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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Week 297 Menu

This week is going to be a FUN one for the Maynards! Today we are hopping in the car and heading to Anaheim! We’ve got some fun days ahead of us and the trip will be fast and furious. I can’t wait!

Given the travel plans, our menu is definitely in vacation mode!

– Dinner in Disneyland!

– Lunch at Knotts Berry Farm
– Dinner at Medieval Times

– Dinner on the road, driving home

– Spaghetti and veggies from CSA bag

– Chicken Pot Pie (I can’t wait to share this recipe with you, it’s easy, fast and delicious! Post coming soon…had to wait for the cookbook it’s from to publish, which happens 10/1.)

Stefania’s Braised Chicken (didn’t get to it last week)

– Leftovers or Waffles

You know the drill…please share your menu for the week! Thank you, everyone!


  1. 1

    Have a great time on your trip! Looks like it will be a blast.

    Sunday: leftovers
    Monday: Turkey meatloaf and mashed sweet potatoes
    Tuesday: leftovers
    Wednesday: Roast chicken breasts, risotto and peas
    Thursday: chicken in Trader Joe’s simmer sauce with rice
    Friday: pressed sandwiches
    Saturday: out

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    Hope you have a great time in Anaheim!

    Being 32 weeks pregnant, I’m taking help from my good friend Trader Joe’s whenever I can!

    From last week: Fish tacos (with TJ’s battered MahiMahi) with black beans and Spanish rice, grilled chicken burritos with leftover black beans and Spanish rice, crockpot Butternut squash, spinach and garbanzo bean ‘stew’ with couscous, TJ’s fettucine alfredo with added broccoli.

    This week: Red lentil dal with TJ’s frozen naan + green beans, Veggie Calzones, Tofu scramble with potatoes maybe?, TJ’s mushroom fettuccine with TJ’s breaded chicken.

    • Martha

      How do you fix your butternut squash in the crockpot? I’m overrun with them and looking for new and different recipes. Thanks.

    • Sanjana

      Hi Martha,
      I was kinda disorganized while making it, but it turned out great. I had decided to make it in the morning and pop it in the fridge for later that night, so I started off sweating onions and garlic on the stove top and got too hot and transferred it to the crockpot. I added butternut squash cut into 1 inch pieces with canned tomatoes and water to cover. Then I checked on it every hour or so since I was home that day. They were close to fork tender at about 3 hours. I added canned garbanzo beans and frozen spinach at this point and let it cook for another 2 hours. Everything melded nicely and the butternut squash kept its shape but was very tender. I have one of those small crockpots with only one setting, so I think it only runs on low. Good luck!

    • how much frozen spinach?

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    Have a fun trip ”” it looks like it’ll be a blast.
    My husband and I are reversing roles this week ”” I’m business traveling (Atlanta ”” not that fun) and he’s staying home with the kids so he did a meal plan so we’ll see how it goes.
    Sunday: Turkey sausages with peppers and onions on buns with huge salads.
    Monday: Husband is making a chicken stew in the crock pot (to serve the multiple meal times they will have). Side of broccoli and possible some crusty bread.
    Tuesday: He’s making some kind of baked or grilled tofu with a zucchini and garbanzo curry and naan.
    Wednesday: Leftovers.
    Thursday: Takeout.
    Friday: I’ll make chili before the football game.
    Saturday: ??

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    My girls are off of school on Friday so we are taking a fun hike to check out the pretty fall colors!

    Sun: Spaghetti Squash, garlic bread and Italian green beans

    Mon: Roast Chicken, mash potatoes and corn on the cob (me leftover spaghetti squash)

    Tues: Red Beans and Quinoa with Cornbread

    Wed: Burgers, Fries, Corn on the Cob, and Baked Mac n Cheese (me homemade red bean and Quinoa burger with leftovers from tuesday)

    Thurs: Burritos, Spanish Rice and Pinto Beans

    Fri: Calzones or Pizzas

    Sat: Leftovers from Thursday

    Our CSA is done here 🙁 sad growing season is over.

  5. We’re taking vacation, too! Driving to Disneyworld for three days of fun, fun, fun! Then I’ll need a vacation before heading back to work! 🙂

    Sunday: Red grouper fish sticks and roasted, CSA cabbage
    Monday: Asian lettuce cups
    Tuesday: Homemade, baked chicken nuggets
    Wednesday: leftovers
    Thursday-Sunday: Trip to Disneyworld with grandparents to celebrate an (early) 4th birthday!!

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    Enjoy your wonderful trip!

    Sunday – Beef and broccoli stir fry
    Monday – Fish sandwiches and pierogis
    Tuesday – Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, tomato soup
    Wednesday – Buffalo Chicken Tacos
    Thursday – Pasta e Fagioli Soup with bagette
    Friday – Sausage and mushroom pizza and salad
    Saturday – Leftovers

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    Have an awesome trip!

    Sunday: Steak, mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, apple pie
    Monday: Chicken piccata
    Tuesday: out
    Wednesday: Roast and potatoes
    Thursday: Chicken noodle soup, salad, garlic bread
    Friday: Basil chicken sausages, peppers and onions, arugula salad
    Saturday: out

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    Have fun!

    Sunday: Out to eat.
    Monday: Chicago Dogs & Chips, in honor of Cowboys vs. Bears (Boyfriend’s idea)
    Tuesday: Herb Roast Chicken, Homemade Stuffing & Balsamic Roasted Baby Carrots
    Wednesday: Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole (using leftover chicken), Brown Rice & Spinach Salad with pecans, goat cheese & cranberries.
    Thursday: Spaghetti and Meatballs with Garlic Bread, Wedge Salad with homemade ranch, pickled onions, bacon, and cherry tomatoes.
    Friday: Work late…BF on his own.
    Saturday: Work late…BF on his own.

  9. Have a great time!

    Sunday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn, pecan bars
    Monday: Crock pot chili, corn bread for the Bears game
    Tuesday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread
    Wednesday: Dinner out (but at home) for Mike’s birthday, birthday cake
    Thursday: Pot pies
    Friday: Chicken fajitas
    Saturday: Breakfast burritos

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    Mon: Pasta with tomato and pepper sauce and salad
    Tue: Lemon and broccoli chicken with brown rice
    Wed: Stuffed tomatoes, French beans
    Thur: Out with work
    Fri: Gammon with pineapple and chips, salad
    Sat: Chilli cobbler, roasted cabbage
    Sun: Slow roast lamb, garlic mash, roasted carrots and cabbage

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    Disneyland is one place I want to take my daughter to sometime before she’s too old to snub me and drive away. And maybe Legoland. 🙂 Hope you have fun!

    Sunday – Spaghetti & meat sauce, sourdough toast
    Monday – Potato & Leek Soup, Grilled cheese
    Tuesday – Chicken Tikka Masala
    Wednesday – Carne Guisada tacos
    Thursday – Leftovers
    Friday – Herbed Chicken and Pearled Couscous w/apples & cranberries
    Saturday – Out

    • Jane Maynard

      you do need to take her! 🙂 we’ve yet to go to legoland but have only heard great things

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    Sunday – out
    Monday- chorizo stuffed peppers
    Tuesday – leftovers
    Wednesday – salmon, veggies, fires
    Thursday – spaghetti with sausage
    Friday – out
    Saturday – fend

  13. Have fun down in Anaheim! Knotts Berry Farm has come so far since I was little and only had Camp Snoopy 🙂

    Sunday-Grilled Greek Gyros, Rice Pilaf
    Monday-Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls, Stir Fried Veggies, Rice
    Tuesday-Beef Enchiladas, Black Beans, Chips (from the freezer)
    Wednesday-Family Birthday Get-Together
    Thursday & Friday-Tomato Pasta Soup, French Bread

    • Jane Maynard

      so cute! that’s funny it started out with just camp snoopy (which the girls loved by the way 🙂 )

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    Have a fun trip!

    Monday: Cheeseburgers, Cole slaw
    Tuesday: Taco Cups, Rice, Veggie
    Wednesday: Chicken Drumsticks, Baked beans, cornbread, & broccoli
    Thursday: Chicken Ravioli Bake, salad
    Friday: out at the football game
    Saturday: homemade pizza – whatever toppings the kids want
    Sunday: Hopefully easy

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    Sunday – Chicken Caesar Salad, Cheesy bread, Watermelon. Ice cream for dessert.
    Monday – Leftovers (we just had family in town and have leftovers galore).
    Tuesday – Spaghetti Squash w/ tomato sauce.
    Wednesday – Soup and bread, or leftovers if there still are some. Caesar salad.
    Thursday – out, probably fast food after my son’s karate class
    Friday – Sushi
    Satuday – Pizza

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    monday – brown rice, grilled chicken strips, gem squash, slaw
    tuesday – cottage pie with steamed vegetables
    wednesday – tuna salad and crackers
    thursday – bacon, chicken and mushroom pasta
    friday – grilled hake with sweet potatoes and salad
    saturday – roast beef, potato wedges, roast vegetable
    sunday – minestrone

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    sunday: Roast chicken, acorn squash, carrots
    monday: Pasta, garlic bread, salad
    tuesday: Son’s CC meet, Hubby cooks:swedish meatballs, rice, green beans
    wednesday: Hubby cooks. Fajitas, chips and guac, pineapple
    thursday: hubby cooks. beef stew from the freezer, rolls
    friday: pizza night, salad
    saturday: fish and chips?

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    Week of September 29 to October 6
    Saturday: Lamb Shepherd’s Pie w/ sweet potato/kohlrabi crust
    Sunday: Caramelized onions tortellini
    Monday: Lemon-Onion Chicken w/ spinach-chard and brown rice
    Tuesday: Spaghetti and Meatballs
    Wednesday: Sausage loaf with extra dipping sauce
    Thursday: Broccoli-Cheddar Chicken Muffin Tin biscuits
    Friday: Apple-Onion pork loin (w/ extra BBQ pork to freeze)
    Saturday: Tilapia and shrimp seafood bake

  19. Monday: black beans & rice
    Tuesday: potato soup
    Wednesday: leftovers
    Thursday: butternut squash soup
    Friday: Hawaiian Chicken
    Saturday: out to eat
    Sunday: appetizers & desserts at church

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    Lisa W.

    M: Beer Can Chicken on the grill w/ grilled potato wedges & cheesy zucchini

    T: Jalapeño Jelly-Glazed salmon w/ quinoa & blackbeans and salad

    W: Chicken Quesadillas w/ pinto beans & salad

    TH: BBQ Chicken pizza & salad

    F: Breakfast 4 Dinner–Pancakes w/ eggs, bacon & fruit

    SA: Dinner Out

    SU: Spanakopita Burgers in pitas w/ couscous-chickpea salad

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    Angie Marr

    Sun – “Baybuh Mush” or Hamburger steaks simmered in brown gravy with mashed potatoes and corn (It’s one of my other half’s favorite meals, and he loves to “mush” it all together – eww.)
    Mon – Alfredo Ravioli Lasagna
    Tue – leftovers
    Wed – Creamy Chicken Taquitos
    Thu – Green Chile Burgers w/ Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries
    Fri – General Tso’s Chicken w/ Toasted Sesame Noodles
    Sat – leftovers

    • Cynthia

      Could you share the Alfredo ravioli lasagna recipe? That sounds amazing!

    • Angie Marr

      Just something I threw together – no real recipe.
      **frozen ravioi – 1 jar light alfredo sauce – cooked/shredded chicken – mozzarella**
      In a 9×9 glass baking dish, I spread some alfredo sauce, topped with a layer of ravioli, some chicken, more alfredo & mozz. Repeated the layers and topped with a sprinkling of shredded parm. Baked covered with foil in the oven at 350 degrees for approx 45 minutes, then took the foil off baked for an additional 15 minutes to brown the cheese on top. It was a rich dish, but I did what I could to cut down on calories with light alfredo, red fat mozz, etc. Delish!

  22. Monday: Crockpot Lighter Chicken Makhani (Butter Chicken)
    Tuesday: Spaghetti with turkey meatsauce and roasted cauliflower
    Wednesday: Crockpot mousakka
    Thursday: Light Chicken Piccatta with Angel hair
    Friday: Turkey Meatball Subs, Sweet potato Oven Fries, salad

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    Disneyland?? Little bit jealous…

    SUNDAY – Roast Dinner (going to have to make this one a regular now)
    MONDAY – Was MEANT to do a chilli but forgot to defrost the mince, d’oh!! So we had Homemade chicken nuggets, homemade wedges and corn on the cobb. Scrummmmmmm!!! Always wish there was more!
    TUESDAY – Chilli tonight, the boyfriend’s turn to cook 🙂
    WEDNESDAY – Frozen stuff with chips and baked beans…working late!
    THURSDAY – Jacket potatoes with tuna mayo and salad/baked beans and cheese for the more fussy among us.
    FRIDAY – Beef stew done in the slow cooker. Love being able to just chuck it all in in the morning and having a delicious meal bubbling and ready by dinnertime. No fuss!
    SATURDAY – YOUR butternut squash, cauliflower and leek soup with hot crusty, buttery rolls for dipping and mopping 🙂 Your recipie sounded LUSH so I thought I had to try it! Wish me luck…xx

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    Sat – venison & sweet potato shep pie
    Sun – venison chili
    Mon – chicken tenders, roasted delicata squash & green beans
    Tues – spinach tortelloni w/ veg’s
    Wed – carmelized leek risotto w/ grilled pork chops
    Thurs – stuffed acorn squash w/ chicken sausage/apples/almonds & side of sauteed chard
    Fri – camping.

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    burrito pie.
    roasted chicken w/ mashed potatoes and peas.
    potato soup w/ fresh bread.
    creamy chicken and broccoli w/ rice.
    floating tacos.

  26. I’m still figuring out the menu for this week (I get my veggies from my CSA tomorrow and then I’ll make my list) but last week I had:

    eggplant parmesan
    butternut squash & kale penne pasta
    quinoa & veggie stuffed acorn squash
    Kale Lasagna
    Tomato, corn & onion galette

    I post my weekly meal plans at with a shopping list every Monday 🙂

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    Jane Maynard

    thanks for all the vacation well wishes…and of course the menus, too!

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