. bake till done. (350, 20-25 min)

      slice the cabbage thin, stir fry w/ remaining sauce, slice pork, top a mound of cabbage with it, sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on top, and serve w/ rice.

      We got green cabbage again in our CSA this week, and I’m sick to death of cole slaw.

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    Michelle in NH

    Friday, August 16: Dinner Out
    Saturday, August 17: Lunch: Chicken Salad Sandwiches & Chips
    Dinner: Grilled Steak, Potatoes, Green Vegetable & Sliced Tomatoes, Cheesecake
    Sunday, August 18: Lunch: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Chips
    Appetizers: Cheese & Crackers, Veggies
    Dinner: Baked Chicken w/ Zucchini, Summer Squash, Onions, Carrots & Broccoi, Leftover Cheesecake
    Monday, August 19: Pork Chops, Steamed Potatoes, Steamed Carrots, & Mixed Greens, Watermelon (Make Potato Salad for Tuesday)
    Tuesday, August 20: Sunday, Chicken Leftovers, Mixed Greens, Rolls & Butter, Watermelon
    Wednesday, August 21:Turkey Ham & Potato Salad, Watermelon
    Thursday, August 22: Crock Pot Meatloaf, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans, & Mixed Greens, Watermelon OR OUT (at hair salon until 6 pm)

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