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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Week 326 Menu

One of the great things about moving back to San Diego is reuniting with my beloved book club. Originally there were 6 of us. Three of us moved away. And now 1 has moved back (me!). While we very much missed the 2 who were not there yesterday, reuniting with these women did my heart good. Despite planning our get-together with less than 24 hours notice, we were able to find a time to all meet AND put together an amazing spread of food. My body and soul were nourished yesterday. (And in case you are wondering, Unbroken was the book of choice this month. We all recommend it!)

Surprisingly, I pretty much followed my menu last week. Which means I actually have to think of new things to cook this week. Bummer!

– Quiche (it’s been ages!)

– Chicken Burritos with Aunt Kathy’s Sweet Black Beans

– Hamburgers
– Carrot sticks and ranch dip, fresh fruit

– Leftovers

– I am heading to Big Traveling Potluck. I can’t wait!
– Lasagna for the family!

– I’ll be at BTP
– Nate will do leftover lasagna or takeout with the kids

– Waffles and fruit

As usual, your menus from last week were wonderful inspiration. It’s so easy to get into a meal planning rut, but seeing your menus snaps me out of it every time! I am so grateful to all who post your menus! Can’t wait to see your plans for this week!


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    I just joined my first Book Club and I am very excited! We are reading The Great Gatsby first, then after our meeting we will go see the movie 🙂
    Sunday– French Toast with maple sausage. I have been craving it since your post but waited for my hubby to be home before I made it!
    Monday– Mexican Chicken Lasagna with chips
    Tuesday– Steak Fingers with fried potatoes
    Wednesday– Tilapia with Parmesan noodles
    Thursday”” Meatloaf, which I have never blogged. May I will try a new one out
    Friday– Kobayashi Maru with pork or maybe shrimp”¦
    Saturday”” Homemade Pizzas, another one I have never blogged

    • Jane Maynard

      fun book to kick off your book club with, and then seeing the movie – great idea! 🙂

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    Kim from PA

    The “Gourmet Book Club of San Diego” looks and sounds wonderful!

    Sun: Shrimp & Pineapple Fried Rice (inspired by Gidget’s menu last week)

    Mon: Chicken & Basil Stir Fry

    Tue: Sausage Sandwiches, salad

    Wed: BBQ grilled chicken, baked beans, veggies

    Thu: Dill & egg salad sandwiches, tomato salad, & celery sticks

    Fri: B-Day dinner for my Dad

    Sat: Pasta, shrimp, & kale

  3. sun: pork chops stuffed with andouille sausage, sweet potatoes, collard greens
    mon: greek egg lemon chicken soup
    tues: fish tacos
    weds: salsa chicken bake
    thurs: frontera chicken tacos, fiesta beans
    fri: slow-cooker short ribs, korean cucumber slaw
    sat: herb breaded tilapia, rice pilaf, roasted broccoli

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    Su: Hot Dogs/3-bean chili/grilled potato wedges

    M: Stuffed Antipasto Sandwiches/heirloom tomato-cucumber salad

    Tu: Crab-Stuffed Salmon/wild rice pilaf/leftover tomato-cucumber salad

    W: Spaghetti w/ Marinara/salad/garlic breadsticks

    Th: Chicken Adobo/steamed brown rice/stir-fry broccoli

    F: Out to Pizza
    Late baseball game night.

    Sa: Dinner at the Campfire! Steak & Veg Kabobs/pasta salad/watermelon/S’mores
    My 5-year-old has been begging to go tent camping and it’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend, so, we’re going camping.

  5. In your Book Club picture, I love that we can see you in the reflection. You got the whole group! We have both sets of grandparents in town at some point during the week. The menu is pretty flexible as a result.

    Sunday: Out to Japanese restaurant at the beach
    Monday-Thursday (in no particular order):
    Pot roast in slow cooker
    Chicken/hotdogs on the grill
    Taco lettuce cups
    Pasta with marinara
    Friday – Saturday: Grandparents in town and we haven’t planned our dinners yet!

    • Jane Maynard

      I noticed that after the fact, too! me huddled over the camera, how I am commonly found! 🙂

      have fun with the grandparents!

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    Sunday chicken thighs with honey mustard sauce with rice and a veggie
    Monday sour cream pancakes with bacon
    Tues meatballs with brown gravy and noodles
    Wed pasta with vegetables
    Thur crazy day prob take out
    Friday college visit out to eat
    Sat homemade pizza

  7. I love book club too! I’ll take your suggestion to our next meeting. May I recommend 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Couldn’t put it down.

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    Sat – chicken tenders, baked sweet potatoes, broccoli
    Sun – Stuffed shells, salad
    Mon – White chicken chili in crock
    Tues – Grilled pork chops, beans, roasted carrots
    Wed – Tortelloni primavera
    Thurs – Pineapple chicken salad pitas, home fries
    Fri -homemade pizza

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    Sunday: Steak, mashed potatoes, arugula salad
    Monday: Baked chicken fingers and fries, crudités
    Tuesday: Grilled burgers, watermelon
    Thursday: take out
    Friday: Teriyaki skirt steak and sesame noodles
    Saturday: Scalloped potatoes, green salad

    • Laura

      Can you provide a recipe for the teriyaki skirt steak and sesame noodles? I haven’t ventured in to asian food yet, but love it! Thanks.

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    We aren’t so organized to plan menus a week at a time, but here’s what we had for a recent Sunday dinner:

    Quick Grilled Chicken
    Grilled Asparagus
    Grilled Cherry Tomatoes
    Steamed Rice
    Vella Chardonnay
    Strawberry Shortcake

    You can learn more at

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    Here for inspiration! 😉 Have to say that I Looooooooooved reading Unbroken. So amazing! Bought it for my dad, even. Glad you are able to reconnect with old friends. I love having the kind of friends that, even when we don’t live close, it’s as if we never left whenever we do get together. Such a blessing. Have a great week! 🙂

    • Jane Maynard

      you hit the nail on the head…it really is amazing how some people in your life time and distance don’t seem to impact the relationship. such a blessing!

  12. I have never been part of a book club, though I read lots of books. What do you all talk about?

    My plan to eat out of the freezer is going well. There is still food there, though. I’ve put everything we are not going to eat this week into the upright freezer. I’m still amazed by how much food we will eat this week AND how much we still have. I’m not complaining, just commenting.

    Sunday: Eat out
    Monday: Hummus (homemade), sliced veggies, leftovers, corn on the cob
    Tuesday: Salad
    Wednesday: French dip beef, creamed spinach, corn on the cob
    Thursday: Salisbury Steak, cous cous salad
    Friday: Beef Stroganoff, peas, steamed carrots
    Saturday: (at a conference with the whole family)

    Sunday: Toast, jam, cheese, tea
    Monday: Sliced ham, green beans, carrot salad, potato salad
    Tuesday: Spaghetti (sauce in freezer)
    Wednesday: Ham salad/Salami sandwiches, sweet potato fries, corn on the cob
    Thursday: Turkey Chili/cheese and jam sandwiches
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Salami sandwiches with grilled onions and sliced tomato, fresh fruit

    • Jane Maynard

      our book club was small (just 6 people) but I’ve been part of open book clubs where anyone can show up. with the smaller group, one person picked the book and hosted at their home that month. we would always EAT and then go in a circle sharing our thoughts on the book – the hostess would kick off the discussion, then we’d take turns sharing, then we’d do an open discussion. for the larger book clubs I was in, we’d all agree on the book and decide together, then we’d get together and just talk about whatever people wanted to talk about…both related to the book and not! 🙂 I love book clubs, they are fun and I get more books read!

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    We read that one last year in our book club! It was amazing!

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    Sunday – Orange roughy, brown rice and peas
    Monday – Pot roast with potatoes and carrots
    Tuesday – Tacos, refried beans
    Wednesday – Sirloin steak strips with gravy and peas over noodles
    Thursday – Chicken quarters on the grill, corn on the cob
    Friday – Leftovers
    Saturday – Salmon, baked potatoes, veggie medley

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    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend!
    Sun: Frozen pizza (I’m tired:)
    Mon: Steak Ranchero, beans & rice (BF cooks)
    Tues: Sole Piccata, veggie rice pilaf, caprese salad
    Wed: Artichoke stuffed shells, asparagus with balsamic tomatoes ( Didn’t make this last week)
    Thurs: Meatball subs, caesar salad
    Fri: Bean & cheese tostadas w/ all the fixin’s
    Sat: Out

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    Week of April 21 to April 27
    Sunday: Greek lamb stew with orzo
    Monday: Fish in tomato-based sauce
    Tuesday: Bagels and omelet
    Wednesday: Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese
    Thursday: Orange-glazed chicken, rice, and peas
    Friday: Chinese food takeout
    Saturday: Leftovers – I have a performance and husband has a convention

    Your book club snacks look yummy! What did you all pull together?

    • Tamsin

      Could you share your recipe for Greek lamb stew? Thanks!

    • Sarah


      Easy Lamb Stew.

      1 lb ground lamb
      2 Tbs butter or olive oil
      Half of one large, chopped onion
      1 garlic clove, minced
      1-six oz can tomato paste
      1 carrot, diced
      1/4 c chopped green bell pepper
      1 bay leaf
      1 c water
      1/2 tsp ground cumin
      1/2 tsp black pepper
      1/3 c chopped parsley
      1/2 tsp salt
      2 tsp lemon juice

      In large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add onions and saute for 10 minutes.

      Add lamb and garlic. Stir the lamb to break up, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
      Stir in carrots, bell pepper, bay leaf, cumin, salt, black pepper and parsley. Saute until carrots are soft. Add water and bring to a boil.

      Turn heat to low and simmer, covered, about 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Stir in lemon juice and serve.

      [Tamsin, I cooked orzo in chicken broth and stirred into the end results to combine/stretch the meal more…]

      Read more:

    • Jane Maynard

      let’s see, I provided homemade bread and jam, brown butter cookies and water. loretta brought plain yogurt, nuts and an amazing fruit salad. barbara did a sweet potato-apple-sausage baked dish and a quiche. jen brought bread, coffee, juice and donuts for the junior book clubbers! 🙂 I’m going to share a couple recipes at some point!

    • Jane Maynard

      I forgot – loretta brought lavender honey to go on the fruit and yogurt. so fancy!

    • Tamsin

      Thanks Sarah! I’ll have to give it a go soon.

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    In no particular order:

    supper nachos
    chicken pot pie, cole slaw
    Chicken enchiladas, rice
    cube steaks in crockpot (new recipe), mashed potatoes, peas
    pizza quesadillas, broccoli

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    Sat: chicken cutlets, quinoa, brussel sprouts with almonds/raisins
    Sun: turkey & portabella tacos, corn
    Mon: chicken broccoli Alfredo, salad
    Tues: vegetable quinoa chili
    Wed: teriyaki turkey burgers, sweet potato fries
    Thurs: leftover chili
    Fri: grilled pizza

  19. I’ve been such a flaky menu planner the last few weeks! Hopefully this week will be better. I cooked up two whole chickens on Friday and made a bunch of chicken soup for the freezer and enchiladas as well.

    The Traveling Potluck looks like so much fun. Wish I had known about it! It’s only an hour away from us and I could have enjoyed had a rare Mommy day away with some fabulous people and food 🙂

    Chicken Enchiladas
    Homemade Slow Cooker “Refried” Beans
    Chips and Salsa

    Baked Potato Bar
    Steamed Broccoli
    Cheese Sauce

    Egg Rolls
    Veggie Fried Rice

    Something in the crock pot with stew beef…Ideas?

    Spaghetti and Meatballs
    Green Beans
    Garlic Bread

    Leftover spaghetti, et al


    • Jane Maynard

      you’ll have to follow BTP so you can catch it next time around – it’s small, so it sells out fast!

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    I don’t know what to do! I made a menu on Thursday, went to the grocery, bought what I needed and now I can’t remember what I was going to make! All I know is it was a flank steak, some chicken breast and pork chops and something with Parmesan cheese…I had so much trouble coming up with my menu too so I searched all over pintreast and other sites, no telling where it all came from. On the bright side, we had such a fun weekend- surprise crawfish boil/birthday party for a friend, big fundraiser gumbo Cookoff at school and my nephews wedding. Guess that’s why my mind is a blank! Back to the drawing board.

    • Jane Maynard

      I totally understand your predicament. once I write something down it’s like my brain expunges it from my head. if I lose the paper, I’m toast!

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    hey, can you list some of your favorite books, I need some ideas for my club. We read unbroken also…great. We just read Farm City, it was the book for all of Camarillo and the author came out and spoke. Everyone liked the book, it is about being an urban farmer. I also liked Swimming to Antarctica, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Thirteenth Tale, hmmm I will have to put on my thinking cap to think of more. Would love to hear other’s suggestions
    Mon: Turkey, provolone, pesto panini with tomato soup, rhubarb crisp and ice cream for dessert
    Tues: Tacos
    Wed: Leftovers, somehow we have leftovers from somewhere….
    Thurs: Pasta dish
    Fri-Sun, no hubby so who knows.

    • Jane Maynard

      I could list off books FOREVER. (ps…we did henreitta lacks at my last book club, so interesting! and I loved the thirteenth tale!)

      here are a few quick suggestions, all books that I really loved and that were also book club books:
      – The History of Love (I think this is my favorite book ever)
      – Peace Like a River
      – Gilead
      – The Handmaid’s Tale
      – Precious Bane
      – 11/22/63
      – The guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
      – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
      – Refuge
      – Crossing to Safety
      – The Devil in the White City
      – The Know-It-All
      – Something Wicked This Way Comes

      That should keep you busy for a while! 🙂

    • Denise

      Thank you!!! Loved that potato peel society book!!

    • Laura

      I recommend The Story of Beautiful Girl. A book that will stay with me forever!

  22. I would love to join a book club, but for some reason reading fiction puts me to sleep! But I could read a book on nutrition or economics for hours (I don’t think I am going to find a book club for those kinds of books). Oh well. Here is my menu…

    spaghetti and meatballs (didn’t get to it last week)
    fish tacos
    grilled cheese sandwiches – am I the only one that didn’t realize it was national grilled cheese month?
    pan ravioli with spinach and tomatoes

    • Jane Maynard

      that is so funny that fiction bored you! we have a sharp divide in our book club b/t the fiction and non-fiction loves. I personally LOVE fiction and have a hard time finishing any non-fiction books! we make sure that we mix it up half and half, which is good for all of us! 🙂

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    Sunday – Turkey burgers, sweet potato fries, corn on the cob, watermelon
    Monday – out
    Tuesday – Spaghetti bolognese
    Wednesday – Hot dogs on the grill, or Enchiladas
    Thursday – Trader Joe’s chicken tenders, not sure on sides yet.
    Friday – Pizza night
    Saturday – Chipotle!

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    Monday-Foil dinners
    Tuesday-Wheatberry chili w/ some awesome zucchini cakes I got from Costco
    Wednesday-Apricot chicken, brown rice and broccoli
    Thursday-Black bean burgers, potato wedges, roasted asparagus
    Saturday-Eat out
    Sunday-Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (From Two Peas and Their Pod and it’s amazing!) turkey sausage, eggs, toast

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    I finally have a working kitchen after a year of renovations so we’re celebrating with lots of baking and favourite recipes. If you’re stuck in a recipe rut may I suggest the Mexican Meatloaf featured on The Wednesday Chef recently, it is really really good!

    Mon: Sorrel and asparagus risotto, chocolate cookies
    Tue: Pulled pork and pepper tacos, broccoli slaw
    Wed: Smitten Kitchen’s mushroom bourguinon, potato gratin
    Thur: Tomato and chard spaghetti frittata, salad
    Fri: Steak and chips, garlic mushrooms and roasted tomatoes
    Sat: Slow roast pork belly with apples and leeks, grilled fennel and broccoli, garlic mash.
    Sun: Dinner at mum’s. Baking 3 cakes for a charity bake sale on Monday.

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    Sunday: pork ribs, baked sweet potatoes, green beans, cornbread, churro cheesecake bars

    Monday: Puff puff pancake, fruit, bacon

    Tuesday: citrus glazed tilapia, fruit, rice, salad

    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Burgers, fries, fruit salad, salad

    Thursday: kids’ concert. hubby cooks. chicken fajitas, chips and guac

    Friday: Pizza night, salad

    Saturday: Beef stir fry, rice, eggrolls

  27. Monday: Hawaiian Chicken [didn’t make last week]
    Tuesday: kale fried rice [so good we’re making it again!!]
    Wednesday: 1970s style tacos
    Thursday: leftovers
    Friday: Ben’s making me an early birthday dinner!
    Saturday: out to eat for my birthday!! 🙂
    Sunday: black beans & rice

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    I love the idea of a book club but I don’t know where to find the time to finish a book much less time to get together to discuss it! I’m hoping to get to that point someday 🙂

    Sunday: We did 14-year-old daughter’s family birthday celebration so we grilled burgers and brats with baked beans, potato salad, grilled veggies, and ice cream cake.
    Monday: Jambalaya with cornbread and maybe brussel sprouts since I need to use them.
    Tuesday: Scallops or fish with a Mediterranean farro salad.
    Wednesday: Husband and I are both traveling for work so grandparents are staying with the kids. I’ll make a few quiches for them since the kids have a crazy schedule with play rehearsal and track meets that day.
    Thursday: Kids with grandparents ”” whatever grandma decides to make!
    Friday: Pizza unless they have it on Thursday then I don’t know.
    Saturday: Mushroom and shrimp noodle bowls.

    Have a great week!

    • tara

      I’m with you. i would love to join a book club to but am worried instead of enjoying it it would be to much pressure to complete the book, say something intelligent about it, etc. one day !

    • Jane Maynard

      I go through phases, where I finished every book every month to where I never finished a book any month! I would almost always still go, though. I just loved getting together, one of my few nights out each month! 🙂

    • Jane Maynard

      oh, and, I used to feel the pressure to read the book, but I finally let that go and it made everything much more enjoyable. 🙂

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    I would love to be part of book club, I read a lot! So. We were away in DC for the weekend visiting our youngest son, who attends American University. Had a great visit and was a bit bummed about having to make dinner when we got home when eldest child, my daughter invited us fr dinner!
    Sunday BBQ shredded chicken, wasabi cole slaw stuffed mini peppers
    Monday. Lamb steaks, asparagus and rice
    Tuesday salmon and salad
    Wednesday chicken breasts and a vegetable
    Thursday turkey chili
    Friday. Out
    Saturday leftovers

    • Jane Maynard

      you should start one!

      I thought about going to american university – DC would be a fun place to go to school! and yay for your daughter making you dinner! 🙂

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    Monday:Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti, Salad, and Hamburger Bun toast (lol we have an abundance)

    Tuesday: Roasted Veggie Mac and Cheese & Salad *Normally we wouldn’t have pasta 2 nights in a row but Mondays meal is a roll over

    Wednesday: Cobb Salad

    Thursday: Beans and Cornbread

    Friday: Catfish, Brocolli Slaw, and Fries

    Saturday: Free Day (which means no plan but I still cook)

    Sunday: Left Overs

    This week I am trying out some grass fed beef from our local farmers market, so I’m excited about that. I’ve bought it at the store before but this is local. We just moved and we have been eating out WAY too much while getting settled in so I’m ready to get back to cooking.

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    the book club sounds like fun!
    Here’s my gluten free menu for the week
    Sunday: Potato soup in the crockpot
    Monday: Pork tenderloin w mashed sweet pots
    Tuesday: Grilled chicken ceasar salad
    Wednesday: Apple Brie Quesadillas
    Thursday: Mushroom encrusted turkey burgers – new recipe
    Friday: Crunchy tacos
    Saturday: I’m traveling so my BF will have tons of gluten filled fast food i’m sure 🙂

  32. Monday: Pesto Cheese Pizza and Fresh Fruit
    Tuesday: Breakfast for Dinner–Apple Oatmeal Pancakes and Fresh Fruit and Bacon
    Wednesday: Crockpot Clam Chowder and Rolls
    Thursday: Out To Eat
    Friday: Baby’s Coming!!! My mom is planning the food for the next week, so break for me 🙂

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    Mon- Jambalaya, French bread and salad
    Tues- Roast beast, smashed taters, green beans, cittern and copycat Popeye’s biscuit.
    Wed- World Cuisine… English cottage pie and Scottish shortbread cookies
    Thurs- NFL Draft Day…. Chicken wings and football food.
    Fri- Shrimp Thai pizza and Margherita pizza
    Sat- Crawfish Boil…. And shrimp.
    Sun- Tamale pie, black beans and Mexican rice.

  34. Sunday – Fish Tacos
    Monday – Lasagne rolls, cucumber salad, garlic rolls
    Tuesday – Roasted chicken and pasta salad
    Wednesday – Mini Meat Loaves and Potatoes with Gravy
    Thursday – Asian Pitas
    Friday – Sausage Hoagies
    Saturday – Pizza Out!

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    Sun. Chicken Caesar wraps
    Mon. Teriyaki braised pork with carrots, onions and pineapple, brown rice barely pilaf
    Tue. Breakfast sandwiches
    Wed. Tomato soup & grilled cheese
    Thu. Grilled steak tips, green beans, roast taters & bernaise sauce
    Fri. Homemade pizza

    Easy stuff cause hubs works late all week and toddler has been very needy and I’m very pregnant 🙂

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