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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Week 306 Menu

Hi, everyone! My menu is super late today. And I don’t have a photo. Because we’ve been at war. At least it feels like it. We were up all night with Owen, including a trip to the ER where we found out he has croup. So, Nate and I started the day out completely dazed, exhausted and overwhelmed…and then I found lice in one of the girl’s hair this morning. Because we didn’t have enough to worry about. Thank GOODNESS my sister is in town and it’s the weekend or I don’t know what we would have done!

Chicken Piccata
– Mashed potatoes

Butternut Squash Soup

– Take out (swim lesson night)

– Leftovers

Kitchen Sink Quesadillas

– Cate’s birthday party! I’m sure we’ll grab a bite somewhere when the party is over!


Looking forward to seeing your menus! And hope your week is starting off better than ours! Here’s to getting a good night’s sleep…yeah right! 😉


  1. Jane, I hope your kiddos are doing better soon and that you and your husband get some much needed rest.

    My husband has taken to having soup once a week. Tonight he made Italian Wedding Soup and he LOVED it. I’m going to suggest your Butternut Squash Soup for next week. Thanks for the recipe and I look forward to your Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe!

    • Jenn

      We love soup, too. We tried this recipe last week and it was amazingly delicious. I can’t remember where I got the recipe, could have been from a previous post here, so please feel free to credit it if you recognize it. Enjoy!

      Italian Bean Soup
      6 Servings

      1 medium onion, thinly sliced
      1 small potato, peeled and finely chopped
      1 celery rib, chopped
      2 tablespoons olive oil
      3 garlic cloves, minced
      3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth (or veggie)
      1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
      1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian stewed tomatoes, undrained
      1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
      1 tablespoon prepared pesto
      1/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta
      1 cup fresh baby spinach
      1/4 cup grated Romano cheese

      In a Dutch oven, sauté the onion, potato and celery in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, beans, tomatoes, parsley and pesto. Bring to a boil. Stir in pasta. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is tender. Add spinach and cook just until wilted. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.
      Yield: 6 servings (about 2 quarts).
      Nutritional Facts 1-1/3 cups with 2 teaspoons cheese equals 224 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 1,029 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 11 g protein.

    • We eat soup once a week too as it is a Swedish tradition! I suggest trying a curried parsnip soup, the recipe I use is from an Australian cookbook but I am sure there are tons online!

    • Kim from PA

      Jenn- Thanks for the Italian Bean Soup recipe. I made it tonight and it is delicious!….and packed with nutrition.

  2. Oh gosh!! Sounds like a rough weekend! We’ve had a revolving door of grandparents and both parents traveling for work over a two week period. I’ll be glad when it’s over!!

    Sunday: out for Mexican
    Monday: Christening a new slow cooker with a pot roast!
    Tuesday: Grandparents, Dad and kids are on their own!
    Wednesday: Pumpkin pancakes
    Thursday: Tacos with leftover, shredded pot roast
    Friday: Homemade calzones
    Saturday: At a friend’s house learning about Hanukkah with the kids! Latkes!!!

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    I don’t plan for a specific day; I just plan 4-5 meals and then make what I feel like for the day.

    $2 Subway subs, chips, pickle spears
    sloppy joes, mac and cheese
    Hot Chicken Salad casserole, lima beans
    Brats, german potato salad
    Sausage, veggies
    Green Chili Chicken casserole

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    Kim from PA

    Wow, sorry to hear about your rough start to this week! I hope Owen is feeling better, the lice are zapped quickly, and you all catch up on well needed rest.

    Sun: Chicken Pizziola with a side of pasta, salad
    Mon: Fried pan fish my husband caught, baked fries, peas, cole slaw
    Tues: Roasted turkey breast, stuffing, carrots, and pumpkin pie (we went away for Thanksgiving & had no leftovers & no pumpkin pie. I need to make up for that!)
    Wed: Leftovers
    Thurs: Chicken & rice soup”¦.making extra for the freezer
    Fri: Shrimp Caesar salad, fresh baked rolls
    Sat: Out

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    Oh no! I hope Owen recovers quickly and the lice are contained and terminated rapidly!
    This is what I hope to make this week, but not sure which nights yet. Some of the meals are frozen/ pre-prepared, which I’ve been saving for when I’m especially tired.
    – Pasta + broccoli + Trader Joe’s chicken sausages
    – Creamy Shrimp with Coconut Rice and veg stir fry
    – Lentils and rice with peas and carrots
    – Chicken corn chowder
    – Blackened salmon with ????
    – Polenta with Chili

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    I read this every week and never post. But I had to just because we ended up with a similar situation as you. So first off, I am soooo sorry you have had to deal with any of this. That is tough. I really hope you are able to get some rest and take care of yourself and the kiddos and everyone recovers quickly. Lice alone is insane! I have a recipe that was really effective on lice and can send you the information if you send me an email.
    Menu for the week:
    Sunday: Hot dogs, Mac n Cheese and Veggies (A little last minute throw together)
    Monday: Enchiladas
    Tuesday: Ballet Night- Take Out Burritos
    Wednesday: Turkey Dinner with the fixins’ we didn’t cook this year and didn’t have leftovers so we are making our own.
    Thursday: Baked Potato Night with lots of yummy toppings
    Friday: Pita Pocket Sandwiches (filled with Turkey, Cheese, Lettuce and Tomatoes with a touch of ranch to make it extra tasty for my girls)

    Okay good luck at your house. I hope everyone recovers quickly!

  7. sun: slow-cooker moroccan chicken stew
    mon: salmon tacos
    tues: healthy chile rellenos
    weds: brie and caramelized onion burgers
    thurs: stir fry with potsticker
    fri: out
    sat: girls night potluck

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    Yikes! We had a lice scare once…but it was a false alarm. Here’s what we did… Hope it works…any way you fight them.

    Sun- Fend for yourself…buffalo chicken salad for me.
    Mon- White bean soup w hamhock and corn cakes.
    Tues- Ground chicken spaghetti with veggie noodles, garlic bread and salad
    Wed- BBQ chicken, corn on cob, potato salad and baked beans
    Thur- Amish food Day… got any good traditional Amish recipes? I have an Amish obsession. Chicken pot pie(amish noodle), applesauce and friendship bread
    Fri- Homemade wood fire grilled pizzas…bbq chicken, onion jam and pineapple w balsamic glaze and slaw and chicken thai peanut chicken with slaw and sriracha sauce
    Sat- Chinese take out… kung pao chicken, yummo!
    Sun- Crock pot roast, smashed potatoes, green beans and corn clover rolls

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    Hope your week gets better:)
    Sun: Chili and Cornbread (BF cooks)
    Mon: Oven Fried Fish w/ “Luby’s” Tartar Sauce, PW’s Potato Gratin, and Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
    Tues: Baked Ziti, Caesar with Bacon and Gouda
    Wed: BLT’s, Veggie-Pasta Soup (BF cooks)
    Thurs: Posole, Homemade Corn Tortillas
    Fri: Work late
    Sat: Work late

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    Mon: Pasta with brocollo romanesco and cheese, salad
    Tue: Steak, sweet potato fries, salad
    Wed: Baked potatoes with pesto and goat’s cheese, green beans
    Thur: Pasta with tomato sauce, salad
    Fri: Homemade pizza with the leftover tomato sauce
    Sat: Pulled pork, spicy wedges, corn
    Sun: Dinner at mum’s

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    Sunday: Steak, baked potato, green beans, bread

    Monday: Breakfast for Dinner: Waffles?

    Tuesday: Enchiladas, salad

    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Baked sweet and sour chicken (adding peppers), rice, pineapple

    Thursday: Hubby “cooks”. Steak and potato soup in the crockpot, rolls from the freezer

    Friday: Pizza, salad

    Saturday: My best friend’s daughter’s birthday party…. Hubby and Boys are on their own. Lasagna from the freezer, breadsticks, salad

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    Hope things are back to normal soon. Cleaning out refrigerator, freezer and pantry this week.
    S: Broiled haddock, rice pilaf & steamed broccoli
    M: Sauteed chicken and apples with applejack brandy sauce, green beans
    T: Mexican stuffed peppers
    W: Chicken parmesan & ravioli’s
    T: Bbg burger’s and oven fries
    F: OUT
    S: Going to secret Santa party and bringing Vanessa’s Asian meatballs
    Also making: Coconut cupcakes and assorted bark.

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    Best wishes for speedy recoveries and sanities!

    Week of December 2 to December 8
    Sunday: Sandwiches on the train back from the city
    Monday: Pasta with ground turkey meat sauce
    Tuesday: Pork chops and potatoes and green beans
    Wednesday: Chicken marsala
    Thursday: Fending for ourselves; my night class
    Friday: Tuna-rice-veggie bake with cheese
    Saturday: Another Christmas party with amazing food

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    Hi. So sorry to hear about all the chaos currently going on at your home. My mom likes to tell the story of how she broke down in tears the one and only time my sister and I came home from school with lice. Apparently there was an epidemic at school, and apparently, my mom was scarred for life. It sounds like you are handling it much better than she did. Good luck with everything! Here’s our menu in no particular order:

    Red beans and rice, salad
    Succotash over brown rice, braised red cabbage
    Egg, spinach, and cheddar casserole, grits, fruit
    Quinoa, beans, greens, and cornbread

    • Jane Maynard

      glad to hear I handled it better than someone else…but honestly I think I was too tired with owen to have any emotion at that point! 😉

  15. M: Pumpkin, Sausage, & Sage Lasagna (I have been wanting to make this for a couple months–looking forward to it!)
    T: Leftover “World’s Best Macaroni and Cheese” (made this last night–seriously the BEST) and roasted broccoli
    W: Doctored-up TJ’s asparagus risotto
    Th: Simple panzanella salad (LOVE this recipe.)
    F: Dinner at friends’ house
    Sa: Hubby’s Christmas party
    Sunday: Amber’s Award-Worthy Chili (This is from my freezer-exchange club. Two of my friends and I started doing this a few months ago. We each make four dinners’-worth of two meals, keep two for our own freezers, and give one each to the other two participants. This way, we each get four dinners a month that we don’t have to cook (and have four meals frozen that we did make ourselves)! It’s SO awesome; especially if your friends are good cooks.)

    • 2wellsmade5

      Wanting to know how the lasagna turned out…sounds very interesting and delish! Do share if it worked out… Thanks!

  16. … and I forgot to mention that I hope everyone is on the mend very, very soon!!

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    hope the week gets better !
    Sunday – steak, baked potato, roasted brussels sprouts
    Monday – tuna steak, french fries, yellow squash
    tuesday – chicken breasts with green beans and pan fried potatoes
    wed- sunday in Toronto!
    seeing Leonard Cohen and then a few nephews and a niece!

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    Laura B.

    Been there, done that! And hated it! Hang in there.

    Sunday – Hubby’s night to cook – Pot roast in the crockpot
    Monday – Sausage and Potato soup – I’m excited about this recipe!
    Tuesday – Creamy Chicken and Penne Pasta
    Wednesday – Island pork loin and sticky coconut rice – from this website. Excited about this one too!
    Thursday – Terriyaki shrimp and fried rice
    Friday – first Christmas party of the season – appetizers for us, pizza for the kids probably.
    Saturday – dinner out with family

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    Poor little guy! My 4-year-old son also came down with croup this week. He lost his voice for 3 days…that’s forever to a 4-year-old! All is well with us now & I’m hoping all is well for you soon also! 🙂

    M: Hubby’s Dinner Night–Spicy BBQ Wings w/ jalapeno poppers & veg salad

    T: Leftovers

    W: Vegetable Lasagna w/ green salad & garlic-cheese bread

    Th: Leftovers

    F: Chicken Pitas w/ tzatziki sauce & couscous salad (cucumber, tomato, olive, feta, & garbanzo beans w/ lemon-olive oil vinaigrette)

    Sa: Leftovers

    Su: Slow Cooker Pork Loin Roast w/ tomato-mushrooms sauce over whole-wheat egg noodles

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    So sorry to hear about the rough start of your week. Hoping things are getting better for you all!

    Sunday – Chicken mushroom casserole, scallop potatoes, vegetable medley
    Monday – Salmon burgers, spicy fries
    Tuesday – Baked pork steaks, garlic noodles, green beans
    Wednesday – Tuna sandwiches, coleslaw, chips
    Thursday – Kielbasa, fried rice
    Friday – Orzo soup, grilled cheese sandwich
    Saturday – Leftovers

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    Nikki CB

    Sun Dinner at a friend’s house
    Mon Salmon and acorn squash (with plenty of buttery sweetness)
    Tues Pizza delivery (Son’s birthday)
    Wed Black bean and cheese quesadillas
    Thurs Caprese sandwiches
    Fri Holiday dinner at husband’s work
    Sat Black bean chili, guacamole and chips, quesadillas for the kids

    I hope things improve, Jane!!

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    Janna M

    I can empathize about the croup. Poor Owen. Both my kids would get it with almost every cold in the winter. The cool mist humidifier is your friend but cool night air works fastest. It’ll be 4 days then back to normal. He will grow out of it. Hope your week gets better.

    I’m letting my son plan the menu this week for his birthday.
    Sat – sweet and sour chicken
    Sun – general Janna’s chicken and fried rice
    Mon – homemade pizza
    Tues – tacos
    Wed – winey chicken with noodles
    Thurs – calzones
    Fri – pancakes

    • Jane Maynard

      can’t believe your kids get it all the time – that is no fun for you at all! or them! thanks for the tip!

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    Sunday: Salmon Salad (Dinner a Love Story)
    Monday: Yogurt marinated grilled chicken & panzanella
    Tuesday: Flat-iron steak & mashed potatoes, green beans
    Wednesday: Roasted Shrimp & Broccoli, brown rice
    Thursday: Rigatoni
    Friday: out!
    Saturday: Christmas open house

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    So sorry for your weekend! LIfe happens doens’t it? NO fun.

    Sunday: Pioneer Woman Baked ziti, steamed artichokes, french bread
    Monday: Chicken Mole, rice, broccoli
    Tuesday: fish tacos…we cheat, we use frozen battered fish, my husand loves them, rice, cauliflower (I know that veggie doesn’t really go with the meal but it was on sale)
    Wednesday: Leftover ziti
    Thursday: Leftover mole..yay, with only three of us home now, we get leftovers
    Fri and Sat: Out for Christmas parties.

  25. Good luck with all the sickies! I have to say my head is totally itching after reading about it!

    Tuesday – Curried Rice with Flatballs – a Swedish type of meatball that is oblong
    Wednesday – Chili, Corn, and Capsicum Soup with Cheesy Bread
    Thursday – Bacon and Broccoli with Tortellini
    Friday – Fish Sticks and French Fries per husbands request
    Saturday – Grilled Ham Sandwiches and Chops
    Sunday – Meatballs with Boiled Potatoes and Gravy

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    I am so sorry that your family had a rough weekend. I am so thankful that neither of my kids had croup! Now, 7 and 17. My 17 year old told me that her friends think our family is “weird” because we have dinner together every night. She told me she was glad we do. Made my heart swell. So I guess I better collect recipes and keep up the weekly menus! Thank you for the help. SO glad I found this blog. I love to cook but hate to figure out WHAT to cook.

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    Sat – out
    Sun – baked fish (Hake), bacon wrapped green beans, roast acorn squash
    Mon – tortelloni w/ chicken sausage & roasted brussel sprouts
    Tues – quiche lorraine
    Wed – orange chicken over rice w/ broccoli
    Thurs – leftover lasagna (from freezer)
    Fri – veggie pizza / plain pizza

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    Oh NO! we had something similar. you can read about it in my “Extra Laundry Edition” post in ‘Normal Life’ on my site. And it does all seem to come at once! Ugh!!!!

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    Angie M

    Currently on medifast & finding it challenging to plan a good variety of lean & green meals
    Sun – taco bake w/ lettuce, tomato & salsa
    Mon – Italiano turkey burger w/ green beans
    Tue – Asian lettuce wraps
    Wed – spicy garlic lime shrimp (we’re trying shirataki noodles for the first time)
    Thu – Mexican chicken spaghetti squash casserole
    Fri – out to Tim Love’s Lonesome Dove
    Sat – chicken parm w/ spaghetti squash

    Anyone have any medifast-friendly lean & green meals to share?

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    Jane – been there/done that – on all fronts, sadly.

    Magic cure for lice: mayonnaise – thickly applied, shower cap on top, slept in overnight. Then when shampooing the next morning, remember to use some lemon juice to help cut through the slime. We tried it all – and this is what worked. FYI – this was when our kids were teensy, and at that stage in life when baths with lots of toys were considered a reward. We would up the ante on the funnest bath toys ever to get every last minute out of that cleansing shampoo!

  31. hope things are on the upswing!

    Monday: leftovers
    Tuesday: spaghetti & Italian sausage [made with my homemade sauce from last week]
    Wednesday: Cilantro Lime White Bean Soup
    Thursday: leftovers
    Friday: tofu fried rice
    Saturday: Chili Lime Chicken Burgers
    Sunday: frittata

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    Day 1: Nachos (chicken, black beans, corn, cilantro, salsa, cheese, and sour cream)
    Day 2: Chicken Quesadillas, Watermelon
    Day 3: Pasta Bake, Garlic Toast
    Day 4: Black Bean and Kale Soup, Cornbread
    Day 5: Leftover Bean and Kale Soup
    Day 6: Take Out $5 Pizza, Salad
    Day 7: Chicken Tacos

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    Jane Maynard

    as always, thank you for all the menus – so wonderful!

    and thank you for the tips, commiserations, well wishes, and happy thoughts…the week is still a little crazy, but nothing will ever beat sunday! I was in quite a state when I put my menu up! but things are getting better 🙂

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    Sun- fish sticks
    Mon- chicken picatta
    Tue- jambalaya
    Wed- soup/salad
    Thu- roast chicken
    Fri- chicken wings
    Sat- sloppy joes

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