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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Week 316 Menu

One fun thing about moving back to a place is having access once again to food that you once bid adieu. Yesterday we were treated with two of our San Diego favorites. First, our friend Nikki brought us her 2012 box of Christmas goodies, which she had stored in the freezer. Nikki makes the best holiday treats of anyone anywhere, no doubt, so I was very happy when she knocked on my door with a cute red and white box in hand! Second, we had dinner at Phil’s BBQ. Oh, Phil, how we’ve missed you!

A couple repeats from last week, not because I was a slacker (amazingly!) but because of unexpected dinners with friends. That’s the best reason!

– Steak and roasted fingerling potatoes
– Green beans

– Chicken Tortilla Salad
– Chips and Guac

Easiest Ever Chicken Pot Pie

– Homemade hamburgers
– Fruit

– Leftovers

– Takeout

Kitchen Sink Quesadillas

Your turn! Show us what you got! Share those weekly menus! (Don’t forget…it’s never too late in the week to share, and we do not care if your menu is fancy or not!)


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    Hoping for a less stressful week, but my 5 year old is running a fever again! She’s on antibiotics so I just hope it isn’t the flu…..
    Monday”” Kobayashi Maru
    Tuesday”” Family Fun Night at my 7th graders school
    Wednesday”” Chicken Strips with mac & cheese
    Thursday”” Italian Style Meatloaf with salad and green beans Yes, I know it’s Valentine’s Day! We went out last Friday to my favorite place as an early date night. This is one of his favorite meals. Still trying to find a dessert recipe though
    Friday”” I think we’ll have quite a bit of leftovers or we may order pizza
    Saturday”” My new recipe for the week is called Hamburger Noodle Casserole from a Taste of Home cookbook. If we like it, I will blog it next week 
    Sunday”” Hubby is leaving for two weeks  Kids and I will probably grab something fun

  2. oh my those cookies look so good.

    Sun: Stir fry and rice

    Mon: Spaghetti, green beans and ooey gooey toasted cheese bread (yum!)

    Fat Tues: Pancakes, Eggs and Sausage for hubby

    Ash Wed: Slow Cooker Potato Soup and Rolls

    Valentines Thurs: Burgers (reg and for me homemade black bean), Baked Fries and homemade Mac n Cheese

    Fri: Calzones and Salad

    Sat: Not sure yet

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    Sunday – movie tavern! seeing Argo
    Monday – clean out the fridge leftovers
    Tuesday – chicken with broccoli
    Wednesday – salmon with asparagus and french fries
    Thursday – valentine’s burgers (heart-shaped!) then Richard Shindell concert!
    Friday – fancy dinner for my valentine – lamb chops, salad and baked potatoes
    Saturday – out

  4. I stumbled upon your website and am so HAPPY that I did! Life has been a bit very hectic since baby boy #2 came along. Its been a year and I am now finally realizing that I need to plan out my meals so that dinner is not so rushed. This week my menu is:
    Sunday – leftovers; clean fridge out
    Monday – lemon pepper chicken, brown rice and black beans
    Tuesday – taco night
    Wednesday Рsteaks, saut̩ed onions, and green beans
    Thursday – pesto shrimp, grape tomatoes and whole wheat pasta
    Friday – pizza night; we make our own
    Saturday – veggie burgers, red potato salad and broccoli
    Sunday – leftovers; think this will be a reoccurring them.

    Again, thanks for sharing your weekly meals. I also plan to copy many our weekly plans so that my meal planning isn’t too labor intensive 🙂

  5. Sun ~ Nach Waxman’s Brisket of Beef/Horseradish Mashed Potatoes/Roasted Brussel Sprouts
    Mon ~ Sliced Brisket with Onions on Soft Potato Rolls/French “Peasant” Beets
    Tue ~ Zebra Pasta/”The World’s Most Famous” Tomato Sauce/Truffled Garlic Bread with Basil
    Wed ~ Split Pea Soup {Slow-cooker}/Southwestern-Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Chile-Cilantro Sour Cream
    Thur ~ Arugula, Pear & Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette/Grilled Chateaubriand/Roasted Red & Purple Fingerling Potatoes/Devil’s Food Cupcakes
    Fri ~ One-Pot Kale & Quinoa Pilaf/Sun-Dried Tomatoes

    • 2wellsmade5

      What is zebra pasta?

    • @2wellsmade5…it is black and white striped farfalle {bowtie} pasta. Looks amazing with a simple, bright red tomato sauce {would be great with Jayne’s garlic bread}! I get this dried pasta at Whole Foods but it is also available at Amazon under gourmet foods. It is what we are having for dinner tonight so check out my blog, tomorrow for pictures & recipes.

    • 2wellsmade5

      Thank you…I’m going to look right now! I am back to a “pescatarian” lifestyle…after eating meats off and on for the last 10yrs, just found it’s really not for me. I go through meatless phases for a year or so, then gotten preggo. Had last baby, so I’m back to vegetarian. I do throw in some shellfish or fish a few times a week. So, I’m again looking for cool new meatless meals! Oh boy, do I love some pasta! Thank you again.

  6. Sunday: General Tso’s Chicken and quinoa fried “rice”….it hit the spot with everyone!!! SO good
    Monday: Enchiladas from freezer
    Tuesday: Pumpkin pancakes and roasted cauliflower
    Wednesday: Vegetable pot pie filling over quinoa
    Thursday: Spaghetti, meatballs and garlic bread (ever since your post I’ve been craving garlic bread, Jane!)
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Out

    • Jenn

      Hi. I would be very interested in your vegetable pot pie filling recipe if you have one and are willing to share. Thanks in advance.

    • I use the opportunity to clean out my veggie bin. Anything goes!! I use the flour/stock/cream ratio as my guide and am pretty loosey-goosey with the meat/veggies.

      Ingredient ratio
      1 onion, diced
      1/2 cup all-purpose flour
      2.5 cups chicken stock
      1/8 – 1/4 cup heavy cream (or whole milk to be a good girl)

      1. Roast protein and vegetables (sweet potatoes, butternut squash, zucchini). Set aside.
      2. Sweat onions. Add flour, stir to coat and cook for 2 minutes.
      3. Add stock and simmer for several minutes until it thickens.
      4. Add cream and stir.
      5. Stir in roasted vegetables, any protein, mushrooms, frozen veggies or leafy veggies (i.e. chopped kale/greens/chard/spinach).
      6. Season with salt/pepper.

      Serving ideas:
      1. Traditional Method: Pour filling into a baking dish. Roll out puff pastry sheet over baking dish. Brush with butter and bake in 375-oven until pastry is golden brown (~20 min).
      2. Simply spoon over rice/quinoa.

    • Jenn

      Thanks! It sounds so yummy. I am always looking for ways to use up leftovers, so this is great!

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    Sun: Friend’s homemade tamales!
    Mon: Greek Pasta Salad
    Tues: Honey garlic chicken with brown rice and veggies
    Wed: Leftovers
    Thur: Peanut noodles with tofu (I’m sure the son and I will have our fill of sugary treats at school!)
    Fri: Homemade pizza for movie night!
    Sat: Out to dinner

  8. Mmmmmm. We had Phil’s last week. Few meals are better than an el Toro with onion rings.

    Here’s our menu:

    -Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw and Chips (2 nights)
    -Caramelized Tomato-Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese
    -Chicken Stir Fry (using Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki sauce) with veggies and grilled pineapple over rice
    -Out to eat (We haven’t been out to eat in weeks, so it will be a nice treat 🙂

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    Those cookies do look amazing. Christmas cookies sound great about now!
    Sunday: Potato and black olive burritos that I brought home from our favorite place out of town (I got away for the weekend to wedding dress shop with my sister).
    Monday: Meatloaf with mashed potatoes, peas and carrots.
    Tuesday: BfD! I’m thinking pancakes, sausage, smoothies.
    Wednesday: Leftovers.
    Thursday: Something Valentine’s day-ish. Maybe heart-shaped calzones and individual strawberry heart pies for dessert. Artichoke and hearts of palm salad.
    Friday: 13-year-old is making dinner ”” not sure what’s on the menu yet, but I’m loving that the kids are making dinner one night a week! Ice cream and pudding for the oldest who’s getting wisdom teeth pulled today.
    Saturday: Belgian brew festival for husband and I; pizza for the kids I think.

    Have a great week everyone!

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    Sunday – Baked him, loaded baked potato casserole, green beans
    Monday – Crescent wrapped hotdogs, baked mac & cheese, pickled beets and eggs
    Tuesday – Tuna casserole with peas
    Wednesday -Chicken tacos
    Thursday – Happy Valentines Day – Rib steak, baked potatoes, veggie medley
    Friday – Leftovers
    Saturday – High school band sub and soup

  11. After week of Dallas, I’m happy to be home.

    S: Chicken parm paninis
    M: Tomato, chard, chickpea and rice soup
    T: Beef with mushrooms and white wine
    W: Pasta
    R: Udon miso
    F: Out
    S: TBD

    • Jenn

      Hi. I would be very interested in your tomato, chard, chickpea and rice soup recipe if you have one and are willing to share. Thanks in advance.

    • Link to the recipe:

      Tomato-chickpea soup with Swiss chard and rice

      5 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
      1 small yellow onion, diced (about 3/4 cup)
      6 oz. rainbow chard
      2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp.)
      1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
      Kosher salt
      2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
      1 (15.5 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
      1/2 cup basmati rice
      Freshly ground black pepper

      Heat 3 tbsp. oil in medium pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until onions are translucent and stems are softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and sprinkle with salt. Cook 2 minutes, then add stock. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. Keep warm.

      Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tbsp. oil in a large sauté pan over high heat until oil is hot and shimmering. Add chickpeas, sprinkle with salt, and fry over medium-high heat until browned and crispy, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towel, and set aside.

      Stir the chickpeas and rice into the soup. Cook five minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium-high and stir in the chard, waiting until just wilted and soft before adding more. Simmer 5 to 6 minutes to heat everything through, and then season with salt and pepper.

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    Kim from PA

    Sun: Leftovers
    Mon: Shrimp stir fry loaded w veggies/brown rice
    Tues: Chicken & rice soup from freezer/ warm crusty bread
    Wed: Baked chicken, sweet potatoes, peas
    Thurs: Hubby asked me on a date to my most favorite restaurant 
    Fri: Fish & chips
    Sat: Not sure yet”¦”¦..

  13. Monday: Southwest Chicken Burrito Bake
    Tuesday: leftovers
    Wednesday: Black Bean Soup with Chorizo
    Thursday: Valentine’s Day extravaganza by Ben his turn this year!
    Friday: leftovers
    Saturday: Beef Stew
    Sunday: out to eat at The Melting Pot!!! yum

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    I plan four or five meals and then decide what I feel like making each day. I work afternoons 1pm to 6pm so what I cook has to be able to be popped in the oven or just heated up as people get home.
    I forgot that Lent starts Wednesday, so we’ll be trying to not eat meat on Wednesday or Friday; not sure yet what I’ll do. I do have some Tilapia in the freezer…no one but me likes tuna.!!!!

    Taco salad
    Baked Chicken Parmesan, lima beans, corn
    Bourbon Street Chicken (new recipe), broccoli, red bean salad
    Brats, sauerkraut, spinach (my husband doesn’t like sauerkraut but loves spinach) mashed potatoes
    Sausage, potatoes baked in crockpot
    “Best” chicken (new recipe) veggies

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    Sun chile rellenos, Gina’s Latin rice, home made pico de gallo.
    Mon home made lasagna from the freezer, green salad, garlic bread
    Tues home made Zuppa Toscana and fresh home baked bread
    Wed leftovers
    Thu tilapia with lemon garlic dill sauce, quinoa salad, roasted green beans
    Fri chicken fajitas, tortillas, onions&peppers, pico de gallo, guacamole and tortilla
    Sat everyone fends for them self(my 12 hr wkday)

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    Sunday – Chicken Stir Fry and Egg Foo Yung
    Monday – Breakfast for Dinner (Dad is out)
    Tuesday – Jambalaya
    Wednesday – Chicken and Dumplings
    Thursday – Seared Ahi Tuna Salad, Potstickers
    Friday – Trader Joe’s Curry Simmer Sauce and Garlic Naan
    Saturday – Fish Tacos

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    Sunday – White Bean and Ham soup, cheesy bread. Fruit for dessert.
    Monday – Turkey burgers, sweet potato tots, mixed veggie.
    Tuesday – Tomato tortellini soup
    Weds. – Mac n cheese w/ chicken sausage and broccoli
    Thursday – Gorgonzola gnocchi from TJS, salad, and something chocolate 😉
    Friday – Leftovers, or pizza
    Saturday – Out

    • Kindy

      Hi, Elizabeth. I posted the recipe for the Beef & Cabbage Soup that you asked for a couple of weeks ago. I’m sorry it took me so long! I have it posted under my menu for this week 🙂

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    Somehow, considering we rarely go out for dinner, we’re going out three times this week. I’d better make the most of it!

    Mon: Cauliflower mac and cheese, salad
    Tue: Goat’s cheese salad, pancakes with lemon and sugar
    Wed: Out with family.
    Thur: Garlic roast chicken, spicy potatoes, green beans and chocolate mousse
    Fri: Going to London for the day, eating out somewhere.
    Sat: Out for a friend’s birthday
    Sun: Dinner at mum’s

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    Sunday: Tomato Basil Chicken with pasta, salad, bread

    Monday: Grilled Cheese and tomato soup

    Tuesday: Roast Turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls

    Wednesday: Hubby cooks.Turkey noodle soup, rolls

    Thursday: Hubby cooks.Valentines Day: Steak night. Baked potatoes, salad

    Friday: TBD. Jambalaya?

    Saturday: Date night. Kids pizza

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    Monday – pork chops with tomato and onion sauce, brown rice and salad

    Tuesday – out

    Wednesday – ham pasta salad

    Thursday – honey and lime marinated baked chicken, sweet potato mash, veggies

    Friday – homemade fish cakes, salad, veggies

    Saturday – pasta and mice

    Sunday – leftovers

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    Lynn BB

    Sunday: Chili with all the fixings
    Monday: Bleu cheese stuffed pork tenderloin (picked up at the grocery), mashed potatoes, broccoli
    Tuesday: Crispy ceasar chicken, salad
    Wednesday: London broil, baked potatoes, salad
    Thursday: Chicken fajitas
    Friday and Saturday: My husband and daughter are visiting Villanova, my son and I will definitely go out for some Asian cuisine since we’re the only ones that enjoy it!

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    I had a fun and relaxing weekend celebrating my birthday. Now it’s back to reality. Here is our menu for the week:

    Sat – pizza and a walk on the beach

    Sun – Italian Veggie Pie, broccoli, salad

    Mon – Italian Bean Soup, French bread, salad (didn’t get to this meal last week)

    Tues – Potato and herb frittata, roasted brussel sprouts

    Wednesday – Curried Vegetables and Dahl (Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home cookbook), brown rice, naan

    Thurs – leftovers

    Friday – Pizza or leftovers

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    Hi All…Here’s my Gluten Free menu for the week
    Sun – Mushroom/Parm Risotto – GREAT recipe from cooking light however the items in the body of the recipe weren’t all included in the ingredients ! sorta frustrating
    Mon – Big Salad w Herbed Yogurt Dressing
    Tues – Grilled Cheese & Veggies
    Wed – Zucchni/Beef Skillet – This sounds really gross to me but my boyfriend picked it and says he will cook it. of all things this is what he picks…i guess i shall wait and see hopefully i’m proven wrong ! my back up is pb&j 🙂
    Thurs – Out for V Day. A place called Pura Vida in Cleveland that caters to celiacs (or so they say !)
    Fri – Homemade pizza w sausage & olives
    Sat – Potato soup in the crockpot. this is a great recipe that uses LF cream cheese instead of cream. I only use 1 block of cream cheese and less garlic. this soup is super thick and great for leftovers.
    Sun – Trying GF lasagna for the first time w some rice noodles i found at a health food store.

  24. Sunday: Black Bean Enchiladas, Chips, Salsa, For the Omnivore, Beef Strips, Shredded Cheddar, Sour Cream.

    Monday: Stir Fry Veggies over Rice with Thawed, Precooked Shrimp for the Omnivore

    Tuesday: Greek Giant Beans ( Gigantes ), Stewed Beef Tips. Salad

    Wednesday: Kale with Tomatoes in Tahini Sauce over Spaghetti, Alfredo Sauce or Yogurt & Parmesan for the Omnivore, Salad

    Thursday: Red Lentil Soup – Moroccan or Sephardic Styles, Salad, Homemade Bread, Cheese & Salami Board for the Omnivore.

    Friday: Indian Lemon Rice with Peas, Naan, Salad, Tandoori or Grilled Chicken for the Omnivore

    Saturday: Stuffed Manicotti, Salad, Garlic Toast, Chicken Parmesan (Grilled Chicken topped with Spaghetti Sauce & Shredded Mozzarella & Parmesan cheeses, and broiled) for the Omnivore

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    Lisa W.

    M: Steak w/ mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes, & creamed spinach

    T: B4D-Eggs Benedicts w/ spinach, breakfast potatoes, & fruit salad

    W: Vegetable Egg Rolls w/ stir fry brown rice, salad & peanut dressing

    Th: Valentine’s Day! Going to cabin in Green Valley Lake for weekend! Tons of snow!!! Romantic candlelit dinner after 4 yr old passes out: Crab Legs, Steak, beet risotto & asparagus w/ truffles & champagne for dessert 🙂

    Fri & Sat: Dinner at the cabin!

  26. I hope you actually see this. Sorry it is not a weekly menu, but a request instead. We moved to San Diego a year ago (and it has been one crazy roller coaster of a year too.) We know there are lots of great restaurants around, but it is hard to know which to try. Please post as many restaurant recommendations as you can. We will be trying Phil’s BBQ for date night this week. I hope it is as good as Pat’s BBQ in SLC. We have missed good BBQ.

    • Jane Maynard

      yes, of course I see all the comments! it just sometimes takes time to actually respond! 😉

      okay, so, it’s been a while since I”ve been in san diego, so I’m CERTAIN I’m missing a lot, but here is an email I sent to a friend a few months ago when they visited san diego – they were looking for a few nice places to eat as well as family-friendly spots. and let me know what you think of phil’s! I’m going to salt lake this week, so maybe I’ll have to go try pat’s!

      copied from email to my friend:
      san diego…nice restaurant in la jolla called george’s, is so so good…they have fish tacos for an appetizer that are the best we’ve had. they have a patio upstairs that is less expensive than downstairs, but still on the nicer side. jake’s in del mar – predominantly seafood, SO good, again sit down, nice but casual. for fast, cheaper places – Islands Burgers – they are all over san diego, very good place to take kids, super family friendly, good food, awesome cheese fries. wahoo’s fish taco was always a good place to go, I love their carnitas. oh, there’s a fast food restaurant called daphne’s that is greek and it’s super yummy, I miss it terribly. sammy’s woodfired pizza is good, it’s sit down, family friendly. El Indio is a mexican restaurant that everyone always raves about.

    • Melissa

      Some recommendations for San Diego restaurants:
      -Oggi’s, we think their pizza is awesome!
      -Burger Lounge, hands down the best turkey burger I’ve ever had!
      -Del Mar Rendezvous, my husband and I recently tried this place for Chinese and it was the best Chinese either of us have ever had!
      -Devine Pastabilites, they serve all types of pasta in a hollowed out bread roll and it is extremely delicious!
      -Sicilian Thing Pizza, they serve both thick and thin crust pizza. My husband loves thin crust and I love thick crust so this place works well for us!
      -Mama Testa, awesome Mexican food, it was on Bobby Flay’s Throwdown!
      -Miguel’s Cocina, a Mexican food place in Coronado that we really like!
      In Little Italy we have tried:
      Benecotto’s, it was a great place for a date night, not so kid friendly
      Mimmo’s Italian Village, cheaper and more family friendly, also very good!
      Great Dessert Places:
      Extraordinary Desserts-Beautiful desserts and so tasty! A bit on the pricey side
      D Bar-They have an actual menu, but I’ve only had dessert and it was delightful! It’s owned by Keegan Gerheard who is a judge on a lot of the Food Network shows.
      *As a side note, I’ve tried El Indio and didn’t think it was all that great!
      Hope that’s helpful!

    • Bailey

      Yay for Pat’s

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    Monday-Hamburger Noodle Stroganoff
    Tuesday-Pizza or Spaghetti w/Red sauce (no meat)
    Wednesday-Baked Chicken, mashed potatoes, corn
    Thursday-Tuna Steaks, twice baked potatoes, glazed carrots, Cheesecake
    Saturday-BBQ pork chops, seasoned rice, veggie
    Sunday-Taco Salads

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    laura in san diego

    Those cookies are pretty! I’ve not been to Phil’s since it left Mission Hills:)
    Thank you for all the menu ideas; I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years but I’m still not this organized yet!

    • Jane Maynard

      you need to get back to phil’s! still long lines, but just as delicious and not QUITE as long as that original location!

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    I’m finally back! It’s been forever. Can’t believe how good it feels to start planning again…

    Sunday – Sweet and Sour Chicken
    Monday – Chimichangas
    Tuesday – Fried Chicken Green Beans
    Wednesday – Breakfast for Dinner
    Thursday – Steak and Potatoes (Figure out vday special)
    Friday – OUT
    Saturday – Pizza
    Sunday – Pork/Apples Crockpot

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    Crazy week this week!
    Sunday- homemade pizza
    Monday- chicken tacos
    Tuesday- (Mardi GRAS) I have no idea if we are home probably some gumbo from the freezer
    Wednesday- its Ash Wednesday so no meat and fasting, probably eggs and toast
    Thursday- Asian thighs and basmati rice, broccoli
    Friday- no meat again! Cheese pizza for the kids, I will eat a salad
    Saturday- no idea yet

    I could use some no meat ideas especially for the kids for Lent!

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    Mon: Sweet & Sour Chicken with rice (BF cooks)
    Tues: Sloppy Joes and Homemade Fries
    Wed: Pasta e Fagioli Soup & Garlic Cheese Bread
    Thurs: Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti, Caesar
    Fri: Chicken Parm Subs & Chips (Making extra chicken parm the night before.)
    Sat: Out
    Sun: Out

    Also, week before last two people asked me for my Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup recipe. Here it is. I’m so sorry it took me so long to post it. It has been a crazy few weeks! Hope you enjoy!

    3/4 small head of cabbage sliced thin
    1/2 onion diced
    2 stalks celery diced
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup of ketchup
    2 tbs. red wine vinegar
    1/4 tsp hot smoked paprika
    1/4 tsp sweet smoked paprika
    3/4 lb. ground beef
    1 tbs. tomato paste
    4 cups of beef broth
    1 15oz. can of tomato sauce
    salt and pepper to taste
    Parmesan cheese rind (this will really flavor the soup)

    In a dutch oven brown beef and remove to a plate. Saute celery and onions in beef fat (tasty!). Drain fat after celery and onions are browned. Add beef back to pot along with the rest of the ingredients. Let simmer for 1 1/2 hours. When done remove Parmesan cheese rind, ladle into bowls, and serve with crusty bread.

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    Sun- Chicken and waffles
    Mon- Blackened fish, no meat jambalaya, steamed veggies
    Tues- Spaghetti and meatballs, salad and french bread(homemade)
    Wed- Quiche…any way the kiddos want
    Thurs- Fajitas and black bean tamales
    Fri- Skillet lasagna, salad and french bread
    Sat- BBQ… Shrimp and chicken thighs, skillet taters and corn
    Sun- Gumbo and rice, french bread and bread pudding

    • Hi there…just scrolled down and saw your post. Wanted to let you know that I left a reply to your question on my earlier post here regarding the zebra pasta. Zebra pasta is a black & white bowtie pasta {dried}. I get mine at Whole Foods. Looks AMAZING with a simple, bright red tomato sauce. It is what we are having for dinner tonight so check out my blog for pictures & recipes. Thanks for asking!

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    There are few things so delicious as Phil’s BBQ — and now there are 2! The brand new one in Santee is a bit bigger than the original….yum! Just in case you can’t get in to the restaurant, you can get Phil’s BBQ Sauce at Costco. No specific days this week – just what works…
    Tingly Pepper Beef Noodles with Snow Peas (Rachael Ray this month)
    Green Chicken Enchiladas
    Roasted Salmon with Rice & Broccoli
    Baked BBQ Ribs (with Phil’s sauce!) with Roasted Potatoes & Salad
    Orecchiete with Brie, Bacon & Asparagus
    Lamb Roast with Cilantro Rice & Green Beans
    Soup & Sandwich Nite

    • Jane Maynard

      I bought a bottle of the sauce when we went (to the santee location, btw – so cool they are expanding!)…and then my friend was like, “they have the sauce at costco!” so, apparently, I am going to be in BBQ sauce heaven coming back to SD. 🙂 thanks for the tips!

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    We are Phil’s lovers too (how could you not be?) and just ate their last week! So many good food choices in San Diego!
    Monday-Chicken parm sandwiches, pasta salad, baby carrots
    Tuesday-Tacos with Spanish style rice and apples
    Wednesday-Whole wheat waffles, bacon, eggs and fruit
    Thursday-Spaghetti with meat sauce, your garlic bread and green beans
    Friday-English muffin pizzas (haven’t had them in forever!) with soup
    Saturday-Eat out, hopefully a belated V-day night with my husband!
    Sunday-Sloppy joes, fries, broccoli

  35. oh my gosh, you need to try cravory cookies! we went to the la jolla farmers market when we spent a week in San Diego on vacation and found these cookies (now we order them from ohio). you will love them!

    baked ravioli
    steak tacos
    homemade breakfast hot pockets
    baked potato soup
    grilled cheese and tomato parm soup

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    Recovering from a week abroad and the lovely stomach bug we brought back so we’ll see how much of this actually gets made.

    Tonight – veggie, chicken soup
    Tuesday – mac n’ cheese w/ chicken apple sausages
    Wednesday – breakfast for dinner
    Thursday – Balsamic pot roast in the crock, roasted broccoli, barley
    Friday – lemon rosemary chicken, quinoa, zucchini
    Saturday – gnocchi w/ peas and prosciutto
    Sunday – TBD

    • Jane Maynard

      that stomach bug has taken the world by storm! I think every resident of menlo park, ca has had it in the last month. not exaggerating! winter…

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    Sat – veggie quiche & homefries
    Sun – Homemade fish stix, carrots, baked potatoes
    Mon – baked chicken, butternut squash, peas
    Tues – Guiness beef stew in crock
    Wed – meatball sandwiches, salad
    Thurs – chicken ranch bacon pasta
    Fri – leftovers? Or pizza

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    Sunday – Steaks and Baked Potatoes
    Monday – Cheeseburger Casserole (new recipe from Bobby Deen’s new cookbook)
    Tuesday – Eat Out (going to see Spamalot for my husband’s bday)
    Wednesday – Baked Shrimp with Twice Baked Potatoes
    Thursday – Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs (special meal since Thursday is V Day and my husband’s bday)
    Friday – Shake and Bake Pork Chops and Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli
    Saturday – Cheeseburgers and Fries with Homemade Burger Buns

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    Kind of a short week becasue we are going to Tahoe
    Tuesday-Bulgogi, rice and veggie stirfry
    Wednesday-Tacos, rice and beans
    Thursday-Spaghetti and carrots
    Saturday-Beer can chicken, roasted papas and roasted veggies

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    Sunday-Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
    Monday-homemade pizza
    Tuesday-Pancakes, sausage, strawberries
    Wednesday-Potato soup
    Friday-leftover soup
    Saturday-chicken pot pies

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    Okay this is my first week in like… in like 8 months+. My schedule changed & hubby was handling it. So, I am rusty & slow getting back into this. So, here is a pretty pathetic menu. Hopefully, soon mine will sound as yummy & gourmet as all of yours!

    Sun: Grilled steak, potatoes, corn & tortillias (hubby cooked)
    Mon: Out
    Tue: School event (Out)
    Wed: Tuna salad sandwiches
    Thur: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas & bread. (I know it is Valentine’s Day… Hubby & I will be going out next week to celebrate. But Meatloaf is my Daughter’s Fav!)
    Fri: Seafood (something light, since lunch will be my big meal)
    Sat: Probably ordering Pizza.

    See ya next week!

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    Oops, forgot! We have a Birthday Party to go to Sat… so Sat will be some one else’s menu!

  43. I’m late, but here’s this week

    Monday: Braised Chicken Thighs with Olives and Orange and Fresh Veggies
    Tuesday: OUt To Eat
    Wednesday: Tacos with Tomatoes and Guacamole
    Thursday: Sausage Ragu and Caesar Salad
    Friday: Slash and Burn Grouper and Peas
    Saturday: Bucatini all’amatriciana and Broccoli
    Sunday: Roasted Leg of Lamb with Tzatziki Sauce and Fresh Pitas and Salad

    • Would love to have the recipe for Slash & Burn Grouper…will you share?

    • Kristin,

      I am trying a recipe from Michael Symon’s Live To Cook cookbook. It’s so easy, and if you want, you can check out my blog next week, I’ll have ratings and pictures. Here is the recipe:

      Slash and Burn Grouper
      6 6 oz skin-on black grouper fillets
      2 T Jerk Seasoning
      1 t olive oil
      kosher salt
      1/2 c shrimp or shellfish stock
      juice of 2 limes
      4 T unsalted butter cut into pieces
      1 roasted red bell pepper, peeled, seeded, and finely diced
      1/2 c fresh cilantro leaves

      Preheat oven to 375.

      Cut a pocket horizontally through the fish about 2 inches wide and 2 inches deep. Spread about a teaspoon of jerk seasoning in each fillet. Heat an ovenproof sauté pan over medium heat and when it is hot, add the olive oil. Pat the filets dry with a paper towel, season lightly with salt, and lay them in the hot pan. Let the fish brown for 3 minutes and then gently turn them. Place the pan in the oven for 3-5 minutes, until the fish has reached an internal temperature of 140.
      Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the fillets to warm plates. Add the stock and lime juice to the pan, bring to a simmer, and reduce by half, 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and then the bell pepper. Pour over the fillets and garnish with the cilantro.

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    I won’t swear that I am sticking to/stuck to this:

    Sunday: Chicken Green Curry with Jasmine Rice

    Monday: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with Salad

    Tuesday: Beef Stir Fry

    Wednesday: Panko Breaded Shrimp with Buttered Pasta and Parmesan Cheese

    Thursday: Pepperoni, Pineapple, and Garlic Pizza, Salad, and Beer

    Friday: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Roasted Cauliflower

    Saturday: Homemade Chili (Freeze half for later)

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