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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Week 331 Menu

If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, you may want to skip this paragraph. Because I may introduce a new addiction to your life. Have you tried the milk chocolate and dark chocolate crisps? I discovered these treats at Cost Plus. They were Belgian and we decided to try them out, then the very same afternoon discovered a knock-off version being sampled at Trader Joe’s. We bought those, too. They’re like Pringles but made out of chocolate and, therefore, infinitely better. They have tiny little crispies throughout and are soooo yummy. The girls call them “chocolate chips,” which confuses me every time!

trader joe's milk chocolate crisps |

I can’t believe it’s Sunday already! I’m stealing a lot from last week’s menu. We had a bunch of events last week that I didn’t have written on my calendar, so I forgot about them when I planned our meals.

– Hot dogs, hamburgers and other BBQ eats
– Strawberry Shortcake

Chicken Pot Pie

Stuffed Peppers

– Chicken Caesar Wraps
– Fresh Fruit

– Leftovers

– Pizza for the kids, going out with Nate (he’s surprising me with something!)

– Joining some of our friends from ONEย at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Family Event – can’t wait!

It’s Memorial Day weekend, so I understand if you take a break this week. But if you do happen to plan a menu, please share as usual! Happy Memorial Day, everyone!


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    Happy Memorial Day, Jane, and all! Alas, I have to work so I’ll be taking my Memorial Day holiday some other day. However, our daughter came to visit this week (she’s entering her senior year in college and she will be staying and working in Arcata, where she goes to school, this summer) and I took a few days off while she was here.

    My Sunday menu this week could have been titled, “Eat More Fish: A Simple Sunday Salmon Supper”. I wish I’d thought of that before I published the post.

    Baked Butter Lemon Salmon
    Steamed Rice
    Sweet White Corn
    Vella Chardonnay


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    Oh, I hate you for telling me about those “chocolate chips”!

    We’ve recently started a new thing for our 4-year-old where Sundays and Wednesdays are her Cooking Days. She gets to choose recipes from her cookbooks (Mollie Katzen’s fabulously illustrated Pretend Soup and Salad People.) It’s been fun getting her in the kitchen and contributing to the weekly dinner menu!

    Sunday: grilled chicken
    grilled asparagus
    rainbow raisin cole slaw (for the munchkin’s Cooking Day project)
    mashed potatoes

    Monday: pulled pork enchiladas
    chips and guacamole

    Tuesday: pad thai

    Wednesday: leftovers
    crunchy fruity granola (for the munchkin’s Cooking Day project)

    Thursday: dumplings and udon noodles

    Friday: veggie burgers and kale chips

    Saturday: hmm… I’ll figure something out.

  3. sun: out
    mon: creamy chicken with chives, mashed cauliflower
    tues: chicken korma, rice, naan (I get the chicken ready the night before and let marinade over night until I’m ready for it)
    thurs: homemade healthier hamburger helper
    fri: oven dogs
    sat: broccoli chicken divan

  4. Happy Memorial Day to all! Best wishes to all militaries families this weekend!

    Sunday: BBQ at a friend’s; I brought Smitten Kitchen’s “Buttered Popcorn Cookies”…..they are as delicious as they sound! I think I’ll have to make another batch tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Monday:  Vegetable Pot Pie (from freezer) over quinoa and roasted broccoli
    Tuesday: Fish sticks (by request) and roasted sweet potatoes
    Wednesday: Individual pizzas
    Thursday: Overnight Baked French Toast with cranberry sauce
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Shelby’s dance recital….something quick!

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    Sun- burgers & hot dogs, pasta salad, fruit salad
    Mon- maple grilled salmon, smashed potatoes, asparagus
    Tues- pork chops, applesauce, couscous, sweet broccoli slaw
    Wed- Greek pizza, salad
    Thurs- leftovers
    Fri- Greek salad with steak tips
    Sat- not sure yet!

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    I have to laugh because every time I’ve seen these “chips” at Trader Joe’s, I turn away in disgust… I actually thought they were chocolate covered Pringle chips!! (gross! who thought of that?) I’ve never gotten close enough to the package to read their true identity. Ha ha! Now I know better and will have to try them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My menu this week consists of BBQ tri-tip for Memorial Day and a pizza party for my son’s football team on Wednesday. The rest of the week will be filled in with recipes to try from my new family cookbook! My sisters and sisters-in-law all contributed our favorite recipes and made it into a cookbook to share with each other. I can’t wait to try some new ideas!

    • Jane Maynard

      well, I’m very happy I could clear up the confusion – they are SO much better than what you imagined they were! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mon: Spicy lamb meatballs, roasted pepper sauce, freekeh salad
    Tue: Salad with goats cheese toasts
    Wed: Asparagus, new potatoes, poached eggs and hollandaise
    Thur: Pasta arrabiata, salad
    Fri: It’s our wedding anniversary. One of our wedding gifts was a vintage bottle of Bollinger to drink on our 5th anniversary so we’ll be cracking that open and eating French nibbles.
    Sat: Pizza, salad
    Sun: Dinner with family

  8. I am getting to visit family in California soon and now I am not sure if I am more excited to see them or try these out!!

    • Jane Maynard

      last time my sister-in-law came to california, she was going to be driving home and filled four grocery bags with TJs goodies! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lynn BB

    Not much of a menu this week. I think we’re moving into the empty nester stage a bit early as neither teenager was around at any meal this weekend.

    Sunday: Our 29th anniversary! We had a nice lunch out and just snacks with friends for dinner.
    Monday: Hubby out of town, I am going to attempt to master homemade pizza.
    Tuesday: Bean burritos and guacamole
    Wednesday: Grilled chicken, asparagus and salad
    Thursday: College daughter home for the weekend, probably will go to her favorite restaurant or cook something she likes.
    Friday: Middle daughter’s high school graduation. Out to dinner with another family before the big event.
    Saturday: Probably grill out.

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    Happy Memorial Day To All

    Sunday – Baked Hake, mac & cheese, veg medley
    Monday – Rib steak, corn on the cob, applesauce
    Tuesday – Spaghetti & meatballs, salad
    Wednesday – Salmon patties and corn on the cob on the grill
    Thursday – Ham, pierogies, green beans
    Friday -Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, corn
    Saturday – Leftovers

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    Denise NH

    Happy Memorial Day!
    S : Out
    M : Ribs, potato salad & corn
    T : Tacos, rice & beans
    W : Chicken saltimboca, roasted asparagus
    T : Leftovers
    F: Creamy pasta, salad
    S : Shish Kebab, arugula salad

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    I ended up working and added a seventh birthday party invite to the week!

    M-Dorito Chicken
    T-Meatball Subs
    T-Chicken and Dumplings
    F-Boneless Ribs
    S-I have to go shopping because we’re out of meals for the month!!! lol

    • And it’s already changed because I forgot we’re going out to eat tonight because of our scheduled Discovery Center activity! Ha.

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    This is off topic, but I just want to say that your chicken pot pie is a God send. I love love love chicken pot pie. n However my son has congenital heart disease and has to limit his salt intake (very difficult for a 4 year old whose friends get to have chips and stuff) Most commercial brands have tonnes and tonnes of salt. With your recipe I can just make sure to get low sodium options for the ingredients. Thank you so much. We had it last week and it was delicious. I missed chicken pot pie so much.

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    Sunday: creamy chicken and noodles
    Monday: brats, potato salad, fruit, vegies
    Tuesday: breakfast for dinner. biscuits and gravy, fruit
    Wednesday: hubby cooks. lasagna, garlic bread, salad
    Thursday: hubby cooks. Hotdish, green beans
    Friday: Pizza
    Saturday: OOT at wedding

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    Happy Memorial Day!

    Su: Grilled Turkey Burgers w/ roasted red peppers, spinach, & goat cheese/garlicky potato wedges

    M: BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Chicken/grilled corn on the cob/spinach salad

    T: Eggplant Canneloni/garlic wheat bread

    W: Zucchini Noodle Chicken Soup/garlic wheat bread

    Th: Thai Chicken Wraps/sesame rice noodle salad

    F: Dinner Out–Restaurant TBD

    Sa: Grilled Salmon/grilled veg kabobs/steamed brown rice

    Su: Grilled Hot Dogs/grilled veg pasta salad (using l/o veg from day before)

    M: Crock Pot Baked Potatoes w/ a bunch of toppings

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    Sun-Chicken Satay w/ peanut sauce, stir fried veggies, rice.
    Mon-Leftovers/each man to himself (working 12 hours today)
    Tues-Miso glazed salmon, broccoli cheese quinoa.
    Wed-Chicken fajitas,peppers/onions/pico de gallo,orzo-veggie salad.
    Thur-Lasagna roll ups from the freezer, salad.
    Fri-Marinated Tilapia, Dill new potatoes, zucchini,carrot,green bean saute.
    Sat-Leftovers/each man to himself(12 hour workday)

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    no specific days, just planned meals.

    chicken&noodles, Italian tomatoes
    SOS, veggies
    Meatloaf, Au gratin potatoes
    hot dogs, mac & cheese, deviled eggs
    oven baked tacos, refried beans

  18. Monday: burgers, potato salad, corn, & watermelon. some goood eats today
    Tuesday: turkey paninis
    Wednesday: dinner with friends
    Thursday: leftovers
    Friday: Mexican burrito bake
    Saturday: breakfast for dinner
    Sunday: pork chops

  19. I haven’t been to Trader Joes in a while, but they have those dark chocolate pretzel chips and these chocolate chip cookies that when they had them in stock… they were sooo addicting. It is a good thing going there isn’t more convenient. Here is my menu…

    stir fried bok choy and cashews over brown rice
    fish and shrimp stew
    sliders and crispy roast potatoes
    spinach feta pie

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    Week of May 26 to June 1
    Sunday: Family reunion in NYC โ€“ dinner at Korean BBQ
    Monday: BBQ picnic
    Tuesday: White pizzas with spinach and garlic
    Wednesday: Stuffed peppers and roasted potatoes
    Thursday: Chili and tortillas
    Friday: Spicy shrimp pasta
    Saturday: Salmon with cranberry-shallot glaze

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    Mon: Slider Burger Bar, Bacon-Ranch Potato Salad, Chips, Watermelon

    Tues: Dijon-Apricot Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Balsamic Roasted Carrots, Spinach Salad with Almonds (Didn’t get to this last week)

    Wed: Grilled Fish Tacos, Guacamole, Borracho Beans

    Thurs: Out for BF’s Dad’s B-day

    Fri: PW’s Fried Chicken Strips, Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes, Sauteed Chard with Garlic Chips

    Sat: Simple Roasted Chicken, Roasted Carrots, Onions, Potatoes, Zucchini & Squash all from the garden!

    Sun: Out

  22. What did I buy at Trader Joes today thanks to your recommendation? And what can I NOT stop eating? Yep. Those “chocolate pringles” are AMAZING. Thanks for the pick-me-up ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sunday-Junior’s Bday Party

    Monday-Grill out with friends. I brought Jalapeno Cheese Dip.

    Tuesday-Totally winged pasta dish…It had garlic and onions, spinach, pancetta, mushrooms, white wine and parmesan, and was delicious.

    Wednesday-Roasted Tri Tip, Pita and Hummus, Roasted Zucchini

    Thursday-Tri-Tip Burritos, Slow Cooker Black Beans, Carrots

    Friday-Homemade Pizza

    Saturday-Leftovers or something easy (grilled cheese, quesadillas, etc.)

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    I used to live in Chicago where we had Trader Joes. Now, living back in Louisiana, I really miss it. Those chicken caesar wraps sound yummy. I may have to try them next week. Here’s what’s on my menu this week:

    Day 1:
    Lettuce Wraps or if Iโ€™m lazy, I may use this mix
    Hot & Sour Soup

    Day 2:
    Italian Sausage Taco Soup
    Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chunks
    Fresh Fruit

    Day 3:
    Tomato Gravy & Biscuits
    Scrambled Eggs
    Caprese Spaghetti
    Crusty French Bread with Herbed Dipping oil
    Marinated Zucchini & Yellow Squash Salad
    Herbed Oven Potatoes
    Mini Lemon Tarts
    Day 4:
    Shrimp Tacos with Citrus Cabbage Slaw
    Handmade Whole Wheat Tortillas

    Day 5:
    Chicken & Summer Vegetable Tostadas
    Spiced Black Beans
    Spanish Rice

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    Sat – baked tilapia, sweet potato fries, corn on the cob
    Sun – camping
    Mon – home from camping
    Tues – beef fajitas (crock), rice
    Wed – tortelloni w/ chicken sausage & veggies
    Thurs – chicken caesar salad
    Fri – black bean quesadillas

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    Well that didnโ€™t go as well as I had hope. Fey got drafted almost every weekend, so I am back at planning the whole week.
    I just realized that I hadnโ€™t posted, in the middle of figuring out next week.
    Sunday: Between 2 graduation parties and the roommates going to the movies I forgot what I had.
    Monday: I grilled Hamburgers, Cheddar Brats and brats; potato salad, pasta salad and a veggie tray.
    Tuesday: MLB
    Wednesday: Egg Benedict
    Thursday: Take out pizza (I am working 9am to 7pm. Any thoughts on cooking arenโ€™t going to happen)
    Friday: Chicken nuggets, Mac and Cheese, salad
    Saturday: Grilled fish, French Fries, Green beans.

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